6 Apartment Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know
Let’s face it – no one likes to clean, everyone just does it because we have to. While there may be dirt, muck, slime, mold and grime, the cleaning process can be made quicker and easier with just a few inspired ideas. Go shopping for some supplies and then read the 6 hacks below to work smarter, not harder when it comes to making your apartment shine.
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6 Tricks to Make Cleaning Easier
1. Renew Your Mattress with Rubbing Alcohol
Your mattress will probably outlast most of the furniture, clothes and other personal belongings you own, and while it’s great that they are so durable, they also collect massive amounts of dust, dead skin, and other debris. Freshen up your mattress by filling a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and a drop or two of scented oil (make sure you like the scent and that you don’t use too much oil). Then, spritz the solution on your uncovered mattress and let it dry. The solution will disinfect your mattress of old germs, protect it from new ones, and make it smell great in the process.
2. Dust Vents with a Butter Knife
Dusty vents are unsightly, upset air circulation, and affect your health. Combat the buildup of dust by dampening a clean towel with hot water (avoid too much water because it will cause vents to rust) and wrapping the towel around a butter knife. The wrapped knife makes a great tool to get between the shingles, and will make it easier to clean even the smallest of vents. If you don’t want to use a rag or don’t have an old towel to spare, spray the vents with cleaning solution or pressurized air to loosen the dirt and then use the knife to collect what is left.
3. Remove Soap Buildup with Cooking Spray
Soap scum is inevitable and there are much better ways to spend your time than getting on your hands and knees to scrub every nook and cranny of a filthy surface. Instead of slaving over pesky buildup, spray any soap scum-covered surface with a few mists of cooking spray, let the solution sit for a few minutes, and wipe it away without any hassle or force. With a few effortless sprays and a wipe, you shower door, tub and tiles will never have looked better.
4. Combat Mold with Bleach and Cotton Balls
Mildew and mold don’t stand a chance against bleach, which makes it the ideal solution for cleaning dirty bathroom tiles. Get some cotton balls, soak them in bleach, and place them in hard-to-reach or hard-to-clean areas like between tiles and on grout. Let the bleach soak into the areas for about 24 hours, remove the cotton balls, and wash with soapy water to make mold disappear. Be sure to wear gloves and avoid contact with clothes and skin when using bleach.
5. Avoid Refrigerator Leaks with Spare Jar Lids
A dirty fridge can make the food it holds much less appealing. If jars and vessels start to leak in the fridge, place lids from previously discarded containers under the leaking jars. The leak will happen in a controlled area, keeping your refrigerator shelves from getting messy, and you can just toss the lids out instead of having to clean them. If you don’t mind cleaning up the leaks, wash the lids and save them to reuse in the future.
6. Scrub Your Bathtub or Sink with a Grapefruit and Salt
You read that right – you can clean your bathtub with a grapefruit! Like lemons, grapefruits have acidic qualities that break down grime and dissolve grease, while also smelling fruity and sweet. Turn the faucet on to dampen the area you want to clean and sprinkle some kosher salt to act as a scrub, then cut a grapefruit in half to make a hand-held scrubber. Squeeze the juice as you go for more “cleaning solution,” then rinse out the sink or tub and toss your grapefruit away for easy clean up. Once you’re done, the unused half makes for a well-deserved snack!
Find an Apartment in Forestville, MD
Even if apartment living is for you, cleaning might not be. The 6 tips above make it simpler and less tedious to make your place look as good as new. If you are looking for a new place altogether, explore what Lerner Surrey Square has to offer by taking a virtual tour or calling (301) 242-0845 today!