House Not Ready For The Holidays?

“In my years as a Certified Professional Organizer, I’ve learned that this is always the time of year when people really start to stress about getting their homes clean and organized before the craziness of the holidays,” Marrero said. “That’s why Lemi Shine and I came up with our super-easy quick fixes to keep homes guest-ready with a minimum of fuss – and no harsh chemicals.”

Getting ready for guests:

  • Start by running your washing machine and dishwasher empty with Lemi Shine Appliance Cleaners. Clean machines make double-duty holiday cleaning more efficient and effective.
  • Stash clutter when company is on the way by filling the family laundry basket. That way, important items don’t get lost in the shuffle – you’ll find them by your next laundry day.
  • Wash all blankets, linens and towels your guests will need for a nice fresh feel.
  • Put a “Forgot This?” box in the guest bathroom with extra toothbrushes, razors, antacids, cotton balls and other toiletries they may have forgotten to pack.

Prepping the kitchen:

  • Make room for holiday foods by taking everything out of the fridge, and discard anything expired, spoiled or unknown. Before you put anything back in, clean sticky fridge spills with Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner.
  • Plan the serving pieces, utensils and cookware you’ll need. Set them out to make sure they’re clean and polished so nothing is left to the last minute.
  • Make sure glasses and dishes are spotless with Lemi Shine Dish Detergent Booster, which combats hard water spots and helps your dishwasher clean like it’s brand new.
  • Have job assignments, such as taking out the trash or setting the table, ready for anyone who asks if they can help.

Cleaning up after:

  • As the leftovers pile up in the fridge, use bins to corral common categories of items, such as condiments or sandwich fixings, so you or your guests can quickly pull together a meal.
  • Label items with name and date before you put them in the freezer so you won’t forget what they are and how old they are.
  • Make sure your disposal doesn’t give your kitchen “bad breath” by cleaning the disposal with a Lemi Shine Disposal Cleaner pack.

“These time-saving tips will help holiday hosts enjoy the season without worrying about how the house looks when guests arrive early or if mystery leftovers are taking over the fridge,” Marrero said. “It’s OK to take a few shortcuts and focus on what’s really important – spending time with family and friends and celebrating traditions.”

Marrero and Lemi Shine will offer even more holiday prep tips in a Facebook Live Dec. 5 at

About Lemi Shine:
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Lemi Shine is a family-owned household cleaning products company that provides a Clean Freak-approved clean for the home without harsh chemicals. Established in 1994 with the original Lemi Shine Detergent Booster, the company has since invented additional category-changing products such as a multi-use machine cleaner, hard water rinse aid and spot- and stain-resistant surface cleaner, all powered by natural citric extracts. More information can be found at or on Facebook and Twitter.

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About the Author: Carrie Brunner

Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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