Participation in NEOHA’s programs may be terminated if the family does not comply with the terms of the lease. Your lease specifies that the property must be kept in good condition, except for normal wear and tear. Families may be evicted if their housekeeping practices damage the property or lead to unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
Good housekeeping habits make your unit last longer and reduce the need for repairs. Keeping your home free of trash and food waste helps keep insects and pests away.
To ensure good housekeeping habits, keep these basic chores on your list:
- Clean grease and spilled food from your oven and stove after cooking to prevent grease fires.
- Keep the inside and outside of your refrigerator clean
- Defrost your refrigerator as needed if it is not a frost-free model.
- Scrub your bathtub, shower, sink, and toilet as needed or at least every week to keep them sanitary
- Place your kitchen garbage and household trash in the proper receptacle every day.
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10 Steps to Spring Clean Your Kitchen
- Gather the supplies you need: trash container, recycling bins, basket or bag for things that don’t belong in the kitchen, dish soap, disinfectant and other cleaners you normally use, dishrag or sponge, scrubber for stuck-on food, broom and dustpan, mop or old large towel.
- Fill up a sink with hot, soapy water. Scrape the food off the dishes into the trash or into the garbage disposal, and place dishes that need to soak in the hot, soapy water. Put the most heavily soiled dishes on the bottom. Large dishes like pans and bowls can be filled with hot soapy water to soak.
- Put away ingredients and kitchen supplies into cupboards or the refrigerator. Dispose of old leftovers from the refrigerator, and wipe up any spills inside the refrigerator. Slide your refrigerator out, and sweep behind it.
- Clear and clean the stove top, and wipe down the front of the stove. If necessary, clean the oven by scraping any burned food out onto a piece of newspaper. Then put a small glass bowl with 1⁄2 cup full-strength ammonia in the oven overnight, and wipe the oven out the next day.
- Clear counters and wipe them down with disinfectant. Move the appliances that are on the counter and wipe under them, then line them up neatly again.
- Wash and put away dishes.
- Scrub the sink and wipe down faucets. (Hint: to remove rust stains from sinks and tubs, pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on the stain and sprinkle with cream of tartar. Let sit for half and hour, then wipe off and rinse well.)
- Pick up trash, and empty the wastebasket into a trash bag for removal. Separate bottles, cans, and containers into recycling bins.
- Pick up all items that belong in other rooms and place them in a bag or box.
- Sweep up and mop.