Top Cleaning Necessities For The College Bound Student
We spent 18 years teaching them to take care of themselves, and now they’re off to college. We taught them how to clean, too. Do we really think they’ll spend their limited budget on cleaning supplies? lol Mine didn’t, that’s for sure!
One of them used his to buy all the food he could get his hands on and another bought extra frozen burgers so he could use his George Foreman grill to sell dinner to his entire dorm… lol the difference in kids!
But, back to the point of this post, we need to send them off with all we think they’ll need and then hope they make the right choices in all areas!
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In this post we’ll talk about the Top Cleaning Necessities For The College Bound Student.
Below you’ll find everything they’ll need to get them started out on the right path for their cleaning needs (whether they stay neat… that’s something we probably shouldn’t think too much about…lol)
On the list:
Mesh Caddy Tote Bag
A caddy is one of the best things you can get to stay organized and help you clean. Whether you need to store your cleaning products and tools or your shower essentails a caddy can keep them all organized and in one place for easy access.
- XL large size portable shower caddy, carrying everything you need in one trip to the bathroom.
- With 7 extra outside pockets to hold all the little things like tooth brush, brushes, toothpaste, etc.
- Mesh material, quick dry.
- Foldable – once you are done using it you can just fold it up and store it flat in a drawer or closet with out taking up a whole bunch of space.
- If you are not satisfied with your purchases, please feel free to ask us at any time! Your problem should be solved.
Panasonic Adjustable Steam Iron
The first one I sent off to college was shocked at how many of his friends had no idea how to wash or iron their clothes. He said he spent the first few weeks teaching them! lol
Anti-Calcium system Temperature dial control Extra jet-of steam / self cleaning Steam / dry push button Adjustable steam (high / low)
- CIRCULATING STEAM IRON – Sail through everyday ironing with a smooth, non-stick soleplate, precision heat control, multi-level steam settings and efficient one-touch spray mist
- CURVED STAINLESS STEEL SOLEPLATE – Minimize snags with a smooth, non-stick stainless steel soleplate. U-shape, steam-circulating design evenly distributes steam for fast, effortless ironing
- ADJUSTABLE STEAM SETTINGS – Set to HIGH for heavier and everyday fabrics, LOW for more delicate fabrics and quick, easy touch-ups or choose DRY for easy ironing when no steam is needed
- PRECISION TEMPERATURE DIAL – Iron more effectively with 1200 Watts of power and easy-dial precision temperature control to monitor and maintain every temperature you choose
- SAFETY AUTO SHUT OFF – Automatically turns itself off between 1-10 minutes depending on the position of the soleplate
Glad OdorShield Small Trash Bags
Trash bags are a must. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to clean, and we would have trash everywhere. So be sure to stock up on these scented trash bags so your kid won’t be living in filth.
- 4 GALLON WHITE PLASTIC TRASH BAGS: Handle daily household and everyday demands with Glad’s small sized 4 gallon garbage bag
- NEUTRALIZE ODOR: OdorShield technology guarantees protection against the strongest trash odor, refreshing any room with the Febreze Fresh Clean scent
- WASTEBASKET LINER: Glad 4 gallon trash can liners are great for small garbage cans, general household needs and just the right size for cars and on-the-go travel
- QUICK-TIE TRASH BAG: Featuring four quick-tie flaps, easily secure, tighten and carry garbage bag with the strong and durable quick-tie closure ideal for a nursery, office or bathroom trash can
- COMPARABLE TO SIMPLEHUMAN BAGS A, B, C, E & R: Glad small trash bags are constructed with thicker plastic at the bottom to ensure leak protection. This Glad 4 gallon trash bag is a comparable size to SimpleHuman bags A, B, C, E and R
Clorox Disinfecting Mist
Nothing is worse than missing classes because you got sick. Disinfecting is key to help keep this from happening. But not just any cleaner will do to truly keep yourself from germs you need Clorox.
- KILLS 99.9% OF BACTERIA AND VIRUSES: Clorox Disinfecting Mist kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19
- MULTI-SURFACE USE: Clorox Disinfecting Mist works on hard and soft surfaces, including counters, doorknobs, couches, car interiors, plastic toys and beddingjust spray and go
- CONTINUOUS SPRAY TECHNOLOGY: Easily cover large areas quickly with our continuous sprayer that is designed to create a high-quality mist for even coverage
- AEROSOL-FREE: Clorox Disinfecting Mist is aerosol free and bleach free for a formula thats tough on germs but safe to use on surfaces around your home
- REUSABLE SPRAYER: Save plastic and help keep waste out of waste streams by using the reusable sprayer system, designed to be reused with our Clorox Disinfecting Mist Refill Bottles in the same scent
3 Section Laundry Basket
One thing that many people, especially students, forget to do is separate their clothes when doing their laundry. To help them break this bad habit and start washing their clothes the right way. You need to do this because it makes the quality of your clothes last. A laundry sorter is required.
