This post is sponsored by Powerizer. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.
I love holiday meals, whether it’s a raucous Thanksgiving feast with the extended family, or a quiet Christmas Eve dinner with my husband and kids. I also love hosting holiday meals, because I have a lot of fun going “all out” with food and decor for the occasion! But between all the prep beforehand and the post-meal cleanup, hosting a holiday meal can be a LOT of work. And finding ways to simplify that work can make all the difference!
And I have just the thing to help me simplify the pre- and post-holiday meal cleanup this year—Powerizer! I’ve been a huge fan of this versatile and natural detergent for several months now. I’ve written about how to use it to clean your whole bathroom, and how to use it in your dishwasher. And today I’ll be sharing just how useful a tool Powerizer can be for holiday cleaning! Whether it’s before the holiday or cleaning up afterward, I’ll be using Powerizer for just about everything!
Before The Holiday
1. Cleaning Dishes & Flatware
If you have platters and flatware that you pull out for special occasions, they could probably use a good cleaning before the big day. You can use Powerizer to pre-soak all your special dishes and flatware. It’s the best way to loosen up any gunk that may have collected on them over the past year!
Just add 1 scoop to a sink full of hot water. Stir the water a bit to help the powder dissolve, then place your items in the water. Let them soak for an hour or two, depending on how grimy they are. Then rinse them with clean water, and wash if desired.
2. Washing Table Linens
If your tablecloth and cloth napkins have been sitting in storage, it’s probably a good idea to clean them up a bit! If any of your linens are still bearing last year’s food stains, pretreating them with Powerizer will help those stains come out in the wash. In a bucket or sink, add 1 scoop of Powerizer to 1 gallon of hot water and stir. Soak your linens in the solution for about 6 hours, then wring slightly and wash as usual.
You can also use Powerizer as your laundry detergent when you wash your table linens! Just add 1 scoop of Powerizer to the drum of your washer along with the linens. As they soak, the Powerizer detergent does all the hard work of oxidizing stains and brightening fabrics. Your linens will come out of the wash feeling soft, clean, and ready for your Thanksgiving table!
Bonus Tip: Get a perfectly pressed tablecloth without ironing! Just pull it out of the dryer while it’s still a bit damp, and spread it out on your table. Any wrinkles will fall out as the tablecloth finishes drying, leaving you with a perfectly wrinkle-free tablecloth!
3. Cleaning Delicate Items
During the holidays, many people pull out items they only use on special occasions, like silver, china, crystal, lace, and more. You can clean all these materials with Powerizer too! Simply follow the directions as I listed them above, using half the recommended amount of Powerizer. (For instance, for pretreating a lace tablecloth, you would dissolve half a scoop of Powerizer in one gallon of water.)
4. General Household Cleaning
Of course, it’s not just the table linens and flatware that could use a good cleaning before your holiday festivities! The rest of the house could use some love too. :-) Luckily for us, Powerizer makes a great all-purpose cleaning solution for all kinds of surfaces! And because it is all-natural, renewable, and sustainable, it’s a cleaner you can feel good about using.
Fill a bucket with hot water and 2 scoops of Powerizer. Mix well to dissolve the detergent. Then use the Powerizer solution with a stack of microfiber cloths to clean! Use it on walls, baseboards, blinds, furniture, and more.
1. Cleaning Dishes
Once your holiday meal ends, you may be up to your eyes in food-crusted plates! Use Powerizer to soak your dishes and help break up stubborn food residue. Just add 1 scoop of Powerizer to a sink full of hot water, and allow your dishes to soak for 1-2 hours.
Bonus Tip: Break out your cooler for Thanksgiving dinner! Before the meal, it makes a great place to stash casseroles to keep them warm until dinner. Then after the meal, fill it up with warm water and Powerizer to pre-soak roasting pans and other large dishes.
Once your dishes are ready for the dishwasher, use Powerizer as your dishwashing detergent too! Add between 1/2 and 3/4 of a scoop to the detergent compartment, depending on how full your dishwasher is and how dirty the dishes are. Wash as usual for sparkling clean and spotless dishes, without the need for added rinse aids!
2. Spot Clean Stains
After confronting all those dirty dishes, you might also need to address spills that occurred during the meal. You can use Powerizer to mix up an excellent spot cleaner for carpet and upholstery!
Add 1 scoop of Powerizer to 2 cups of hot water and stir. Pour the solution into a squeeze bottle and apply to spills and stains. Wait 5 minutes, then blot with a clean, damp cloth to remove the stain and cleaner. When the stain is gone, blot the area with a clean, dry cloth.
Of course, you can also use Powerizer to clean stains and spills of off washable items like your tablecloth and cloth napkins. Just follow the instructions I mentioned earlier in the “Washing Table Linens” section.
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What’s your best tip for keeping things clean during the holidays?