Most college students typically fall under two categories: those who don’t care about the growing pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, and those who can’t head off to class in the right state of mind without taking care of it first. The truth of the matter is that most college students have a reputation for being messy and forgoing cleaning, but this collegiate stereotype doesn’t always ring true.
Taking Pride In Your Kent State Off-Campus Apartment
Perhaps you’re one of the few (and proud!) who really care about how your apartment space looks. Whether you’re planning on having fellow classmates over for a meal, you’re impressing a hot date or you just appreciate the beauty that is an empty sink and a full dishwasher, Kent’s Best Apartments appreciates your dedication to cleanliness.
That’s why today’s blog post will cover several practical cleaning tips to maximize your time and effort spent getting your student apartment in Kent spotless. After all, you’re living here in Kent to study at Kent State University and accelerate your career, not obsessively clean up after your roommates. Read below to learn more and get started!
Don’t Wait to Clean Messes or Spills
Spilling a sugary beverage onto your carpet or boiling pasta on too high of heat results in a mess and the longer you wait to clean it, the harder it is to remedy the situation.
Of course, if you’re particularly…particular about cleaning, then you’ll have no problem in terms of jumping at the opportunity to clean something. However, we can’t vouch for your roommates. Hold them accountable and don’t be afraid to politely tell them to clean up after themselves before a stain worsens or food sticks harder onto a surface. Remember, “soaking” pots and pans is only effective up to a certain point.
Make Sure You’re Stocked With Essential Cleaning Supplies
Don’t get caught off guard by a mess or cleaning disaster by not having the necessary tools to eliminate the problem. There’s nothing worse than having the motivation to clean your student apartment only to discover to your chagrin that you’re out of paper towels, all-purpose surface cleaner, dish soap, and the like. A clean apartment starts with the right cleaning tools and supplies.
Protip: purchase your cleaning supplies in bulk, if possible, to save money in the long-run. You won’t have to worry about running out for multiple months at the very least.
Natural Alternatives to Harsh Chemical Cleaners
It’s up to you as to what cleaners you’d like to use, but there are effective alternatives to using conventional chemical sprays. For porcelain surfaces like bathroom sinks and tubs/showers, using a combination of salt and grapefruit is a great way to make it sparkle like new. Who enjoys showering in a mold-ridden area, anyway?
The salt and grapefruit trick is actually pretty easy — simply cut a ripe grapefruit in half, sprinkle some coarse salt on it, and sprinkle some more salt onto the target surface. Use the open halves of the grapefruit to rub on your tub or sink and you’re good to go!
For another natural cleaning alternative, consider cleaning your oven with vinegar and baking soda if the “self clean” setting isn’t quite doing the trick. About half a cup of baking soda mixed with two or three tablespoons of vinegar should be enough to do the trick. Let the paste sit in your oven overnight and hit the inside of your oven with some vinegar in a spray bottle to help remove the leftover paste and remaining food chunks. Make sure not to get any vinegar or baking soda on any of the heating elements!
Microwave Soapy Water to Clean Your Microwave
Trying to pinpoint who created the mess in the microwave often comes down to a blame game among your roommates. When someone is ready to step up to the plate, they’ll be relieved that cleaning the microwave is actually quite simple and easy.
Just fill a microwave-safe bowl with soapy water and microwave it on high for a minute. This will steam the water and get the soapy solution over your microwave walls and make wipedown an effortless experience.
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Saving time cleaning your student apartment in Kent is key to a calm peace of mind conducive to your academic endeavors. For more student apartment insights, check out the rest of our blog archive or contact us with any questions!