daily chores

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Humanity only faces a few challenges that require constant small attention or face an inevitable end. The first is eating and drinking, the second is personal growth. Like these other two great wars of attrition in life, cleaning needs to be addressed bit by bit to avoid calamity.

Daily chores do more than keep a house under control; they also relieve stress. The link between clutter and stress demonstrates why even the smallest steps feel rewarding.

If you’ve lived in a house for any length of time, you notice some work always needs to be done. In a long list of maintenance cleaning, how do you compile a short list?

Read on to understand why this essential list matters.

Essential Daily Chores

The short list of daily household chores needs to cover easy-to-do things to increase motivation that delays larger cleaning projects. 

Many of these are the same bottom to top routines done to keep hospitals running. The home version is less work-intensive and wasteful—you are aiming for clean not objectively sterile conditions

1. Make the Bed

Not that you want to make it immediately. Leaving the bed open for a few hours gives time for the air to kill off the bacteria you form while sweating in it overnight.

After that, a quick bed tidying keeps out dander and dust and provides a little bump of accomplishment for the day.

Bed making makes a bedroom look put together, even when other elements are still in disarray. It also makes a handy staging platform for many cleaning and organizing tasks done in the room.

2. Address the Dust

Dust forms from a variety of unsavory ingredients. Seriously, a nuanced understanding of dust leaves you wondering why every house isn’t built with negative pressure to shove it all out.

Dust accumulates because we all die a little bit each day. 

Floors and surfaces accumulate this dust and then start to clog up mucus membranes and anything else they can touch. 

Start with the floor, then wipe down the middle surfaces and then the upper surfaces. Taking a few minutes per room leaves a fresh feeling all day long.

3. Wipe Down Bathrooms

On the opposite spectrum from dust is water buildup, specifically mildew and molds. The bathroom isn’t as frightening a place for clutter as many other rooms, but it does fall into disarray over time.

Wiping down the surfaces with a towel after the daily shower routine will keep the surfaces looking good and get the water dry sooner leading to less mildew later.

4. A Load of Laundry

What to do with that wet towel? Toss it in the laundry!

A load of laundry a day (or, more precisely, .75 loads per person per day) keeps the laundry in check. What are all those automatic washing and drying machines for if not to keep the house free of dirty cloth bits?

5. Clean as You Go

The most important of household chores doesn’t even make it to many daily chore lists. Simply clean up as you go. 

Every time you pass through a room, you can move one thing that needs to be placed somewhere else.

Try it and you’ll find that you start getting disappointed that everything always seems done before you even think about cleaning up. 

A Deeper Clean

While keeping a list of daily chores helps to keep a household running, it isn’t the final step in the battle. Eventually, you will want to hit the harder to reach surfaces with more power.

For the big projects and the yearly things, get quotes on outsourcing to keep your life free of the clutter of responsibility. 

citrus peel

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Citrus fruits can help to strengthen your immune system, improve digestive health, aid in weight loss, and reduce your risk of kidney stones. While you may know these are a healthy addition to your diet, you may not know that citrus fruit has a secret.

What’s that secret you may wonder?

Citrus peel makes a great, eco-friendly cleaning product.

Wondering how you can use this around your house? If so, you are in the right place. Learn more about the many uses of citrus peels for cleaning here.

1. Create an All-Purpose Cleaner

You can make your own, all-natural citrus cleaner using lime, lemon, grapefruit, and orange peels. You can do this by using one or two quart-sized canning jars.

To make the cleaner, fill the jars three-quarters of the way with citrus peels. Then, pour vinegar to fill up the jar and let the mixture steep for several weeks. Make sure to shake it daily.

The longer you let the mixture sit, the more potent the cleaner is going to be. After a few weeks, remove the peels and put the infused vinegar into a spray bottle. You can use the mixture on countertops, toilets, bathtubs, stoves, sinks, and more.

2. Make a Carpet Freshener

You can make your own carpet freshener by adding three tablespoons of grated citrus zest, one cup of borax, and two cups of baking soda in a bowl. Stir the mixture well and allow it to sit until all the moisture is evaporated.

Store the mixture in a glass jar until it is needed and then sprinkle it on dirty rugs and carpets. Each time you use this mixture, allow it to sit for several minutes to absorb dirt and odors. The last step is to vacuum it up.

3. Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal can become pretty smelly and disgusting, pretty quickly. They fill up with grime and caked-on grease.

A great way to get rid of this smelly mess is by dropping a handful of citrus peels into the disposal. Make sure to mix in several ice cubes and then run it until all of these are gone

What is left behind is a fresh, clean disposal, as well as peace of mind.

The Amazing Citrus Peel

As you can see, there are more than a few ways you can use a citrus peel for cleaning around the house. Not only does this help to make a great smelling cleaner, but it’s also extremely effective at handling a wide array of problems.

When it comes to cleaning, we are experts – after all, cleaning is our business. If you want more helpful tips, such as why dusting is so important, be sure to check out our blog. We are dedicated to helping ensure you have all the information and resources you need to keep a clean and healthy home.

stainless steel appliances

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Real talk: refrigerator doors can be a real source of embarrassment.

Those 15 layers of smudges and remnants of last night’s spaghetti dinner on your stainless steel are not doing your kitchen any favors.

But don’t fret. Your journey to smudge-free stainless steel appliances and a squeaky clean kitchen has begun.

Before you run out to the store to buy a stainless steel cleaner, take a look in your cabinets. You likely already have everything you need for shiny steel glory right at home.

Cleaning your stainless steel may seem like an afterthought or an optional chore, but nothing screams “I’ve got my home together” more than a glistening kitchen.

Here are our top tips for cleaning stainless steel appliances conveniently and on the cheap.

1. The Cheapest Option of All: Water

This might seem like a no-brainer but water is a tried and true cleaner for stainless steel that won’t damage or degrade the metal and is 100% safe.

However, there’s a proper technique to ensure success. Using warm water is more effective at removing oil spots. Make sure you rub with the grain and dry the surface completely with a clean rag so there’s no residue. 

2. Dish Soap for Tough Stains

Yes, your old pal Dawn turns out to be a great stainless steel appliance cleaner. Dish soap cleans those tough stains out of stainless steel that is resistant to your everyday wipe-down with water.

Start small. Add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and apply warm water, Then, rub the stainless steel in the direction of the grain.

Don’t forget to rinse off the dish soap with a wet rag afterward and towel dry to prevent hard water spots. 

If you want to really go the extra mile, add a dash of baby oil to polish the appliance after it’s been cleaned with dish soap. Violà!

3. Vinegar + Olive Oil For A Clean Polish

If you think of stainless steel appliances as similar to wood, in that you need to regularly clean and polish it, vinegar and olive oil is a great combination that does both. 

Apply vinegar with a cloth or spray onto the surface of the appliance and wipe clean in the direction of the grain. Then use another clean towel and apply a small amount of olive oil to the surface of the steel. Again, rub in the direction of the grain. 

4. The Wild Card: Club Soda

You’ve likely never heard of club soda being used as a cleaning product but many swear by its magical cleaning and polishing properties.

Add the club soda to a spray bottle and apply liberally. Wipe clean with a dry cloth in the direction of the grain. You’re done!

To Sum Up

Now you have no excuses when it comes to having streak-free glistening stainless steel appliances in your home. Have a refrigerator you can’t wait to show off to your houseguests.

You don’t need to spend money and lots of time to achieve this goal with these easy tips. Who doesn’t love a good cleaning hack? Visit our blog for more house cleaning tips and tricks!

clean with baking soda

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There’s one thing in everyone’s pantry right now that can clean our pans, whiten our whites, and wash hair all at the same time. 

Do you know what it is yet? It’s baking soda and it’s eco-friendly to boot! A truly magical powder for all uses.

Interested in how I use it but don’t know how to clean with baking soda? I’ll teach you below.

1. Charred Pans and Caked on Food

I cooked the dinner for a little bit too long, and the bottom of the pan is scorched. Sometimes, I’m lucky and I can still salvage the meal, and just not serve the bottom bits.

It happens to all of us. But then I’m left with a pan with caked on food and black spots that you can’t scrub off, no matter what you do.

I even left the pan soaking in water and soap overnight, but that didn’t help. But you know what will?

Baking soda. Add about a fourth cup baking soda to the water/soap soaking mixture. Leave it overnight and then dump it out in the morning.

