8 Effortless Tricks to Keep Your Apartment Looking Clean
Your toilet is glistening
You’ve successfully tackled clutter with the KonMari method. Now you’re ready to confront cleaning head-on: vacuuming on the reg, scrubbing the tub every week and never, ever leaving leftover Thai food in the fridge for a month. (Well, maybe that’s a little too ambitious.)
Instead, we give you eight super-simple ways to keep your apartment clean (at least on the surface) all year long--because you never know when friends, family or the maintenance guy will drop by for a visit.
MAKE YOUR BED WHILE YOU’RE STILL IN IT
This defines lazy, but it works like a charm. Before you even get out of bed in the morning, grab the top edges of your blankets, raise them up like a parachute in gym class and then wiggle out from under the sheets--just like this. Do a little fluffing and you’re good to go.
GET RID OF PET HAIR WITH A RUBBER GLOVE
Bet you didn’t know about this secret purpose for those rubber dishwashing gloves. Just slip them on, get them a little wet and then run your gloved hands over tables, couches and anywhere else pet hair is visible.
DUST SURFACES WITH YOUR SOCKS
Clever and efficient. Put socks on your hands and your feet to tackle bookshelves, windowsills, floors and baseboards all at once.
LINE YOUR TRASH CANS WITH MULTIPLE BAGS
When you take out the trash, you’ll already have a new bag in place.
USE KITCHEN GOODS TO SCRUB YOUR TUB
Don’t like the smell of bleach? Slice a grapefruit in half, sprinkle it with some salt and get scrubbing. Your tub will sparkle and your bathroom will be left with a fresh citrus scent.
THEN CLEAN YOUR SHOWER DOOR WITH A DRYER SHEET
In the laundry, it softens fabrics. In the bathroom, it softens soap scum.
USE YOUR WASHING MACHINE AS A HAMPER
Instead of throwing your clothes into a basket (or on the floor or over a chair),toss them into the washer as soon as you take them off. Then, when the washer’s full, run a load.