I think December is one of the busiest and messiest months of the year. For my family even more-so because we have birthdays and Christmas. People stop by and parties are hosted. If you’re like me, you are also baking up a storm. What does all of this equal? Tons of messes and the need to keep your home presentable more than normal.


Stress. That is exactly what this sounds like to me, and I’ve felt this stress over and over again. Here are some tips to make this time of year easier and less stressful for you (and me!)

Bringing out your holiday dishes from last year?

Freshen up your dusty dishes by taking advantage of your rinse cycle on your dishwasher. This will refresh them without running through an entire wash cycle when it isn’t necessary.

Waxy candle holders?

Dip your wax covered candlestick holders in boiling water. Remove as much wax as possible and repeat the process as needed. To produce extra shine you can run your dishwasher safe candlestick holders through the dishwasher.

Stained clothing bringing you down?

This happens all the time for me, but take these laundering rules of thumb into consideration this year. But always read the tag of the clothing, those are legally binding contracts you know!

  • Did that slippery cranberry sauce get the best of you? For cottons remove any excess fruit and run the fabric under cold water to prevent oxidation. Wash in the warmest water safe (check the tag!) Use your bleach dispenser or add liquid chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach during the rinse cycle, after your detergent has done its job.
  • Oils drip from your turkey? No worries there are ways to treat oily stains. Apply a pretreat to the stain, or rub some liquid detergent directly into it. Wash the garment in the hottest water it can tolerate (you know what I’m going to say…check the tag!) Air dry and check for any remains of the stain. Repeat the process until the stain is gone before putting it in the dryer.
  • Dribble some gravy? Scrape excess gravy with the back of the spoon or a butter knife. If it has already dried brush off the residue. Rub in your favorite liquid detergent and soak the fabric in a mixture of warm water and detergent for up to thirty minutes. Finish up by washing the garment in the warmest water safe (I won’t say it again, you know what I’m thinking. Check the tag.)

My best advice is to think outside of the box, and use your appliances in every way you can. They are made to make our lives easier and sometimes I feel like we forget how helpful they truly are.

How do you stay sane during this time of year?


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