Okay, so we know ‘cleaning’ in a shared student house can cause a few arguments. Even worse, passive-aggressive post-it notes stuck… everywhere.
We’ve put together a simple checklist to keep on top of your student household cleaning, and most importantly to make it easy. This isn’t a super intense checklist, just little things that everyone can to do to make life cleaner and easier.
It’s cliche, but ‘many hands make light work’. If each person in the house chooses one day a week each and dedicate one hour to cleaning, it will make a hell of a difference. Perhaps even a cleaning rota, although, this only works for a few.
At the end of the day, the communal areas get used by everyone, so it’s fair everyone contributes. If you want to leave your own room in a tip, that’s okay. But do pull your weight within the other areas it will make for happier relations.
Firstly, what cleaning stuff will you need?
- A vacuum that works and vacuum bags if required
- Dust Pan and Brush
- Bin liners
- Metal scrunchie (for oven and hob)
- Toilet brush
- Mop and bucket
- Squeegee (for the shower and inside glass)
- Microfiber cloths, (they can be washed and reused)
- Hard surface cleaner
- Cream Cleaner
- Washing up liquid
- Glass cleaner (always spray a little and use a clean dry cloth )
- Mould and mildew remover
- Bleach (if you use)
- Oven Cleaner (How to clean an oven)
Next, a list of jobs to get into the habit of doing on a regular basis – it works
1. Squeegee your shower after use.
Doing this will cut down on scum build-up. Then, spray with cleaner and leave, no scrubbing required. Just make sure you get into those ridges and edges.
2. Rinse the bath after use.
Also, when you bathe, open the window and ventilate to get rid of any moisture. This discourages mould.
3. Regularly spray in and around the toilet.
Put bleach under the rim before going to bed, this will stop you loo going brown. Spray all around loo & wipe with kitchen roll and put paper in the bin.
4. Put any rubbish in the bin! Simples.
5. Regularly empty the bin and find out the recycling and rubbish pick up days.
This will discourage vermin in and around the property and smelly odour.
6. Scrape off excess food off plates and pans as soon as you are done.
7. Soak any pans overnight.
Or stick it in the dishwasher if you have one!
8. Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation.
This will discourage any mould growing, see mould blog if spot it in your house see how to get rid of it here.
9, Open the windows every now and again.
Gets rid of any food/suspect smells.
10. Fill the kitchen sink with hot soapy water and do the dishes, I dare you.