5 Apartment Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know
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Winter cleaning sessions – or cleaning sessions at any time, for that matter – are far from fun. While homeowners usually have a larger amount of square footage to clean, apartment renters still have a reasonable amount of space to maintain. Figuring out how to efficiently keep your apartment clean, make the most of your time and get things done in a quick manner are all the things apartment renters’ dreams are made of. Thanks to these apartment cleaning hacks, you’ll be able to make those dreams a reality.
1. Utilize lemon water for the microwave.
Because absolutely no one likes to clean a microwave after it has heated up countless dishes of uncovered leftovers, using lemon juice to make the caked-on residue disappear is a crowd-pleasing remedy. Place a couple of cut-up lemon quarters in a glass dish, filled up with water. Heat up the dish until the water comes to a boil, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Opening the microwave door will reveal a ton of steam, which loosens up any leftover gunk on its walls. Use a sponge to take away any final dirty elements.
2. Sanitize cookware with vinegar.
All those times you’ve cooked in your cozy apartment, and skipped out on giving the pots and pans the proper cleaning treatment those deserve, will eventually leave you with cookware that seems unsalvageable. Luckily, you can get the job done with a few ingredients that are more than likely inside your apartment already. Fill the pot or pan with hot water and place on your stovetop, adding a cup of white vinegar to the mix. After bringing it to a boil, allow it to cool for a minute. Take the pot or pan away from the stovetop and pour in 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Upon its fizzing, empty out the contents and rinse.
3. Wash away bathtub grit with grapefruit.
Similar to lemons, grapefruits aren’t just a tasty fruit – they also double as a secret-weapon ingredient for keeping your bathtub squeaky clean, regardless of how dirty it has gotten. The reason? Its acidity cuts through heavily placed dirt, and it leaves every room with a fresh, zesty scent. Cut a large grapefruit in half, covering the top with coarse, kosher salt. Keep the tub damp by running the water for a few minutes, prior to rubbing it down. Sprinkling more salt around the basin, take the grapefruit halves and use those to scrub down the tub, squeezing out the juices as you go. Finally, rinse the tub with hot water.
4. Use a homemade remedy for your oven.
The do-it-yourself trend is here to stay, and cleaning your apartment is absolutely no exception. As a matter of fact, a lot of people prefer DIY cleaning supplies, as opposed to purchasing ones filled with unpronounceable chemicals that could potentially be harmful to your apartment, you and the environment. When cleaning your oven, create the mixture using the following ingredients: 4 tablespoons of white vinegar, 5 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing soap. After stirring, a substance thick in texture will form, which you can spread on the surfaces in your oven. Allow it to set for 20 minutes, and remove with a sponge.
5. Prevent dusty air vents with a knife.
A butter knife is the most unlikely kitchen-utensil-turned-cleaning-assistant yet. It’s also one that really makes a huge difference when reaching places that are often hard to reach – like the air vents in your apartment. To at long last reach those pesky little slots, fully moisten a clean towel with warm water, and wrap it around a butter knife. Once you’ve done so, use the new tool to clear dust out from the air vent. The ceiling vents can benefit from this as well, if your apartment has those. Since everyone has a butter knife and towel handy, this cleaning hack is certainly one that is beneficial to any and every apartment-renter out there.
Although cleaning is a less-than-thrilling activity that every renter must partake in at one point or another, it’s a small price to pay when you live in a beautiful apartment. At Lerner Remington Apartment Homes, we are pleased to provide the best, most accommodating lifestyle possible for our valued renters – whether that means giving them a resort-style experience or offering a unique set of cleaning hacks to make their lives a little bit easier. We can be easily reached by phone at 703-436-5801, and can give potential renters an easily accessible way to lease online. If you’re looking for an apartment in the Virginia area, we’d love to hear from you at your convenience.