How to Clean Up Christmas Tree Needles: A Stress-Free Guide

The Christmas season is almost over, and many of us are looking forward to the holidays being over with. It's time to start getting ready for New Year's Eve celebrations!  But before we can get too excited about that, there is still the matter of cleaning up our Christmas trees. 

If you're like most people after the holidays, this may not be your favorite thing in the world to do - but it doesn't have to be so bad after all! We have some ingenious ways for you to clean up your tree so you don't have to. 

Read on below for our guide on how to clean up those pesky needles...

Before You Begin, Follow These Steps First

Place newspapers

Lots of newspapers. Just cover your floor with newspaper and then pull the tree off of it - all the needles will fall to where you want them.

Put The Tree In A Trash Bag And Tie It Up 

This is a good way to avoid making a mess - just put the tree in a trash bag, tie it up and dispose of it. Make sure to do this in an area that is well-ventilated so you don't get too lightheaded! 

To Get Started Cleaning, Start With These Steps

Use a Dustpan and Broom

This is the most basic way to clean up your tree needles, and it's also one of the quickest. Make sure you have a dustpan with a good grip (to avoid those pesky needles) and a sturdy broom. Sweep all of the needles into the dustpan, then dump them into a trash bag. 

It might take longer to get the dustpan and broom than it does to sweep up your needles!

Use A Vacuum Cleaner - But Not The Way You Think

We all know how much of a pain it can be when our vacuum clogs with sticky pine needles so I would recommend against using it. However, if you have a 'bare floor' attachment on your vacuum cleaner - this can be an excellent way to get the needles up quickly and efficiently!

Try A Dustbuster If You Don't Have A Vacuum Cleaner 

One of my favorite inventions is actually something that I never thought would work well for this job - the Dustbuster! It's small, lightweight, and easy to maneuver. And it gets the needles up without any trouble at all.

A Shop Vacuum Cleaner (If You Have One) 

This is a great option if you have a lot of space to work with. The shop vacuum cleaner can be a little bit more cumbersome to move around, but it definitely gets the job done.  

With The Bare Floor Attachment

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to clean up your tree needles, this is it! Just attach the 'bare floor' attachment to your shop vacuum cleaner and go to town. 

A Garbage Bag And Broom 

This is a great way to avoid getting your hands dirty. All you need is a garbage bag and a broom! Just sweep all of the needles into the garbage bag, then tie it up and dispose of it. 

Leaf Blower 

If you want to get the job done quickly and easily, this is your best option. Just be careful not to blow the needles all over the place! 

First, use the leaf blower to suck all of the needles up, then use it to blow them away from your house.

Lint Roller 

This is a great option if you're just looking to get the surface needles. The lint roller will pick up all of the little bits and pieces without any trouble at all.

First, shake the tree to get as many needles off as possible. 

Then, use the lint roller on all of the surfaces - top, sides, and bottom.

Sticky Tape 

If you want to avoid getting your hands dirty, this is definitely an inventive option. Just wrap some sticky tape around your hand (sticky side out) and use it to pick up all of the needles.

 Try to get as much up at once as you can then dump it into a trash bag.

After Cleaning, Make Sure to Dispose of the Needles

Once your tree is clean, you want to make sure that the needles are disposed of properly

There are two ways to do this - you can either compost them or mulch them. 


If you choose to use the needles in your compost pile, make sure that they are well-mixed with the other compostable materials. Dampen them first - this will help the needles to break down much more quickly. 

Sift through the compost every few weeks to make sure that the needles haven't taken over. Larger needles should be cut up first so that they break down more easily. You can try using a shredder to make the process go a little bit faster.


If you choose to mulch them, make sure to put them in a bag and dispose of them properly. Soggy needles can create a lot of problems, so make sure they are completely dry before mulching.

If you live in an area with cold winters, mulching your needles will be a great way to prevent winter fires. A great option is to mulch them with leaves, which will help keep your needles well-protected and dry.

Be Careful Before Discarding Them

Don't put needles in the trash - they're considered hazardous waste and can damage your garbage disposal.

If you live in an apartment, talk to your landlord before throwing the needles out as they can cause a lot of damage if they end up in the wrong place.

Hire A Maid Service and Enjoy Your Free Time

When it comes to your home, you want only the best cleaning service. And with Plan: B Cleaning's immense experience in maid services and commitment towards excellence-you can rest assured that we will provide quality cleaning in your home! 

We're proud members of both ISSA and ARCSI; which means our team cleaners are professionals who know what they're doing. We are also GBAC Certified so you know our cleaners are well-trained and professional. 

Call (317) 572-8515 or visit for more info and let the team at Plan: B Cleaning take care of your home and give you more time to relax after the holidays.