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Children cooking in the kitchen

Hold tight to your moorings, the holiday maelstrom is starting to spin. All across the gravy-splattered nation, innocent kitchens, dining rooms, and living spaces are about to be sucked into a whirl of dirty dishes, trashed counters, sullied tables, and other moldering remains of seasonal entertaining.

The four saucemen of the kitchen apocalypse are here, bringing an epic mess that will stretch from Thanksgiving to New Years. In my house, there will be no escaping the housekeeping fallout from a string of dinner parties and multi-course family feasts. My inner neatnik can run, but it cannot hide. The best I can do is prepare for the coming storm: My stockings are stuffed with cleaners while visions of 24-hour maid service dance in my head.

I'm also keeping plenty of Seventh Generation dish liquid on hand. And not just for the dishes either. Mix that magic with some baking soda, and you've got the power of some serious scour to make your sink shine like a kid's smile on Christmas morn. With this in my arsenal, I mock the grease and grime that thinks it can coat my sink and other surfaces and get away with it. Take that, turkey fat...

Here's another thing: I traditionally start the holiday season with a fresh refrigerator from which all science experiments and year-old mystery casseroles have been removed. We need the space for food that's still, you So our fridge gets gutted, dismantled, and put back together again all clean and fresh. And nothing does that better for me than our Glass and Surface Cleaner. It's my appliance wipe-down of choice.

As for the rest of the kitchen, it's about to get tossed into a culinary turbine. For me, All Purpose Cleaner and 100% Recycled Paper Towels are the cleaning glue that puts it all back together.

So let the holiday housekeeping marathon begin. With a scrub brush in my hand and courage in my heart, I'm ready for whatever the season throws at me.

How do you prepare your home for the holiday season?

Geoff the Inkslinger and his Dog

The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!