Moving? Here are Some Cleaning Hacks to Get That Security Deposit Back!

movingMoving into a new place can be so liberating! A new landlord, a new roommate, and new way of apartment living! Nearly half of all moves happen in the summer months, with the majority of people — almost 15% — moving because they wanted a new or better home/apartment. If you are one of the 35.9 million Americans moving this year, make sure to take advantage of these cleaning hacks to make your place look spotless on move out day!

Buff away marks on hardwood flooring
Grab an old tennis ball and make a slit with a sharp knife or scissors. Stick a broom handle in it, and the scuffs will come out with just a little pressure.

Get rid of mildew or mold on grout
In order to get your full security deposit back, make sure to prevent mildew and mold with regular cleanings! To get rid of grout quickly and without a lot of elbow grease, dip a piece of cotton in bleach and rest it on the tile overnight. The next morning remove the pad and voila- mildew be gone.

Remove hardened grease in your oven
To clean your oven naturally, you can easily make a paste with baking soda and water. Coat the entire surface and let it sit overnight, and when you wipe it down the next day, spray white vinegar on any lingering stains. Repeat as often as necessary for a sparkling oven!

Grimy Microwaves
We all have been there, something spilled while we were warming it up and we “forgot” to clean it up. Just grab a bowl, fill it half way with water and fill it with the juice and rinds of half a lemon. Microwave for three to five minutes, and don’t open the door for another five. The steam produced will help loosen up the gunk, making it easier to wipe it clean!

Clean carpet stains
For light stains (read: not red wine), gently rub the stain with two tablespoons of salt dissolved in half of a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution dry before vacuuming. For darker stains, add two tablespoons of borax to the mixture.

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