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Cleaning the house is just as important as serving good food at any party, no matter the occasion. It’s practically impossible to make guests feel comfortable in a messy space. That being said, you don’t need to get down on your hands and knees and scrub every floor tile with a toothbrush to cleanse your house thoroughly. Here are some simple, more efficient ways to clean that’ll definitely do the trick.

1. The easiest way to clean your pots

For those of you lucky enough to have dishwashers, you probably know that technology isn’t always advanced enough to remove all the grime caked onto a pot. But instead of scrubbing your pots by hand — which will ruin your sponge — fill them with some water as soon as you’re finished cooking, and heat them up again before spilling the water out. Any leftover grease or sauce should then rub off with a paper towel pretty painlessly.

2. Deal with your cast iron pan

Cast iron is one tricky surface to clean. It’s also expensive, so it’s crucial to deal with it in a way that won’t leave any damage. All you need to do is scrub some kosher salt all over the pan before rinsing it off. Then, dry it on the stove and polish it off with a small drop of oil. Seems easy enough, right?

3. Dust your blinds using tongs

Window blinds are easy to overlook when cleaning… which is why they’re extra dusty. So grab a pair of tongs, cover them with a cloth and get cracking. You never really know who will want to press their face against the window to stare at the snow.

4. Clean the toilet without getting your hands dirty

Understandably, the toilet is probably your least favourite thing to clean. But instead of using your ridiculously unsanitary toilet scrub brush, just drop in some Alka-Seltzer into the bowl, let it sit and then flush all that grime away.

5. A little lemon goes a long way

The lemon is a powerful fruit when it comes to cleaning. Not only can its rind mask unwanted odours, but its acidity can also help to remove stains and dirt. You can even use a lemon to brighten chrome surfaces, including your sink and doorknobs. Who knew?

6. Style Your Bookshelf

Your bookshelf might not exactly be dirty, but it could very well make the party room feel cluttered. Collect all the books and magazines you have lying around the house and reorganize them in a visually-pleasing way.

7. Make Your Bed

Although your guests might not be allowed into your bedroom, reward yourself after a long day of cooking, cleaning and entertaining people by climbing into a perfectly made bed. It’ll only take you a few minutes to do, and we all know that it’ll be worth it.