Back to School season looks a little different this year. With many colleges still allowing students to move into dorms and other on-campus housing, cleanliness and health are of utmost concern. We have compiled a list of a few clean, trendy, and safe products to incorporate into your college living space during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Trendy Dorm Room from Mr. Call Designs
Photo from Mr. Call Design

Back to School During a Pandemic

Every college seems to be navigating this virus a little differently. Some will kick off the semester fully virtually while others are creating a hybrid schedule (partially online and partially in person). Regardless of the starting plan, each university is taking extra precautions to ensure the cleanest, safest, and healthiest semester for its student body amidst this pandemic. While reduced class sizes, Zoom learning, mandatory masks, shortened semesters, and routine testing are all beneficial, each student has a personal responsibility to care for the health snd safety of themselves and their peers. The best place to start is in your room with some of these trendy products.

Dorm Essentials

UV-C Ultraviolet Light

PhoneSoap in Dorm
Photo from Phone Soap

Gross statistic alert! According to a University of Arizona study, your phone carries at least ten times more bacteria than your toilet seat. With this in mind, it is essential that you disinfect your phone. One way to do this is with UV-C light that sanitizes the small crevices of your device that wipes can’t reach while charging your phone. These devices from Phone Soap will do the trick.

That Fresh Air Feel: Air Purifiers

Nothing is worse than stepping into an old college dorm that wreaks. A great way to maintain healthy air quality while you sleep and study in your dorm is with an air purifier. This one from Blue Air called the Blue Pure 411 has an activated carbon filter designed to efficiently and quietly filter out odors and remove other airborne particles, such as dust, pollen, bacteria, and even viruses from a small space. Another perk to this product is the ability to change the color of the filter (this is the trendy part). It is also the most cost-effective of it’s kind. Other trusted air purifiers include the Dyson Pure Cool Me.

Antimicrobial Sheets

Antimicrobial Sheets from Beacon Linens
Photo from Beacon Linens

This product is a germaphobe’s dream, quite literally. Antimicrobial sheets are infused with silver that fights and prevents the growth of odors, acne-causing and other bacteria, viruses, mildew, and more. Wash after wash, these cozy and wrinkle-free sheets, such as these blue ones from Beacon Linens, continue to combat germs while you sleep. Though, antimicrobial sheets are typically 40-50% more expensive than generic sheets, they are worth the splurge for the extra protection.

DIY Hand Sanitizer Station

The CDC has made it clear than hand hygiene is essential, especially during the pandemic. When soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer is an effective and accessible option. Grocery and retail stores are placing hand sanitizer stations at their entrance and exit doors. You can do the same at your dorm door. Set up a small table with a bottle of hand sanitizer inside your dorm door and encourage roommates and guests to use it as they enter and exit. Try making your own sanitizer.

DIY Hand Sanitizer from The Frugal Farm Girl

  • 2/3 cup of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • 1/3 cup of Aloe Vera gel
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Mask Station

If you are anything like me, you often lose or forget your keys. The most effective method for me has been installing a key rack next to my front door so that I see them each time I leave. Unfortunately, during this pandemic, we have one more item to remember as we head out of the door — a mask. Hang your mask on your key rack so that your keys and mask go with you each time you exit your dorm.

Bathroom Essentials

Bathroom with Shower Tote
Photo from IDesign

Shower Caddy/Tote

Let’s face it. You will probably be sharing a bathroom at some point in your college career. Especially if it is a common bathroom area, you cannot guarantee that it will always be germ-free, shiny, and clean. The CDC states that “sinks could be an infection source and should avoid placing toothbrushes directly on counter surfaces.” To avoid setting your bathroom supplies on shared surfaces such as sinks, try using a shower or bathroom caddy. It keeps your belongings organized and clean.

Disinfectant Spray

For extra precaution, wipe your caddy with isopropyl alcohol or disinfectant spray after each use.

Lay-N-Go Cosmetic Bag

Lay-N-Go Cosmetic Bag
Photo from Lay-N-Go

Wait! What about your make-up? You do not want to set those on the germ-ridden sink or bathroom counter, either. Check out these trendy, washable, wipeable, portable, and organizational bags. Lay-N-Go offers a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, like this pink one, in this drawstring bag that converts into a mat. You can order it directly from their website or find it at your local Target. Truly a college must-have.

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