If you host a party or 2 for the holidays, then you know it’s about that time to start preparing for the Christmas events. Remember you can always call Tri Maids to get a full house cleaning or we also offer customized cleans, where we’ll just do whatever you want us to do in your home.

As for any and all other options- here’s a quick breakdown of those “necessary” to-do items to get ready for the holidays and any parties that are associated with it.

First things first – Do a “visitor” walk thru and just take notes of everything that you see that are out of place. This is a great time to give out these little tasks to any other people in the house if possible to get a little bit of help with this hectic time.

Depending on your time limit that you have, I recommend these are the things that you take care of 2-3 days beforehand.

–Clean windows and vacuum window tracks. Damp mop baseboards.

–Deep clean bathrooms and straighten bedrooms.

–Clean all top kitchen surfaces. Wipe fridge and make room for extra food in there.

–Dust all surfaces and sweep entryway.


–Hang fresh hand towels, and check hand soap.

–Wipe any dirty areas in the bathrooms using a wet rag.

–Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and give them a quick brushing.

–Wipe mirrors, countertops, and bathroom floors with a damp towel.

–Take out the garbage, and line trash receptacles with clean liners.

–Straighten stacks of magazines and books.

–Straighten and fluff sofa pillows and cushions.

–Carry a laundry basket throughout the house, picking up clutter as you go. Once filled, put everything in its place or you can just hide the basket.

–Vacuum high-traffic areas.

–Place fresh flowers and light scented candles.


Now your home should look and smell great. This will take off the extra stress that can be associated with having visitors and/or family over to your home.


5 Everyday cleaning items that are easy to make (And work great!)

5 Everyday cleaning items that are easy to make (And work great!)


1. Make your own gel hand sanitizer!

1 1/2 ounces pure aloe vera (not the green stuff)

3 teaspoons rubbing alcohol

1 teaspoon vitamin e oil

5 drops essential oil – lemon and lavender are my favorites in this recipe

-Dispense ingredients directly in a small container with a lid.  Shake liberally to mix all ingredients thoroughly.  If you want your gel to be slightly thinner in consistency, add a little more rubbing alcohol, up to one teaspoon. And then it’s ready for use! Just remember to shake it before use!


2. Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

1/2 cup vodka (you can use rubbing alcohol but it seems the vodka works better in this recipe)

1 cup water

10 drops peppermint essential oil

glass spray bottle

-Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower after use.  No rinsing necessary.  Other good tip: Use a squeegee at the end of your shower to remove excess water and to prevent water spots.


3. Foaming Hand Soap

foaming soap dispenser(s) – Easy to find or reuse one!

1-2 tablespoons castile soap (many different scents to choose from!) – I use 2 tablespoons for 8 ounces of water (the amount just depends on how foamy you want your soap to be)

8 ounces of water (or whatever size your foamer is) – use distilled water if you can, but tap water works just as good


measuring spoons

-Funnel the measured amount of castile soap into the bottle then pour water over it. Shake to mix it up and you’re done. You can also add 10-20 drops of essential oils inside to add more scents.


4.  Disinfecting Spray Cleaner

1 1/4 cups water

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties – you can substitute rubbing alcohol, but it will have a more medicinal scent)

15 drops essential oil – peppermint + lemon OR lavender + lemon are great in this recipe

glass spray bottle

 -Mix all ingredients together


5. Marble and Granite top Cleaner

3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

1 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon castile or dish soap (if you want your spray to smell like your dish soap, use that)

-Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!