3 Tips To Make Thanksgiving Day Cleanup A Breeze!

English: Saying grace before carving the turke...

English: Saying grace before carving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in the home of Earle Landis in Neffsville, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Thanksgiving is only 2 days away! It’s such a fantastic time of year—full of family and friends, family traditions, and FEASTING! All this holiday gathering requires a lot of prep work, and is often accompanied with a lot of cleanup. Today we have 3 tips that will make cleaning up on Thanksgiving a breeze—well almost a breeze ;).


  • Clean the kitchen as you go. The day of the big feast don’t let the kitchen get out of control. Keep your prep space clean, and clean up small messes as they happen. This will prevent you from having to undertake a long cleanup when you are full of turkey and very sleepy!
  • Soak the turkey pan. Don’t let those delicious turkey drippings sit on your pan. In fact for all your dishes that aren’t being used to serve try this trick. After the turkey, etc. are removed from the pan, put hot water and about 1 cup baking soda and a small amount of dish detergent in the pan and fill it to the top. Let it soak while you are eating. Washing dishes after Thanksgiving was never so easy!
  • Let your guests help you clear the table. This isn’t rude, in fact many guests offer to help their hosts with preparing food and cleanup. Let them help! Have everyone clear and rinse their plates/silverware/cups. Assign someone to putting food into storage containers to be refrigerated. Let someone collect cloth napkins and tablecloths and load them into the washing machine. With all those hands cleanup should take no more than 10 minutes. Then everyone can relax and enjoy a slice of pie!


What tips do you have for making cleanup a breeze after a big family gathering?


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