Spring is finally here and with the tepid weather and snowless streets comes spring cleaning. Most college students can attest to the fact that dorms can become very unclean very fast. In suites where students are responsible for cleaning their own bathroom and common areas, a strong cleaning routine is essential. Living in a dorm for the past two years I have picked up a few cleaning hacks that help keep my suite in order. For me, it’s key that my cleaning routine is simple, quick and inexpensive.
Before you get started make sure to stock up on all the essentials! There are some basic cleaning supplies that every college student should have on hand at all times in order to avoid turning their room into a disaster area. Here are some key cleaning supplies that every college student have on hand are worth the splurge:
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Paper towels
Now that you know what supplies you need, let’s get to the hacks!
Many college students simply forget to clean their showers because they forget they are not self-cleaning. While that would be wonderful, most students know first hand that showers can get pretty grimy very fast. If brand name store shower cleaners aren’t in your student budget, here’s a simple way to make your own:
Just mix a teaspoon of liquid soap, a bit of antibacterial oils (hand sanitizer also works) and baking soda into a paste. Then use it to wipe away the grim. I always try to clean my shower either weekly or bi-weekly in order to any avoid nasty build-up.
Your laptop keyboard is probably one the dirtiest surfaces in your dorm room so it’s important to take the time to keep it clean. By using rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab, you can clean the germs and dust from in between the keys. Condensed air is also useful for getting rid of dust in the smallest of cracks. And if you don’t have either of those on hand, pencil erasers can come in handy for getting the dirt off of keyboards, as well.
Even dirtier than your personal computer are public computers so make sure when using your school’s computer labs to use hand sanitizer before and after.
The microwave is one of the dreaded areas to clean in my suite, mainly because it gets very dirty. To get rid of microwave build up in only a couple of minutes, simply fill a cup with water and add a couple of lemon slices. (You can easily find these in a college dining hall for free.) Then, heat the water until it boils and let the steam soak into the microwave for around one minute. Now the grim can easily be wiped away with a sponge or a disinfectant wipe.
We have all been there, drinking coffee early in the morning or late at night on-the-go or even in bed. Unfortunately, coffee on-the-go or in bed can lead to spillage, and after dealing with the pain of spilling hot liquid on yourself, you’re going to have a stain to deal with. The best way to get coffee out of clothes is to pre-treat it with baking soda before throwing the item in the wash. For pillows and couch cushions that you can’t throw in the wash, let baking soda soak on the stain for a few hours before wiping it off with a paper towel.
Now that you have some easy cleaning remedies for your dorms, you will probably want to include your roommates in your cleaning routine. Remember when living with roommates that it’s important to share the cleaning costs and duties so it doesn’t fall upon one person. If sharing the cost of cleaning supplies becomes a sensitive issue, you can set-up a communal jar where everyone can put their change or a couple of dollars each week and the funds raised can contribute towards the communal suite supplies.
While a lot of roommates decide to create chore charts in order to share the responsibility, I have found they end up being more passive aggressive than productive. Instead, everyone should simply make a conscious effort to maintain a clean living environment and by incorporating these cleaning hacks into your routine, you will be able to achieve just that. As a result, it should also help you and your roommates feel more relaxed and refreshed for the spring season.