Spring is here! Which also means that it’s time to sweep those dust bunnies away that have been running around all winter.  Use these tips to help clean items around the apartment in a breeze!

spring clean

Here are some tips for before you get started:

·         Enlist help-assign tasks to roommates, friends, family, etc.

·         Clean one room at time: Don’t bite off more than you can chew

·         Play music: it helps pass the time

·         Work your way down not up: make sure you dust ceiling fans or light fixtures first in order to prevent dirtying the areas below it

·         Create a checklist: of what needs to be done in each room.

Here are some cleaning tips:

Winter Clothes into Storage- It is time to breakout the spring/summer wardrobe so make sure you store away your winter clothes including hats and scarves properly! This is also a great time to reassess your wardrobe and decide which items can be tossed or donated.

Clean out your appliances- The kitchen is where you use items every day and are notorious for picking up a lot of germs.

 

Oven: Cleaning the natural way (baking soda and vinegar):  Found on: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-an-oven-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-201191

oven

o   Remove the oven racks

o   Make a baking soda paste: ½ cup baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water

o   Coat your oven: after putting gloves on spread the baking soda paste all over the interior avoiding the heating elements

o   Allow the paste to rest for at least 12 hours (overnight is best).

o   Clean your oven racks:

§  Lay down an (old) towel in the bottom of your bathtub

§  Fill your bathtub with very hot water

§  Add ½ cup of dishwasher detergent  and swish around until dissolved

§  Soak  racks for at least 4 hours or overnight while your oven is resting

§  Wipe off any remaining residue

§  Rinse

o   Wipe out the oven with a damp dish cloth

o   Spray a little vinegar over the remaining baking soda residue and watch it gently foam

o   Wipe out the remaining residue and repeat until it is all gone.

o   Place your oven racks back in oven

 

Microwave: Cleaning the natural way (lemon and water) Found on: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-your-microwave-with-just-a-lemon-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-200294

lemon

o   Put ½ cup of water into a small microwave safe bowl

o   Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water and place the lemon halves into the bowl

o   Microwave the bowl for 2 minutes so that the liquid is boiling

o   Let stand for 5 minutes, don’t open the microwave door

o   Wipe the microwave clean starting with the ceiling, then the sides, and finish with the floor

o   For stubborn spots dip the corner of your towel in the lemon water and scrub until the spot disappears.

 

Kitchen Sink: Cleaning the natural way (baking soda and white vinegar) found on: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-your-kitchen-sink-136771 

sink

o   Thoroughly rinse out your sink

o   Sprinkle baking soda on the surface working it into a paste, rinse thoroughly

o   Line the sink with paper towels soaked in white vinegar allowing them 20 minutes to sit and then disposing of the paper towels

o   Rinse the sink with soapy warm water

o   For faucets and handles wipe with a mild soapy solution, for spots that remain a cloth with white vinegar can be used.

o   Rinse your sink one last time

Refrigerator: Found on: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-the-refrigerator-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-203976  

refrigerator

o   Empty the fridge and toss or recycle expired food items. Sort the items that need to go back in the refrigerator for a speedy clean up.

o   Remove the shelves and drawers and wash them in warm soapy water, rinse and let them air dry.

o   Spray every part of your refrigerator with a multipurpose cleaner and wipe it down including the rubber door seal. Use a non-abrasive sponge to remove sticky, caked on spills.

o   Replace shelves and drawers.

o   Wipe down all of the items you are returning to the refrigerator to prevent any new messes in your newly cleaned refrigerator.

o   Wipe down the exterior with a clean, damp cloth with soapy water. Dry it immediately with a dish towel or paper towel.

Dust your blinds- Try using dyer sheets to dust your blinds, the static cling with keep the dust from scattering.

Deep clean your shower/tub- We know you clean your bathtub weekly but take it up a notch and focus on grout or hard to reach places where mold and mildew can grow. If you notice that your shower liner is growing mold or discolored it is time to replace it!

bathtub

Windows: Everyone loves to open their windows during the warm weather so you might as well as keep them as clean as possible. Invest in a good glass cleaner to make those windows sparkle!

windows

Bed: make sure you wash your linens and flip your mattress. Ideally your mattress should be flipped four times a year in order to give your mattress a longer life and help your back by evening out wear.

beds

Bathroom Medicine Cabinets and Vanities: Bathroom cabinets can get quite cluttered: dispose of any expired medications and old makeup to help clean out your cabinets.

expired

Carpets: Show your carpet some love by having them shampooed once a year (don’t forget that we offer a free carpet cleaning at renewal!) and always make sure to vacuum your carpet once a week.

vacuum

Storage Lockers/Closets: Go through your storage items and donate or dispose of items you don’t need or use any more.

boxes

Furniture: Pick out all of your missing change from the depths of your furniture and vacuum it out. Then sprinkle baking soda to your upholstered pieces wait 30 min to an hour and vacuum it again to help freshen your furniture up!

couch

Declutter your apartment by recycling items: recycle old electronics that are no longer being used, use reusable grocery bags, donate clothing that you no longer wear, adopt the mentality of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

recycle

Happy Cleaning!