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.