Must Not Forget These Dorm Room Cleaning Essentials

Many college students underestimate the importance of cleaning supplies when staying in a dorm room. We put together a list of supplies which are affordable and an essential for dorm rooms.

1. Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, 12 Huge Rolls

Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, 12 Huge Rolls

Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, 12 Huge Rolls

Ever try one of those ‘bargain’ paper towels and go through so many sheets that the roll just disappears? With Bounty, the roll doesn’t disappear. Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels are 2X more absorbent, so you can use less. Bounty quickly absorbs messes, so you can clean up and move on without wasting time or towels. Plus, it comes in a variety of sizes and prints, so you can choose the Bounty paper towel that’s just right for you and your family. Choose the paper towel you can count on: Bounty, the longer-lasting Quicker Picker Upper.

Features and Specifications

  • 2X more absorbent,* so you can use less (*Vs. the Custom-Size-It® brand in the U.S. and the Premium Green Leaf Towel in Canada.)
  • The Quicker Picker Upper (Vs. leading ordinary brand)
  • 12 Huge Rolls = 30 Regular Rolls
  • Select-A-SizeTM White Sheets
  • If you love Bounty® paper towels, try Bounty Quilted Napkins®

Review

I get so confused about WHICH Bounty size is the largest roll – but I think I have it correct now. These HUGE rolls are great! No more replacing the empty roll, every couple of days. And Bounty paper towels are nice and thick. I especially like that these are select-a-size. I hate waste and being able to take a smaller towels appeals to my Scottish side.


2. Tide Pods He Turbo Laundry Detergent Packs, Spring Meadow, 81 Count

Tide Pods He Turbo Laundry Detergent Packs, Spring Meadow, 81 Count

Tide Pods He Turbo Laundry Detergent Packs, Spring Meadow, 81 Count

Get the laundry results you want without all the steps. Simply pop in a pac of Tide PODS Spring Meadow Scent to clean, brighten fabrics and fight stains. We’ve packed your routine into 3 separate chambers to give you 3X the stain-removal power (1). Just one pac delivers the legendary cleaning power of Tide in any size load, temperature or machine. Its Spring Meadow Scent infuses your laundry with crisp floral notes to help leave your laundry smelling amazing. For a simple yet effective laundry experience, Tide PODS is the all-in-one solution you’ve been looking for.

Features and Specifications

  • With 6x more clean. It’s got to be Tide. (Based on stain removal performance of 1 pac of Tide PODS vs. 6 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top loading machine.)
  • 3-in-1 laundry pacs: detergent, stain remover, brightener.
  • 1 laundry pac for regular loads, 2 pacs for large loads and 3 pacs for extra large loads.
  • Tide PODS laundry pacs dissolve quickly in hot & cold.
  • Tide PODS Spring Meadow Scent is specially formulated with HE Turbo technology that contains quick collapsing suds and targets tough stains.

Review

We absolutely love this tide product. It is nice not to have to measure out our detergent. And there is no over usage or waste. I love the scent that the tide leave. I do not use fabric softer or sheets and my clothes always come out static free. I hope my experience helps you in purchasing Tide.


3. Pop-Up Mesh Laundry Hamper

Pop-Up Mesh Laundry Hamper

Pop-Up Mesh Laundry Hamper

Laundry storage springs to life time and again with Household Essentials multitasking pop-up hamper! Household’s strong and flexible steel frame lets this hamper fold flat for storage and spring back to its original shape quickly and easily. The breathable black mesh holds clothes safely while helping them air, thus minimizing odor. With two sturdy handles making transport easy, laundry may not seem like such a chore anymore.

Features and Specifications

  • Polyester mesh
  • Imported
  • Lightweight, portable pop-up clothes hamper with carrying handles
  • Solid polyester bottom for durability
  • Heavy-duty polyester mesh sides allow maximum air circulation
  • Spring wire frame is easy to collapse for storage
  • Measures 16 inches in diameter by 25 inches high when open; 16 inches in diameter by 1-1/2 inches high when closed

Review

This hamper is exactly as advertised. It can be pushed down to be completely flat for storage, and it pops up to be a full size laundry basket. I bought this for my father in law’s room. It has handles to carry it to the washer and back. It feels sturdy and a good quality. It’s just a simple and practical solution with no bells or whistles. This would be a great basket for a college dorm or any situation where there may be a lot of moving.


