Get your home ready for out­door en­ter­tain­ing

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With the warm weather here, it’s time to get your house and yard in shape for out­door en­ter­tain­ing.

Here are a few tips from the mak­ers of Ox­iClean(tm) to quickly spruce up your home for your next gath­er­ing, so you can spend more time with fam­ily and friends, and less time wor­ry­ing about the prep work and clean up.

Tidy Up the Yard - The first thing guests will no­tice is the con­di­tion of your lawn, so make sure to give it a fresh mow the day be­fore you’re hav­ing guests over. Tidy up yard de­bris like ex­tra sticks and mulch, and put away gar­den tools, lawn toys and garbage cans so they are out of view.

Add Fresh Flow­ers - Find an­nu­als in your fa­vorite party-theme col­ors and plant them in ce­ramic or terra cotta pots to brighten the space. Po­si­tion pot­ted plants as ta­ble cen­ter­pieces, near serv­ing sta­tions, and on the pa­tio or deck for pops of color. Use your home as a way to ex­press your per­sonal style and get creative by co­or­di­nat­ing flow­ers with your ta­ble linens and fur­ni­ture up­hol­stery.

Clean Up Your Sit­ting Area - From pic­nics and pool par­ties, to birthdays and cook­outs, get your back­yard ready for the sea­son. It is a good idea to spruce up your deck at least once a year to re­move any weath­er­ing and stains that may have oc­curred, and wipe down lawn and pa­tio fur­ni­ture that was ly­ing dor­mant dur­ing the win­ter. Tackle both with a prod­uct that is gen­tle on un­fin­ished wood. Try a so­lu­tion of Ox­iClean(tm) Ver­sa­tile Stain Re­mover and wa­ter to re­move stains and re­new your out­door space. Re­mem­ber to rinse thor­oughly any resid­ual prod­uct.

De-grime the Grill - Grungy grills are never a wel­come part of any back­yard bar­be­cue, es­pe­cially if they were col­lect­ing dust and dirt all sea­son. Wipe the grime and grease off the out­side of the grill, and clean the in­te­rior racks, by scrub­bing with a wire brush and a so­lu­tion of three parts bak­ing soda to one part warm wa­ter. Rinse thor­oughly.

Clear Up Cloudy Dishes - Now that you’ve cleaned up the space you’re ready to en­ter­tain! In ad­vance of guests ar­riv­ing, pull out the sum­mer dishes and glass­ware and make sure they are spot­less. To get table­ware sparkling clean, use a rinse aid like Ox­iCleanTM Dish­wash­ing Booster in ad­di­tion to your dishwasher de­ter­gent. It helps boost the clean­ing per­for­mance of your dishwasher de­ter­gent to re­move cloudy film, spots, and streaks that de­ter­gent alone can leave be­hind.

With the right tips and tricks you can eas­ily prep your home for en­ter­tain­ing and of­fer your guests a com­fort­able and re­laxed ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing all of sum­mer’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

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From pic­nics and pool par­ties, to birthdays and cook­outs, get your back­yard ready for the sea­son.

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