How to Clean Your Apartment Before Moving

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By: Kyla Coan

Hey Hardrockers!

So as I have mentioned a few too many times, I am getting ready to move out of my apartment, which means I need get my apartment back to its pre-lived in state. My roommate and I have been living here on and off since August of 2015, so this place has definitely seen its share of messes and accidents. Since my only class for today was cancelled this leaves me with plenty of time to work on some cleaning! Here is my cleaning checklist as well as some tips and tricks to get most of your deposit back!

  1. Clean carpets. This wouldn’t be such a huge undertaking, but most of my apartment, including the bathroom has carpet in it. Recently I had a tie-dye fiasco and got tie-dye on the carpet in the bathroom and have had the worst time trying to remove it, but I found that mixing some white vinegar, dish soap, and plenty of water in a spray bottle then scrubbing with a scrub brush worked really well!
  2. Fill small nail holes. Turns out you can do this with bar soap! Rub the soap in a circular motion over the hole, then gently remove the excess around the perimeter with a wet cloth.
  3. Clean window tracks. This can be done with some hydrogen peroxide, water, q-tips, and an old toothbrush! Use a spray bottle to wet the sills with the peroxide, then scrub with the toothbrush. Use the q-tips to get into all the little nooks and crannies. Now spray with water and wipe down with Lysol wipes or a washcloth.
  4. Wash walls. Just use a warm wet washcloth, or some Lysol wipes. Don’t scrub your walls or else you might take the paint off!
  5. Clean microwave. Use a bowl with some water, white vinegar, and lemon juice, heat it up for about 3-5 minutes (depending on how gross your microwave is) then let the bowl sit in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then carefully remove the bowl and wipe down the microwave. Everything should come off fairly easily.
  6. Clean oven. I hate scrubbing and will avoid it whenever possible, so I found this paste that you can use to avoid having to scrub your oven! Combine 3-4 drops of dish soap, 4 tablespoons of baking soda, 5 tablespoons of vinegar, and some lemon juice. Mix together (be careful when adding the vinegar or else you will end up with a chemistry experiment), slather all over the oven including the window, and let it sit for a couple of hours. Use a sponge to wipe down, then a cloth to make sure you get all the cleaner out.
  7. Clean fridge. First remove everything from the fridge, ideally you should be cleaning your fridge really close to your move out day, so you don’t have a lot of food in the fridge to begin with. Remove your drawers and shelves, then combine hot water, white vinegar, and lemon juice, and use this to clean your shelves and drawers, and don’t forget to top, bottom, and sides inside of your fridge as well!
  8. Clean drip pans on stove-top. Unfortunately, mine were beyond saving despite multiple attempts, so I ended up just buying new ones 😦 but if yours aren’t totally destroyed, coat your pans in baking soda, and then combine water and white vinegar in a spray bottle (probably 2 parts vinegar to one part water), and spray liberally on the pan, and let sit for a couple of hours. Then use a scrub brush and hot water to finish the process.
  9. Clean shower head. Fill a plastic bag about 1/3 or 1/2 full of white vinegar with a few drops of lemon juice, then use a hair tie to secure the bag around the shower head. Let it sit for a couple of hours, then remove the bag and wipe your shower head with a cloth.
  10. Clean bathtub. Combine some warm white vinegar with dish soap in a spray bottle, spray it, and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes, then wipe down!

There are plenty of other things on my cleaning list, but these are some of the big ones. In case you didn’t catch on, it turns out white vinegar is your best friend for cleaning! However the smell can be a bit much, so adding some lemon juice helps with the smell! Next time I will tackle fixing some paint that tore off my walls! Stay warm, and stay tuned!

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