As much as we all want to have a hassle-free holiday season, sometimes life can throw a grinchy curveball. This is especially true if your household is the one hosting a large crowd of family and friends for dinner. The good news is that holiday mishaps happen to everyone. Which means someone has already found the solutions.
Here are 3 common holiday mishaps and some way to handle them.
The Oven Stops Working
If your oven stops working while you’re preparing the big holiday feast, there are three main things that you can do about it.
• Switch to an electric roasting pan – If you don’t have an electric roaster, you might want to pick one up before the big day. Not only are they a mealtime lifesaver if your oven stops working, but they’re also a great way to free up oven space. With the turkey, roast or ham cooking away in its own dedicated appliance, your oven will be free for sides, desserts or anything else.
• Spark Up the BBQ – Believe it or not, your grill can handle more than just burgers and steaks. You really can use your grill to cook larger cuts of meat, including ham and a whole turkey. There are many recipes to be found online to help you prepare a delectable grilled holiday dinner. Just keep in mind that cook time can be anywhere from 2 – 3 hours.
• Contact an emergency appliance repair service – If your oven breaks down on Christmas Day you might have to work a bit to find a repair technician. However, there are some who are willing to provide service during the holidays. Find local appliance repair specialists near you.
The Kitchen Sink Backs Up
A clogged kitchen sink is a very common holiday mishap. With all of the cooking and prep and dirty dishes, excess food can end up in the sink and then down the drain. So grab your plunger and let’s get to work.
Before you start plunging, take a look at your sink. If it’s a double, you’re going to want to have someone hold a wet cloth over the drain to seal it off. Then, plunge the drain for 15 – 20 seconds. If the blockage has not cleared go at it again.
Alternatively, you can try a store-bought chemical solution or a natural remedy.
If you are unable to clear the blockage on your own, there are some emergency plumbers who are willing to work on a holiday. To find one, visit our listings of local plumbing professionals.
Red Wine on The Carpet
Spills are extremely common when you have company over, especially during the holidays. So, if your merrymaking ends in a mess on the carpet or couch, it’s important to know how to properly clean it up.
To remove red wine, first and foremost, try to blot (definitely do not rub) the spill with a paper towel. When you’ve removed as much of the liquid as possible, it’s time to apply a solution of 2 parts peroxide and 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid. Pour the solution onto the stain and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes (be sure to test first on an inconspicuous section of your carpet or upholstery). Note: Try to use dishwashing detergent without any colouring, as the blue variety has been known to leave a coloured ring on lighter fabrics.
If you aren’t able to completely remove the stain, you may want to contact a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner. They aren’t usually available during the holidays, but will be able to come out shortly afterward. Find carpet and upholstery cleaners in your local area.