7 Kitchen Cleaning Tips For Your New Year’s Eve Party

Posted on December 26, 2013. Filed under: Entertaining Tips, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

Celebrating New Year’s Eve by entertaining at home is smart. You will not only avoid the crowds, but you can include everyone (even the kids!) in the merriment.

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Once you have had your home cleaned by an expert Atlanta maid service to prepare for your guests, the last thing you want to do is spend all of your time maintaining the sparkle.

One of the most troublesome areas is the kitchen. You need to use the kitchen to prepare the food, but you want it to be clean and orderly when your guests arrive.

Here are 7 quick kitchen cleaning tips to help you quickly clean up so that you can spend more time with your guests.

Tip # 1 – Consider a Caterer

Have you thought of having your favorite restaurant prepare most of the food? Not only is it less work and stress, but your kitchen stays clean.

If you are going to cook, the next 6 tips will help.

Tip # 2 – Keep your counters pristine

Cover the counter with butcher or wax paper before making a mess; and just fold up the paper with the scraps and toss it away when you’re done.

Tip # 3 – Prep your dirty dishes on the go

Fill your sink with hot soapy water – as you work, toss in the tools and dishes you’ve used and let them soak. When it is time to load the dishwasher, a quick drain and rinse is usually all that is needed.

Tip # 4 – Keep scraps out of the way

Keep a bowl beside your cutting board. (If you compost, use two bowls – one for compostable, and another for non-compostable scraps). Toss scraps into your bowl(s) as you work. When you are done, empty your scrap bowl(s).

Tip # 5 – Clean in stages

Once you are done with the food prep stage, put your dishes into soapy water. Put away any items you don’t need for the cooking stage. Do a similar deck clearing at each stage to make working easier and buildup lighter.

Tip # 6 – Stave off stickiness

Line your baking and roasting pans with foil or parchment paper to save scrubbing later. Coat measuring utensils with non-stick spray so sticky ingredients like honey and peanut butter will slide right out and clean up easily.

Tip # 7 – Use your downtime wisely

While the water is boiling, the oven heating, or onions are softening in the pan, handle those small-dose kitchen cleaning tasks like loading or emptying the dishwasher, wiping spills, or sweeping.

Remember, as host or hostess of the New Year’s Eve party, you don’t want to be locked in the kitchen. Use these tips to get your kitchen clean quickly so that you can socialize.

Would you like a quote on general or detail cleaning services before your party? Contact Raina Raflo at http://www.spongeandsparkle.com or call (404) 633-9652.

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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