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Pre-Christmas cleaning tips

Christmas is almost here! Prepare for a celebration at home by finding out how to prepare & get your home clean & tidy beforehand.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Christmas is almost here! It’s a good idea to prepare for Christmas by cleaning and tidying the different areas of your home. Dividing up the tasks into different areas will make it easy for you, so here are our best Christmas cleaning tips for the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and living room.

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Preparing for Christmas at home


Bedrooms during the winter months should be cosy and clean! Here’s how to get your bedroom up to scratch:


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  • Change the sheets so that they’re clean and fresh. Bedding – sheets and duvet covers – can be washed in the washing machine with Surf Frosted Pine + Apple liquid detergent for the ultimate festive scent! Try to wash them separately from other clothing, as smaller items like socks can get caught amongst the sheets and might not be cleaned properly.

  • Vacuum and polish the room to freshen it up, as we are spending more time at home, having a fresh environment can make any home feel cosy. Clean down any surfaces, like skirting boards, with Cif Cream. You may wish to have a house plant in your bedroom to maintain fresh air. Find out which indoor house plants you should get here.

  • Make space in wardrobes, or in a set of drawers, by clearing out any unwanted clothes/items in preparation for any extra purchases or gifts from Christmas. For peace of mind, check for signs of mould, as wardrobes can be ideal breeding grounds. Use Cif Mould Removal Spray to eliminate any mould found.

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The kitchen is the heart of any home, especially for Christmas. However, the kitchen isn’t just about cooking – it’s also about safely and hygienically storing food; it’s about keeping your glassware, cutlery, and crockery clean and shiny; and, if you keep your washing machine in the kitchen, it’s also about staying on top of your laundry. Here are some kitchen tasks you may wish to tackle during the pre-Christmas tidy-up:

  • Try to reach the bottom of your laundry basket before the festive period begins in earnest. There is nothing worse than getting ready for Christmas day and finding that your favourite little black dress is still stuffed in the bottom of the basket waiting for the wash. Take yourself shopping and stock up on Persil laundry detergent and Comfort fabric softener to ensure you don’t run out at a vital moment.

  • Clean your oven before Christmas so that it’s all ready to cook that turkey to perfection. If your oven is covered in small bits of cremated food, it could not only affect the taste of your meat, but it could also start to smoke, leaving a nasty, lingering smell in the house. Use Cif Oven and Grill spray to get your oven spotless, making sure to follow the directions on the label and taking any necessary safety precautions. Always make sure that the oven is cool before you start to clean it.

  • Clean your fridge by removing any out-of-date food (and recycling the packaging where appropriate). Emptying out your fridge also means you’ve got plenty of room for extra food like wine and trifle!

  • To create the perfect festive drinks, such as wine, port, sherry, mulled wine, mulled cider, and so on, you'll want your glassware sparkling. No one wants a drink served in a dirty, cloudy-looking glass, so make sure you clean any glassware before the day. An easy way to do this is to rinse the outside of the glass in vinegar – don’t worry about the smell, as it will fade as it dries.


One of the most important things you can do during the pre-Christmas clean up is to get your bathroom as clean and hygienic as possible and to try and maintain this level of cleanliness all throughout the festive period. Maintaining a clean bathroom area is vital in order to prevent the spread of germs. Use Cif Bathroom Spray and Domestos Toilet Gels to ensure that your bathroom is clean and hygienic.

Living room

Vacuuming is important over Christmas to keep your home looking clean and fresh. Prior to the big day, it’s also important to get your carpets clean before your kids sit on the floor opening and playing with their presents from Santa. If you’ve got rugs, flip them over and vacuum the undersides to remove as much dust and dirt as possible.

When you do the big Christmas tidy up is entirely up to you, but many homeowners prefer to clean in the few days leading up to 25 December, as this means they don’t feel rushed to get everything done in just one day, and it also means they can then spend Christmas and Boxing Day relaxing, drinking mulled wine, and eating mince pies, without having to worry about chores.

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Disclaimer: The information in this article is accurate at the time of publishing. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some guidance may have changed since publication. While Cleanipedia is trying to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations by using GOV UK and NHS.

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