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7 Steps To Guest-Ready

There’s nothing like a clean home for the holidays, but leaving the cleaning to the last minute can trigger the holiday blues (we’re speaking from experience here, folks!). From sweeping away dust bunnies to tackling filthy baseboards, the laundry list can feel endless—and that’s where our guide comes in. This stress-free, 7-step roadmap will streamline the degriming and tidying and drive you straight to guest-ready. Do each one right now, break them up by day, or complete ‘em all a few days before the holidays: They’re all easy, quick, and crazy effective. Season’s cleanings!

1: Revive Baseboards

The Tools: Scented Vinegar, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth, Glass Spray Bottle

Start from the ground up and wick away the dust, pet hair, and grime that tends to settle on baseboards. This move seems small, but you’ll be amazed at how transformative it is—it’s like a mini facelift for your space! Skip single-use paper towels and instead, go with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth saturated with Scented Vinegar. This versatile cleaning solution combines our master perfumer-blended No. 247 fragrance with the powerful cleansing properties of vinegar. On your baseboards, it’ll help to neutralize unsavory odors and quickly dissolve dirt and sticky grime. For the cleanest swipe, mix up a 50:50 solution of Scented Vinegar and warm water in a Glass Spray Bottle and saturate baseboards in high-traffic areas like hallways and living spaces. Use the cloth to polish away unsightly gunk, and leave behind an elegantly fresh scent.

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2: Get Cooking Essentials & Serveware Sparkling

The Tools: Dish Detergent, All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, Dish Brush, Glass & Crystal Cleaning Brush

Get your kitchen tools display-worthy with our plant-derived Dish Detergent. This formula contains a high percentage of active ingredients that work on contact to remove cooking messes, baked-on food, and greasy residue… all without the elbow grease. The gentle, hardworking formula is suitable for heavy-duty items like pots and pans and delicate glassware and stemware: Work in a dime-size dollop with a Dish Brush, or for fragile glassware, our Glass & Crystal Cleaning Brush.

For burned-on food marks on cookware that just won’t lift, try our no-scrub method. Fill the pot or pan with hot water and ½-1 capful of our oxygen-based, non-chlorine All-Purpose Bleach Alternative beads. Let soak for 1 hour, or up to overnight for heavy residue. After soaking, give it a final wash-down with Dish Detergent! For more pot and pan cleaning tips post holiday feast, bookmark our No-Scrub Method For Sparkling Pots & Pans.

3: Banish Dust Bunnies Like This

The Tools: Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths, Cashmere Brush

Turn up the Mariah Carey Christmas tunes—dusting is kind of fun when you’re in the holiday spirit! Our reusable Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths make it easy to wipe away buildup from tight corners, narrow nooks and crannies, and crown molding. For fabric-covered picture frames, lampshades, and furniture, use the Cashmere Brush instead to lift away dust and dirt from cloth surfaces.

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4: Spritz Down Every Surface

The Tools: Surface Cleaner, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth

Get that clean home smell and feel without the chemical-y odor of ammonium, chlorine, or artificial citrus with our Surface Cleaner. Scented in our customer-loved No. 247 fragrance, an irresistible blend of pine, rose, bergamot and thyme, this plant-derived, point-and-spray solution works incredibly well to remove soil, dirt, grease, grime, and fingerprints on all surfaces. Mist natural stone and wood, kitchen countertops, appliances, bathroom fixtures, and tiles and wipe clean with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. We’ve even been known to spritz down floors for a quick pre-guest mop for that “wow” factor!

Tip: Don’t forget to prep the fridge for leftovers by clearing out grime, odors, and mysterious sticky stuff.

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5: Refresh & Revive Home Fabrics

The Tools: Home Spray, Artisan Candle

Comfy couches, decorative pillows, and luxe rugs are essential lounging spaces for holiday get-togethers, but they can be tricky to clean and therefore deodorize. Here’s how: Before guests arrive, vacuum soft surfaces, then melt away unsavory smells with our Home Spray, which is like a fine scent for your fabrics. Scented in our No.247 fragrance, it’s suitable for all surfaces and fabrics—go ahead and spray down your silk top to remove cooking odors! To get in the holiday spirit before guests, light up an Artisan Candle: The subtly spicy herbal blend complements the Home Spray perfectly and creates a warm, cozy ambience.

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6: Make Linens 5-Star Hotel-Worthy

The Tools: Brighten Up Duo, Crease Release

There’s nothing like slipping into crisp, irresistibly fresh-smelling sheets, and providing your overnight guests with pristinely clean linens will take their stay from great to unforgettable. Prep bedding and towels ahead of time by laundering with our high-performing Brighten Up Duo: Our Whites Detergent reveals brilliantly bright sheets and towels while our chlorine-free All-Purpose Bleach Alternative whisks away dinginess, dullness, and stains. Add them both to a long, hot wash cycle. (Check out our tried and true method for cleaning linens with our Brighter Bedding & Towels in 10 Minutes how-to.) Didn’t get a chance to iron the sheets? Don’t stress! A few spritzes of Crease Release will smooth crinkles and infuse bedding with the scent of fresh-cleaned linens, hung out to dry in the afternoon sun.

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7: Make Quick Work Of Clutter

The Tools: Storage Boxes, Steele Canvas Hampers, Canvas Zip Storage Bags

We all know the old host trick of shoving unsightly clutter in the hall closet. Avoid unexpected avalanches and day-after cleaning chaos by stashing away errant toys, clothes, and other knick-knacks in our thoughtfully constructed Storage Boxes. These chic organizers can be stacked in a closet, slid onto a shelf, or even displayed in your living space. Crafted of breathable, protective canvas, they’re also a smart choice for stashing seasonal clothing as they ward off yellowing and dust. Need to hide that dirty (or clean!) laundry pile? Opt for our ultra-sturdy Steele Canvas Hampers or Canvas Zip Storage Bags instead.