Wisdom from the 19th Floor

Hey Founders Hall–I’m Kasey, the RA on the (spectacular) 19th floor, home of all of the Looney Tunes and Tuney Lunes, with a little tidbit of advice for you.

Have you ever said to yourself, “Man, my room is pretty grimy right now. The bathroom looks pretty gross too. I just don’t have the time to clean… I’ll just do it later.”


For the low low price of $19.99 plus shipping and handling!!!—oh wait, this isn’t a Billy Mays commercial.

Too soon? My b.

Anyways—there are quick and easy ways to transform your room from grunge to greatness in less than half an hour. I’m talking bedroom AND bathroom looking/smelling good. Word!

Here is the essential list of cleaning supplies (can be purchased at Duane Reade, Walgreens, K-Mart, or Target if you’re feeling adventurous). You don’t have to buy all of these, of course, but any of these products will make your life ten times easier.

1. Clorox Wipes—these don’t even need to be Clorox brand. They can be store brand, or even the “green” brand that is environmentally friendly. They all work equally well and smell pretty good…at least in my opinion. These handy little gems work well to both clean and disinfect surfaces—remember to wipe down your doorknobs, light switches, and computer keyboards (while off and unplugged, of course) to make sure you’re hitting all the germiest spots.

2. KA-BOOM! Foam-Tastic with the power of Oxi-Clean—yet another Billy Mays shoutout here. This is some of the greatest stuff on Earth, for many reasons, which include but are not limited to: a) You’ll feel like a BA graffiti tagger as you wield the spray can, b) the foam changes color when the surface is ready to be wiped down, which is not only AWESOME but super helpful, c) it has the power of Oxi-Clean; what’s not to like about that? Warning: this stuff does have a really strong smell, so be sure to open your window and spray a little at a time. It is, however, great at turning the shower back to its original pearly whiteness.

3. Clorox “Green Works” natural all-purpose spray—This spray is perfect to use on a variety of surfaces, and is gentle (both on the surfaces and on your nose). It also has a nice citrus smell. Did I mention that it’s eco-friendly?

4. Comet—This grainy stuff is what you use to prevent your toilet from forming that weird brown line. All you have to do is toss some in the bowl and scrub away—within seconds, your toilet is sparkling like the Orbit lady’s teeth in those “gives your mouth that clean feeling” commercials.

5. A Dust Mitt—Pick up a pair of dust gloves/dust mitts at Duane Reade; they’re great for getting rid of dust and crumbs that may accumulate on your desk. It’s also good to keep these bad boys close at hand in case you/your roommate spills milk in the vicinity of your laptop. Trust me, it’s happened.

6. A Dirt Devil/Small Handheld Vacuum—While this may be one of the more costly items on this list, it is definitely a very useful tool. A small vacuum will save you trips to the Resource Center (and let’s be honest: do you really want to use a vacuum that looks older than Abraham Lincoln to spread dust all over your room? Sorry Resource Center, but you know I’m right), and also save space in your room. These vacuums are perfect for quick cleaning—they clear dust and hair from tight spaces, and also clear up crumbs from the Insomnia Cookies you ate on your bed while watching “10 Things I Hate About You” last night.

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