20 Cleaning Tips for Millennials Mom Forgot to Mention
Use these essential cleaning tips to impress your parents with how spotless your space is next time they drop by.
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Keep the Coffee Coming
Dispose of Stinky Sink Smells
Leave the Lint Behind
Freshen Up the Mattress
Under Those Appliances
Air Out The Windows
Wash the Washer
Give the Fan a Rest
Dust That Dusty TV
Toss Out the Trash
Chances are your kitchen trash can gets filled with old food and other gross stuff. After you clean the kitchen and take out the trash, give the can a wash, too. It can hold on to smelly garbage scents and wreak havoc in your kitchen. Also, give the walls near the trash area a good wipe-down to get rid of germs.
Clean Your Walls
Avoid an annoying task when you move out of your apartment by cleaning your walls when a potential stain happens. It will be harder to get rid of marks and stains later, so keep those walls clean on the regular (and get all of that deposit returned to your wallet).
Give Your Baseboards Attention
Don't wait to clean baseboards after they're filthy. Instead, make sure to clean them regularly to avoid buildup. To get your baseboards looking great, go over them with a vacuum brush attachment or a stiff broom to blast the first layer of dust. Next, wipe them clean with a mixture of warm water and a splash of vinegar. Follow up by drying them off with a clean cloth, then swipe them with a dryer sheet, which will reduce dust in the future.
Keep your shower looking especially great by making an easy-to-create paste. Combine two parts washing soda with one part hydrogen peroxide for a safe and effective way to disinfect and whiten your grout. Apply it with an old toothbrush, wait a few minutes, and then use the toothbrush to rinse it away with water. Need more help cleaning your shower or tub? Try our handy guide.
Change Your Water Filter
It's not enough to have a water filter to keep your water clean, you have to remember to change it, too. Keep track with your filter's own system or set a reminder on your phone for the expiration date for the freshest cup of water every time.
Take Care of the Toilet Base
Save yourself an extra "Ew!" on your next bathroom deep clean. Routinely wipe down the base of the toilet with a disinfecting cloth.
Cleaning Your Vacuum
While you probably empty your vacuum on a regular basis, make it work harder for you. Extend the life of your vacuum by changing the filter on a regular basis, clear out the roller for better use and give it a once over with disinfectant wipes since it picks up dust and potential germs when used.
Wash Your Washing Machine
You want your clothes to be as clean as they can be, so give your washing machine a good clean with a hot cycle and some washing machine cleaner. Make sure to also clean the area where you add fabric softener to remove buildup.
Clean commonly used items such as remotes, keyboards, video game controllers, and yes, your cell phone, to get rid of the myriad of germs from both your household and guests using them.
Don't Forget Door Handles
Stop the spread of germs by remembering to clean the one of the most-touched areas in your home and elsewhere: door handles. Disinfect them regularly to ensure they're clean and not covered in your and your guests' germs.
Shake Out Your Doormat
While a stylish doormat can be a fun way to greet guests, if you don't clean it out once in a while they'll be bringing leftover dust in with them from guests' past.