How to Make a Dorm Room Smell Good

Whether you’re a freshman just starting out or a seasoned upperclassman, follow these tips to set yourself up for a safe, healthy start to your school year.

Moving into your university dorm room is one of the most exciting parts of any new university school year. But just like any big change in life, it may be tricky to stay on top of things like cleaning and organizing your new space as you settle into a new schedule and routine.

Between new classes, friends and TikTok trends, Fresh Wave is here to help manage a cleaning schedule that will make your dorm room smell good so you can focus on what’s really important: Studying and making friends.

Whether you’re a freshman just starting out or a seasoned upperclassman, follow these tips to set yourself up for a safe, healthy start to your school year.

How to Make a Dorm Room Smell Good

  1. Freshen at the beginning of the year.
  2. Establish a cleaning and refreshing routine.
  3. Use a natural air freshener to deodorize regularly.

What to Do When You First Move Into Your Dorm Room 

Happy moving day! When you first arrive in the new dorm room, prioritize making the space your own by getting rid of any preceding odors from the previous tenants or long summer vacancies. If at all possible, do this before you move anything into the room so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.

Avoid the unfamiliar smells seeping into any of your school supplies, bedding, or clothes by opening the window (if possible) and wiping down all of the surfaces and window ledges with a disinfectant product to clear away any harmful (and smelly) germs or bacteria. Finish the job by spraying the Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray throughout the room. This formula is the perfect air freshener for dorm rooms because it eliminates lingering odor molecules in the air without leaving behind an overpowering scent like many perfume-based air fresheners — perfect for shared rooms and communal spaces.

Making your dorm room smell good before you fully move in or soon after is an important step in academic success. Studies have shown that clutter can make us feel stressed, as though our work is never done. Start off this school year on the right foot by establishing a cleaning routine early on.

If you aren’t sure which cleaning supplies you might need to make it through the year, add the complete Fresh Wave Stinky Dorm Kit to your back-to-school shopping list to cover all the dorm room air freshener tools you’ll need to develop cleaning and freshening habits.

Freshening and Cleaning Throughout the Year

After you’ve unpacked, distribute Fresh Wave Odor Removing Packs into your backpacks and athletic gear to avoid bringing icky smells back with you to your dorm room. College schedules are busy and sometimes you don’t have time to unpack your stuff after you drop it off in your dorm room between classes or practice. The odor removing packs act as a set-and-forget-it solution for bad smells, supplementing the dorm room air freshener you’ve used in the air.

Don’t let it sit too long, though. Developing healthy and regular cleaning habits will have the most impact on keeping odors at bay in your dorm room and common areas that you share with others. Be sure to wash those dishes and throw dirty clothes into the wash to avoid odor build up over time. 

To help freshen clothes and eliminate odors from shared laundry machines, Fresh Wave Odor Removing Laundry Booster is specifically formulated to fight malodor in clothes and sheets. Your career in college is a great time to incorporate small steps for establishing healthy lifestyle habits and wellness routines that will contribute to your lifelong mental and physical health.

Establish a Cleaning Routine With Roommates

Speak candidly with your roommate and decide today that you’re going to make daily and weekly cleaning a priority and then stick with it! Your dorm room is your home base on campus, a refuge from stress, and a hangout spot for you and your crew. Keeping it clean and smelling fresh will create an inviting environment for friends and roommates between classes and on weeknights.

To make sure your space is ready to host impromptu movie nights and the occasional party, it’s important to keep your dorm room clean and smelling fresh so as not to add to the mess. Splitting the cleaning duties with whomever you’re living with will divide the load and give you both a sense of ownership of your dorm room. Create a tidying plan that covers:

  • Taking out the trash and replacing trash bags.
  • Emptying the fridge (get those food odors outta there!) and cleaning up any spills or stains.
  • Disinfecting the furniture and any and all surfaces.
  • Vacuuming with Fresh Wave Odor Removing Vacuum Beads in tow. Make sure no crumbs or messes sit on the carpet or floor for too long! The beads will work with the airflow to ensure that your vacuum bag or canister doesn’t smell up your beloved dorm room.

Dorm Room Air Fresheners for Hosting Friends

A dorm room is a hub for a lot of activity: people are always coming and going, poking their heads in, maybe evening crashing on the couch for the night. If you feel a little weird about using a dorm room air freshener when people are hanging out, you can easily freshen up your dorm in a more discreet way.

When you’re hanging out with your friends, try lighting a Fresh Wave Odor Removing Candle or Odor Removing Wax Melts. Candles and melts make a great subtle air freshener for dorm rooms because they create ambiance and effectively control odors from food, drinks, and snacks your visitors might bring into the room. Just remember: if you decide to deodorize with a candle, leave it on a flat surface away from drapes and hanging fabric, and do not leave the room while the candle is lit.

Whether you’re deodorizing scents in the air or you’re protecting your clothing from malodor in the campus laundry room, Fresh Wave odor eliminating products are the perfect accompaniment to any back-to-school shopping list and great to use in shared rooms. With clean, subtle scents, and a non-toxic formula, Fresh Wave Odor Removing Sprays and Gels will allow you to enjoy campus life to the fullest and develop some cleaning habits that will transfer well into your first apartment.