Hosting guests is fun and easy when you have someone to keep your home clean. However, if you are the only one doing all the work, the idea of ending the day with a cleaning spree is both daunting and frustrating. Our hectic schedules often leave us with no time to spare. Unfortunately, whether we have the time or not, and even if we decide to completely avoid all guests, we ourselves need a clean space where we can come back and relax. We have therefore created this elaborate guide consisting of 10 apartment cleaning hacks for the busy homeowners.
#1 Start with the Carpet Stains
Carpet stains are capable of ruining the whole beauty of a room. Unfortunately, carpet stains are something that you cannot avoid. So, here is a simple trick to get rid of carpet stains. Create a vinegar-water solution with one part vinegar and three parts water. Next, apply this mixture to the stain and cover the stain with a wet cloth. Then take an iron and iron the stain for about 30 seconds. Even the most stubborn stains will go with this technique. However, if there is a stain that refuses to go with vinegar and water solution, treat it with a baking soda paste.
#2 Use Pillow Cases to Clean Old Fans
The fans in the house tend to get dirty over time as it is hard to clean them regularly. So, once every few months, take a few old pillowcases and use them to cover the blades of a fan. Once the blades are completely covered, close the open end of the pillowcase and leave the pillowcase on for about two to three minutes. Then, slowly slide the pillowcase off the fan blade. All the dirt and dust will get captured inside the pillowcases.
#3 Use Storage Boxes to Organize Stuff and Create Space
Storage is a big issue, especially when you live in a small apartment. Thus, the first thing you must do is get rid of all the clutter and the things that you do not use. Second, create storage and organizer boxes and put labels and markers on them. These storage boxes will help you organize your belongings and will make your home look cleaner.
#4 Use Vinegar and Lemon Oil Solution to Clean Your Microwave and Shower Head
Vinegar and lemon oil solution is the best thing to clean showerheads and microwaves. To clean a showerhead, create a vinegar and lemon oil solution and put it in a plastic bag. Wrap this bag around the showerhead and leave for 15-20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the bag and clean the showerhead with a damp cloth. To clean the microwave, place this mixture in a microwave-safe bowl and switch on the microwave for five minutes and then clean the microwave with a damp cloth.
#5 Use This Simple Hack to Clean Your Furniture
It is common for furniture to lose its shine with time. To bring back the shine on your furniture, use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. In a quarter cup of olive oil, add a few drops of apple cider vinegar. Spray this mixture on your furniture and clean with a damp cloth.
#6 Here’s How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
For furniture and appliances made from stainless steel, use a water-lemon-vinegar solution. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar and a few drops of lemon in about one cup of water. Spray this mixture on the appliances and clean with a soft cloth
#7 Use a Vacuum Cleaner to Clean Your Vacuum Vents
Vacuum vents tend to gather dust and grime with time. Hence, regularly cleaning them is crucial. For regular cleaning, simply attach the brush attachment with the vacuum cleaner and clean the vents. However, every once in a while, you will have to do a thorough cleaning. For this, take out all the metal vents and wash them in a warm and soapy solution. Use a sponge or a soft toothbrush to rinse them clean. Let the vents dry and before placing them back in their original position, use a cobweb duster to clean the ducts. For cleaning the air vent slots, use a cleaning spray.
#8 Bleach Works Amazingly Well on Bathroom Tiles
An unclean bathroom can be extremely repelling. Fortunately, cleaning bathroom tiles is not as difficult as it seems. Regular mopping and wiping are enough to keep the floors clean. The tricky area to clean is the area between the tiles. Here’s a simple tip on how to clean the space between bathroom riles: take a few cotton balls and soak them in bleach. Place these balls in areas that are hard to clean. After 24 hours, remove all the cotton balls and wash the entire area with warm soapy water. Your bathroom will look as good as new.
#9 Here’s How to Clean Popcorn Ceilings
To clean your popcorn ceiling, start by vacuuming the ceiling. Find the longest hose extension and attach it to the vacuum cleaner and do a thorough cleaning. If the ceiling is too high, you can use a ladder. Once you have vacuumed the ceiling, use a paint roller to get rid of all the cobwebs. Take duct tape and wrap it around the paint roller before cleaning the ceiling — the duct tape will ensure that the paint roller does not leave behind any marks. Finally, remove the duct tape or use a different paint roller to get rid of any stains on your popcorn ceiling. Dip the paint roller in warm water and run it over the stains. In case the stains are stubborn, use equal parts of water and vinegar to create a solution, and use this solution to get rid of stains. For details on how to get an immaculately clean popcorn ceiling, read this article here.
#10 Don’t Clutter up Your Fridge
Many people have this habit of throwing everything they won’t eat into their fridge. This eventually leads to a situation when the fridge becomes too cluttered and cleaning it becomes a gigantic task. Thus, it’s important to get rid of things from time to time — immediately throw out everything that has passed its expiration date. Make sure to also scrub the fridge at least once every week.
Cleaning an apartment is not very difficult if you keep things organized and devote about five to ten minutes to different parts of the house on different days. We hope these simple tips will make cleaning your apartment slightly easier.