Dorm Cleaning Supplies You Need to Have
This post is all about the best dorm cleaning supplies every student needs.
I’ll be the first to say that cleaning is not my favorite thing to do.
However, I LOVE being in a clean space. It makes me so much happier and more productive. Having a clean dorm room was very important to me (and luckily my roommate was on the same page!) We discovered that keeping your dorm room clean doesn’t actually have to be a chore.
The main thing dorm rooms have going for them is size. Keeping a room less than 200 square feet clean is a lot easier than cleaning an entire apartment. 😉
Related: The Ultimate Dorm Cleaning Schedule
We were able to keep our dorm room sparkling clean (in only 30 minutes per week or less) by using the following dorm cleaning supplies:
1. All Purpose Cleaner
All purpose cleaner is an essential dorm cleaning product you can use to clean every surface in your dorm room super easily. Dressers, desks, mirrors, sinks, doorknobs, etc. all get really gross. But just spray some all purpose cleaner on the surface, wipe it down, and you’re done! So simple.
Cleaning your dorm room with all purpose cleaner is something you can do in just a few minutes once a week and it really makes a difference in keeping all the surfaces in your room clean and dust-free.
2. Paper Towels
Having a few rolls of paper towels on hand is always a smart idea. The main way I used paper towels was for wiping down surfaces after I cleaned them with the all purpose cleaner. It’s easier to clean with paper towels rather than using actual towels that you’ll have to wash later.
You can also use paper towels for cleaning up spills (the amount of times my laptop survived having water spilled on it is crazy) and they also double as napkins when you’re eating in your dorm room!
3. Disinfecting Wipes
Disinfecting wipes can almost be used in place of all purpose cleaning spray for cleaning your dorm room. I personally kept both on hand just in case, but it’s really just a matter of preference.
You can use disinfecting wipes for cleaning surfaces like dressers, desks, mirrors, sinks, and doorknobs. They’re super helpful for picking up crumbs or cleaning sticky surfaces in your dorm room.
4. Vacuum Cleaner
A vacuum is the one dorm cleaning product you really shouldn’t cheap out on. While it’s tempting to grab a $20 vacuum in order to save money, I promise that you get what you pay for and that thing will probably stop working after a few weeks. (Speaking from experience here!)
Instead, I recommend paying a little vacuum that will actually pick up stuff on your floor. If you have a really tiny dorm room, you can probably get away with a smaller handheld vacuum cleaner. If you have a larger dorm room with more surface area to clean, I recommend an upright vacuum cleaner.
Note: Some dorms provide vacuum cleaners for communal use. Check before you move in! If this is the case, you really only need a small handheld one.
5. Carpet Spot Remover
I liked having a carpeted dorm room, but it is definitely harder to keep clean than hardwood or tile. If you have a carpeted dorm room, or plan on having rugs in your room, then getting a small bottle of carpet spot remover is a good idea.
I can’t tell you how many times we ended up with unexplainable spots and stains on our carpet. No idea how they got there, but spot remover does the trick!
6. Trash Bags
Most dorms provide small trashcans in each room, but you will be on the hook for trash bags. Be sure to stock up on a couple packs of them before you move in to your dorm room so you don’t have to worry about running out.
7. Room Spray
I don’t know what it is about dorm rooms, but they can start smelling really stale and musty no matter how much you clean. This is where room spray air freshener is really helpful to have on hand.
This will keep your dorm room smelling clean and fresh all the time. I personally love this pear blossom agave scent that is really light and subtle. (You can also use this on your linens, clothing, towels, etc. to make them smell nice!)
So these are the essential dorm cleaning supplies that every college student needs!
I guarantee that using these products will make your dorm room the cleanest on your hall and keep everything sparkling clean in just a few minutes every week.
Storing Your Dorm Cleaning Supplies
The easiest way to store all your dorm cleaning supplies is by getting a bin that you can stash on a shelf or inside your wardrobe. This way, you don’t have to clutter your room or look at your cleaning supplies when you aren’t using them.
I like using a cute fabric storage bin like this for stashing cleaning supplies.
More Posts About Dorm Life
Here are some additional posts about living in a dorm you may want to read:
- The Ultimate Dorm Cleaning Schedule
- 10 Dorm Room Organization Essentials You Need
- 7 Dorm Desk Essentials to Keep You Organized
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