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13 Adulting Tips For A Clean Home That Will Impress Your Parents

Just because you're on your own doesn't mean you know how to "adult." But you can trick your parents into believing you do during their next visit by cleaning your home like a grown-up. Make sure you have Clorox Bleach for a very adult cleanup.

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1. Whiten the grout on tile floors (and in tile showers) with a solution of bleach and warm water and a scrub brush:

Your parents will KNOW you didn't just push the dirt on the floor around with a broom.
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Your parents will KNOW you didn't just push the dirt on the floor around with a broom.

2. Clean your walls (for once) with a mop and a standard cleaner:

Chances are you've probably (definitely) never actually cleaned the walls in your home, but doing so will really impress your folks!
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Chances are you've probably (definitely) never actually cleaned the walls in your home, but doing so will really impress your folks!

3. And while you're at it, wipe down your kitchen cabinets:

You'll literally be shocked by how much grime is on them. Literally.
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You'll literally be shocked by how much grime is on them. Literally.

4. Buff your faucets with wax paper to prevent water marks:

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Not only will your faucets actually shine, but the wax will repeal water to prevent future spots (so you can go back to being lazy once your family leaves).

5. Use a lint roller to get dust off your lampshades:

And really you can use the roller to dust all your fabric surfaces like sofas and upholstered headboards. Super easy.
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And really you can use the roller to dust all your fabric surfaces like sofas and upholstered headboards. Super easy.

6. Freshen your sofa by sprinkling it with baking soda and vacuuming:

Your parents won't be able to smell that funky takeout-and-cat-and-beer smell that has slowly sunk into the fabric.
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Your parents won't be able to smell that funky takeout-and-cat-and-beer smell that has slowly sunk into the fabric.

7. Steam-clean your microwave with lemons and water:

A dirty, spaghetti-sauce-stained microwave screams "I'm still in college!"
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A dirty, spaghetti-sauce-stained microwave screams "I'm still in college!"

8. De-mold your tub and shower curtain with a little bleach and water in a spray bottle:

Adults always have clean shower curtains, and now you know the secret.
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Adults always have clean shower curtains, and now you know the secret.

9. Dust horizontal blinds with a lonely sock:

You always have single socks anyway (amiright?), so put them to good use cleaning an often forgotten area.
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You always have single socks anyway (amiright?), so put them to good use cleaning an often forgotten area.

10. Degrease your stove and burners with just soap and water:

Your whole kitchen will look cleaner and tidier without those stains from when your polenta experiment boiled over.
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Your whole kitchen will look cleaner and tidier without those stains from when your polenta experiment boiled over.

11. Clean your (literally) crumby toaster:

This gets overlooked but makes a difference in your kitchen. For real.
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This gets overlooked but makes a difference in your kitchen. For real.

12. Whiten your yellow pillows in the laundry:

White pillows can get discolored even if you regularly change your pillowcases, so your parents will thank you for taking the time to clean them if they stay with you!
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White pillows can get discolored even if you regularly change your pillowcases, so your parents will thank you for taking the time to clean them if they stay with you!

13. Do a 20-minute fridge cleanse:

Cleaning out the refrigerator can feel daunting, but it's essential for having a grown-up, clean home!
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Cleaning out the refrigerator can feel daunting, but it's essential for having a grown-up, clean home!

You may not think of yourself as an adult yet, but with Clorox Bleach, you can at least clean like one!