Holiday Cleaning Hacks

Baking dozens of cookies and buying everyone gifts is the fun part, but with every Christmas season, especially when you’re hosting a party or housing guests, there are a bunch of cleaning tasks to tackle too, from handling detritus in the kitchen to picking up pine needles in the living room. Searching for quick and easy solutions for de-griming all those parts of the house? Look no further than these 12 genius suggestions from Real Simple editors and experts to make those holiday chores more manageable (and keep you from acting like the Grinch).

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