We all have to clean our apartments regularly to keep them comfortable. But cleaning can be a nuisance at times, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach areas.
Whether you’re a first-time renter or a seasoned vet, it never hurts to brush up on some cleaning tips. From the kitchen to the bathroom and everything in between, here are 5 commonly overlooked areas that could use a little extra cleaning love.
If you have a ceiling fan in your apartment, it’s important you take the time to dust it. The key is to get a disposable duster with an extendable handle. Typical cloth dusters trap dust and release it back out when they get used again. With a disposable duster, you can swap out the dusters after every couple of uses so that you’re not letting old dust back into the same spot you just cleaned.
If you’re unable to reach the ceiling fan with your duster and need to use a step stool or ladder, make sure someone is around to make sure nothing happens to you. Safety should be a top priority, even when it comes to cleaning!
Similar to the ceiling fans, you can use the extendable duster to reach the tops of cabinets and other large furniture pieces you may have. Bend the head of the duster to make dusting go by faster and smoother. Dusting off the tops of cabinets is important to your overall health living in the apartment, especially if you have a cat that loves to climb on tall things! Pet hair can show up anywhere and everywhere.
Window blinds need dusting, too. As tempting as it might be, you shouldn’t just take one swipe over the blinds and be done. To properly clean your blinds, make sure you dust them when they’re both opened and closed. That way you’re getting all of the corners and maximizing your cleaning coverage.
Door tracks are one of the biggest hubs for dirt, dust, crumbs, and even bugs, so it’s important to give yours a good cleaning every now and then. Before you start wiping them down, grab your vacuum and use the crevice tool. Run it across the tracks a few times to make sure all the debris you can see right away is gone. After that, you can wipe them down with some store-bought cleaning solution, or you can make your own. To make a great cleaning solution, mix two cups of warm water, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and one teaspoon household ammonia. Take a clean rag, dip it into the solution, and wipe it down.
Tip: Don’t drain any remaining solution you have left. Use the mixture for other areas in your apartment like sinks and tubs.
The garbage disposal is one of the most commonly missed cleaning areas in the home. Luckily, you’ll know when it’s time to clean it, because it will smell! To clean it out, start by running the disposal alongside a full stream of cold water. Let the water to run for 10 seconds, and flush all the debris away after turning it off. If you notice any unpleasant odors, just add some ice cubes and sprinkle them with baking soda. Turn the disposal on again and run cold water to flush them down.
It’s very important that you never shove your hand down the drain to clean the disposal. This is dangerous and could cause serious injury. A safer alternative is to use a long scrub brush that creates a safe distance between the disposal and your hand. If you must use your hand to clean it out, unplug the disposal from the electrical outlet, or make sure the electricity is turned off completely.
Cleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but it necessary. Once you have have everything you need, you can get to cleaning those overlooked spots. Your health and safety depend on it!
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