10 Cleaning Supplies to Stock up on Before Fall Semester

By Lorena Roberts on August 15, 2017

So fall semester is about to begin, and whether you’re living in a dorm room, an apartment, or in a shared house, there are cleaning supplies you’re definitely going to need — trust me. The worst thing about getting busy with school and class is knowing you need to clean, but not having the energy to make a trip to Walmart for all the supplies you need.

So before the first day of class, pick up these 10 cleaning supplies along with your mechanical pencils and notebooks.

1. Bleach

Best used for showers/bath tubs, bleach will also come in handy when your whites are looking a little dingy and mom is coming to visit. You’ll want to splash this around when there’s a stench in your place, or when you’re feeling extra icky about taking a bath in your tub. Stock up on some bleach before the semester begins and you’ll be good to go until Christmas break.


2. Toilet bowl cleaner

Do I even need to explain this one? Everyone needs a good amount of toilet bowl cleaner, and sometimes you can even get them in a two-pack! The worst thing about being a guest at someone’s house is having to pee in a dirty toilet. Don’t be that host. You should ensure you have plenty of this cleaner … and you should actually use it. 

3. Dish detergent

Whether you wash all your dishes by hand, or just the ones closest to your heart, having enough dish detergent will come in handy. Dawn can be used for all kinds of cleaning needs — so it’s best to have some of your favorite scents available.

If you need convincing, here’s a list of tons of uses for Dawn that you haven’t thought of before.

4. Multi-surface cleaner

Spraying down counter tops, your bathroom sink, or even your doorhandles will more than likely be something you obsess over when you get stressed this semester. Having some spray to spritz all over your home’s surfaces will make you feel 100 times cleaner.

This is one of the most important cleaners for post-party cleanup. You can literally spray down every surface someone spilled beer on and wipe it down — instant clean.

5. Clorox wipes

Spill something sticky? The easiest way to get it up is with these suckers. A container of them isn’t that expensive, but you’ll go through them fast. My best advice is to definitely stock up on these for those moments when you’re rushing out the door and you spill your coffee.

6. Detergent (and fabric softener)

Laundry never ends. I know. So make sure you’re fully stocked on laundry detergent before you’re wearing the wrong season’s clothes to class. I know it can be tough to get to the store just for detergent, which is why it’s important you stock up early!

Fabric softener might seem like it’s not important now, but you’ll appreciate it when you’re sitting in your first big exam of the semester and you breathe in Mountain Air or Crisp Linen. Yeah. You’re welcome.

7. Touch screen wipes

Laptops. Phones. Tablets. We all have a million and one devices that get gross screens after a while. You’ll want to keep some of these handy for when you can barely even read your homework assignments through a Cheeto-covered screen!

8. Febreze

Your place is going to start to STINK. Please, for the love of GOD, stock up on some good smelling spray. Right before your mom comes to visit, you’ll want to give your place a good spray-down. It’s important to have it handy in every room, especially the bathroom. This isn’t something you can skimp on.

9. Swiffer pads

These come in handy when you feel like your floors are nasty. Definitely look into stocking up on these before that layer of dirt on your floor becomes permanent.

Swiffer dry pads are also a good thing to keep handy — so when you need to clean up the drizzle from your dog’s water bowl, you have the means to do so.

10. Microfiber duster

There are so many surfaces that are going to get dusty. You’re going to sneeze your face off (and your guests will too) if you don’t invest in some simple solutions to dust bunnies. Make sure you have some of these handy for those five minute study/snack breaks we all know you take!

So before your mother comes to do her semester-ly inspection on the cleanliness of your environment, these are the 10 cleaners you should make sure you have beforehand. However, this isn’t the last step — you have to actually use the cleaners in order for them to be effective. Buying them is one thing, doing the work is another.

Lorena graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in Honors Psychology. She is currently interviewing for PhD School Psychology graduate programs across the country and hopes to research early math curriculum and instruction. Along with writing for Uloop, Lorena is a preschool teacher, K-12 substitute teacher, and math tutor. She enjoys taking her Whippet mix, Gio, to the dog park and drinking hot chocolate in front of Netflix. She's known for her strong opinions, busy schedule, and obsession with cute dogs. If you want to reach her, email her at grober18@vols.utk.edu

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