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6 tips to clean up the post-Christmas mess at home!

The celebrations are over, time to take care of the mess!

1. Artificial snow from the can
Spray on snow contains different types of fat, leaving very stubborn stains. Our tip: clean the glass the same way as you do with your hob! The ceramic scraper removes the sticky layer on your window efficiently. For grease stains underneath the artificial snow: mix alcohol or vinegar with warm water and wipe the window with the solution.

Prevention: if you do really need to use it again, spray it on transparent film and paste it onto the window. The sticky residue of cello tape is not nearly as persistent as the artificial snow and can be easily removed with alcohol or vinegar.

2. Candle wax everywhere

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Don’t panic! With a scraper, you can first remove the hardened wax in the direction of wood grain, on tables. Blotting paper comes in useful here too: place it on the stain - apply the hair dryer until the wax is completely absorbed. In the end, there will be just a dark imprint recognizable on the paper.

Prevention: Always place your candles into a glass or a tea light holder!. The wax will be dripping into the glass instead on the table. Don’t blow them out to vigorously either and to resist the temptation of sticking your finger into them.

3. Clearing out the Christmas Tree
Do not bump against any obstacle, otherwise the needles will jump wildly through the entire living room and you will still be cleaning them up in February! This simple trick (really, really simple trick) will save you time: before you put the tree up, stick a sheet down underneath where it would go, making sure it’s larger than the diameter of the tree. After the holidays, lay the tree down on it - of course, remove the ornaments first - and proceed to remove the tree from the house! The sheet will collect the needles for you.

Prevention: Get a good tree, yes, they cost a little more, however getting a nice tree will actually save you a lot of effort post-Christmas. They won’t shed its needles that quickly, however, trees such as firs, love cooler temperatures: Place your Christmas tree away from the heating and remember to water it daily.

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4. Caution: Remove the smell of duck/goose/turkey
A perfect remedy would be to use smell-neutralizing vinegar! Fill shallow bowls with vinegar and hot water and distribute them throughout the place and leave them there overnight. Don't worry, vinegar is not a second source of odour. The aroma dissipates quickly and takes more unpleasant odours with it at the same time.

Prevention: Ventilate regularly with full open windows, when cooking, so the smell of food does not get any chance to cling to the curtains or wallpapers.

5. Oven cleaning
From top to bottom, it is full of dough, grease and residue. The solution: table salt! This absorbs the grease, thus helping to loosen the dirt. Sprinkle the areas most affected generously, with salt, and heat the oven to 50 degrees Celsius. Wipe off the crust with a damp cloth and watch the dirt disappear!

Prevention: Before baking cookies, cover the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil. This way, the drops and splashes of grease can simply be taken off after it’s all over.

6. Sorting presents
There are always a few unwanted and distasteful presents hanging around the house after Christmas. There are hundreds of charitable organizations that will be more than happy to collect these from you, instead of you having to throw them away! 

PS: Tips provided by Helpling - the leading online-platform for home cleaners.

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