Whether the company is good or not, your home (and personal, of course) hygiene should be. Here’s a quick checklist of some of the most important things you can do to keep things clean(ish) for your guests.
Floor Chore: Consider us team “shoes off” in the house. And for good reason. To put it bluntly, there’s one main reason: poop.
Studies have found that if you wear your shoes for more than 30 days, virtually all will have E. coli on them...plus around 32 other microbes, germs and bacteria (if poop wasn’t enough). If you have kids or pets, you may want to re-think a “shoes on” policy! We know most don’t wash their shoes routinely, and while we wish we had one of these, we’re guessing there’s going to be an adoption curve. So, rather than bark orders to remove footwear, give your guests some reusable house slippers as early Christmas presents.
There are plenty to choose from, but here’s what Truman will be wearing this holiday season. They’re washable and oh-so comfy. Grab one for male guests and female guests for the holidays!
Holiday Bidet: Nothing worse than running out of TP, especially when Uncle Steve is making room for dessert. Even worse, it takes 37 gallons of water, 1.5 pounds of wood and 1/3 kWh of electricity to produce ONE ROLL of your precious two-ply.
There’s a better way: Equip your toilets with eco-friendly bidets and never worry about your hand towels becoming “single use” because of a TP shortage. There are bidets for all budgets; here’s a fancy-shmancy one, here’s an average joe and here’s your budget buddy. If saving paper and water doesn't convince you, bidets also get you much cleaner. Two-ply and three-ply toilet paper is cushioned and soft, but wiping sensitive skin with wad after wad of paper isn’t exactly comfortable (or sanitary).
There are two major benefits of bidets when talking about cleanliness. First, the obvious: Water gets you cleaner than paper alone. Plus, water reaches places toilet paper cannot. Need we say more? When you clean with bidets, you’ll come out of the bathroom with fewer bacteria and less risk of passing along any bad germs. Overall, bidets save money, are more efficient and keep you cleaner. So go ahead and wash your nasty a** with a bidet before your company arrives.
Kick Back, Relax and Clean: You want your guests to feel at home, and one way of doing that is handing over the TV remote. Watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch it. Just make sure to regularly clean those handheld germ spreaders.
Remote controls are notorious for holding onto bacteria and, of course, are the perfect place to spread germs from person to person. Spray ‘em down with The Glass Is Always Cleaner and you’ll be good to go no matter which relative gains control over the airwaves.
Oh Holy Sheet: Hosting overnight guests? Wash those sheets, pillows and their cases (before and after)! Everyone likes to sleep in a freshly cleaned set of sheets, and ideally you are laundering them weekly (or at least every other week). But a recent survey found that Americans usually go a month in between washings. (Gross, my fellow Americans.) Dead skin cells, sweat, hair shed, saliva, makeup, dirty clothes, and more can turn your sacred sheets into a petri dish for germs to run rampant. (Really gross.) And research has even found that swabs from pillowcases unwashed for a week contained 17,000x more bacteria than samples taken from a toilet seat. (Really, really gross.)
Just wash the sheets and pillows so you can rest easy knowing your friends or family are dreaming of sugarplums without microbes crawling on them. Just toss a Get a Load of This bar into the drum before you throw in your sheets, comforters, pillow cases or microfiber pillows, and you’ll sleep much easier.
Shake the Cobwebs: Guests will admire the decor in your home — unless it’s that tacky poster you’ve had since college. Dust off the picture frames, tidy any open shelving and take extra care to wipe down windows and mirrors. This will help cut down any seasonal allergens in your home, and dust microbes that may be lingering about.
Finally, make sure you knock the dust off of that nice bourbon or wine you’ve been saving for just this occasion, and spend a little extra time with your loved (or tolerated) ones this holiday season.