Laundry, Cooking, and Cleaning Basics


It’s important to keep up with your laundry while you are in school. Regularly laundering clothes, sheets, and towels can also help manage allergens and bacteria that may make you ill. If you have never done a load of laundry before and find this to be a daunting task, you can see if there is a wash and fold service through your campus or a local laundromat or dry cleaner. If you are living on campus, laundry facilities are often located in or adjacent to residence halls. Typically, you can pre-load your student ID or account with funds and then swipe your ID to operate the machines. Most students schedule in a laundry day or laundry afternoon around their class schedule. The infographic below has some laundering basics.



Preparing Food

For tips on preparing your own food, shopping while in college and shopping on a budget, go here.

Develop a Cleaning Routine

Keeping a clean and tidy room can make you feel better and help you focus and is better for your health. Regular dusting and cleaning of surfaces can help prevent illness by reducing germs, bacteria, and allergens in your room. If you are living on campus, dusting and surface cleaning shouldn’t take too long because most residence hall rooms are not very big. In addition, many residence hall offices have vacuums and brooms that students can borrow to clean the floors. The following products can be helpful to have on hand for basic cleaning of your space:

  • Reusable/washable microfiber cloths or disposable dusters
  • Antibacterial multi-purpose surface spray cleaner or wipes
  • Glass cleaner for windows and mirrors
  • Paper towels or reusable cleaning rags like an old t-shirt
  • Toilet bowl cleaner and wand if you have your own bathroom

It’s best to talk with your roommates about cleanliness expectations and decide upon a schedule together. Some students who live in multiple occupancy spaces develop cleaning or chore wheels so each student knows their role that day or week. Also, breaking up cleaning across multiple days can also make it seem less overwhelming. Instead of committing one larger chunk of time, you can commit to a few minutes each day.