Every college student knows that living in a dorm room is a learning experience; learning how to share a bathroom, how to live in a small space, and how to take care of yourself. Your dorm room is also the place where you will do practically every activity. From cramming for that biology final to socializing with friends and everything in between. Therefore, it’s no surprise that you can make a huge mess in a short amount of time. Especially, if you’re sharing the room with another person, as most college students do. That means double the dirt, mess, and even stress. As for the incoming freshmen that are now entering the college world, you may want to come prepared with a solid collection of cleaning items in your moving boxes. But, don’t worry, none of these items will break the bank by any means. So, grab your packing list and a pen and jot down these essential dorm room cleaning items.

1. Swiffer Sweeper

Essential Dorm Room Cleaning Items

Swiffers are not only inexpensive but handy too. They are small, easy to store and get in those hard to reach places. The wet and dry wipes clean up hair, dirt, and dust with ease. Plus, the fresh scent of Febreze leaves your room smelling wonderful.

2. Disinfecting Wipes

It’s a good idea to have a container of disinfecting wipes nearby. Use them to wipe away dust from your nightstands, desk, and dresser. Or, if you have an en-suite bathroom in your room you can use them to wipe down the sink and remove bacteria, soap scum, and grime. You’ll also be glad you had these around when the dreaded flu inevitably hits campus.

3. Mini Vacuum

You don’t have to invest in an expensive vacuum to get the benefits of a good clean. Try the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Bagless Vacuum. It weighs less than 4 pounds and includes an easy off detachable hand vacuum for smaller messes. They work well on hardwood floors, and the best part is that it will only set you back $16. 

4. Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Realistically, you probably won’t be deep scrubbing your toilet bowl on a regular basis. So, try the Lysol Click Gel Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It stamps to the interior of the toilet bowl and keeps your toilet fresh and clean for up to one week.

5. Detergent Pods

Forget about lugging around that heavy bottle of laundry detergent each time you need to get your laundry done. Bring a large bag of Tide Pods to the dorms for a simple and effective laundry experience. No more measuring out or wasting detergent!

These are just simple things to help you or your student make living in tight quarters a bit easier. If you have any suggestions on other dorm room cleaning items, let us know!