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Staying safe during Holi: precautions and cleaning tips

Having guests over to celebrate Holi? Follow these Holi precautions and Holi safety tips to welcome them into your home and limit the clean-up needed after.

Holi is a wonderful celebration of colour that can be revitalising and provide enjoyment for the entire family. However, when it comes to the post-celebration clean-up, there is plenty to do! Try these Holi safety tips – including guidance on finding the right Holi colour remover – to get ready for the event.

What Holi precautions should you follow?

If you’re hosting the family this Holi, then you need to spend some time getting your home ready for the event. Take some time to clean your home ahead of your guests arriving, and follow these Holi protection tips to make sure nothing precious gets damaged:

  • Use old or dark coloured towels in your bathrooms that won’t show Holi stains as clearly
  • Close off areas with carpets, particularly light-coloured ones, so that guests don’t accidentally stain the fabric
  • Section off an area outside for your bonfire. Remember to follow important Holi safety tips such as keeping the bonfire controlled and putting barriers in front of it so that young children and animals can’t get too close
  • Apply colours to each other outside and have an area where people can rinse themselves down or get changed before coming into your home

How to be safe from Holi colours after the celebration

Of course, even with these safety tips you’re still likely to end up with some colour stains in your home and on your clothes. For advice on finding a Holi colour remover for your clothes (particularly white clothes), read our article here. For general advice on cleaning up your home, read on below: 

  • Vacuum, sweep, and mop all flooring thoroughly. This can be done as part of your Holi preparation but should also be done afterwards to pick up any loose colour powder or fresh stains.
  • Wipe all surfaces using a surface cleaner like Domex. Learning how to be safe from Holi colours means focusing on hard surfaces as well as fabrics, so pay close attention to kitchen counters and bathroom surfaces which are the most likely areas to be used by your guests.
  • Launder clothes, towels, and sheets with a fragrant detergent such as Surf excel. This is a great tips for your Holi precautions as well as the clean-up because it means your guests can enjoy beautifully scented towels and linen. After the event, the stain-fighting power of the detergent will help remove any residual colour stains.
  • Clear any rubbish before and after the event. This portion of your Holi protection tips should be obvious but it’s still important. Empty your bins before the event so that you have room for the debris that accumulates over the night, then empty again once the celebration is over to restore your home to normal.

From these Holi safety tips, you can learn how to clean and prepare your home for guests and get everything back to normal after they’ve left.

Holi precautions checklist: 

  • Keep your bonfire confined to a set space outside, and keep children and animals away from it
  • Keep guests away from carpeted rooms after the colour application to avoid stains
  • Use old or dark coloured towels in bathrooms
  • Clean all surfaces before and after the celebration with a surface cleaner like Domex
  • Make sure you have a quality detergent, like Surf excel, ready as a Holi colour remover
  • Empty bins before and after you welcome guests to prevent it accumulating

Top tip


Staying safe during Holi includes learning how to be safe from Holi colours. Come up with a cleaning plan a week in advance and utilise our Holi protection tips to ensure your home is ready for the big event.