4. Reusable Natural Fabric Softener

Reusable Natural Fabric Softener

Reusable Natural Fabric Softener

It is safe to say that you are managing a twin bed that is well past its prime? You can include solace, backing and
freshness to any twin bedding with this 2 inch Twin XL sleeping cushion topper. It’s ideal for school or any Twin XL bed in your home. Change any bedding and get a decent night’s lay down with the weight assuaging solace and backing of our premium adaptable foam, made just in the USA.

Features and Specifications

  • Set of 6 Original Smart Sheep 100% Premium New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls (no fillers, don’t settle for knock-offs, we strive to stay ahead of competition by offering exceptional quality and customer service)
  • Softens Laundry Naturally— No Chemicals or Synthetics Used (great for those with sensitive skin & babies)
  • Shortens Drying Time (use 3 balls for small/med load, 5-6 for large)
  • Extra-Large (9 in. circumference,) Handmade, Eco-friendly, Saves Energy
  • Lasts for a Thousand-Plus Loads, Replaces Dryer Sheets & Liquid Fabric Softeners, Saves Money. (A healthy, petroleum-free alternative to plastic dryer steamer balls)

Review

I was really skeptical on how these would work. Wanted to get rid of having to use dryer sheets, but continued to do so because of static. I am pretty surprised at how well these things do. Fluffy laundry & towels out of the dryer…very little if any static. Humidity in my place seems to hang around 40%. I’ll see how it goes with a really dry winter, and make an update if needed. No more spending on dryer sheets, no chems in my clothes, not bad. ;)


5. Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags

Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags

Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags

Glad OdorShield Trash Bags in Fresh Clean Scent provide strength plus odor control, to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. These kitchen garbage bags are made with OdorShield technology and Febreze freshness for guaranteed 5 day odor control, based on lab test compared to unscented bags. The unique diamond pattern in these drawstring bags, stretches around objects to prevent rips and the reinforcing bands help add strength while reducing plastic waste, when compared to a leading branded bag. These trash can liners are reinforced at the top, middle and bottom and are made with thicker plastic for leak protection. With the 3 ply drawstring, which grips the can, the bag stays in place until you are ready to take it out. The drawstring bag makes closing and carrying easy. These 13 gallon size, odor eliminating, trash bags, fit tall kitchen trash cans, and are perfect for use in busy kitchens, offices or seasonal cleaning like Spring Cleaning and Back to School.

Features and Specifications

  • 80 count box of 13 gallon kitchen trash bags in Fresh Clean scent
  • OdorShield technology with Febreze freshness leaves your home smelling fresh
  • Reinforcing bands add strength while reducing plastic waste
  • Strong, 3-layer drawstring closure makes garbage bags easy to lift, carry and toss away
  • Great for use throughout the dorm

Review

I was hesitant to purchase these garbage bags because many of the odor controlling bags make my garbage smell like garbage and perfume. That is the last thing I want to smell in my kitchen while cooking. I am thrilled, yes thrilled, that these bags do not just try to mask the odor. I literally cannot smell the horrible garbage when I walk in my kitchen after someone has thrown stinky raw chicken in there or you name it. I am also 7 months pregnant and can smell anything from a mile away. These garbage bags are great and will continue to order them as long as they are offered at a great price. Very pleased and highly recommended.


6. Featherweight Lightweight Vacuum

Featherweight Lightweight Vacuum

Featherweight Lightweight Vacuum

The BISSELL Featherweight Bagless lightweight vacuum is great for quick clean-ups of everyday messes. It offers the benefit of a lightweight floor vacuum plus the convenience of a hand vacuum by removing the quick-release handle, and the included crevice tools provides effortless cleaning in tight places.

