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Preparing for Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted turkey on holiday table with pumpkins, flowers and wine

This year Thanksgiving is going to be a little different than in the past years. If you are hosting a Thanksgiving event, even if it’s not as large as it may usually be, you want to make sure your house is disinfected and cleaned for your guests. With this, you want to focus on the rooms that the guests will be in. Let’s review:


Your kitchen is the center of attention on Thanksgiving Day. With all of the food that will be cooked in it and people congregating there, you want to make sure you spend some time cleaning as best you can.

Do a complete clean of the whole room and once you did a complete clean, go over it with a disinfectant to ensure it is sanitized. You can do this the day before, just remember to do a quick wipe down with a disinfectant prior to your guests arriving.

For your food, consider using throw away plates and plasticware. Take the time to wrap the plasticware in a napkin for easy pick up and less cross contamination.


If you’re having guests over, your bathroom will most likely be heavily used. Similar to the kitchen, complete a full clean of the room and then follow up with a disinfectant. Prior to your guests arriving, make sure to do a quick wipe down.

A few tips to think about would be to use throw away towels instead of a real towel for guests to dry their hands; make sure your soap dispenser is full; and have extra toilet paper easily accessible so guests don’t need to go searching for it if it is needed.

Living Room

Chances are, your guests will gather in rooms such as the living room to relax either before or after the meal. Similar to above, make sure to clean and disinfect those areas.

Additional Tips

The weather has been unseasonably warm this year. If it continues this way for Thanksgiving, consider hosting your meal outside, or open some windows for fresh air to circulate throughout your house.

Have hand sanitizer easily accessible for your guests. It may not be a bad idea to have a bottle at the beginning of your buffet line, so guests can sanitize before they go through the line.

Offer bottles of water, cans of soda, bottles of beer, and individual bottles of wine, to reduce the need of glassware.

Before your guests arrive, make sure to wipe down the high touch areas, such as light switches and door knobs with a disinfectant.

In the end, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and while it may not be like the past ones, remember to be thankful for all the blessings in your life!

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