Use whatever baking soda settled on the bottom as a powder to help scrub, using a sponge.

The baking soda will have loosened everything and if it doesn’t work on the first try, just leave it and let it soak again.

2. Your Hair

Did you know that you can wash your hair with baking soda? It’s true. No more slippery bottles of shampoo in the shower that fall on your toe.

Or that leave a sticky mess of spilled shampoo down the side of the tub.

To wash hair with baking soda, put about three tablespoons in a bottle of warm water. Shake it up until it’s mostly dissolved.

Then pour it over hair and rub the mixture onto the scalp. Now there’s clean hair and less product buildup.

Plus, the baking soda is good for the drain, as it washes out. No one likes cleaning a clogged drain, not even me!

3. Color Booster in Laundry

Tired of buying those big tubs of Oxyclean? Then stop. All we really need is some baking soda. A fourth cup or a half cup, for really big loads.

Throw the powder in with the clothes and it’ll boost colors and whiten whites. I’ll even put a little baking soda and water over stains before I wash them. It works well on grease, as the powder can draw the grease up and out.

4. Mattress Cleaner

You know what you never think about cleaning? The mattress! But by the end of its life, it has something like ten pounds of dead skin cells and dust inside it.

That’s really gross. So cleaning it every so often is a must-do. All I do is sprinkle baking soda over the top of the mattress, let it sit for half an hour, then vacuum it up.

The baking soda will bond to the dust and dead skin cells (at least those near the surface) and the vacuum will suck them off your bed.

How to Clean with Baking Soda

If I’m really wanting to clean with baking soda, I’ll go to Costco or Sams club. They sell ten-pound bags of this magic do-all ingredient there, in the baking aisle.

I can and will clean about anything with the powder – and we can clean about anything with our power. Give us a call and schedule a cleaning here.

oven cleaning

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Kitchen remodeling is the most popular project to do in your home, second only to a bathroom remodel by 2 percent.

If you can do a complete kitchen remodel, then you can at least spruce up your kitchen with some tips and tricks. And you know if your oven is dirty and dingy, your kitchen simply doesn’t look as good as it could.

Make a good first impression when you’re entertaining, cooking, or just making food for yourself by doing a good, deep oven cleaning.

Oven Cleaning Tips to Get You Sparkling

If you want to clean your whole kitchen, here’s how to get the walls shining bright and white again. Start with oven cleaning, then move your way across the whole room to have a fresh, clean feeling throughout.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

There are two ingredients out there that can clean just about anything. If you haven’t been cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, then you’ve been missing out.

Baking soda and vinegar have the same effect on cutting through grime that your harsh cleaners have. Except they’re cheaper, and better for your kitchen. Mix them into a paste and let them cut into the grime in your oven.

Don’t Neglect the Oven Racks

You might never have cleaned your oven racks at all. Give them a good cleaning for once by taking them out of your oven, and soaking them in a large container or your bathtub overnight.

Once they’re nice and soaked, you can scrub them clean. Use your baking soda and vinegar mix and an abrasive pad, and watch them shine and sparkle like they’re new.

Open Up the Window

The glass door on your oven might be full of grime as well. Clean the inside and the outside of the window.

Coat it in an all-purpose spray, and allow it to sit. Once the cleaner has been soaking on the window, you can wipe it away with a sponge and be able to see into your oven for once.

A Note About Self Cleaning Ovens

When you choose to self-clean your oven, if the option is available, it skyrockets the temperature in the oven to 500 degrees.

The heat melts your grime away so it’s easier to clean. But if you have a lot of buildup in your oven, it can actually be a fire hazard. Only use the self-cleaning function on ovens that are moderately messy, and leave the deep cleaning to yourself.

If you do deep clean, remove the racks. The cycle takes about two hours.

Wall to Wall Clean

When you’re done with oven cleaning, you might catch the cleaning bug. You can do it yourself, but nothing’s going to look as good as when you let Elite Home Cleaners take over your home.

The difference between someone cleaning your home and when you do it yourself is huge. Also, you can have time to tackle all the other things you have on your to-do list.

