The 10 Things Everyone Should Have in Their Shower Caddies

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When it comes to communal bathrooms, there is one thing every college student needs: a durable shower caddy. Shower caddies are great because they keep everything nice and organized, especially in small space dorms. More importantly, they allow you to have everything in one convenient and portable place, which makes showering and getting ready for your day a breeze by having. Here’s what you need to have in your shower caddy for your first communal bathroom trip.

 

1.     Shower Flip Flops

Flip flops or some kind of water shoe/ sandal is an absolute must. It protects your feet from potentially shared germs and keeps them clean when walking to and from the bathroom. Keep an extra pair around so your last-worn pair can dry in the caddy.

 

2.     Dry Hand Towels or Loofah

However you plan on washing yourself off, make sure you have a dry one available. Keep a few in rotation and be sure to wash frequently to ward off mold or smells. For loofahs in particular, experts recommend getting a replacement when they start to expand or change colors.

 

3.     Hand Sanitizer

This one is a bit controversial as not everyone believes in hand sanitizer. For germaphobes or those who get grossed out by the idea of sharing a bathroom, it’s a must-have. We say carry a travel-sized one around with you just in case.

 

4.     Hair Brush

Keep your other hair goods, especially the electric ones in a separate carrying case or caddy. Instead, only bring along those things that can get wet like a hair brush with metal bristles or a plastic comb for quick comb throughs before heading back out into the public.

 

5.     Shampoo and Conditioner

Shower essentials cannot be forgotten. The last thing you want to do is strip down, get wet, and realize you forgot one of these! If your hair cannot be wet every day, you may also want to throw in a hair protector like a shower cap.

 

6.     Exfoliator

Some people love exfoliating brushes. Others love waterproof electronic exfoliating tools. Whatever your style, this is one you can’t leave behind.

 

7.     Facial Cleanser

Makeup, dirt, lotion, grime, and just everyday ickiness can leave your face feeling gross and oily. A good facial cleanser that gets the job done and makes your face feel and look fresh is crucial for guys and girls.

 

8.     Body Soap and Scrub

When it comes to soap, you don’t want anything too powerful. Grab a bottle or bar that isn’t too fragrant or distinct. Otherwise, you’ll be known as the guy that smells like the body wash that stinks up the place or the girl whose soap gives headaches.

 

9.     Fresh Razor and Razor Heads

If you shave, especially while showering, you’re going to want to have a good razor nearby. Make sure it’s a good one that can get the job done — cheap ones tend to break or go dull quickly and easily. Also, carry extras. The last thing you want is to miss a spot because your razor failed to do its job.

 

10.  Shaving Cream

Along with razors, you’ll need shaving cream that will help you look and feel your best. Buy brands that use plastic bottles or rust-proof canisters. Since you leave your shower items in your caddy, you’ll want items that can make it the long-term in watery environments.

Products to Disinfect a Dorm Bathroom

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Living in a college dorm presents many challenges, including limited space, laundry lugging, and shared bathrooms.  Sharing space with so many people also means sharing germs.  Bathrooms tend to be the top germ collectors in the dormitories, especially if there is one bathroom for the entire floor. Custodial staff may sanitize your bathroom regularly, or you may be required to clean your own bathroom if it is shared between fewer people.  If the task is in your hands, remember that when it comes to keeping your bathroom clean the key is to disinfect. Before you even begin scrubbing surfaces, you can take precautions such as having a shower caddy to keep your products safe and bath sandals to avoid treading barefoot on the floor. When it’s time to clean, read on for tips on where and how to keep these shared germs at a minimum.

  1. Stock up on essential cleaning supplies.

Before cleaning your bathroom, you want to be sure that you have the essential cleaning supplies to hit each surface thoroughly. The first and most important thing that you will need is an all-purpose bathroom cleaner that breaks through lime scale (a hard, chalky substance that builds up due to calcium deposits in water) and soap scum (which can build easily on shower curtains).  This can be used for all of the surfaces in your bathroom.  For the toilet bowl, you may be able to use this spray, but a cleaner specifically designed for toilet bowls is optimal. You will also need a toilet bowl brush.  This is a device with a long handle and bristles on the end to scrub away stains and bacteria. Additionally, you will need a small hand brush for scrubbing the tub.

