The holidays are just around the corner, which means lots of fun family dinners and parties. But, that also means there are lots of potential messes just waiting to cover your furniture and floors. What if you didn’t have to worry about those little spills and accidents? Click through our favorite cleaning hacks below to keep your house spick and span this holiday season.

Wax Nostalgic

Lighting candles during the holidays is an important tradition for so many families. But with candles comes melting wax, and if that wax gets on your furniture, carpet or tablecloth, getting it off requires serious elbow grease. Before you break out the knife and start scraping, try an unconventional method and iron out the wax. Yes, that’s right, iron it! Place a paper lunch bag over the wax, put your iron on the lowest setting and presto, the wax will be gone in seconds.

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Do you have any cleaning tricks for the Holidays? Share with us in a comment below.

— Natasha Davis