3 Apartment Cleaning Hacks You Absolutely Need to Know

Check out our list of apartment cleaning hacks that can help you make your space look shiny and new without breaking the bank or using any harsh chemicals.

Deodorize that garbage disposal

If you’ve ever experienced a foul-smelling garbage disposal, you know how bad it can get and how hard it can be to get rid of. But using this one helpful tip will have you ready to handle a stinky disposal at a moment’s notice.

Grab an ice cube tray and fill each one with white vinegar and a small chunk of lemon – they both have natural deodorizing properties. Stick the tray in the freezer and wait for the magic to happen.

Whenever your disposal starts to smell, just drop one of the frozen cubes in and run warm water for a minute or so while the disposal is on.

Stop bending over backward (and forward) to get your oven clean

Cleaning the inside of an oven is a hard task, plain and simple. Bending over and going head first into a dirty oven for hours while you scrub away at gunk is less than ideal. But what if there was an easier way?

Thankfully there is. In fact, it’s so easy, you can do it in your sleep.

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, set a medium sized pot of water to boil on the stovetop. Once the oven is preheated, turn it off. If you have a gas stove, make sure the pilot light is extinguished as soon as you have finished preheating the oven.
  2. Once your oven is preheated and the water is boiling, pour one cup of ammonia into a shallow baking dish and place it on the top rack of your oven. Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack.
  3. Now, just wait. Since the oven isn’t on, you could even leave it overnight, but a minimum of three hours is suggested.
  4. Once the ammonia has had enough time to loosen any messes inside the oven, remove the ammonia and water. Add a small amount of dish soap to the ammonia, and use the soapy ammonia mixture and a sponge to wipe away any grease or grime. It should be fairly easy since the ammonia loosened the stains.

Dishwashers need to be cleaned, too

It might seem paradoxical, but dishwashers need to be cleaned. Though their sole purpose is to clean what’s inside them, food residue, grease and mildew can easily build up over time. Cleaning your dishwasher regularly will help prevent unwanted odors and also keep the appliance running at its peak performance.

Running your dishwasher through a wash cycle with a few different household products will help.

Start a wash cycle with a small dish of white vinegar placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Vinegar will help free grime and sanitize the interior. Then, run a cycle with baking soda sprinkled along the bottom of the dishwasher. This will brighten and deodorize the inside of your dishwasher. Finally, and only if necessary, pour a cup or less of bleach into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full wash cycle. Bleach creates suds so be careful not to put too much.

Important: Bleach can damage stainless steel so only go through the first two steps if you have a stainless steel dishwasher.


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Timothy HarrisTimothy Harris is a freelance writer based in Albuquerque. He brings a professional background in event marketing, residential real estate and journalism to the table to provide useful and relevant content for the modern renter. Timothy has previously written content for Karsten & Associates in New Mexico and Up 'til Dawn, a philanthropic fundraiser that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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