So, you’ve woken up after a party with the foggiest head. What happened last night? A mess. Your house is a tip, filled to the brim with bottles. And on top of that, you’ve got a pretty bad hangover. Nobody likes to relax in filth (well, if you do, each to their own), and although cleaning up after having fun isn’t fun, it’s worth the hassle in the end when you can actually sit on your sofa without injuring your rear end on half-empty cans.
In this article, we’re going to look at the fastest ways you can clean up after a party, so you can focus on the most important thing — nursing yourself to recovery!
A Clean Start
The best way to cut down your cleaning time after the party is to prepare before the party. Putting refuse sacks in each room not only stops you trailing a heavy, partially split bag through your house while spilling dregs from bottles and cans — this can also encourage your guests to put their rubbish in the refuse sack when they’ve finished their drink.
You may as well go ahead and empty your bins before guests come over, so if they are thoughtful drunks, they can head straight to the kitchen to put their rubbish in the bin (and probably get another drink. Okay, maybe they’re not that thoughtful). So, make sure it isn’t bursting at the seams before anyone arrives.
If you have one, empty your dishwasher pre-party. In the morning, the first thing that you should do is clear your kitchen counters and surfaces to get everything away washing while you get started on the rest of the house. Glasses and dishes will be the main culprit of the mess, so once they’re dealt with, things will already look a lot better. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill a washing up bowl with hot water and washing up liquid and let everything soak in there for the time being. Lay a towel out for extra drying room.
And while you’re at being an organised party animal, save your surfaces the pain of being stained by ring marks and get some coasters down! This will save you buffing them off later with non-gel toothpaste.
A Breath of Fresh Air
The smell of stale alcohol and hangover is one of complete horror. Before you begin the deep cleanse, open all your windows to circulate fresh air throughout the house. This will make a massive difference to how clean your house feels.
If you have any about, get some candles and air freshener diffusers and place them around your house. Not only will this fight off any unwelcome smells but will also set a nice atmosphere for your delicate self.
From the Window… to the Back Door!
Get yourself a bucket of warm water and cleaner along with a sponge and cloth and get to the front door where it all started. Wipe down all the surfaces so that you can get rid of those invisible sticky stains that’ll catch you off guard in the future. Work your way through your house so that one chore is done and dusted. Literally.
If you have any tough stains that look like they’ll be a nightmare to get out, mix four tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with ¼ cup of water and scrub. After, mound some bicarbonate on the stains and leave to work out the stain while you clean the rest of your house.
When you’ve finished cleaning everything else, vacuum last so that you can get the bicarbonate dust up, as well as any other rubbish you may have dropped along the way.
Now get a shower, get your pyjamas on, order a takeaway and stick your favourite film on. You’ve earned it!