Student Housing Plymouth –  Top Tips On How To Keep Your Student Rental Clean… and Hygienic

At Student Rooms 4 U we are a private Student Letting Accommodation Experts in Plymouth and pride ourselves in creating a ‘home from home’ in all our properties for our lovely students. When you move into your accommodation, will be clean and fresh? However, would you be likely to keep it this way?

How many of us skip cleaning parts of our house until it looks well and truly dirty? It’s all too easy to bypass extra tasks thinking; ‘It doesn’t look too bad; I’ll leave that for later’. While some tasks can be put off without serious repercussions, when it comes to keeping your room and student accommodation hygienic, there can be serious health implications if things aren’t kept up to scratch. Let’s look at some mucky hot spots in your home that need to be kept spick and span and read the Student Rooms 4 U top tips on keeping your home clean.

Quick Facts from Student Housing Plymouth

  • Dirt, germs, cleanliness and hygiene are not the same thing
  • In a survey of 2,000 people, 23% thought children needed to be exposed to harmful germs to build up their immune systems – something that experts say is incorrect
  • An unhygienic home increases the chance of infections and antibiotic resistance
  • Hygiene hot spots can pose a risk even if they look clean

Hygiene Hot Spots from Student Housing Plymouth

A health hazard for hygiene isn’t necessarily a place in your home – more often, hot spots are to do with certain activities. For example, washing your hands after completing certain tasks is the number one way to reduce the risk of contamination.

After the Toilet

It’s imperative that you wash your hands thoroughly every time you’ve been to the bathroom. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised (and repulsed) at how many people don’t do it! According to a Daily Mail article, 40% of women and 62% of men admitted to not washing their hands after finishing their ablutions. Ever seen one of those adverts about how quickly bacteria on your hands can spread? Seriously, wash your hands.

Cooking and Eating

You should always wash your hands before you start cooking and after you’ve finished, particularly if you’ve been handling raw meat or fish. As well as washing your hands, make sure to thoroughly clean your work surfaces, chopping boards, knives… basically, anything that the food had touched. Also remember to wash your hands before you eat. Think about all the things you touch every day that have potentially been touched by people who don’t wash their hands.


Whether you’ve been touching cleaning chemicals or handling dirty products (like dirty laundry, taking out the rubbish bins or using soiled cloths for cleaning) you should wash your hands afterwards. Harsh chemicals can irritate your skin so its always best to wear gloves for cleaning tasks, but you can’t go wrong with washing your hands after finishing the task regardless of wearing gloves or not.


Whether you yourself have been coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, or whether you’re looking after or living with someone who is unwell, you need to pay even more attention to containing infections and not spreading germs.


Animals are lovely, but they are dirty – always remember to wash your hands after handling animals of any sort.

Student Housing Plymouth – Top Tips of Hygienic Cleaning

  • To kill bacteria, water needs to be over 70 degrees
  • Have different cloths of wiping different things – one for dishes, one for surfaces, and a separate one for spills on the floor
  • Use a good quality detergent or disinfectant. Pay more for an eco-friendly one that will also be kinder to your skin
  • Keep a nail brush by the sink to have a thorough clean of your hands
  • It sounds lame, but watch this video to make sure you’re washing your hands properly. Did you know that it takes around 40 – 60 seconds to clean your hands correctly?

Dirtier than a Toilet Seat

How often do you change your kitchen tea towel or dishcloth? Once a week? If that? You might be shocked to know that many experts recommend changing your tea towel every day. That’s because they provide the perfect breeding ground for germs – a place that’s warm and moist.

Also, if your tea towel is covered in germs, just think about all the items that it touches – your clean plates that you’re going to eat off, cutlery that goes straight into your mouth, cups you drink from, your hands… Honestly, if you have the space for a draining rack, the best way is to let your soapy dishes air dry by themselves.

If you do use tea towels, set up a system so you know which days of the week to change it on and perhaps have a tea towel that belongs to you and don’t borrow someone elses. Every day is a bit much for most people, but if you use it wisely and hang it up between uses, one tea towel should be ok for three to four days.

The same goes for bathroom hand towels. If you share a communal bathroom, it can be hard to keep track of when towels were changed because people just assume that someone else will sort it out. If you like in a student rental, make sure to have a rota so you know whose job it is to change the towels.

For more information, read this BBC health article for home hygiene tips.

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