Hanukkah. Eight days of delightful celebrations. The menorah candles are lit every night, and there is always a lot of eating, drinking, and merriment with exchanges of gifts.
Unfortunately, it is not all pleasant. Post-Hanukkah cleaning can steal some of the joy you have gathered during the celebrations, especially if you don’t know how to go about it. Cleaning up after Hanukkah usually involves a lot of wax and grease removal, which can be a headache. That’s why we have compiled a list of some of the best Hanukkah cleaning tips to prepare you for what is to come. Let’s just call it our Hanukkah gift to you.
Here are some tips and tricks to make your Hanukkah cleaning easy;
The festival of lights that involves lighting candles on the Menorah each night of Hanukkah is one of the most critical aspects of the holiday. The oil and wax that gathers on the Menorah on those eight days make cleaning difficult.
One of the best hacks is to use dripless candles to avoid the cleaning process altogether. Here are some of the best steps for traditional candles, depending on the material;
Another easy way to clean a Menorah is to freeze it first, as the cold will harden the wax so that it is easy to crack off.
Wax build-up will not spare the other wooden surfaces or the carpet in your home. It is important to remember that soft wax makes a bigger mess if you attempt to wipe it off. Always allow the wax to cool and harden before cleaning up.
Use a plastic surface like a credit card to gently scrape the wax off because a metal surface can permanently scratche your wood or disfigure your carpet.
Alternatively, you can use the freeze-and-scrape method, which involves putting a bag of ice on top of the wax mess and allowing it to sit until it is frozen. This will make the wax brittle and easier to scrape off. You can then use the plastic tool to scrape.
If a stain is left on the carpet after you’re done, use white vinegar diluted with water and salt to remove it.
The kitchen usually goes into overdrive during holiday celebrations, and Hanukkah is not any different. This holiday lasts eight days, and dirty dishes will pile up if you are not intentional about cleaning. At the same time, grease splatters will accumulate from frying all the latkes, loukoumades, and sufganiyot. This usually leaves the pots and pans in a pitiful state.
Ensure to soak the pots and pans overnight in soapy water for at least 6 hours and wash with some elbow grease or scrub using scouring powder by the following morning.
To remove the grease splatters built up from all the frying, apply some vinegar and allow it to sit for a while before using a microfiber cloth to wipe it off. However, if the countertop is marble or granite, do not spray and leave the vinegar on the surface. Instead, spray the vinegar on a microfiber cloth and wipe the surface or use warm water and dish soap to clear away the grease.
Grease stains usually reach the clothes and aprons in many ways, including from the kitchen. Here is how;
Kids love Hanukkah and chocolate, so it is easy to imagine the mess that will result when they combine. Kids tend to leave chocolaty fingerprints and stains on clothes, hard surfaces, upholstery, and carpets. Here is how to manage these;
Cleaning after Hanukkah should not interfere with your enjoyment. Preparing adequately for all the work that follows the celebration will allow you to enjoy your Hanukkah with your family, friends, and children. Also, Clean Tu Casa is always available to lend a hand, so you don't have to worry about your Hannukkah cleaning. Book your post-Hanukkah cleaning today and let our brilliant team take care of the aftermath of a well-spent Hannukkah.
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