- 600D OXFORD LAUNDRY BAG
- 5 Horizontal Stable Bars Laundry Cart – BRIGHTSHOW laundry basket with iron metal lacquer finish makes the frame more durable.Can hold blanket ,dirty clothes,dog toys ,pillow in laundry room about 50kg.Large laundry sorter Frame Dimension: 30” L x 16 W x 35” H (height includes casters)
- Perfact Family Size Laundry Hamper – 240L Large 3 Section Divided Bag,Good quality lining which prevents clothes from unpleasant smell.Great size in Laundry Room ,Bedroom,Bathroom,Pantry, Closet Organizers and Storage
- More Stable & Easy Carry – 6 straps at the top of the laundry hamper is good for stability. The velcro straps easy to put on and take off and make the laundry bag easy to take off clean. Bag size : 30 L x 16″ W x 30″ H.
- Study & Smoothy Wheels Rides Well Over Carpet – Made by TPR, smooth laundry organizer transport to the laundry room. Two of the wheels each equipped with locking brakes.Takes about 20 minutes to assemble with detailed instructions. Package includes complete laundry sorter accessories and assembling tools.
- Saving Laundry Time – This laundry basket sorter Divided into 3 sections so you can sort your dark, color from light as you drop clothing into the hamper bags.
Folding Clothes Drying Rack
If you need to air dry your clothes; nothing does that better than a drying rack. A drying rack is just what any college student needs. This is because some clothing items are better not being dried in a dryer, or maybe all the dryers are full.
- Whitmor’s foldable drying rack provides space to dry your garments, bedsheets, towels, etc.
- The collapsible design folds down in an accordian style allowing storage in compact spaces
- For indoor and outdoor use; designed to drop open and lock into position
- Assembled dimensions: 14.5″ x 29.5″ x 41.75″ inches
- Waterproof epoxy coating over lightweight steel that is easy to move from room to room
- Economically friendly, saves energy normally used by an electric dryer
- No assembly required
Duo-Pan Dustpan & Lobby Broom Combo
No matter who you are or where you live, you’ll need a broom and a dust pan. How else will you get all those crums?
- Locking Bail – Dustpan pivots providing secure debris collection and easy, hands-free emptying
- Folds Flat – Pivoting bail and integrated hanging holes allow the broom and dustpan to hang for space-efficient storage
- Broom Comb – Serrated edge of the dustpan combs dust, hair and debris out of broom bristles ideal for pet hair and other fine particles
- Steel Handle – Vinyl coated steel handle designed for daily use in commercial and residential environments
- Indoor / Outdoor – Unflagged bristles make the broom ideal for use on a wide variety of surfaces including concrete and carpet
Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum
This is another cleaning tool that you absolutely have to have, especially for students. If you have or ever had carpet, you know how dirty it is; without a vacuum, it can get 10 times worse.
- Powerful, convenient, and easy to use
- Powerful suction makes it great for quick pick ups with multipurpose versatility
- Versatile cleaning three machines in one: A stick vacuum, handle vacuum, and stair vacuum
- With a crevice tool for furniture and a floor nozzle for stairs
- Clean hard floors and surface dirt on carpets and area rugs. Surface type: Counter tops, sealed hard floors, low pile carpet. Dirt cup capacity: 0.67 liter
Mesh Round Wastebasket
A trash bin is what every college student needs. This way, you have a place to throw out all your trash and clear up your living space.
- Durable wire mesh construction
- Add good looks, efficiency and productivity to your workspace
- Diameter: 11 3/8″ Top; 9 1/4″ bottom. Height: 14-1/4″
- Capacity: 18qt; 4.5gal
AIDEA Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Instead of cleaning with paper towels, try cleaning with rags. This way, you can wash and reuse them instead of repeatedly buying paper, making this one of the most cost-effective cleaning tools.
- 【Ultra-soft, Scratch-free, Lint, and Streak-free】–Super soft & non-abrasive microfiber cloths prevent scratching surfaces, paints, coats or other surfaces. These cloths can be used to clean all surfaces including stainless steel appliances.