  1. Cleaning the sink

When cleaning the sink, you first want to make sure you clear everything off this surface. Spray your disinfectant generously on the surface and wipe with paper towels.  Be sure to wipe the entire surface, including inside the sink, the faucet, the knobs, and that little area behind the faucet (you may need the toothbrush for this space).  When replacing the items back on the counter, be sure to wipe these items as well, especially the bottom of the soap dispenser that can be a breeding ground for soap scum and germs.

  1. Cleaning the toilet

While the toilet may not be everyone’s favorite area to clean, you want to make sure that you are thorough here.  Spray the surface of the toilet tank, the flush handle, the lid, the top and bottom of the seat, and the surface beneath the seat with your all-purpose cleaner.  A toothbrush will come in handy for some of the crevices between the toilet seat and the toilet tank.  When washing the toilet bowl, administer the toilet bowl cleaner and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Using your toilet bowl brush, scrub all areas of the bowl, especially towards the top, beneath the lip.  Once you have scrubbed thoroughly, simply flush, and your toilet bowl should sparkle!

  1. Cleaning the shower

This can be the most tedious of tasks, since this is the largest surface to disinfect.  Once again, clear all of your shampoos, body washes, and other shower items out of the shower so you can disinfect all corners of this space.  Spray the tub with your all-purpose cleaner.  If there is a lot of grime, you may need something more abrasive to cut through the layers of dirt.  Here you can use your smaller scrub brush for dirt and stain remover.  Spray walls with the same cleaner, and use a toothbrush to clean the grout.  To clean the curtain liner, simply throw in the washing machine with some bleach.

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Communal Dorm Bathroom Essentials

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When living in a college dorm, you learn a thing or two about efficiency. You learn how to simplify your belongings and maximize a given limited space. Another challenge of living in the dorm rooms is the communal bathrooms. Many dorms have one bathroom that is shared by the entire hallway or floor, and it can contain a few toilet and shower stalls. The challenge here is limited privacy and being forced to keep all of your toiletries with you at all times. Don’t get caught without the essential bathroom items that will help to make your communal experience as comfortable as possible.

  1. Shower Caddy

This is the most essential bathroom item to bring with you. You will need a shower caddy to transport all of your toiletries and shower goods with you to and from the bathroom. These caddies come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. The type of caddy you get is really a matter of personal preference. Your selection depends on how many things you will be bringing into the shower with you as well as your preferred level of organization. Pop-up caddies are one common choice, but you may want to look for a tote with more compartments if you want to keep your items in order.

  1. Bath Sandals

When living in the dorms you learn to share, but one thing that you do not want to share is a foot fungus. Showering barefoot is not recommended in communal bathrooms. Any cheap pair of flip-flops for showering will do here, but you can also look for bath sandals that have a non-slip feature and are designed specifically for this purpose.

  1. Bathrobe

A bathrobe is a good to have with you so you are not forced to wander the halls in nothing but a towel. This will give you a little more privacy and comfort, especially if your floors are co-ed. In addition to privacy and comfort, bathrobes are great for staying dry, and will allow you to finish performing your bathroom routine without the inconvenience of trying to hold up your towel. Cotton or terrycloth robes are your best options here. You can even find a terrycloth sarong that has an elastic band to will provide a reliable hold.

  1. Towels

This is an obvious statement, but you will need to bring towels with you into the shower. What may be less obvious to some is the different types of towels you will need. You will need a large towel to dry off after the shower. Ladies may want a medium-sized towel to wrap hair up. Smaller hand towels are good for cleaning jobs such as washing your face and hands or brushing your teeth. Plus, the smaller versions provide a convenience factor so you don’t need to lug larger items with you to the bathroom just to wash your face in the morning or before you go to bed. Look for a towel set that contains multiple towel sizes for your different bathroom activities.

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