Do you dread the weekend when you have no choice but to confront the dirty kitchen, unkempt bedroom, and messy living room? Busy lives make it difficult to keep our apartments clean, and you might find it tough to keep everything in your apartment clean if you have a full-time job, have family commitments, or are in school for most of the day.
Regular attention to items in your home that require cleaning will always be the best way to keep things clean without an overabundance of backbreaking work, but there are a few items you might not have on hand that may help you clean extra-dirty surfaces and keep things cleaner, longer.
Employ Borax as a Cleaning Tool
One of the most popular projects in modern cleaning is the art of making homemade cleaners out of materials like baking soda, lemons, vinegar, and water. However, one item that you might not be too familiar with is sodium borate, which is a mineral usually referred to as borax.
According to a blog at One Good Thing, borax is a naturally occurring material that’s not harmful to the environment or to humans. In fact, people have been using borax for more than a century to clean their clothes. The blog offers several ways to use borax as a cleaner:
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Borax works well overnight as a toilet bowl cleaner. One cup of borax in the toilet bowl at night will make it easy to scrub away grime the next morning.
- Pest Deterrent & Flea Killer – Fleas will die with a sprinkling of borax where they lay their eggs, and borax will prevent mice from running anywhere borax is placed on the floor.
- Clean Sticky & Gooey Surfaces – A mixture of water and borax in a one-to-two ratio can help you remove residue from many surfaces
Keep Lemon Oil on Hand for Greasy Surfaces
It’s almost impossible to prevent grease from appearing on surfaces like the inside of the oven, the microwave, and on the stovetop. An article published by NBC News suggests lemon oil is an excellent option for getting grease off surfaces around your apartment.
“In addition to its scent benefits, lemon essential oil is a great degreaser and can be an excellent tool to remove stubborn grease stains naturally.”
Have you ever rubbed a sponge across a greasy surface only to have the grease end up on the other side of the surface in a sticky clump? Lemon oil can help. Lemon juice from a freshly squeezed lemon is another great cleaning tool for all sorts of surfaces in your home.
Keep Popcorn Ceilings Clean with Ease
One of the most challenging surfaces to keep clean is a popcorn ceiling, and they’re pretty standard in apartments. According to Better Homes & Gardens, a paint roller can work wonders in keeping a popcorn ceiling free of dust and dirt:
“Roll a damp high-nap paint roller over the ceiling to pick up dust and cobwebs without knocking down pieces of the ceiling the way sweeping would.”
The only thing worse than having a popcorn ceiling that’s full of dirt is seeing a ton of little white particles falling onto your freshly vacuumed/mopped/dusted floors. Keep the ceiling intact but keep it clean by using a paint roller.
Enjoy Your New Renton Apartment at Lexington Heights
Located in a beautiful neighborhood of Renton, Lexington Heights Apartment Homes offer perks like 9-foot ceilings and a full-sized washer and dryer in every unit, as well as community features like a clubhouse and athletic room. If you’re looking for a new place to live in Renton, we encourage you to contact us or drop by to see one of our available units.