What's the part of Thanksgiving everyone hates?
You guessed it: the least favorite part of Thanksgiving is cleaning up after dinner. Prepare yourself beforehand! We've put together our favorite cooking and post-meal cleaning tips that will take away some of the clean-up stress of the big day.
Have the dishwasher empty before eating so it can be loaded right away after dinner.
Before you even begin getting close to eating, make sure the dishwasher is empty and ready to be served after everyone has cleaned their plates. This will make transition much easier on you.
Line pans with foil
If there is any chance that the food will spill over (pies boiling over, food that touches the bottom of the pan, etc...), line the pan with foil so that it can be thrown away and keep the dishes clean. In fact, if you have the time, line the bottom of the oven with foil!
Use Clorox/Lysol wipes
Although they aren't good for making your counters LOOK nice, Clorox/Lysol wipes are super important when cooking and cleaning large meals, especially when raw turkey is involved.
Wipe down surfaces frequently
Don't wait until the dinner is completed before you start cleaning. Throughout the prep process, keep up with the mess. Wipe down counters and other surfaces (cupboard tumors in oven door) frequently. Later, you can use a microfiber cloth with water and soap to get the shine back on your counters.
Arm yourself with these few cleaning tips and you can expect to have a much smoother post-dinner cleaning process.
Happy Thanksgiving from Chicago Loop Cleaners!
PS: Here's some really great make-ahead Thanksgiving dinners and recipes. Check them out!