Looking for the ultimate apartment cleaning checklist that will help you keep your apartment sparkly clean? Here is a simple, easy guide to cleaning your apartment.
Cleaning an apartment is easier said than done, I know. But cleaning does not have to be a burden... It can be easy, efficient, and fun (?)! I have this little trick that I have done for a few years now that has tricked my brain into thinking I like cleaning….
What I do is super simple— we all have a favorite TV show we look forward to watching (whether you're a bachelor or sports girl) and I will save the show for when I’m cleaning. I know this can be hard, but if you wait and clean while you do it you’re not only treating yourself but you’ll also start looking forward to cleaning. I highly recommend trying this little trick out and who knows, you may start to love cleaning.
Anyways, I religiously use this cleaning checklist and I also have a PDF that goes more into depth on my entire process. I highly recommend downloading the PDF - it’s completely free and will give you a weekly, monthly, bi-yearly cleaning checklist to make your apartment will always sparkle and shine.
This post is all about apartment cleaning checklist.
APARTMENT CLEANING CHECKLIST
Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
☐ Spray counters, appliances and cabinets
☐ Sprinkle sink with the baking soda and dish soap
☐ Empty and scrub all trash cans
☐ Throw out expired food
☐ Clean out the filter in the dishwasher
Living Room Cleaning Checklist
☐ Wash blankets
☐ Dust all the furniture
☐ Vacuum floors
☐ Dust Blinds
☐ Clean windows
☐ Wipe baseboards
Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
☐ Wash sheets/ duvet/ pillows
☐ Dust all furniture (including your bed)
☐ Clean windows and window base
☐ Dust Blinds, fans, and closet shelves
Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
☐ Wash towels and bath mat(s)
☐ Scrub shower walls and fixtures
☐ Wipe down cabinets
☐ Spray counters and sink(s)
☐ Clean/ scrub bathroom trashcan
☐ Wipe baseboards
☐ Vacuum and mop floors
GENERAL CLEANING ESSENTIALS
The Swiffer Duster has saved me on so many occasions. It honestly grosses me out how much dust it collects. If you have fans or molding, you need this duster. It reaches places I physically can't and it’s one of my best purchases.
I went a disgusting amount of time in my apartment without a mop. But, please learn from my mistakes. You need a mop. The Swiffer “mops” only clean up surface-level dirt. A mop gets all the dirt and grime that’s stuck to your floor.
One of the best gifts I have ever received (yes, I asked for a Dyson for Christmas). Other vacuums have nothing on the Dyson and I will take it with me to the grave. I know that there are some dupes out there that do almost as good of a job. But, if you can get your hands on a Dyson I highly recommend it!
KITCHEN CLEANING ESSENTIALS
6. Counter Top Spray
Mrs. Meyer's multi-surface spray smells amazing (I also love their hand soaps). The countertop spray really gets all the dirt and grime off of my kitchen counters.
7. Dish Soap
This dish soap passes the test aesthetically and functionally. Love Method’s products and their packaging.
9. Steel Wool Pads
Steel wool pads cut through grease and get off those hard-to-scrape baked-on food remnants.
10. Dish Sponges
My favorite dish sponges. Ever. They work amazingly well and you can put them through the dishwasher!
11. Disposal Cleaner
This cleaner is essential if you have a disposal. I cannot tell you how important it is to clean your disposal.
BATHROOM CLEANING ESSENTIALS
12. Toilet Cleaner
Toilet cleaner is not something “exciting” to shop for but you definitely need it! Lysol does a great job and I haven’t been disappointed thus far.
13. Bleach Spray
Bleach spray. I will spray this ALL over and let it sit. I really want to make sure it kills all the gross germs that make their way into my bathroom.
14. Cleaning Gloves
When you’re cleaning your bathroom, I highly recommend using gloves. Those germs do not deserve to be on your hands .
22. Start with your surfaces, end with your floors
If I can only give you one tip it would be to start with your surfaces and end with your floors when you’re cleaning! When you clean surfaces so much dirt and dust falls to the floor. If you clean the floors first you’re going to automatically make your floors dirty again which I know you don’t want! Start with the highest surface and make your way down.
23. Don’t forget to clean your dishwasher
I learned this the hard way. I had NO idea that dishwashers had to be cleaned, but it’s true. There’s a little bucket of sorts that’s at the bottom of your dishwasher (at least that’s where mine is) and it collects all the food that comes off of your dishes. Take out that bucket, dump the junk into the trash and then wash it out with some soap! You should do this once every month at least.
24. Lemons are AMAZING for cleaning
Lemons are so amazing for cleaning. I love to put frozen lemon in my garbage disposal and turn it on for a few seconds. Bonus, it will make your kitchen smell so good.
25. Use a duster to get out dirt & dust in hidden places
Dirt loves to collect under my kitchen cabinets so I always take a duster down there and try to get it all out. It’s disgusting, and I do this frequently. I highly recommend you do this as well!
26. Magic erasers are your best friend
Magic erasers will get out any marks you find on your walls counters, etc. I promise you that when you are cleaning you’re going to find little marks you didn’t know existed and that’s where the magic eraser comes into play!