How to Impress your Mother in Law

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away which means you will most likely be hosting family in your home. Usually there's one critic you're aiming to please more so than yourself. Your Mother in Law. We can't tell you how to cook or how to discipline your kids to her standards, but we can help you get your house ready for her stay. These cleaning tips cover some things you may not have thought of, but will definitely impress her and make her think, "Wow, she pays a lot of attention to detail." Just make sure you maintain it for those SURPRISE visits we all know happen. We will give you a guide for that too.

1. Vacuum
     Did you know you're supposed to sanitize your vacuum? Think about how dirty it probably is from constantly cleaning your dirty floors. 

  1. Empty the canister
  2. Using your instruction manual, take everything apart
  3. Use scissors or a seam ripper to clean out the beater bar
  4. Wipe down the bottom of the vacuum with rubbing alcohol
  5. Rinse out the canister and wipe down with alcohol
  6. Change or clean filter
  7. Make sure everything is dried thoroughly before putting back together

2. Couch
     There's most likely an odor coming from your couch that you don't even notice anymore.

  1. Sprinkle baking soda over the couch
  2. Vacuum it all up (with your newly sanitized vacuum)

3. Stove Top
     A lot of cooking will be happening over the next week and a half. Your mother in law may take control of the kitchen and the last thing you will want to do is listen to her complain about how dirty the stove is that she's 'having' to cook on

  1. For gas stoves, place the stove burners in a bag of ammonia OUTSIDE to remove the gunk
  2. For electric stoves, give them some elbow grease
  3. For glass cooktops, sprinkle on baking soda, place a damp towel over it for 15 minutes, then rub away

4. Oven Glass   
     People are always looking through the oven glass while asking, "is it done yet?" It happens about 20 times more often during the holidays.

  1. The only step is to take a melamime sponge (magic eraser) to it. It will work for the rest of your oven too if you want to take it a step further

5. Ceiling Fans
     There's nothing worse than a guest mentioning they're a little warm and turning the ceiling fan on to reveal a dust snow party in your living room.

  1. Take an old pillow case and wipe the fan blades - the pillow case will catch the dust from falling everywhere


There you have it! We recommend doing a little more than these 5 cleaning tips to ensure a happy home, but we wanted to make sure you didn't forget about some of the things that tend to go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.