How to Prepare Your Kitchen for Christmas Dinner

By on 15th December 2015 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

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So with the big day hurtling towards us faster than Santa on his sleigh, how do you stay on top of some tasks, when your chores feel like they’re piling up on you?

Well, there’s no need to be nervous about the big season – even if you’re hosting. Be it a gaggle of family and friends round, or just the one visit from Santa, we’ve got you covered so that your home looks the best it possibly can.

A Christmas checklist, if you will…

Get Your Cleaning Started

If you’re the hosts this year, preparing can be a little stressful. You want your house to be clean and tidy, yet inviting. It’s a good idea to do your housework with a ‘little and often’ approach as we move into the season.

If you’ve got guests staying overnight, try splitting cleaning tasks down into rooms and then subsequently into smaller tasks.

However, if you’ve got guests over for dinner only, focus your efforts on the kitchen. It’s the room that gets overused and under-loved through pretty much the whole of December, so if you get started now, it’ll be spick and span just in time for Christmas.

Remove clutter from your worktops


Start with small tasks that will make a big impact. You’re going to need every available piece of countertop come Christmas dinner meal prep and cooking. Clear away your clutter and maximise your space.



Clean the microwave

This seems to be the appliance that cleaning forgot. It’s best to get it spick and span as it’s incredibly helpful to reheat food on Christmas day, and if your guests are helping in the kitchen, you don’t want them to open the microwave door to old, splattered food (it’s okay, we’ve all been there). Try heating up a damp sponge for a minute or so, this will loosen up any tough stains, making it easier for you to simply wipe clean.

Freshen up the fridge

Fridge and food

Make room for the extra food you’ll need by reorganising and removing items in your fridge. If you store condiments, check the ‘best before’ date and throw out the expired ones. Don’t forget that you only need to store items in the fridge if that’s where they were stored in the supermarket; otherwise, they can be moved to the pantry.

Did you know that if you put coffee in a jar with some air holes, it acts as an odour eliminator? Go on, give it a go – no one likes funky fridge smells.


Disinfect the bins

Take the bag out and fill the bin with hot water and disinfectant, leave to soak and then discard the water. Allow the bin to dry fully before putting another bin bag in, as otherwise it could create a damp smell.

Clean the dishwasher


If you’ve got a dishwasher, spin it on empty (but with washing tablets) for a deep clean. Alternatively, you can get specific dish washing tablets for this task.



Get your silverware ready

Cleaning cutlery

The way the dining table is dressed has become just as important as decorating the tree. Be prepared by cleaning and dusting your silverware and glassware so they’re ready to go. It doesn’t matter if your special set hasn’t been used since last year; it’ll still need a good polish.


Safety first

If you’ve got kids coming round, check the safety of all appliances. No one likes an accident at the best of times, but even less so on the most festive day of the year.

Get your oven cleaned

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Clean oven

Last but by no means least, ensure your oven is sparkling clean and ready to make that turkey succulent. The oven and hob are the hardest working appliances in a kitchen at Christmas time, but they can only work as hard as possible if everything is working properly.

Ovenu can provide a superb, eco-friendly clean so your oven will look and work as good as new – with no nasty chemicals, so your food comes out tasting as delicious as possible.

Ovenu provide a quick and efficient service, so we’ll have your oven sparkling in no time.

Don’t Forget

  • Add a couple of things to each weekly shop instead of doing one big Christmas food shop.
  • Ensure you keep track of everything you’ve bought so you don’t double up on anything and so you don’t start eating it early. Trust us, we know that’s hard.
  • Ensure you’ve got enough of the basics, such as bin liners, toilet roll and kitchen roll.
  • Fill your home with fresh scents of the season for a welcoming ambience.


Now you’ve got the preparation of your kitchen sorted, you can relax. Well, after you’ve cooked up a mighty Christmas feast.

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If you’ve got any top tips for getting your kitchen ready for Christmas, tweet us – we’d love to hear them.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.