- 【Highly Absorbent】–Made from premium quality fabric these AIDEA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth have a soft, plush touch, highly absorbent, quick-drying, They deliver extreme absorbency and heavy towel and set wicks water fast to keep you dry. Thick and big enough to multi-purpose such as Kitchen, House furniture, Window glass, Car.
- 【Highly Durable and Machine Washable】–Quick-drying and easy washing, saving your time and energy. These Cleaning towels are perfectly machine-washable, Use wet or dry. These towels can be washed and reused hundreds of times without losing their efficacy. Still soft and super absorbent. Great for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, glass, electronics, and automotive detailing.
- 【Non-linting, Not Fade Fabrics】–AIDEA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth is washed hundreds of times and will not lint and fade. It is the best companion for your family’s cleanliness. It can help you easily do all the cleaning work you need with ease.
- 【Eco-friendly & Sustainable】–Commit to high-performance reusable microfiber cleaning with no harmful chemicals for your health, the well-being of your family, and the sustainability of our planet.
Purell Advanced Aloe
Another product you can get to fight off germs and prevent you from missing classes is hand sanitizer. But this is something you can use every day to keep yourself clean. Now all you need to focus on is your dorm.
- Kills more than 99.99% of most common germs that may make you sick
- Leaves hands feeling soft and smooth with Moisturizers and Vitamin E
- Triple action moisturizers
- Enhanced with four nourishing skin-conditioning agents in a skin-friendly aloe formulation that’s mild on hands
Gain Laundry Bundle
Send the kids off ready to clean by getting them a laundry bundle. This way as soon as they get settled,d in they can get to cleaning immediately.
- Gain Flings. laundry detergent pacs are packed with 50% more scent plus Oxi and Febreze. Gain Flings and Tide Pods are America’s favorite laundry pacs.
- Gain Fireworks in-wash laundry scent booster beads enhance every load with up to 12 weeks of freshness out of storage
- Gain Dryer Sheets reduces wrinkles and static, adds softness and amazing scent.
- Add Gain to every step of your laundry for more of the Great Gain scent.
Fresh Wave All Natural Odor Neutralizing Home Spray
Keep all the bad smells at bay by picking up an order eliminator now; your place can smell lovely instead of like sweaty shoes or any other lousy smell.
- Fresh Wave Spray removes odors instantly using natural ingredients—no harsh chemicals, no masking fragrances, and no harmful ingredients.
- Our natural air freshener spray works as an odor eliminator for dog and cat smells, as well as smells from smoke, trash cans, mildew, and bathrooms.
- Also works as an deodorizer and fabric refresher for shoes, closets, clothes, upholstery, furniture, pet bedding, backpacks, fitness bags, and anything else that needs to be deodorized instantly. Keep the air fresh in your basement or garage too.
- Fresh Wave Sprays have earned a Safer Choice label from the EPA! They’re non-toxic, non-GMO, and non-hazardous, and safe for people, pets, and the planet. The non-aerosol spray is biodegradable, and the packaging is recyclable. Manufactured in Rising Sun, Indiana.
- Fresh Wave’s plant-based ingredients include pine needle, lime, clove, anise, and cedarwood. The spray naturally smells like these plants, but that scent will vanish quickly in the air, leaving your space simply smelling clean and fresh.
Cosmetic Makeup Case
A Makeup case is a perfect item to keep your makeup organized. The best part is that you don’t have to pack any beauty supplies when your kids are getting ready to leave. All you need is this case to store them.
- Beautiful New All Black Smooth Finish with Black Aluminum Trimming
- A Perfect choice for personal use at home or while traveling
- High quality aluminum finish and construction with reinforced steel corners for extra durability
- Two pull out Drawer with plastic lining for easy cleaning
- One large mirror which doubles as a lid
Organizer/Hanger for Hair Styling Products
Getting ready for the day can be pretty messy. Cans, bottles, brushes, combs, hot tools, and all those cords. The StyleAway organizer can neatly organize all your hair styling needs into one convenient tote.
The uniquely designed bottom of the tray has uniform holes to allow air circulation and permit easy cleaning. When styling, it can hang out of the way to free up countertop space or sit on any flat surface.
- HOLDS hot tools, blow dryer, and all your styling accessories (No tools or accessories are included)
- Hangs conveniently from towel rack, opened cabinet door or drawer, or sits on the countertop
- Completely portable, when finished styling simply store it away
- Hook provides the perfect place to wind all those messy cords for storage
- Holds up to a 2 1/2″ flat iron and a 1 5/8″ curling iron;
Did we miss anything? Be sure to leave a comment below if you can think of anything else!
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