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Living On Your Own: How Often Should You…

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So, you’re getting ready to head off to college and life on your own! How exciting! Odds are, you may be feeling some jitters over living on your own for the very first time. You may even be thinking “I’m not ready,” or “There is too much to learn.”

Let’s face it, most of our parents have been our superheroes. Did you even know you have to get the oil changed in your car? Or has your mom or dad always taken care of that for you? There are probably things your parents have been doing for you or reminding you to do your entire life that you don’t even realize. But don’t stress—we are here to help you learn those tasks and manage your own living space.

How Often Should You:

...Wash Your Sheets?

The general rule of thumb is to wash your sheets once a week. This may seem excessive to a busy college student, but thousands of dust mites, skin cells, and oils seep into your bed and this calls for frequent washing. However, you should wash your sheets more often if you have dust allergies, your pet sleeps in your bed, you eat in bed, you go to bed without showering, etc.

...Clean Your Toilet?

It is best to clean your toilet once a week. This can be a simple wipe down with disinfectant, but you should definitely bleach it every now and then. You should also bleach your toilet brush once a month, if not more frequently.

 

...Clean Your Small Appliances?

You can run a mix of water and white vinegar through your coffee maker to cut through build-up and disinfect. Make sure to run water through a couple of times before regular use. You should clean your microwave or toaster roughly every time you use them if they have excess food/ crumbs. Only use nonmetal instruments to clean your toaster.

 

...Vacuum/Sweep?

Experts suggest that you vacuum your floors once a week. However, if it is a high-traffic area of your home or you have a pet, you would be safer to vacuum twice a week.

 

...Deep Clean Your Bathroom?

You should toss the bathroom rug in the washer (if it’s machine washable) once a week. You also only need to clean your shower and tub once a week. However, the sink needs a good wipe down every day with an all-purpose cleaner or disinfectant. Be especially sure to clean the floor/area around your toilet.

 

...Go to the Dentist?

The general rule is twice a year (every six months) unless you experience any issues, then you need to go more frequently.

 

...Replace Your Toothbrush?

Most dental professionals and oral hygiene specialists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months unless the bristles are frayed. If you have been sick, disinfect your toothbrush by letting it soak in antibacterial mouthwash.

 

...Change Your Oil?

This time frame depends on your particular car, but it is usually suggested around every 3,000- 5,000 miles, and even up to 7,500 miles. If your car is older and has high mileage, you will likely need it changed more frequently. If you have a full synthetic oil, you can last over 10,000 miles.

 

...Check the Air in Your Tires?

It is wise to check your tire pressure every month to ensure they are properly inflated. The recommended pressure ranges between 32 and 40 PSI. The lowest tire pressure you can drive with is 20 PSI (though not recommended). Anything under that is considered a flat tire, and puts you at risk for a blowout.

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