Unlikely activity is considered the most stress-inducing part of the holidays

While buying the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite stressful, it shockingly doesn't top the intensity of throwing a holiday party. 

According to a new survey from Yelp, the holiday season brings about more stress than expected -- but not entirely in the ways you may think. The survey polled 2,000 Americans who celebrate a winter holiday and it gathered the most stress-inducing and expensive moments during the season.

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Over half of the pollers (51 percent), said that hosting a party or dinner is the most stress-inducing part of the holidays. As to what causes the biggest headaches when planning a party, the results were clear: cleaning their home before a hosted dinner (41 percent), having enough time to get everything ready (38 percent), preparing holiday meals (36 percent), cleaning their home after a hosted dinner (34 percent) and preparing their home for houseguests (34 percent).

Although the imminent stress surrounding the holidays and event hosting may seem unavoidable, many Americans also revealed the pros they lean on to alleviate the burden. Nearly a third (29 percent) have hired a cleaning service for their home during the holidays, over a quarter (26 percent) have rented tables, chairs, or other items like table linens for holiday gatherings, and about one in four have hired a caterer or private chef (24 percent) or hired someone to help decorate their home for the holiday season (22 percent).

If money is a strain this holiday season, however, take a look at some simple cleaning hacks that may change your life in the slideshow below: 

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These cleaning hacks will change your life

Dryer balls are the ultimate way to fight static 

Not only are dryer balls the perfect way to incorporate scents into your laundry (we love Grove's Sleep Essential Oil Blend!), but they're also incredibly effective at fighting static. 

According to Alex Crane, a product development lead at Grove, you can either attach one or two safety pins to your wool dryer balls or roll up aluminum foil to include alongside the dryer balls in your dryer. They both act as a lightning rod to help reduce the electricity building up in the dryer. 

The perfect bathtub cleaner 

Spray Grove’s Tub & Tile Cleaner on top of Bon Ami and let the mixture sit for three to five minutes to make tub cleaning easier. The miracle ingredients packed in Bon Ami act as a gentle yet effective abrasive to make your tub looking spankin' new.  

Use soaked cotton balls to block odors

Even if you think you're pretty responsible about taking out the trash, there's only so much that can be done about the pervading odors. To help mask these foul smells, Crane suggests soaking a few cotton balls in your favorite essential oils and tossing them at the bottom of your trash can. 

Use a cheesecloth to polish sterling silver 

Chu-Min Lee, who also oversees product development at Grove, let us in on one of the company's favorite and most versatile products: Cheesecloths.

Not only are the washable cloths perfect for polishing sterling silver without leaving scratches or marks, they can protect plants from getting cold, says Lee. 

Grove's customers also use the cloths as a strainer, baking, to steep tea, for cooking and for crafts.

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Get rid of stains with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide might be the miracle solution you've been looking for. It's a great eraser when it comes to stains, but only on white clothing! 

Lemon juice also works as a great natural bleaching agent. Lay clothing doused in lemon juice outside in the sun, which will help speed up the stain-removal process. 

The best way to clean your enamel cast iron

Enamel cast irons are notoriously difficult to clean, but baking soda is a convenient and time-saving solution for the cookware. Simply mix the baking soda, which acts as an abrasive, with water, and you've got yourself an all natural and homemade solution. 

Use this homemade concoction to ward off ants 

According to Crane, peppermint oil is a great and natural way to keep those persistent ants away. Mix in 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil with water into a 16-ounce spray bottle, and spray on surfaces where those ants are prone to showing up. 

Ants apparently hate the smell of the plant, which many say has been effective for bug control. 

Make an all-natural vegetable cleaner

Mix one part white vinegar and three parts water to create an all natural, homemade vegetable cleaner. Vinegar acts as an effective way to rid vegetables and other produce of harmful bacteria. Water helps dilute the solution, so the vinegar doesn't affect the taste of the produce! 


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