Laundry & Cleaning Supplies

Whether you are living in the dorm or in an apartment, you will need to do your laundry and perform basic cleaning duties. If you have all the supplies, it can make it and easier process. The checklist of the right side of the page has items for both apartment and dorm living. You can tailor the list to fit your individual situation.

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Take an inventory of what you already have at home and put those items in a box or lay them out on the table so that you can easily see what supplies you already own.

Make a checklist of what you need to purchase for your dorm or apartment and decide what items you are going to purchase now and which will be purchased upon arrival at school.

Set a timeline for what needs to be purchase and by what date so that you won’t end up running around at the last minute trying to buy everything.

Find out about where you will be doing your laundry — if you are living in the dorm, check with them for information about the laundry facilities and what supplies they recommend.

If you are moving into an apartment, you will either have a washer/dryer in the apartment, or you will have to use the laundry room in the building. Your situation will determine what types of supplies you will need to purchase.

If you are going to college out of state or a considerable distance from home, it might be easier to purchase the majority of items once you arrive at school. You should check online or with the school for a listing of the stores in the area.

PURCHASING OPTIONS has a wide range of products ranging from groceries to household supplies like laundry detergent – and your purchase may qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping. Buying online and shipping to school means that you won’t have to pack the items and move them to school.

Mass-Market Stores: Wal-mart, Kmart, and Target should all carry a wide range of products for laundry and cleaning. You might also check with Linens N Things or Bed, Bath & Beyond for laundry baskets, irons, and ironing boards.


  • Laundry Basket or Bag
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron or Steamer
  • Ironing board
  • Hangers
  • Sewing Kit
  • Lint Brush
  • Rolls of Quarters
  • Shoe Polish


  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Sponges
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Vacuum
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Toilet Brush
  • Carrying Tote with Handle

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