Save time and have a cleaner home when you get a professional service to do it for you.

dusting

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More than 50 million Americans have reported experiencing allergies at least some time throughout the year. And a lot of them are actually allergic to dust.

Dust isn’t something that you probably have on your mind often, even though dust is constantly collecting around us. That’s why dusting is actually so important.

Why You Need to Be Dusting Your House

What’s dust? Dust is a blanket term that refers to the particles that collect in our homes. Most dust is made up of skin cells.

You don’t want skin cells lying all over your house. So get dusting.

Dust is Dangerous

If you have children that crawl on the floor and put their fingers in their mouths, they can be ingesting up to ten grams of dust per day. That’s putting their immune systems at risk, especially in homes with carpet.

Dust can cause allergies, asthma, runny noses, and itchy eyes. Households that contain a very high amount of dust could actually affect reproductive hormones and brain development.

It Looks Bad

If you walked into someone’s house and saw that their furniture was gathering dust, what would your first impression of their home be? Probably not a good one.

Dust that’s been sitting around will also stir up easily when you walk around. This makes it easier for the dust to fly into the air and go into your lungs. You can significantly increase your air quality just by keeping your home free of dust.

As mentioned, dust is made of skin cells, pollen, fungi, bacteria, animal dander, dust mites, and dead skin cells. If you want to feel clean and healthy, none of the things on that list are probably going to help you achieve that goal.

It Can Make You Sick

Sitting in the bacteria that might be present in the dust in your home can actually make you get sick. If you have asthma, a dusty room can contribute to poor breathing.

Dusting improves environmental safety. Some offices can cause you to develop something called “sick office syndrome.”

An office that’s not properly cared for with dust sitting around creates a neglectful image that makes workers feel discouraged and even develop an illness. Having a clean working environment will make you healthier and happier.

The same should go for your home. Even sleeping in a bedroom full of dust can cause you to have to breath it in for the entirety of the time you’re asleep.

Learn more about your options to get dust up and out of your house for good.

Get Dust Free

Dusting actually takes up more time than you might think it would. But you know that you can’t leave dangerous dust lying all around your house when you’re at work.

Get a cleaner that you can trust to do the job for you. Elite Home Cleaners will do more than just rid your house of dust. From an effective whole-home cleaning to deep cleaning, you can stop worrying about dust building u in your house and start feeling clean and safe instead.

how to clean walls/monthly maid service

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We’re sure you have a good house-cleaning schedule to keep your home clean throughout the year. 

Did you know that you also need to clean your walls? Dirt and dust collect on your walls–yet it’s probably one of the surfaces you’re most likely to forget to clean.

Your walls can also collect mold and bacteria. Whether you see it or not, your walls could be dirty enough to make you sick. 

If you have a lot of walls in your home, you might feel like cleaning them is an overwhelming task. But it’s not a huge chore if you know what to do.

Here’s how to clean walls in your home. 

Dust First

Before you cleaning walls with any kind of liquid cleaning solution, remove the dust. 

Pull furniture away from walls and cover it with a cloth. As you dust your walls, you don’t want that dust to land on your furniture fabric.

Run a dry cloth or broom over your walls to clear away dust and cobwebs.

Remove Marks

If you have dogs or kids, you probably have marks on your wall at knee or waist level. Crayons, handprints, and dirty paw prints can be stubborn wall “decorations.”

Depending on the type of paint on your walls, be gentle when removing marks. Start with water (only) and a soft sponge or cloth. 

Rub the marks gently. If they’re stubborn enough to withstand cleaning with water, add a small amount of dish detergent and try again.

Avoid using anything stronger than diluted ammonia or a mix of baking soda, vinegar, and water for your wall cleaner. Don’t risk ruining your paint with harsh chemicals to remove marks on your wall.

Wipe the Wall

After you’ve spot-cleaned the marks on your walls, use the same gentle cleaning solutions to wipe the walls from top to bottom. 

If your walls have texture, be sure you use enough solution to remove grime from the nooks and crannies from the texture. 

When you’ve finished cleaning a wall with your cleaner, be sure you wipe it again with clean water and a clean cloth or sponge. Don’t leave cleaning solution on your wall. Rinse away the cleaner and any additional dirt. 

Be Careful With Wallpaper

If your home has wallpaper, you need to clean that, too. Wallpaper can absorb smells and bacteria–even if the wall is a smooth surface.

