Open Range: Jumpstart your house cleaning after the holidays

Lyndel Meikle

Alexander Deedy

Now that the holidays are over, you may find that some serious house cleaning is in order. I have discovered an amazing technique for getting my kitchen totally clean.

Before you start, make sure you have put the mop away, preferably in the basement, and it helps to forget to bring up new sponges to replace the ones you just threw out.

First, you set a cup of bright red fruit juice on the counter next to the stove. It doesn’t have to be a huge cup: 8 ounces will do.

Spilling a glass of red juice is a great way to jumpstart your after-holiday cleaning.

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Second, you reach for it while being distracted by something. The subject of the distraction is irrelevant.

Third, though still distracted, be sure to knock it over in the direction of the stove.

Fourth, make a hasty grab for the cup, while it still contains a minimum of half

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