Must-Haves For a Healthy, Clean Dorm Room

collegeIs summer really almost over? If my morning commute was any indication, the answer is definitely yes. While the end of summer really only affects my commute and time spent at the pool, there are parents across the country sending kids off to college for the first time.

Described as “the best 4 years of your life,” college living situations (particularly old, dirty dorms) are generally less than ideal. I was in for quite a shock when I first walked into my dorm room–it was dusty, hot, and a far cry from the house I grew up in…and for better or worse, my college apartments never got much better.

So whether your child is off to college for the first time or heading back after summer, they’re probably entering a less-than-desirable living situation. Here are some must-have products to improve their air quality and keep them comfortable for the school year ahead.

Eva-Dry E-100 Eliminator Buckets

eva-dry-e-100-eliminator-bucketsThe Eva-Dry E-100 is a unique disposable product that removes moisture and odors for up to 60 days. Its carbon and micro-absorbing crystals absorb moisture, musty odors, and allergens from closets, storage bins, and other small areas. They’re ideal for college students who don’t have easy access to laundry facilities and are living in small dorm rooms with poor air quality.

Even better, they fit into any college student’s budget since they cost around $20. In fact, the Eliminator buckets are on sale right now!

Dyson DC59 Cordless Vacuum


Dorm rooms and small college apartments rarely get cleaned like they should. Lugging around a large vacuum doesn’t interest many college students I know, which is why this cordless stick vacuum is a great choice. It weighs just a couple pounds, doesn’t need to be plugged in, and quickly cleans small spaces–basically the DC59 is a dream for quick-cleaning dorm rooms.

You can use this Dyson cordless vacuum for cleaning carpet, hard floors, and hard-to reach areas like window panes and above cabinets–but you can also remove its hose and attach the mini motorized tool for confined spaces like behind furniture.

AirFree T Portable Air Purifier

If my dorm was any indication, there are some funky smells and particles floating around college housing complexes. Most people eat, sleep, study…and everything in between, in a confined space–which is a recipe for disaster in terms of indoor air quality.

Luckily, AirFree created this compact, silent portable air purifier. It takes in room air, heats and sterilizes it to remove allergens and germs, then cools it inside the unit before releasing it back into your space. There’s no maintenance involved, so you can set it up to have your space feeling fresh in no time. The last thing you want is for your dorm room to become a hot-spot for germs and allergens, and the AirFree T will keep them at bay!

Allergy Bedding

crescentmoon-pillow-lgI don’t like to think about how long some dorm rooms use mattresses before replacing them. Most people are aware that dust mites, allergens, bed bugs, and many other gross critters build up in mattresses over time–and allergy bedding is a great way to combat them without buying a new mattress.

We offer wool pillows, mattress protectors, duvet covers, and pillow covers specifically made to protect you while you sleep. Check out our selection of allergy bedding, because we offer various sizes of each item. All of them are designed specifically to repel dust mites and other items that may build up over time.

Other Popular Dorm Room Additions

  • Space Heaters: Having a dorm room that stays warm in the winter was hard to find when I was in school. Adding a space heater, like a whole-room heater from TVH600-Vornado-HeaterVornado or a Dyson bladeless heater fan, was a great solution for me. Simply add one to your room for extra heat at night or while you study.
  • Portable ACs: If your apartment doesn’t have an efficient AC, a portable air conditioner may be a nice addition. Easy to move and set up, these models add a rush of cool air to small spaces. We offer fully self-evaporative models that require little-to-no-maintenance and even have models that offer heat for winter months.
  • Table Fans: Affordable and compact, add a fan to your dorm to circulate air and avoid room stuffiness.

These items may not have topped your original list for college, but they’ll keep you healthy and feeling good inside your dorm. With all the changes going on during that first year of college, the last thing you want is to come home to a dirty, dusty dorm room with poor air quality.

Have you used any of these in your dorm room or apartment? Need any other suggestions for your college living? Reach out to us in the comments below or via Facebook and Twitter!

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  1. Kristine Crane

    Hi, I am a reporter at US News and am working on a piece about healthy dorm must-haves. I like these suggestions for preserving clean air. Do you have a moment to chat this week?
    Many thanks,
    Kristine Crane

  2. Hi Kristine-Thanks for your interest. I’ll email you and hopefully we can set up a time.

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