Test a small area with water (only) for color-fastness before you tackle a larger section of your wall. If the small area doesn’t bleed, you’re probably safe to clean the rest of the wall. 

Know How to Clean Walls to Keep Your Home Fresh

If you feel like you’ve cleaned everything in the house, but you still smell “something,” it might be your walls.

Know how to clean your walls to keep your home fresh and free from dust and bacteria. 

Now that you know the proper way to clean your walls, don’t forget your floors! Learn how to do it properly with our article about Mopping 101. 

cleaning supplies list

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In the U.S., women spend 29 minutes a day on average cleaning. By comparison, men spend about 10 minutes.

But if you aren’t using the right supplies, your home may still not be getting clean.

Keep reading to learn a few of the essential items that should be on your cleaning supplies list.

A Good Vacuum

If you have hardwood floors throughout your home, you can skip over this tip. But if even a single room features carpet, a vacuum is a must. And not just any vacuum will do.

A weak, cheap vacuum won’t do much more than push your carpet fibers back and forth. Over time, built-up dirt and other debris in your carpet will leave it looking soiled.

Professional carpet cleaning can help. However, if you want to keep your floors looking great between cleanings, invest in a high-quality vacuum with good reviews.

White Vinegar

Basic cleaning supplies can get expensive, especially when you consider the many different types of surfaces you need to clean and the varying demands of different rooms in your home.

The key is finding cleaning supplies that can be used for many different purposes. Bonus points if that item is also inexpensive.

That’s where white vinegar comes in.

White vinegar can be used to clean windows, run through your coffee maker to clean it out, or even sprayed in the cracks in your driveway to stop grass from growing. Some homeowners even swear by using just white vinegar and baking soda to clean almost their entire home.

An Extending Duster

One big mistake many homeowners make is only cleaning the surfaces that are within reach. But if you aren’t cleaning those high up corners, ceiling fans, or molding, you’re leaving behind dust that can keep your family sneezing and leave your home looking less-than-clean.

A duster with an extending wand makes it easy to clean those hard-to-reach spots without having to deal with the hassle of getting out a ladder every other week to clean them. This is one professional house cleaning supply that every home should have on hand.

Of course, even with an extending duster, it can be easy to miss those nooks and crannies. Hitting every one would be an all-day task and not one that you want to repeat every few weeks.

Regular deep cleaning by professionals can help get your house sparkly clean so that you’ll only need to do lighter cleaning in between.

A Green Countertop Cleaner

Green house cleaning supplies help keep your family, your pets, and yourself safe, both while you’re cleaning and while you’re using the surfaces you’ve cleaned.

Even if you aren’t ready to take the leap and go completely green, a green countertop cleaner is a must.

Your kitchen counters come in contact with lots of little fingers and foods. Don’t risk adding chemicals to the mix.

Filling Your Cleaning Supplies List

Now that you know what belongs on your cleaning supplies list, it’s time to start filling it.

But if you struggle to squeeze in time for a trip to the grocery store to shop for these items, let alone finding time to actually use them to clean, we can help.

Request a quote today to see how professional house cleaning can take the stress out of your life, give you more free time, and allow you to enjoy your beautiful, clean home.

how to clean your room/make a bed

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The average person spends 87% of their time indoors, which is why it’s so important that your indoor spaces remain clean and comforting. Knowing how to clean your room is one way to ensure your home remains a safe haven.

If you’re ready to deep clean your room for lasting comfort, read on to learn some of our exclusive pro-tips. 

Learning How to Clean Your Room

If you feel overwhelmed by the clutter and chaos in your room, it’s not too late to get a handle on how to clean your room. 

The good news is you don’t have to be a professional to get your bedroom to sparkle. The truth is, for many of us, it’s just a matter of staying on top of daily simple tasks. 

Gather Dirty Laundry

Multitasking is key to deep cleaning in a timely matter. Gather and separate your dirty laundry so you can always have a load going while you clean.

If clothes seem extra dirty, fill a bucket with warm water, a bit of detergent, and baking soda to presoak items.

Remove Objects That Don’t Belong

Remove any toys, dishes, or items that don’t belong in your bedroom. An important tip here is to not spend too much time going back and forth from room to room.

