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The After-Thanksgiving Clean Up: Leftover Tips & More

The After-Thanksgiving Clean Up: Leftover Tips & More

The After-Thanksgiving Clean Up: Leftover Tips & More

Posted November 17, 2020

Is there anything better than gathering around the table with family and friends to eat a delicious meal, all while reflecting on the things you’re grateful for? 

Thanksgiving is such a filling holiday – if you know what we mean. So many yummy dishes, but always more food than can be eaten in one sitting. If you are hosting the gathering this year, here are some tips to help you with Thanksgiving Day clean up. These tips will help you use up leftovers, and keep things clean and pest free.

1. Cover Pantry Foods

Let’s talk about leftovers first. Things like breads, and some pies can be left out for a few days, or placed in the pantry. If you are going to save these things, you will want to make sure you cover them properly. Doing this will help the food last longer, preserve flavor, and will keep pests out of the pantry. Many pests like leftovers just as much as we do! We recommend using sealable containers or bags, to help the food stay fresher for a day or two. 

2. Refrigerate or Freeze Other Foods

Foods like turkey and mashed potatoes can be repurposed for other meals after the holidays. Try adding your turkey to a hot sandwich or making your mashed potatoes into a morning hashbrown. After spending so much time to prepare a great meal, the last thing you want to do is let the extra food go to waste. Things that can’t be left out should be saved in sealable containers or bags and put in the refrigerator or freezer. 

For refrigerated food, we recommend glass containers with lids that seal well. That way, you can easily use the same container to reheat things in the microwave. Try using freezer-friendly plastic bags for leftovers that are going to end up in the freezer. In general, refrigerated food can last up to a couple of days, and frozen food can last a few months. 

3. Wipe Up Spills

Between food preparation and Thanksgiving festivities, things are bound to spill. There are a few key areas you should pay attention to when cleaning up. Make sure to use soap and water to wipe down countertops and the outsides of cabinets. You’d be surprised how much can drip down onto your cabinets! 

Now don’t forget the floors. Make sure you are sweeping or vacuuming, and mopping any hardwood or tile floors. Pests will love taking advantage of any crumbs or sticky messes left behind. By cleaning up and wiping off, you can help prevent pests from being uninvited holiday guests.

4. Take Out the Trash

After you’ve cleared the table and thrown away the mess, it’s a good idea to tie off that garbage bag and take it straight to the dumpster. Though the food that has been thrown away may seem like garbage to you, it’s a tasty treat to any pests around. Take the trash out and wipe down your trashcan to discourage pests from coming into the kitchen. By doing this, you’ll also be avoiding any leftover smells and helping to keep bugs away.

From our Fox family to yours, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving and some tasty dinner leftovers to look forward to! Noticing pests around your home? Or looking for professional pest prevention? We are here to help! Get your estimate here. Because no bugs is simply better.

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