9 Dorm Laundry Essentials For Freshman Year

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This is a post all about the dorm room laundry essentials you may need for your dorm room during your freshman year and beyond.

Dorm Laundry Essentials

This is a continuation of the dorm room series that was started as we prepared for my daughter to attend Hawai’i Pacific University.

The travel date was changed today to August 10th instead of the 17th.

This is because Hawai’i extended the quarantine for travelers coming in until September.

My daughter and her roommate will fly solo (no parents) to HPU where they will quarantine in their room only coming out for orientation activities on campus.

In their case, they will also have a student-athlete who will help them pick up dorm room orders from local stores such as Walmart and Target.

Therefore the more prep we do over the next three weeks the better!


That said here is the list of dorm laundry essentials we are considering:

1. Laundry Basket With Divider

This basket is perfect for separating darks from whites. Also helpful for carrying things on move-in day.

2. Pop-up Hamper

I love the option of separate bags for easy transport to the laundry room.

This one is cute and love the handles at the top.

This bag was great for doing the laundry and it’s super inexpensive.

3. Drying Rack

For the student who likes to air dry their clothes, this foldable drying rack is perfect.

7. Steamer

For many students this will be more useful than an iron and board. It takes up way less room too!

8. Iron & Board

For those who do like to have their clothes ironed here is one with the steam feature.


You will need this if you choose to iron because your comforter or duvet WILL get ruined if you iron on the bed!

9. Step Stool

Depending on where the laundry center is located this may be useful. Also great if you have high cabinets or hard to reach areas in your dorm room.

Don’t forget these!

  • Wrinkle Releaser
  • Stain Remover
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Bleach
  • Tide to go
  • Lint Roller

This should cover all the essentials you’ll need to keep your clothes fresh & clean during your college years!

Since my daughter has been washing her own clothes for years I’m confident she’s got this and you do too!

Have an awesome day full of Unicorns + Rainbows!

xo Nicole

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