The small size of the Featherweight Bagless allows cleaning in a variety of locations. Use it for quick pick-ups in the kitchen, living room, and other areas around the home.

The Featherweight is also bagless so there are no bags to buy, it features an Easy to Empty dirt cup that makes clean up a breeze, and offers a 1 year limited warranty.

Features and Specifications

  • Multi-Purpose for cleaning carpet, hard floor, upholstery and above floor areas
  • Conveniently converts from a floor stick vacuum to a hand vacuum
  • Includes crevice tool for getting into hard to reach areas
  • Bagless with easy-release dirt cup; removable floor nozzle; easy-wrap cord storage; 16 ft power cord
  • Measures 19 by 4 by 4 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Review

I always wanted a light and portable vacuum to quickly suck up all the hair from my dog. This does a perfect job. I agree with some reviewers that the cord could be longer, however, nothing a lightweight extension cord cannot fix. I am also missing a quick release of the cord from the handle that my upright has. Otherwise I love this vacuum and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! It made my life so much easier!


7. Swiffer Sweeper 2 In 1 Mop And Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit

Swiffer Sweeper 2 In 1 Mop And Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit

Swiffer Sweeper 2 In 1 Mop And Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit

With a one-two cleaning punch, Swiffer Sweeper is designed to leave your floors up to 3X cleaner than a broom on dirt, dust and hair. Thick dry sweeping cloths conform to the surface of your floors and grout lines, trapping and locking dirt more thoroughly than a broom. Wet mopping cloths dissolve dirt and grime for good, trapping it in its core and locking it away. *Do not use Swiffer Sweeper wet cloths on unfinished, oiled, or waxed wooden boards, non-sealed tiles or carpeted floors.

Features and Specifications

  • Guaranteed to leave your floors up to 3X cleaner than a broom on dirt, dust and hair or your money back
  • Thick dry cloths conform to the surface of your floors and grout lines to trap and lock dirt
  • Starter kit includes1 sweeper, 2 dry refills, 1 wet refill

Review

Put together in less than a minutes. Great product to have right at hand for those fast clean-ups. It is wonderful for those spills in the kitchen. I highly recommend this product.


8. Skinny Polypropylene Waste Can (Many Colors)

Skinny Polypropylene Waste Can

Skinny Polypropylene Waste Can

The stylish Skinny waste can by Umbra, modeled after their award-winning Garbino waste can, features virtually-indestructible polypropylene construction, a slender profile great for tight spaces and an integrated handle for easy emptying. Cans nest for compact storage. Measures 13-1/4 Inch by 6-3/4 Inch by 13 Inch with a 2-gallon (7-1/2 L) capacity. Designed by Karim Rashid and David Quan for Umbra- original, modern, casual, functional and affordable design for the dorm room.

Features and Specifications

  • Slim, stylish Skinny waste can by Umbra, modeled after their award-winning Garbino can
  • Constructed of durable polypropylene; available in a variety of colors
  • Slender space-saving design; handle for easy carrying and emptying
  • Measures13-1/4 Inch by 6-3/4 Inch by 13 Inch; 2-gallon (7-1/2 L) capacity
  • Design: Karim Rashid and David Quan

Review

Cannot be more pleased. I am buying one more for the 2nd bathroom. It fits very nicely in a tight place; it’s stylish and so inexpensive. You can also use supermarket plastic bags b/c they fit over the can perfectly. I highly recommend.


9. Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge

It is safe to say that you are managing a twin bed that is well past its prime? You can include solace, backing and freshness to any twin bedding with this 2 inch Twin XL sleeping cushion topper. It’s ideal for school or any Twin XL bed in your home. Change any bedding and get a decent night’s lay down with the weight assuaging solace and backing of our premium adaptable foam, made just in the USA.

Review

These sponges hold up much better then any colored similar sponges I have purchased. No little pills of color coming off when wiping or scrubbing. Hold up well in the dishwasher too, which we run them through every couple days to keep fresh.


There you go! Our list for the most important cleaning supplies for your dorm room. If you think we left anything out let us know in the comments below.

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