Have a bag or box where you can gather the items and get them out of the way, once the bedroom is clean you can send them to their proper places.

Remove Curtains

When was the last time you cleaned your drapes? Unfortunately, this overlooked item can gather some heavy dust thanks to their proximity to windows and doors.

Carefully take them down to add them to the laundry. Keep in mind that more delicate drapes may have to be dry cleaned.

Wash Bedding and Linens

Your bedding and linens is another item that needs to be stripped and washed. If you have spare sheets or blankets, now is a good time to switch them out.

If they have been recently cleaned, try spraying them with a DIY fabric softener made with distilled vodka and lavender essential oil.

Dust Ceiling Fan and Corners

Be sure ceiling fans are tended to before dusting or sweeping any other items in your room. This is particularly important if you live in a moist climate, as the dust can become heavy and can damage the fan

Dust Furniture

Next, using a clean sock or dust rag, dust the furniture items in your room. Pay special attention to dressers and nights stands, and be sure to move all objects for full dust. 

Organize Clean Clothes

Take some time to go through your closet and organize. Remove any items that no longer fit or that you simply don’t wear anymore. Donating these items will help reduce clutter and will make it easier to tidy up in the future. 

Making a Habit

One of the most important parts of knowing how to clean your room is staying consistent. If you do a bit of cleaning each day, it shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes.

One way to do this is by utilizing a cleaning schedule that you can stick to. Check out our blog for tips on how to create your own cleaning schedule

how to clean your apartment

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Did you know your kitchen is likely to be the dirtiest room in your house? It’s also one your guests are likely to walk into. Which is why it pays to know how to clean your apartment in a hurry.

Haven’t been cleaning your home, but need it to look like you do? Don’t worry, our guide to quick cleaning is here to help. Read on the get scrubbing. 

How to Clean Your Apartment Fast

We’ve all been there before. Your parents come into town unexpectedly, you get asked to host game night when it’s not your turn, or your date opts for a “night in”.

If you don’t have the time or the money to hire a cleaning person, then it’s time for a quick spruce up that will leave the place looking great.

Start with Your Toilet

This is one place your guest is almost certain to go during their visit. And yes, they will be checking it. And yes, they will be judging you.

Give it a quick scrub, and while you’re at it, wipe the toothpaste stains off the sink. Skipping these details will make your home look like a mess no matter how spotless the rest of your rooms may be.

Handle the Dishes

Next up is the dishes. Another area we tend to peak at when visiting another person’s home. If you have time, wash them. If you’re short on time but have a dishwasher at least attempt to stash them in there.

Worst case scenario, fill the sink with water and dish soap for that bubbly  “pre-soaking” look. 

Back to the Bathroom

When it comes to the bathroom, simple details can make the whole place look clean. This means making sure there’s a fresh roll of toilet paper on the holder (not resting on the back of the toilet), making sure there are no streaks in the mirror and for good measure light a candle in the bathroom. 

Spruce Up the bedroom

Making your bed is the fastest way to make the rest of the room appear clean. If you’re really stressed for time, tuck odd items into a drawer until you can get to them later. Organize books and magazines into an orderly pile on your night table and keep dirty laundry out of sight. 

Dust Obvious Corners

Dusting may seem like it will take up a bulk of your time, but you only have to dust the obvious corners. Do a quick walk through and find “high traffic zones” like your coffee table, kitchen counter or side tables. Handle these spots and move on. 

Remove Trash

Removing your trash is a quick way to make your home look freshly cleaned and to avoid any unwanted smell. If you’re finding that trashy smell is still lingering, try filling a small bowl with baking soda and setting it where the trash is. 

“Cleanish” Details

The devil is in the details and a few design arrangements can make your place look extra clean and put together. Try a bowl of fresh fruit on the table (kudos if they are all lemons), having herb plants in the windowsill, or remove pasta and dried goods from plastic packaging and display them in tasteful glass jars instead. 

Staying on Top of it All

Now that you’ve gotten a basic idea of how to clean your apartment, it’s time to stay on top of it so there’s no need to worry about rushing.

We suggest checking out our simple tips on creating an at-home cleaning schedule. This will keep all the work from piling up.