Apartment Spring Cleanup: 7 Surprising Cleaning Hacks
Springtime is all about new beginnings, which is why it’s the perfect time to refresh your apartment with a deep cleaning. An organized, spotless living space can bring with it a sense of satisfaction and zen. In fact, studies have shown that people who live in cluttered environments tend to be more depressed, stressed, and fatigued. While a tidy apartment can leave you feeling more restful and restored, the process of actually getting to that point is anything but. Let’s face it: who actually has the time to scrub floors, organize closets, or polish bathroom fixtures? Not many of us.
Fortunately, your team here at TLC Properties has curated a list of the 11 best hacks to make your spring cleaning easier than ever. It’s the “set it and forget it” of cleaning tips so you can get more done, in record time, and with minimal effort! So, get ready to bask in the satisfaction of a tidy apartment with these surprisingly simple tips.
Sanitize your sponges.
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First and foremost, you want to make sure your cleaning tools are clean; otherwise, you may unknowingly be spreading germs. We tend to use one sponge for almost anything – which can be a disaster when it comes to hygiene. A quick remedy to this problem? Microwave it! Simply microwave your wet sponge on a high setting for a minute or two and this will kill most of the bacteria that’s been hiding out in those tiny crevices. Even the microwave trick won’t save a sponge that’s past its expiration date, though – so make sure to buy a new one every couple of months, depending on usage.
Banish water rings with a hair dryer.
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Despite your best efforts, there was still that one person at your social gathering last Friday who forgot to use a coaster. Now your beloved wood coffee table is branded with that telltale white water ring. Coffee table is ruined, right? Not so fast! Erase the ring with a hair dryer. Simply blast the spot with high heat until it starts to disappear. Once it’s gone, rub a bit of olive oil on the area to recondition the wood. Good as new!
Gain more useable space with a lazy Susan in your fridge.
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Is your fridge so jam-packed with food and week-old leftovers that it’s a chore just to find what you’re looking for? You’re not alone! For this hack, you’ll need to first put in a little upfront effort, but the end result will save you future frustration. Begin by emptying your entire fridge and tossing anything questionable. Give the shelves a quick clean with a rag dipped in hot lemon water and baking soda. Then, add a lazy Susan to each shelf before you restock. Being able to spin it to access items in the back will cut down on spills and make your next spring cleaning so much easier. As the saying goes: A stitch in time saves nine!
Refresh your rooms.
After a long winter, there's nothing like opening up the windows to welcome in a warm spring breeze. If you can’t seem to rid the winter stuffiness in your apartment, though, turn to a beeswax candle, which has properties that can safely clean the air. (Pro tip: Make sure to never leave a burning candle unattended!) And, since that winter funk can settle into fabrics, try sprinkling your carpet with baking soda before vacuuming for a quick and easy refresh.
To add a light aroma to your bathroom, try dropping a few drops of essential oil to the inside of the bathroom tissue roll. With each “spin,” you’ll get a pleasantly scented surprise! Scents that exude a feeling of cleanliness and positive energy include lemongrass, sweet orange, and grapefruit.
For the bedroom, the smelliest culprit can actually be your mattress! Vanquish those odors by sprinkling your mattress with baking soda, adding a few drops of essential oil here and there (try lavender, which aids sleep), then vacuum after 10 minutes.
Free up closet space.
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Cleaning out a clothing closet is for most people, the most daunting spring cleaning hurdle to tackle. Where to even begin? You know you need to toss some of those old fashions, but sometimes it’s hard to let go. If you’re terrible at hoarding old clothes, even though you haven't worn them for years, then the “hanger trick” was made for you.
Begin by organizing your clothes by season (winter, spring/summer). Since we’re currently in spring and heading into summer, you’ll want to begin by focusing on this section first. Hang all of these clothes so that the hangers are backwards in the closet. Then, when you wear an item, put the hanger on the rack the right way. Do this for about a month and pledge to get rid of those you don't wear. Incentivize yourself to get rid of more items by selling your old clothes for extra moolah on an app like Poshmark.
Once you’ve cleared out your closet, free up even more space by using the soda tab trick. Simply add a soda can tab to your hanger, which allows you to hang another hanger vertically in that same space.
Polish stainless steel with olive oil.
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Stainless steel is notoriously hard to clean and keep clean. Fortunately, an easy solution is probably sitting on your kitchen counter right now: olive oil! Use a small amount of olive oil on a cloth and gently wipe over your kitchen stainless steel. You’ll find that it easily removes stubborn smears and fingerprints, leaving a gleaming finish. Seal the deal by using a clean, dry towel to re-wipe the surface.
Make your floors sparkle.
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For vinyl floor, add a little shine with baby oil and apple cider vinegar. Add a couple of drops of the oil to an apple cider vinegar and water solution (one cup of vinegar to one gallon of hot water) and use a damp mop to clean. Before using this hack, make sure to confirm your apartment’s flooring type with your TLC Properties manager.
For bathroom floor tiles, a mixture of shaving cream and lemon juice is a great way to clean dirty grout. Spray it on, then let the mixture soak for a few minutes before scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
Make a Clean Sweep!Spring into action this year and transform your apartment into a sparkling oasis. By implementing these shortcuts, you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying all of the beauty that spring has to offer.
Do you have a favorite cleaning hack that makes a certain chore seem less of a bore? Share with us in the comments section below! Then, make sure to share these tips with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter.