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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

It’s your first time living on your own, without your parents, your siblings, or your guardian hovering over your shoulder. It’s both a blessing and a curse, you can do pretty much anything you want now anytime of day. But that also means you're in charge of your own space, and cleaning it.

essetial cleaning supplies

Every college student needs cleaning supplies, and nowadays with COVID-19 your college will most likely provide you with some cleaning supplies when you arrive. But they’re not going to give you everything and it's always a safe bet to bring your own.

There are different kinds of cleaning supplies, ones that are more for personal use like face masks or hand sanitizer. Or ones that should be used to clean the various surfaces of your room. 

You’re going to need both kinds, and each has a specific use. Now that you’re living in a dorm or an apartment, your parents won’t be here to do some of the cleaning. You have to take this task on yourself. 

Here are the things you’ll need to make sure your room is safe and clean to live in. A healthy and tidy space is crucial to keeping not just your body in tip-top shape, but your mind as well. Working in a dirty environment is no fun for anyone, so let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. 

  • Disinfecting wipes and spray
  • A vacuum
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shower cleaner
  • Paper towels 
Disinfecting wipes and spray should be first, if not second, on your list of must-need supplies. 

Disinfecting wipes and spray

Lysol, Lysol, Lysol. It’s the cleaning supply on everyone’s mind all the time. The disinfecting product’s hype isn’t all just for show, it works really really well when it comes to keeping the surfaces and the air in your living space clean and free of germs.

Lysol is the usual brand to buy, but you can use others. Either way, a disinfecting spray and a tube of wipes is a must-have product for your dorm room this fall. They’ll kill the germs in your space and keep everything tidy after a spill.

Lysol is best used in your bathroom to keep all the nasty pathogens away. If you or one of your roommates is sick it's a good idea to douse your bathroom with a can of disinfecting spray after they use it. 

The disinfecting wipes will take care of the sink, the doorknobs, the tables, any flat surface that needs a wiping down. They’re wet so they’ll get out any damp stains as well.

You can buy less heavy-duty disinfecting products as well, not for the items in your room but for your hands to keep them clean. Alcohol wipes, featured in some of OCM’s personal care packages, can be used to wipe your hands clean if you’re feeling a little grubby. 

A must-have cleaning supply for anyone, college student or not, is a vacuum. 

A vacuum

A good vacuum will be your best investment when you go off to college. You’re going to spill a lot more stuff than you think. Whether it's a snack, or a drink, or potting soil from that new succulent plant you just bought a mess will be made.

Some campuses have vacuums available to sign out in their dorms, whether it's in a rec room or with a security guard at the gate. So check first if your dorm offers this program before buying a vacuum if you want to save on cash. However, it’s always good to have one of your own.

A vacuum can be a big investment, the big heavy-duty ones can be over a hundred dollars from an expensive brand. And these vacuums are often too big to store easily in a small dorm-room closet.

But luckily, there are plenty of smaller vacuums for you to pick that pack a punch in power. A hand vacuum you can get pretty cheap from sites like Amazon is great for cleaning up messes you might make on your bedspread or another soft surface.

You also might want to take into consideration the number of outlets you have in your room. The heftier vacuums will need to be plugged in when used, but there are some cordless vacuums that only need to be charged up beforehand. Whatever works best for you. 

Dirty dishes, the bane of everyone’s existence but alas they must be cleaned. 

Dish soap and sponges

Every dorm is different. You might have a communal bathroom holding all the sinks, showers, and toilets. Or maybe you have your own personal bathroom for that. Some rooms will even have a counter and sink for you, but no personal bathroom.

No matter what, you’re going to need to wash dishes as a part of your cleaning routine. Leaving that bowl of oatmeal or cereal out to fester for more than a day or so isn’t a good idea. It’s going to smell, and eventually attract some creepy crawlies that neither you, nor your roommate want to deal with. 

So it’s time to wash your dishes then. In terms of what dish soap to get it doesn’t really matter. Any dish soap that you can buy at the pharmacy or grocery store will do. Chances are too that your university’s store, whether it’s a small mini-market or the official store, will have some of these supplies as well.

Check those places out before you go anywhere else, and spend any of your on-campus money before you go dipping into any other funds.

Hand sanitizer, everyone’s convenient and often a nice-smelling best friend. 

Hand sanitizer

Keep your hands clean and fresh on the go and in your room! Washing your hands with soap and water is obviously more preferable to using hand sanitizer all the time, the alcohol in the sanitizer can dry out your skin and soap is more effective. But that doesn’t mean hand sanitizer doesn’t come in handy.

There are hand sanitizer dispensers everywhere now, in public buildings, campus libraries, the dining halls, maybe even the lobby of your dorm itself. But it’s always a good idea to have your own stash on hand. 

Luckily hand sanitizer isn’t hard to get anymore, and you can usually get a small bottle or two in one of OCM’s care packages. Not all of them will be scented, you’ll have to search for that, but it’s a handy thing to have along with your other giftees.

Check out OCM’s “Healthy You” package for a bundle of supplies that’ll keep you up and at ‘em’ all semester long. Instant soup, tissues, omega 3 gummies, and of course two things of hand sanitizer to use at your leisure. 

Shower cleaner

You’d think that a shower would clean itself. After all, it’s just you, some soap, and water in there, right? Sadly, this is not true and your shower can get pretty grimy pretty fast if you don’t wipe it down every once in a while.

But, you don’t have to do a full-on bleaching of your shower every time you take one. Buy a shower cleaner, that comes in a spray bottle, and after every two or three showers spray down the walls with it.

It’ll keep any gunk and grime lingering on the walls from growing, and eliminate any stains or dirt on the walls and floor. Every now and then it’s smart to wipe down the shower as well, the shower cleaner can do a lot but not everything.

A Mr. Clean magic eraser is a good option to get rid of any visible stains, but a good scrub with a washcloth could work too as long as you wash it afterward. 

And if you’re living with a communal bathroom, well you can just skip this section and bask in one of the few benefits of not having to clean your bathroom. It won’t last long, so take advantage of it while you have it! 

Paper towels

A simple washcloth or towel isn’t going to cut it after a while. You’d be surprised by how many things you can spill or knock over in a week at college.

Paper towels are a godsend. Stock up, you’re going to need a lot of them. Because paper towels aren’t just a one-use kind of cleaning supply, you can literally use them to clean up any kind of mess you have. 

Buying these in bulk will save you time, and money in the long run. And no matter what any commercial or person will tell you it doesn’t matter much what brand you use when it comes to buying a roll.

If it’s sold in a store, it’ll work just fine. Money is a major concern for most college students and you shouldn’t be wasting it on a paper towel brand three dollars more than the store brand because it promises an easier clean-up. Go for the cheapest, you’ll be absolutely golden with that. 

Truthfully buying all of these things at once might not be plausible for everyone, buy what you can, what you think is most important for your and your dorm’s needs and go on with that.

You’ve got time, and the stores won’t run out of anything on this list anytime soon. Just be careful with your bag of chips and your coffee mug when you’re sitting in bed, crumbs and stains in the sheets are just plain annoying.