Cleaning up Christmas mess with ease

Cleaning up Christmas mess with ease

Cleaning Christmas mess is part and parcel of the festive season. From mulled wine spills to greasy roasting tins, candle wax drips and more – we’ve got you covered this holiday.

Here’s our top tips on how to clean up your Christmas mess with ease.

Removing mulled wine from clothing

When it comes to removing stains like mulled wine from clothing, it’s best to act quickly so to prevent it from soaking in.

Mix white vinegar with our powdered laundry detergent to create a paste, before adding to the stain. Leave for half an hour and rinse with cold water. Finally, wash the garment according to its care label instructions.

If you don’t have much time, another simple way to remove stains quickly is to use our new Laundry & Stain Remover Bar. Wet the bar and rub gently into the stain, before leaving for three minutes and rinsing. This technique works on everything from gravy to cranberry sauce.

Removing candle wax…

From wood:

First, leave the wax to cool – it’s difficult, and dangerous, to attempt to remove the wax whilst it’s still hot!

Cool the wax further with an ice pack, before using the flat edge of a credit card to chip away at the wax. Avoid using the corners as there’s a risk of denting the wood surface.

Once removed, buff the wooden surface with our furniture polish and a soft cloth to restore its original look.

From carpets: 

Cool the wax using an ice pack, before removing as much wax as you can using the edge of a metal spoon.

Next, cover the wax with a damp towel, before applying a very low heat using a hair dryer. The wax should absorb into the towel.

Cleaning roasting tins after Christmas dinner:

Patience is key when it comes to cleaning your roasting tin – too much force too soon can scratch the tin and cause food to stick in the future.

Simply fill your sink with hot water and washing up liquid, before leaving to soak for half an hour. A soft, material scourer will help remove stains without leaving scratches.

A quick note for afterwards – make sure to rinse your scourer with washing up liquid afterwards to prevent the grease from transferring onto other pots and pans that need washing!

Removing ring marks from coffee tables:

Again, time is the essence when it comes to removing ring marks made from cups, mugs and glasses. The darker the stain, the more the liquid has sunk into the table, which of course means it’s harder to remove.

To begin, mix lemon juice with equal measures of water. Rub this on the mark, moving in the direction of the grain if your table is made of wood. Add salt or baking soda if needed.

Once the stain has been removed, used furniture polish to look like new. Certain furniture polish, including Bio-D’s vegan offering, offers resistance against marks and spillages after prolonged use!

Tackling sticky finger marks on fabric furniture:

Our stain remover bars are great for removing marks from static furniture that can’t easily be moved. Simply wet the bar and run into the stain, before leaving for three minutes and dabbing with warm water.

If you don’t have a stain remover bar, use warm water and washing up liquid to dab at the residue.

Read our guide on how you can have a zero-waste Christmas this year.