Easy Thanksgiving And Christmas Dinner Clean Up Tips
I love hosting during the holidays, but I hate the cleanup. Talk about a mess cooking dinner for your entire family can make your kitchen look like a bomb went off in it.
Over the years I have perfected my methods of cooking for easy cleanup, and I discovered other ways to cut down on the mess. So here are my best tips for you.
- One the worst things to clean out is the turkey pan. I recommend that you buy a Reynolds turkey bag but sometimes they burst, so I also recommend lining foil at the bottom of the pan just in case. Clean up will be a breeze.
- My second suggestion is line whatever baking dishes and pan you can with foil makes cleanup easy.
- Make sure the dishwasher is empty before guests arrive. You can try to load dishes as needed to keep the sink empty.
- I also recommend using disposables. I am eco-friendly and I hate doing this but it is so much easier. Tablecloth, napkins, cups, plates, utensils if you can find recycled ones that is even better. The biggest mess is the dishes. Whatever can be tossed is less cleanup for you.
- Reynolds sells a crock-pot liners and using one saves your burned space. You don’t have to clean the crock-pot out so that’s why I recommend the crock-pot to make your mashed potatoes.
- Consider buying beverages that are canned, so you don’t need a glass. Most people will drink cold canned soda.
- Make it a potluck or ask people to bring side dishes. It's less cooking and dishwashing for you.
- Try the Pinterest Miracle Cleaner. It’s a solution of dawn and vinegar, and it works like a dream on dirty pots and pans especially if you throw in a little of baking soda for extra scrubbing power. This stuff will dissolve the food.
- Denture tablets can help remove food stains and loose up stuck on food. Throw one in the pan or dish and let it soak.
- Use wax paper when cooking and baking then you throw away the wax paper, and there is no mess on the counter.
- Keep a Tide pen handy to pretreat and remove stains from table linens.
- Purchase pre-made sides and dishes. They come in ready to serve containers. No prep or cooking required either.
- Serve your dishes in the containers you use for leftovers. I use Pyrex clear glass bowls with lids.
- Buy or borrow a Dust-Buster which cleans up crumbs in a snap. It makes less mess than a wet rag.
Thanksgiving can be stressful. Do whatever it takes to make the meal prep and hosting duties easy for you. Do you have any clean-up tips to share?