5 foolproof hacks for every student

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You may leave your home to study abroad exciting and exhilarating. But as the saying goes: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Living alone would mean that you are now responsible for cleaning up yourself. But as a university student with classes, assignments, and a social life to balance, spending your time vacuuming and scrubbing your bathroom floors is probably the last thing on your to-do list.

While it takes a lot less effort to leave your room untidy, you may not realize that ignoring the condition of your dorm room can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Strong links have been found between have a messy room and signs of depression and anxiety. Many consider their room their safe space, and when the clutter builds up, it can feel stressful or overwhelming.

However, cleaning up your dorm room is not as difficult as it sounds. With the help of these cleaning hacks, keeping your room clean will become much easier.

Clean Up: Five Hacks for a Productive Learning Environment

A tidy room can increase student productivity. Credit: Sam Wasson/AFP

1. Make your bed every morning

The first step in keeping your room clean can be taken as soon as you get up in the morning. Many dorms are small, meaning your bed would take up most of the space. As a big part of your room, not having your bed made can have a huge impact. Making your bed first thing in the morning can instantly make your dorm room look tidier.

Another benefit of making your bed first thing in the morning is that it motivates you not to crawl back under the sheets. It’s also important to change your linens every week or two. Although you may not be able to see it, many germs accumulate in sheets and pillowcases, including dead skin cells, dust mites and sweat.

2. Clean your bathroom at least once a week

Unsurprisingly, bathrooms are home to the most germs. For example, bacteria ranging from E.Coli to Salmonella and Staphylococcus Aureus can be found on toilet seats, bathroom floors, shower curtains and even toothbrushes. NHS investigations has shown that these germs can adhere to surfaces for up to four hours.

If not cleaned regularly, these germs can be harmful and put you at risk for a range of diseases. Therefore, cleaning your bathroom is extremely important and should be done at least once a week.

For those who share their showers with other students, you can create a schedule where you take turns cleaning up. Good ventilation in the bathroom can also help, as poor ventilation can result in mold and mold that can be difficult to clean. Leave a window or door open to ventilate the bathroom after showering to avoid this.

3. Keep your desk and drawers tidy

Since dorms aren’t very spacious, even the smallest clutter can make you feel like a mess. In your dormitory, your desk is the most important place as you spend most of your time doing your chores and studying.

A tidy desk is proven to increase motivation and productivity. Although it can be a tiring task to sort all your books and papers, it is worth taking some time each week to organize your table. This not only keeps your dorm clean, but also helps you with your work.

4. Wipe down your windows

When cleaning, many forget the windows. However, keeping your windows clean can have a major impact by helping to protect the air quality in your room.

A great trick to keeping your windows clean is to use old newspapers instead of paper towels. Paper towels tend to leave lint when used to wipe windows. Newspaper, on the other hand, leaves no traces when used.

5. Keep your floors clean

Most dormitories have carpeted floors, although they carry the fewest bacteria if left uncleaned germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus are found in carpets.

Luckily, you can avoid this by simply finding the time to vacuum or sweep your floors at least once a week. The good news is that dorms are usually quite small, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time vacuuming.

The downside of carpeted floors is the risk of them getting dirty. Make sure spills are cleaned up as soon as possible.

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Baking soda is one of the most useful cleaning supplies you can find in your home. Source: Stephen Lovekin / AFP

If you are looking for hacks to keep your room fresh and clean or even get rid of ugly carpet stains, here are two DIY hacks using things you can find in your kitchen:

1. Vinegar

Living in a dorm doesn’t offer much space. With the limited space, you don’t want to use it to store a lot of cleaning products.

Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem. An all-purpose cleaner that’s easy to store and affordable is distilled white vinegar. It can be used to clean your bedroom and bathroom, as well as disinfect any space while eliminating unpleasant odors.

2. Baking soda

Besides vinegar, baking soda is another natural cleaner that is affordable and can be found right in your kitchen cupboard. It is a powerful cleaning agent that can be used to clean many parts of your dorm room.

What makes baking soda special is that it can be used to clean carpet stains. Whether you spilled some coffee or pasta sauce, all you have to do is put some baking soda on it and let it sit for a while before vacuuming it up.

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