Cleaning is a pleasure for some people, while others avoid it for as long as possible. However you feel about it, cleaning is a necessary task that requires effort, and usually some planning. Since it absolutely cannot be avoided, why not have a little fun with the process? One way to keep things interesting (and cost-effective) is to dip into some DIY options with your cleaning habits. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite apartment cleaning hacks so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy (other than cleaning, if that’s what you’re into).
For a Clean Microwave
Microwaves get gross after a while thanks to splattered food and lingering smells. Luckily, you can get your microwave looking like new with this simple hack, no scrubbing required. First, cut a lemon into slices and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Next, fill the bowl with water and add a splash of white vinegar. Set the bowl inside your microwave and cook it on high for five minutes. Once it’s done, let it sit for an additional two minutes, then remove the bowl. Take a damp cloth and wipe down your microwave. Caked on food should come off with little effort.
For a Spotless Shower Head
Over time, mineral deposits can build up on your shower head, leading to poor water flow. You can easily remove these deposits with distilled white vinegar and a plastic bag. Simply fill the plastic bag with the vinegar, then place it over your shower head. Secure it with a rubber band, and let it soak for about an hour. Remove the bag and wipe your shower head.
For a Spotless Carpet
This is one of our favorite apartment cleaning hacks for those with plush carpeting. In order to remove stubborn carpet stains, combine one part vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle and apply the mixture to the spot. Let it soak into the carpet and cover it with a damp cloth. Next, take your iron and turn it on the steam setting. Apply it to the stain and iron it for 30 seconds to remove the mark.
For a Clean Mattress
When’s the last time you cleaned your mattress? We all spend a lot of time on our beds, yet we only think to clean our sheets instead of the mattress itself. Most people use the same mattress for around a decade, so it’s safe to assume that our mattresses could benefit from a good cleaning every once in a while. Freshen your mattress by filling a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Bonus: rubbing alcohol can also be used to remove stains from a microfiber couch.