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How To

How-To | Prepping For The Holidays

Nov 14, 2016

Being the “hostess (or host) with the mostess” is all about the prep work. With the holidays around the corner, managing your pre and post guest to-do list properly will ensure you actually get to enjoy the festivities alongside your guests. Luckily, we’re taking the guesswork out of the equation and sharing our personal list with you here.

Before Guests Arrive

Home Spray No. 247
Tip: Inspire a feeling of calming elegance throughout every room in your home with the Home Spray. The No. 247 fragrance is a soothing blend of eucalyptus, notes of pine and hints of rose, lily of the valley, bergamot, and thyme.

Flower Bouquet
Tip: Put a vase of flowers or a candle on the nightstand in the guest room. It will immediately make your guest feel welcome.

Fabric Fresh Classic
Tip: Freshen and remove odors from upholstery with a few spritzes – that couch needs to be ready for the turkey hangover naps! 

Kitchen Soap Bar
Tip: Keep nearby to clean hands when cooking and prepping food – perfect for post-poultry handling.

Scented Vinegar
Tip: Get ready to load the fridge by discarding expired food and lingering leftovers, and wipe down the shelves, compartments and interior walls. Prepare the microwave for lots of leftover cooking by wiping the inside down.

Cape Cod Silver Polish*
Tip: Get that silverware table ready by rubbing in the Cape Cod Silver Polish. Wipe the polish off with a buffing cloth and finish by handwashing in the Dish Detergent.

Ironing Water 
Tip: Add to an iron or steamer when steaming holiday apparel and table linens. You’ll be left with the added scent of the Classic fragrance along with an extra fine finish!

Stiffen Up
Tip: Spray during your ironing routine for a medium to light hold.

Bleach Alternative
Tip: For an immaculate bathroom, use the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to remove soap scum, or add ¼ cup to 1 cup of boiling Scented Vinegar to unclog drains.
Tip: Get your washing machine ready for lots of loads by adding Scented Vinegar into the dispenser with a sprinkle of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative in the bleach dispenser. Run a long cycle with hot water.

Signature Detergent
Tip: Give towels and linens a good washing before guests arrive in our go-to Signature Detergent. Watch out… your guests may never leave.

Towels and Toiletries
Tip: Leave plenty of clean towels and a basket of mini-toiletries out in the guest bathroom. This can include things like toothpaste, an extra toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner.

After Guests Leave

All Purpose Bleach Alternative
Tip: Don’t stress the messy table linens! Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected areas, soak in a bath of hot water and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, and launder as normal to get them back to clean and pristine.
Tip: Soak table linens, towels, vintage heirlooms, and guest bedding in a bath of hot water and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to whiten, brighten, and remove dinginess.
Tip: Don’t waste hours scrubbing pots and pans. Sprinkle some All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and allow to soak overnight in hot water.

All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate
Tip: Dilute with water in a bucket and clean the floors post Turkey Day family football game.
Tip: Clean out your trash cans and recycle bins by filling the basin with mixture of water, the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and the All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate, scrub with The Laundress Scrub Brush, and allow to soak for 10 minutes.

Dish Detergent
Tip: Use to clean dishes and glassware, and remove grease, baked-on food, and cooking messes.

Glass and Crystal Cleaning Brush
Tip: Give delicate glassware, such as crystal, wine glasses, and decanters, a scrub.

Copper Cloth
Tip: A huge help when cleaning cookware – from turkey pans to pecan pie dishes. We also love the Redecker Copper Pot Scrubber, available at The Laundress flagship store. 

Scented Vinegar
Tip: Clean your cutting boards and countertops after the big meal by applying directly.

Scrub Brush
Tip: Ideal for giving a good scrub down to ovens left with food residue and greasy messes.

Kitchen Soap Bar
Tip: Keep near the sink to clean hands and wooden kitchen tools, such as cutting boards, salad bowls, wooden spoons, and cheeseboards. 

Surface Cleaner
Tip: Clean every, and we mean every, surface – from dining tables to guest bathroom sinks.

Black and White Sponge *
Tip: This reusable sponge is perfect for even the toughest cleanups – from washing dishes to wiping down countertops.

Christophe Pourny Cutting Board Tonic *
Tip: After the heavy use, rejuvenate cutting boards and get ready for the next holiday! Pour a small amount on a clean cloth, apply to your cutting board, and follow with a rinse.

*For in-store exclusives please call (212) 564-6788 to place an order

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Copper Cloth
$16.00

Scrub Grease & Grime

Surface Cleaner 16 fl oz
$12.00

Clean Everything

All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate 16 fl oz
$12.00

Mop & Scrub Your Entire Home

Home Spray 8 fl oz
$10.00

Linens, Furnishings & Rooms

Stiffen Up 8 fl oz
$16.00

Adds a Crisp Finish

Ironing Water 16 fl oz
$18.00

Finishes & Freshens

Scented Vinegar 16 fl oz
$12.00

Clean & Deordorize

All-Purpose Bleach Alternative 32 oz
$15.00

Laundry & Home

Dish Detergent 16 fl oz
$12.00

For Sink Washing & Dishwashers

Scrub Brush
$15.00

Scour Household Grime With Ease

Kitchen Soap Bar
$8.00

Anti-bacterial & Odor removing for hands

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