The ultimate Christmas cleaning checklist for a Christmas

The ultimate Christmas cleaning checklist for a Christmas
Having flashbacks to the cranberry sauce in your carpet and wrapping paper strewn across the floor in front of the Christmas tree last year? Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but let's be honest, it's not stress free – it comes with a fair amount of mess too! So get ready for another merry messy Christmas this year with this ultimate Christmas cleaning checklist.

Tips for a stress free Christmas… not

A checklist isn't the only way to make cleaning for Christmas easier. It’s inevitable that Dad will fall asleep (again) this year and send his mulled wine flying towards the carpet. But we wouldn’t have it any other way – which is why you need these Christmas cleaning tips.

1. Plan your cleaning routine before the season begins. Rather than thinking about how to get gravy out of a shaggy rug as your Mum’s Christmas dinner goes spiralling towards the floor.

2. Make yourself a Christmas cleaning emergency kit. No more crying over spilt eggnog, simply keep your emergency kit handy. Include items such as:

  • Plenty Original 200 sheet kitchen roll for mopping up spills and cleaning down sides.
  • A feather duster to keep your baubles so shiny you can see your reflection (and the spinach between your teeth) in them.
  • An all-purpose cleaner.
  • White vinegar.
  • Baking soda which is great for busting nasty odours

3. Accept it. Christmas day is one of the most exciting days of the year. Drinks will get spilt when the game of charades gets intense. Gravy will creeeeeep over the edge of your plate. If you can’t mop it up straight away with some kitchen roll – enjoy yourself and attack it on Boxing Day when everyone else is in bed if you’re itching to clean.

The ultimate Christmas cleaning checklist

For our ultimate Christmas cleaning checklist, we'll show you how to clean your house for Christmas starting a month before the big day.

One month to Christmas...

Get some pre-Christmas cleaning done. A few important areas to remember include:

  • Dust and clean: surfaces, sideboards, TV units and picture frames.
  • Vacuum and clean: the carpet, in particular where you put up your tree – the pine needles will only drop on a clean carpet…
  • Mop: any floors which don't have carpets.
  • Move large furniture: then give them a clean and the area beneath them too.
  • Wash and wipe down: your windows, window sills, mirrors and door handles.

One week to Christmas...

It's almost time to gobble up your gobbler, but before you shop for your turkey and trimmings make sure you clean and sanitise your kitchen. This includes:

  1. Clean out your fridge and freezer. Empty it, check use by dates and clean shelves and drawers.
  2. Clean your oven. This will get it in top condition to cook your Christmas feast.
  3. Declutter your cupboards. This will make space for your cranberry sauce and the spiced chutney your uncle makes you every year. Better make room for last year’s too.


When it comes to Christmas cleaning get the whole household involved. Stick someone on candle watch to make sure it doesn’t give your tablecloth a new pattern or any other job you’ve got in mind.

And for a day-to-day checklist of what do before the big day check out our advent cleaning calendar infographic!

Christmas is always going to be messy (and not just from any havoc-wreaking elves). Now that you’ve got it handled, you can look forward to it all again next year!

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