SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR APARTMENTS
Spring is here! And that means: spring cleaning in your apartment. Experts advise to think of cleaning as a joyful activity rather than a chore; something deeply satisfying. Japan’s “queen of tidying” Marie Kondo says that cleaning your home can give you “the energy and motivation to create the life you want.”
Even if you’re renting a place, maintaining a clean home can make a world of difference, especially when you’re moving out and looking to reunite with your security deposit.
However, spring cleaning can be a daunting task, one that strikes fear into the hearts of property managers and tenants alike. Do not panic! You can do it. These spring cleaning tips will help you tackle the job effectively, so you can begin creating the life you want.
- To get dirty windows clear and shiny again, wipe them down with a wet rag first. That’ll remove most of the dirt before step 2 – spraying them down with a window cleaning solution and wiping clean with a paper towel.
- When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? A dishwasher needs periodic maintenance to get rid of odors, discoloration and mineral deposits. Since it’s a kitchen appliance, it’s best to avoid the use of harsh chemicals as much as possible. To sanitize and deodorize, baking soda and vinegar are your best friends. Empty the dishwasher, put one cup of vinegar in the top rack and run a hot cycle. Then sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom rack, and run a second hot cycle. Your dishwasher will sparkle and smell like new!
- As long as you’re in the kitchen… A refrigerator can get particularly grimy if you don’t clean it regularly, so let’s dive in. First, empty it all out and toss any moldy or questionable food. Take out all the drawers and shelves, and clean them in hot soapy water (make sure to let the glass shelves come to room temperature first). Now clean the inside and the outside of the fridge with a disinfectant cleaning spray, or a natural cleaner (two tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart hot water). If you want to go the extra mile, unplug the refrigerator, move it away from the wall and gently vacuum the condenser coils with a brush attachment.
- Chances are, your oven and stove top are also in need of deep clean. All that burnt food waste can look intimidating, but it’s entirely doable! Again, if you’re dealing with stubborn multilayered mess, good ol’ baking soda is an ideal cleaning product for the task. Simply mix a few spoons of baking soda with water and spread the paste on the inside of your stove. Let it sit overnight, then wipe it down with a wet sponge. Voila! You can also use an oven cleaner or an automatic cleaning option, if your oven comes with one.
- Most people don’t clean their washers, even though they are some of the most expensive appliances to repair or replace. A washer should be cleaned at least a few times a year to get rid of mold and soap buildup. It’s simple: put two cups of baking soda into the empty washing machine and run a long hot cycle. You can also use a self-clean cycle, if you have one. After that, add two cups of vinegar, and run another long hot cycle. Both cycles will break down any harmful deposits and remove moldy smells.
- Did you know that the dryer is the number one source of fire in your home? That’s right. Lint is highly flammable. But if you think that cleaning out the lint tray gets the job done, think again! Lint is also accumulated in the crevices inside the lint tray, and in the dryer vent hose. That’s why dryer maintenance is particularly important, and should be done by professionals.
- But spring cleaning involves more than the visible spectrum. How about cleaning the most important thing in your home – the air you and your loved ones breathe? Your air conditioning and ventilation system needs regular cleaning too, to remove dust, pollen, mold and other harmful pollutants that can insidiously infiltrate the air and even aggravate allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions! Cleaning the air ducts will dramatically improve the air quality in your home, particularly if you have pets. Not only that, it will reduce your heating and cooling expenses by 25-40%, which is something you will surely appreciate in the upcoming summer months.
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