The Ultimate Apartment Living Cleaning Checklist

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Apartment Cleaning Checklist


You’re going to need to get some supplies first. Here’s the essentials you’ll need to keep up your space:


  • Baking soda

  • Broom & Dust pan

  • Disinfectant Wipes

  • Disinfecting Cleaners

  • Distilled White Vinegar

  • Dusting Spray

  • Glass Cleaner

  • Microfiber Cloth or Old Rags

  • Mop

  • Old Newspaper

  • Paper Towels

  • Rubber Gloves

  • Sponges

  • Spot Cleaner

  • Step Stool

  • Toilet Bowl Brush

  • Trash Can & Bags

  • Vacuum


How To Clean Your Apartment


Sometimes, you just need to deep clean your apartment. There’s no avoiding it. After living somewhere for a few months or even a few years, everything just needs a good deep clean. We’ll take you through your space room-by-room in this apartment cleaning guide to give you a clear strategy on how to deep clean your living space. We’ll also give some tips along the way on how to perform daily/weekly upkeep tasks that will help keep your apartment looking and feeling fresh and clean.



There is research that asserts that the kitchen is the dirtiest room in any living space, due to the food bacteria. This makes it absolutely essential to keep clean and free of debris/refuse. Complete the following tasks to keep your kitchen thoroughly cleaned and disinfected from ceiling to floor:


  • Stove: Remove all burners and caps, soak them in warm soapy water. You can even run them through the dishwasher. Spray the stovetop with a vinegar/water solution and then scrub the entire surface (including the knobs and back panel) until clean.

  • Oven: Remove the racks and scrub these in the sink. You can use a paste of baking soda and water to scrub inside the oven, letting it sit in the oven for a couple of hours to work on removing those stubborn, difficult stains. Scrub burnt-on food and wipe well with clean water and a clean cloth.

  • Microwave: put a cup of water with a couple of slices of lemon inside the microwave and cook for sixty seconds. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then use a damp cloth to wipe it clean.

  • Refrigerator: Remove food, shelves, drawers, and any internal parts. Work from the top to the bottom of the fridge using a rag or a sponge with some baking soda and warm water, making sure to clean all the crevices inside the fridge. Use your sink to scrub the shelves and drawers from your fridge if needed. Once the inside is clean, turn off the power, move the fridge, and clean underneath it. Then empty and clean the fridge’s drip pan and wipe down the front and side panels.

  • Sink & Disposal: Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to a damp cloth to clean the sink. Pour some baking soda down the disposal and let it set for 10-15 minutes and then flush it with hot water.

  • Dishwasher: Fill a dishwasher-safe container with a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack and run a hot water cycle to remove any grease or smells. Wipe out the inside afterwards with a damp cloth.

  • Countertops:  Wipe everything down well. Choose the correct kind of cleaner for the counter you have.

  • Cabinets: Clean the front with warm, soapy water and a soft cleaning cloth and then use a clean cloth with disinfectant inside.


Your Bathroom

The bathroom can host a multitude of germs like norovirus, salmonella and strep. Make sure that you take care to sanitize these areas and wear gloves while you do it.


  • Toilet: Use toilet bowl cleaner and apply it under the bowl rim and let it drip down. While it’s soaking, clean the pedestal and seat with a disinfectant. Scrub the bowl with a bowl brush.

  • Sink: Use all-purpose cleaner and cloth to clean surface areas. An old toothbrush or a cotton swab can aid in cleaning around the faucet base and other difficult-to-navigate areas.

  • Bathtub/Shower: Do an initial cleanse with an all-purpose cleaner and then tackle stains with a baking soda and water paste. A spray of vinegar and water can help with any mildew or soap scum.

  • Tile: Spray any tiled surface with an all-purpose cleaner and use hot water with a soft cloth to wipe it down. Add grout cleaner for problematic areas.

Your Floors


Cleaning the rest of your apartment is mostly just dusting and light cleaning, but do not overlook your floors- these need to be cleaned! The bacteria from your shoes transfer onto the floor, so they need a heavy scrub. Here’s a few tips on how to clean them effectively:


Cleaning Carpets

If you have carpet, vacuum well on a regular basis. If your vacuum’s brush height can be adjusted, set it so that the brush is barely hitting the fibers of your carpet. Vacuum slowly and in different directions to get good coverage. If you’re moving in or out, consider getting the carpet shampooed or spot-cleaned.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

While hardwood floors are incredibly durable and, ahem, hardy– you should be careful with how you clean them to avoid scuffing or damaging the wood. Sweep with a broom that doesn’t have frayed bristles and then mop or polish with something gentle that’s well-suited for your type of flooring. Avoid products that have ammonia, vinegar, wax, polish, or oil-based soaps.

Cleaning Tile/Laminate/Vinyl Floors


Tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring is easy to sweep- but don’t forget the deep clean! A steam mop is a great way to sanitize your floors, or you could use a cleaner (just check the labels and make sure that you choose one that won’t damage your floors or leave them greasy and oily).

Quick Clean Tips


Nobody has time for a deep clean all the time, but you can keep your apartment clean with minimal effort with a quick spot clean that takes about 30 minutes. Here are a few tips for each room so it’s quick and efficient:



Make your bed, freshen up pillows, put away laundry, and pick up clutter. This can make you room a ton tidier with only a couple of minutes of effort.



Close your shower curtain, use a glass cleaner and some old newspaper to wipe down the mirror. Newspaper is fantastic for glass- it won’t leave any lint behind and it doesn’t streak. Straighten up toiletries, towels, makeup and anything on your counter. Wipe down the sink and the countertop, scrub the inside of the toilet bowl and quickly sweep the floor. This should take about 15 minutes and leaves everything looking nice and neat.



Wash dirty dishes, put your clean ones away. Use disinfectant wipes or spray on the countertops, stove, fridge, and kitchen for a quick surface clean. Toss a lemon peel into the garbage disposal and run it, this will eliminate any odors that may have made it into the sink. Put away mail or any other loose papers.


Living Room


Expecting guests? Spend more time in this area. Vacuum the floor, remove clutter from the coffee table and end tables and straighten the couch cushions and blankets. Straighten curtains or blinds and put out some potpourri or light a candle to freshen the air. Clear any bags, shoes, or other stray belongings from the entryway so your guests won’t have to step over things when they come in.


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