Keeping a clean living space can sometimes take a backseat amidst the chaos of student life. But you don't want to give in to student stereotypes by leaving sinks piled high with dishes and bins overflowing. Maintaining a clean and tidy living environment is important for both your mental and physical well-being.
Luckily, cleaning doesn't always have to be tiresome or difficult. There are a few easy things you can do to keep on top of your list of chores and make sure your space stays spick and span.
Despite what the cleaning accounts on TikTok might make you think, you don't need a whole arsenal of cleaning supplies to maintain a tidy home. You'll easily make do with the following essentials:
- Multi-surface anti-bacterial spray
- Bathroom spray
- Microfibre cloths
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Rubber gloves
You'll also need a vacuum cleaner and a mop, but many landlords provide these for student houses.
Try these cleaning tips for students
Want to get into good cleaning habits? We've put together six easy cleaning tips for students to help you avoid the grime of student houses.
1. Take your bins out when full
It might seem obvious, but you should take the bins out as soon as they get full. Letting rubbish accumulate can quickly turn your living space into an unpleasant environment. Taking the bins out regularly helps you avoid any unwanted odours, juices, or pests.
2. Wipe down kitchen surfaces after cooking
Taking a few minutes to wipe down kitchen surfaces immediately after cooking can make the task more manageable. Not only does this maintain a clean and sanitary cooking environment, but it also prevents the accumulation of grime, making future cleaning endeavours less daunting.
3. Wash dishes before food sets
Leaving dishes to soak might seem like a time-saving trick, but that doesn't mean you should leave dirty plates in the sink for days. Procrastinating on the washing up can lead to stubborn stains and make cleaning a more arduous task later. Leave your dishes to soak while you eat but then wash them promptly after, before food has a chance to set. This simple habit can save you time and effort in the long run. Plus, your housemates will thank you for clearing the communal space.
4. Wash tea towels and bath mats regularly
Tea towels and bath mats are breeding grounds for bacteria if not cleaned regularly, particularly in a shared living space. Throw them in the laundry regularly to keep things fresh around the house. Additionally, don't forget to replace cleaning sponges and cloths frequently. These items can harbour germs and become less effective over time, so invest in new ones semi-frequently to ensure you're not just spreading more dirt around when you clean.
5. Use mould spray for damp houses
Student houses can be quite old and damp, creating a breeding ground for mould. Mould not only looks unsightly but can also have adverse health effects. When you live in a student house, a good mould spray will be a great investment. Apply it to affected areas, wait as directed, and then remove the mould in one easy wipe. Regular use can help keep your living space fresh and healthy, even in less-than-ideal conditions.
6. Use bleach and a toothbrush to clean grout
Over time, the grout between tiles can become discoloured and grimy, particularly in the bathroom. Mix a solution of bleach and water, apply it to the grout, and scrub with an old toothbrush. This effective yet inexpensive method will leave your tiles looking as good as new, and is another great mould-busting hack.
It's time to get cleaning!
Maintaining a clean living space doesn't have to be a daunting task, even for busy students on a budget. By incorporating these cleaning hacks into your routine, you can enjoy a tidier and more comfortable space. For more advice, check out our blog on the dos and don'ts of living in halls.