SOURCE: OxiClean

June 20, 2013 05:00 ET

Get Your Home Ready for Outdoor Entertaining

MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - (Family Features) 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™ 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™ 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 OxiClean™ 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.

For more tips on how to get your home and outdoor space in tip-top shape for your next gathering, visit

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