8 Cleaning Essentials For Your College Dorm Room

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  • We created a list of essential cleaning items that students need for their dorm room.
  • Every item on the list includes a need vs. want rating score, product recommendations, and helpful student commentary.
  • Cleaning essentials are indicated by a checkmark and you can click on any item to jump to our review.

Dorm Cleaning
Essentials

Vacuum/Broom
& Swiffer/Mop

Need vs. Want Rating

Vacuum/Broom
0%
Swiffer/Mop
0%

Products We Recommend

Frequently Asked Questions

Keeping your dorm room clean is relatively easy if you have the right cleaning supplies and a little motivation. Most students should be fine with a simple broom and dustpan, but you can always bring a vacuum if you want. Some dorms also allow you to check one out from the front desk if you ever need one.

Trash Can/Bags
& Paper Towels

Need vs. Want Rating

Trash Can
0%
Trash Bags
0%
Paper Towels
0%

Products We Recommend

Frequently Asked Questions

Some colleges provide students with a small wastebasket, but in most cases that means sharing it with your roommate. Trash can accumulate quickly in dorm rooms, so having a personal trash can is an easy way to keep your living area clean.

All Purpose Cleaner
& Disinfecting Wipes

Need vs. Want Rating

All Purpose Cleaner
0%
Disinfecting Wipes
0%

Products We Recommend

Frequently Asked Questions

College dorms are full of germs and bacteria, so we recommend using the CDC’s two-step cleaning and disinfecting process on all surfaces in your room. Most students bring a small bottle of all-purpose cleaner spray and some disinfecting wipes.

Sponge, Cleaning Rags,
& Rubber Gloves

Need vs. Want Rating

Sponge
0%
Cleaning Rags
0%
Disposable Gloves
0%

Products We Recommend

Frequently Asked Questions

Students with private bathrooms should bring a pack of sponges to clean their sink and shower. Having a few cleaning rags is also helpful for getting dust off surfaces and cleaning up larger messes.

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