Being a full time student is hard enough if you don’t have any other worries in your life. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for most people. Between your school and job you have to maintain a social life and keep your side of the apartment clean. Well, we can only help you with one of those problems today. Listed below are 20 cleaning hacks that students will love!
Clean Your Toilet with Cola.
Listen, you’re never going to finish that handle of Jack so you might as well put your extra 2 liter of Coke to good use. Students who have trouble keeping their toilets clean can turn to a can of the carbonated beverage to get the job done. Merely pour a can of coke into your toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile. Don’t worry, this won’t cause any plumbing issues — instead you’ll have a sparkling bowl afterwards. And guys, in general keep your whole bathroom looking nice. You don’t want female visitors to feel obligated to call a few pest control companies because you are dirtying up the place.
Finally dust your apartment.
Dusting is lame and nobody is ever going to brag about doing it. However, when you have that special kind of company over they will definitely know how clean your pad is. Take a new lint roller and use it to hit those awkward dusting spots – lamps, shelves fireplace mantles and so on.
Get a clean iron press with tin foil.
You don’t want to look like your 8am Philosophy Lecture on a Friday night, do you? So to keep your clothes looking fresh you can line an ironing board with some tinfoil. Now you’ll notice that your iron seems to work twice as fast. And no, don’t call an electrician if your iron catches fire. You need to replace that 20 year old bad boy some day.
Sort through your clothes with a hanger system.
If you feel like your closet is overflowing then it might be time to pare down on what you have. You don’t need ten school themed shirts — trust us. So, what you should do is put all of your clothing in the closet facing one direction. Then, whenever you wear a shirt you should return it to the closet facing the opposite direction. After a month you can donate what never got used.
Organize your beer fridge with binder clips.
Throw open the garage doors and head on over to the reliable beer fridge. Looks like a mess in there, doesn’t it? Every time we have a party we end up with a ton of stray bottles that don’t match any boxes. Get those beers in formation by stacking them on their sides and keeping them in place with a binder clip.
Clean your microwave with vinegar.
The communal microwave isn’t exactly something you should look forward to cooking in. Still, you need to keep it clean or else face the wrath of those pest control companies knocking down your door. Put a small bowl of vinegar into your microwave and let it run for about a minute. When it stops you should be able to wipe the walls clean in a single swipe. Best part? This cleaning fix won’t require you to call an electrician because you burnt half the kitchen down!
Save your fridge with plastic wrap.
It only takes your dorm buddy one overly ambitious meal to ruin the refrigerator shelves. Have you ever tried getting in there and scrubbing? It’s not fun. Throw down some plastic Press And Seal wrap on your empty shelves to keep spills to a minimum.
Spray your apartment with furniture polish.
If you wanna live like Kanye, you gotta look like you live like Ye. Keep all of your appliances looking fresh by spraying them down with furniture polish. You’ll be instantly satisfied by the shine on your decade old appliances.
Invest in tortilla dishes.
Sometimes you are out of bowls or plates and you have to dig through a mountain of dishes just to eat. Instead of doing those dishes, it’s probably your roommates turn anyway, use tortillas as an edible plate or bowl. Yeah, that’s a tasty life hack.
Coffee stain problems? Use baby wipes.
We’ve got 99 problems and most of them happen during the morning. There is nothing more devastating than spilling your coffee and this is made worse when it lands on your carpet. Use baby wipes as an immediate cleaning tool. Yeah, this one might be a little tough to explain to anybody who comes for a visit.
Rearrange your room.
If you feel like your life may be a bit cluttered then you might be due for a change. Rearranging your room can let you optimize your space while finding out the things that you don’t need. Pop open the garage doors and haul all of the junk out of your life.
Keep your George Foreman Grill clean.
We’re not going to culinary school so don’t expect us to become master chefs anytime soon. Until then, get into the habit of lining your George Foreman Grill with foil before you cook. It’ll make the cleaning process so much faster.
Scrub and shower.
If it’s absolutely your turn to clean the shower then consider investing in some inexpensive shower gel to do the job. Regular soap will start to build up overtime and before long you’ll want to call a plumbing service to clean it all up. Not really, but still — shower gel cleans better than soap without any residue.
Double your hangers with soda tabs.
If you didn’t actually get rid of any clothing with our earlier tip then this life hack might be for you. Take the pop tabs off of a soda can and hang it on your hanger. Now you can hang another hanger from the soda tab. Double the space and recycling, awesome.
Chalk away grease stains.
Get stuck working in the school kitchen? You’re probably used to getting grease splatters on your clothing. Did you know that chalk can be the perfect tool to get rid of the grease? Use the chalk, optimally un-colored, as soon as you notice the stain. Then go ahead and wash like your normally would.
Charcoal cubes: buy them.
Your refrigerator will rapidly become a den for leftovers from all over your college town. You can buy nifty little charcoal cubes online in order to keep the smell down to a minimum. Arm and Hammer? Pffft, give us the neat Kuro Cube instead.
Clean your blender with a press of a button.
Blenders are amazing dichotomies: they are super convenient and simultaneously a huge headache. Skip the headache by cleaning your blender with some soap and water. Simply fill the blender with soap and water and let it run for a few cycles before rinsing.
Keep your room cool on a hot day with a damp towel.
The A/C unit never works when you want it to, right? So, on a hot day you can use this free little trick. Merely dampen a towel and hang it over your open windows. The air flow will push the towel, simultaneously cooling your room and taking some of the stuffy feeling out at the same time.
Clean your headlights with toothpaste.
If your car is looking pretty shoddy, and let’s be honest — it probably is, then this simple trip will help you out. Layer some toothpaste overtop your clouded/ugly headlights and let it sit for awhile. Wipe it away and you’ll see a cleaner, popping car underneath.
Tape dryer sheets over your A/C.
What is it with dorms and bad smells? Wait, wait. Don’t answer that. If you want a cheap, lazy, and fast way to freshen up your room then we can help. Buy a box of scented dryer sheets and tape a couple of them overtop your A/C when it is running.