11 Cleaning Supplies For College To Whip Your Space Into Shape
Learn the best cleaning supplies for college, plus the best tips and tricks to stay clean even when you are a lazy college student!
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Cleaning is not most people’s favorite hobby, but unfortunately, it has to get done. Especially in a small dorm room or college apartment, messes build up quickly. You want to stay on top of them before the mess gets too crazy and overwhelming.
The best way to do that is with easy to use and affordable cleaning supplies. If you are looking for the bare minimum cleaning supplies for college, I’ve got you covered. If you get (and use!) nearly everything on this list, your dorm room or apartment will be spotless in no time.
This post is all about cleaning supplies for college!
1. small vacuum
A small vacuum or dust-buster is essential to keeping a clean dorm room or college apartment. Something small is perfect to throw in the back of a closet or under the bed and have for whenever the messes come up.
If you get no other cleaning supplies for college, make sure you at least have a small vacuum!
2. clorox wipes
Another cleaning essential is a can of Clorox wipes. These can be used throughout the room on different surfaces and can basically clean up anything that you need!
3. Multipurpose spray
An all purpose disinfectant spray is also a good cleaning supply to keep around your dorm room if you need it. This can be used to clean practically anything in a dorm or apartment, so it will definitely come in handy.
4. paper towls
Of course, paper towels are also an essential for cleaning supplies for college. It is so helpful to always have a roll on hand, whether you need it to clean up a spill or need a napkin for a snack.
5. scented trash bags
Obviously, if you have a trash can in your room, you are going to need to have trash bags as well.
When shopping for trash bags, my best tip for you is to buy scented bags. Not only do they prevent your trash from smelling up the room, but they keep the entire room smelling super nice!
6. Air freshener
A small dorm room means that it can start to smell, fast. Having something like a febreze air freshening spray is essential to keeping your room smelling nice and fresh.
7. sneaker balls
While we are on the topic of smells, some sneaker balls or shoe deodorizers are another good essential to keep in your room. To prevent your shoes from smelling up your space, stick these in them and you should be good to go.
8. Moisture absorbers
This is one of the less common cleaning items on this list, but nonetheless still extremely important.
You can buy these moisture absorbers to keep the air in your dorm room clean. You’d be surprised how dirty it can become in just a short period of time!
To use these, all you have to do is set up the bag and hang it in your closet. Then, after a certain amount of time, you just have to remember to replace it to keep the air clean. If you are someone who struggles with allergies or asthma, these bags are so so helpful.
9. magic erasers
Especially for move in and move out time, magic erasers are perfect to have on hand. These things will literally clean anything, from a stain on the wall to dirt on the floor.
Whether you want to start with a clean room on move in day, need to clean up some messes before you move out, or just need to use it in between, you should always have one of these erasers on hand.
10. fabric freshener spray
With all of your clothes in such a small space, something they tend to start to smell bad. A bottle of fabric freshener spray is the perfect easy solution to keep all of your clothes clean and smelling fresh.
11. Toilet Cleaners
For a college apartment, you are obviously going to have a bathroom and therefore are (unfortunately) going to have to clean said bathroom. For the dorms, if you have a private bathroom and are responsible for cleaning it, here are some toilet cleaning essentials!
toilet bowl cleaner
A toilet bowl cleaner is a super easy way to clean the toilet without having to actually touch anything! All you have to do is spray the cleaning solution around the sides of the bowl and flush the toilet, the toilet bowl cleaner takes care of the rest.
cleaning bowl tablets
Another easy solution to cleaning the toilet is using cleaning bowl tablets. These could not be any easier to use. Literally just put it in the bowl and flush and you are good to go!
The last toilet cleaning essential is a plunger. You never know when you are going to need one of these, so it’s so important to have it on hand just in case!
1. How should you store cleaning supplies?
For a dorm room with limited space, I love using clear, multipurpose bins to store all the cleaning supplies for college listed above. These typically fit perfectly at the top shelf of any dorm room closet and hold everything really well.
While I always recommend clear so you are able to see what you have, if you are looking for something to hide your cleaning products, I’ve got some recommendations for you as well! White plastic bins are another great option to keep at the top of the closet to hold all of your cleaning supplies.
2. How often should you be cleaning?
The frequency you clean is going to depend on your room and what you are doing in it.
As a general rule, try to do at least a monthly cleaning in your dorm room, wiping down all of the surfaces and vacuuming the floor.
If you have the time, try to spend just 5-10 minutes cleaning each week just to make sure you are keeping up with everything. Remember, it’s a small space, so it shouldn’t take you too long to clean!
3. Do you need a cleaning service?
If you are moving into a new apartment and have the money, it might be a good idea to start the year off right by getting the place professionally cleaned.
Some landlords will do this for you, but if not, look into cleaners in your area that aren’t too expensive. This way, you can start the year off with a clean space!
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