5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guests

This is a sponsored post by Clorox.

With the outside temperatures starting to rise, that only means one thing: it’s almost summertime! I was beginning to think that this winter would never end, every time we started to get rid of the snow, Mother Nature would dump another foot on us. We’re down to just a few patches in the backyard and I will be thrilled when I can finally see 100% grass in the next few days.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guests

When we moved into our new house last summer I was 9 months pregnant so we weren’t able to host as many gatherings as I wanted to. With a large backyard and flat driveway for the kids to ride their bikes & scooters, and our fabulous new kitchen, I can’t wait to kick off BBQ season in a couple weeks.

smoked ribs


Not only do I enjoy spending time with friends and family on the weekends and creating new recipes in the kitchen, but I’m also guaranteed a clean house beforehand, and I don’t have to do any of the work! When my husband knows that we have guests coming over, he’ll go into pure cleaning mode. The floors will get vacuumed and washed, the laundry folded and put away and he’ll even clean the bathroom and toilets! I often joke and say that I’ll have to pretend to invite friends over, that way my house can get a deep cleaning. A clean house never lasts for long especially with three kids, so I’ll take the help whenever I can get it.

chicken kabobs red pepper squash

With BBQ season just a couple weeks away, this weekend we plan to take out all of the patio furniture, coolers and outdoor toys from the basement and shed and give them all a deep cleaning. While I’m not looking forward to a day full of cleaning, I’m looking forward to a summer full of cookouts, friends, and family.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Guests

Tips for entertaining inside and outside your home:

Prepare your house for entertaining these quick cleaning tips.

  • Clean & disinfect all kitchen counter tops
    Vacuum high traffic areas
  • Wipe down patio furniture
  • Empty the trash
  • Remove clutter from the kitchen counters, tables, entrance way. Place in closets or store in a room that you are not using.
  • Refresh bathroom
    • Put on a fresh roll of toilet paper
    • Scrub toilet bowl
    • Make sure soap dispenser is full
    • Clean mirror
    • Using a damp towel, wipe floor, especially around toilet
    • Replace hand towel with a clean one
    • Remove clutter from the counter
    • Put tooth brushes, toothpaste ect. in a cabinet or closet

clorox spring cleaning

What is the best way to clean the bathtub, bathroom sinks, kitchen counter tops and cutting boards (raw meat)?

  • Use 1/2 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 in 1 gallon of water.
  • Thoroughly wet surface with the solution and allow it to remain on the surface for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry

How do you clean patio moss & mildew stains?

  • Patio moss and mildew stains can be a sore sight to see, it can also be slippery and dangerous.
  • Hose patio to remove loose debris.
  • Wash the area with a solution of 3/4 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 to 1 gallon of water. You’ll want to avoid excessive runoff near plants.
  • Reapply the solution as needed to keep the area wet for 5 minutes.
  • Brush as needed to remove moss and then rinse thoroughly.

misty kingdom bounce house

Prepare for entertaining inside and outside your home with Clorox® Regular-Bleach2.

Share your best tips on how you prepare your house for entertaining!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clorox. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Mary Gardner says:

    These are great tips. We use clorox for lots of cleaning in our home. I even keep a spray bottle of water with a tablespoon of bleach in the cabinet above my stove for quick clean ups and wiping down the counter tops.