Quick Tips For Cleaning Up After Your Thanksgiving Feast

Quick Tips For Cleaning Up After Your Thanksgiving Feast

Rebecca Orlov
Nov 26, 2008

We really enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday - spending time with family, making the Thanksgiving meal together, my sister-in-law's amazing pecan pie. The only not so fun thing about the big day is the big cleanup after the meal. Even though you are full from a wonderful feast, jump in and use these quick tips to clean up the mess and continue the holiday.

1) Clear the table when the meal is done.
If you only have the energy to get one room in shape tonight, the dining room is the easiest to accomplish. Take any remaining dishes, cups, and serving utensils into the kitchen.

2) Deal with leftovers.
Food that you would normally refrigerate shouldn't sit out at room temperature for more than a couple of hours. So, toss anything that's been out longer, like appetizer dips, salads, veggie platters, or cheese. Cover any leftovers you plan to keep with foil or plastic wrap before refrigerating.

3. Conquer the counters.
Last, tackle what's left in and around the sink. Squirt grimy pots and pans with dishwashing liquid, and fill with very hot water. Set them aside on the counter or cooktop overnight — this extended soak will make them much easier to hand-wash later.

4) Triple line the trash can.
This will quickly allow you to have a clean empty trash bag when you take out a full one is removed.

5) Line broiling or roasting pans with foil.
Like tip 4, this will quickly allow you to clean up any baked-on bits, grease, and drippings by wrapping up the foil and tossing it away.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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