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Small spaces get dirty fast. A sticky spot on the floor or a few cobwebs in the corner might go unnoticed for weeks in a big, roomy house, but quickly become an eyesore in a dorm room. But whereas in that big house you may have cleaning products for days, college students’ supplies are often limited.

This kid doesn't know most college students will never own a vacuum this nice.

Here’s an example: I didn’t always own a mop. I used to loop a hand towel on the end of a broom, dunk it in a bucket (and by bucket, I mean trash can) of soapy water and drag it across the floor, hoping that it would clean something, anything. Those were dark days.

Decorating is basically useless if all of your stuff is covered in trash. There are essentials you need, especially if it’s your first apartment or dorm, to keep your space tidy and clean.

  • Mop (you won’t regret it)
  • Vacuum (splurge for a nice one if you can afford it)
  • Broom
  • Duster
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Old rags
  • Sponges/scrub brushes
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • An all-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Wood polisher (if you have wooden furniture)
  • Air freshener/fabric spray (the kind that kills germs, not just covers up the smell)

It may seem like a chore at first, but most of these items last a long time. You’ll also be more comfortable and be able to study if your books aren’t lost under a stack of empty fast-food wrappers.

What’s your go-to cleaning product? How do you keep your space clean? For more ideas on cleaning and how to keep those small spaces clean, visit:

How to Clear Paper Clutter

HGTV How-To: Declutter Your Kitchen

Declutter Your Bathroom

Sabrina Soto’s Cleaning Secrets

Enjoy a Healthy Home: 10 Mistakes to Avoid

Organization and Storage Guide

6 Responses

  1. Carolyn K. says:

    Windex and Pine Sol are necessities.

  2. Marcene says:

    Dust daily so it doesn't get so bad. Also sweep (don't have a vacuum) daily.

  3. [...] Dorm Daze: Cleaning Essentials Checklist [...]

  4. From my experience, I need two vacuum cleaners. One is a full fledged one for sweeping and the other could be a mini hand vacuum for the use in furniures like bed. I will need to draw up checklist soon as spring is around the corner.

  5. From your checklist, looks like I have what I need for next week's spring cleaning as the season is here. I will use non-toxic agents from now on.

Jessica YonkerJessica Yonker is a editor for HGTV.com and a professional glitter handler. She loves decorating her friends' homes without their permission and practicing for her inevitable appearance on Chopped. Like...


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