Get your house guest-ready in an hour

Five smart shortcuts for adding a welcoming sparkle.

You want to be able to open your front door with a happy smile not the frazzled look of an exhausted parlour maid. So try these five simple ways to add on-the-spot radiance, just in time for guests

1. Give the house (and yourself) an instant lift
Brighten curtains, armchairs and the sofa with a frizz of Febreze Fabric refresher. The Classic scent offers a clean, fresh sensation or choose a light, fruity tone with Summer Splash.

2. Create a grand entrance
OK, most of the time it’s handy to have coats and shoes by the front door, but right now, a clean looking hallway will make a great impression, so banish coats to cupboards. You don’t want your guests to know what you had for dinner last night, so clear the air by switching on an Ambi Pur plug-in with a touch of Febreze about 30 minutes before your guests are due.

3. Clear the clutter
Baskets are lifesavers for quick-fix tidying. Invest in a couple of cheap but pretty wicker baskets – one for the lounge for a five-minute dash to clear the floor of toys and magazines, and one in the bathroom for towels. For a serene welcome, the aroma of a Febreze scented reed diffuser or a couple of slow-burning Febreze candles in your living room create an instant aah-factor

4. Blitz the kitchen
Give your oven door and worktops a quick wipe-down for instant sparkle, and sweep away stray bits of dry pasta and toast crumbs lurking between pots and jars. For quick, delicious offerings, check out our tips on handy cupboard essentials for Standby suppers.

5. Prep the guest room
You want friends and family to feel at home, but that doesn’t mean living with your family’s mess! Round-up papers, games etc into boxes on top of the wardrobe, and use Febreze Fabric refresher with a Cotton Fresh scent on the bed to give the whole room an invigorated feel.

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