Keeping Your Apartment Clean

You and your roommates will be responsible for keeping your apartment unit clean. Though cleaning is a never-ending task, it is necessary to prevent pests, damage from accumulated dirt and/or excessive cleaning prior to departure. The following is a list of helpful hints to assist you with your endeavors.

  • Develop a schedule. The responsibility for cleaning should be shared. When one or two people are doing all of the work, resentment can build.
  • Keep the cleaning supply cabinet stocked. Nothing is more frustrating than when it is your turn to clean and the cupboard is bare.
  • Try to spend some time each day cleaning. Doing the whole apartment in one day can be frustrating and exhausting.
  • To avoid "pests", keep food in sealed containers and remove trash to the appropriate exterior dumpster regularly.

Tips for Green Living On-Campus

  • Wash your laundry when you have full loads and use cold water cycles to conserve water and energy.
  • Turn your fan and lights off when you leave your room to conserve energy.
  • Do not dispose of medications in the toilet as they pollute rivers and streams.
  • Unplug electronic equipment (i.e., printer, computer, cell phone charger) and appliances (i.e., microwave, hair dryer) when not in use to save energy and reduce phantom loads.
  • Eliminate standby-power consumption by turning your surge protector to the off position before leaving your room; your devices will retain surge protection and you will save energy.
  • Keep recyclable bottles, cans, and papers separate from trash waste in your room to make disposing of them in the large hallway receptacles easier and more convenient.
  • Buy a BPA-Free (Bisphenol-A Free) reusable bottle and coffee mug.  These replace disposable plastic bottles and paper cups for beverages saving energy, raw materials, and money.
  • Use microwavable plates, bowls and mugs instead of disposable ones.

Suggested Cleaning Supplies

disinfectant spray

furniture cleaner

liquid/non-abrasive cleanser

an all-purpose liquid cleaner

basin/tub/tile cleaner

bucket and mop


cleaning rags and sponges

broom and dust pan

trash bags

trash cans (kitchen, bath area, bedroom)

baking soda

rubber gloves

paper towels

toilet bowel brush

toilet bowl cleaner

dish detergent

laundry detergent

carpet cleaner

upholstery cleaner