DormSmart Living Blog: Dorm Laundry

Showing posts with label Dorm Laundry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dorm Laundry. Show all posts

April 6, 2012

Dorm Laundry Tip: Make laundry a little easier at college...



Make laundry a little easier for yourself while you are away at college:

  • Set a schedule to do laundry. It's best to select a time when your campus laundry isn’t the busiest. If possible coordinate with a roommate or friend to make doing laundry a little less boring.

  • Stock up on laundry supplies. The chore takes a whole lot longer when you have to run out to the store on laundry day to pick up supplies.

  • Invest in a laundry backpack, bag, or unit with a sorter to keep your laundry sorted throughout the week.

  • Treat stains as they occur so you don’t have to spend hours trying to get a stain out or make costly replacements.

  • Stay with your laundry or set an alarm five minutes prior to your machine cycle end. Otherwise, your laundry may go missing.

  • Fold, hang, and put away your laundry right away to stay organized throughout the week.

Live Dorm Smart!

May 15, 2011

Dorm Laundry Supplies Giveaway Announcement...



Win our "DORM LAUNDRY SUPPLIES GIVEAWAY" so taking your clothes to the campus laundry will get a whole lot easier! Our dorm laundry supplies prize includes:

  • Sort-A-Sack Dorm Laundry Backpack, Dorm Laundry Bag & Dorm Laundry Sorter Combo (All in One) in Black & White; and
  • Purex Complete 3-in-1 Pure & Clean Laundry Sheets, 22 Count. Enough for a month's worth of laundry!

ENTERING TO WIN is so simple, read on...

STEP ONE: Join DormSmart on Facebook. If you are already a subscriber, leave us a message on our fan page saying "I am entering to win the Dorm Laundry Supplies Giveaway at blog.dormsmart.com!"

STEP TWO: Browse DormSmart.com and while you are browsing join our mailing list (left hand column of page).

STEP THREE: Follow DormSmart.com on Twitter. Tweet about this giveaway 'Enter to win Dorm Laundry Supplies at http://blog.dormsmart.com/'

STEP FOUR: Return to this posting and tell us one product that you liked at DormSmart.com! (This will help us to select products for our next dorm store giveaway!)

STEP FIVE: Send an email to contest@dormsmart.com confirming you have completed the entry process.

Contest closes on June 15, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on June 20, 2011. Winner must respond within 72 hours! Good luck!

NOTICES: At this time our giveaways can only be shipped to addresses within the 48 Contiguous US States.

About SORT-A-SACK Dorm Laundry Backpack:

The perfect dorm laundry backpack, dorm laundry bag, and dorm laundry sorter combo (all in one) for the busy college student on the go! The Sort-A-Sack has two compartments to sort both whites and colors, saving time and making laundry day a whole lot easier. Like a backpack, the dorm laundry sort-a-sack can be comfortably carried by two shoulder straps to lighten your loads, up to three, on the way to the dorm laundry room or campus laundromat! This great looking and uniquely designed laundry bag is roomy enough to carry your laundry supplies and zips closed to prevent embarrassing spills, don't lose your underwear on the way to the dorm laundry! Even better, the sort-a-sack contains an inner pouch to store a sheet of fabric softener to help keep those smells away between laundry days! For the novice, the durable sort-a-sack dorm laundry backpack, laundry bag, and laundry sorter combo has step-by-step washing instructions permanently printed inside, making the sort-a-sack the next best thing to sending laundry out or home to mom! Sort-A-Sack!

About PUREX Complete 3-in-1® Laundry 22 Sheet Starter Kit:

Each sheet contains a load’s worth of detergent, softener and anti-static, all in one powerful sheet. Simply drop laundry sheet into washer, the detergent is released during the wash cycle. Once wash is complete, transfer the laundry sheet with clothes to dryer. The stripe is heat activated by the dryer to soften and remove static. It’s that simple. No more heavy bottles. No more messes. It’s Laundry. Simplified.® New Repel Stain Blocker™ technology helps protect against dirt and stains. Purex Complete 3-in-1® Laundry Sheets is a 2010 Edison Awards winner!

Live Dorm Smart!

April 10, 2011

Dorm Safe Ironing: 3-Way Auto Shut Off Irons...



I recently came across an advertisement promoting irons without auto shut off to college students as being dorm safe. I then noticed the advertiser is also selling an ironing accessory product, a silicone iron rest pad, touting it as a "smart dorm product." As a parent and the founder of DormSmart.com and Dorm411.com, it concerns me that students may develop a false sense of security...believing that a standard iron without any kind of auto shutoff feature is safe as long as it is used with a silicone iron rest pad...

What is a Silicone Iron Rest Pad?

A silicone iron rest pad is made of specially designed silicone with a raised surface for slip resistant protection that creates a safe place to rest your hot iron while ironing or allowing it to cool off... to protect surfaces from scorching or burning. A useful ironing accessory for someone who is ironing over an extended period of time such as a quilter or someone who needs a place to cool their shut off iron before putting it away. However, a silicone iron rest pad does not have a motion sensor... it cannot detect a falling iron or magically throw itself under a falling iron; an iron that may be knocked off by a busy college student heading out for a long day of classes or home for winter break. In addition, the iron rest pad can become very hot; causing burns if handled before cooling down.

What is considered Dorm Safe when ironing?

If you plan to iron in your college dorm room, it is our opinion that the safest option is to purchase an  iron with 3-way auto shut off; an iron that shuts off in the upright position, down position, and side position in the event you do forget to turn it off, unplug it, or it gets knocked over. A standard size iron is a high wattage appliance (typically 1200 to 1500 watts) so it is important to purchase an iron with the following features:
  • 3-way auto shut off (auto shuts off in the upright, down, and side positions);
  • operates on a standard 110/120v plug; and
  • is UL Listed or ETL Listed (tested to nationally accepted safety standards).

Avoid Circuit Overloads When Ironing...

Do not plug your iron into an outlet with other high wattage appliances. If you must plug your iron into a power strip, we recommend using a Multi Outlet Surge Protector with Overload Protection (protects your appliance purchase from power surges and contains an internal 15 Amp Circuit Breaker to prevent you from overloading the circuit to your dorm room).

3-Way Auto Shut Off Iron versus an External Auto Shut Off Outlet...

We do not recommend using an external auto shut off outlet in your dorm room to control a high wattage appliance like an iron that can be knocked over. It can be unsafe because the auto shut off outlet depends on the student remembering to use it and it does not auto shut off for at least 60 minutes. A quality iron with 3-way auto shut off typically turns off in 15 minutes or less (down to 30 seconds) depending upon the iron's position... definitely a dorm smart product!

Because we care...

At DormSmart.com we care... so we CHOOSE to sell 3-Way Auto Shut Off Irons because we believe them to be the dorm smart option... the safer way to iron for college students so CHOOSE to live dorm smart! Add a 3-Way Auto Shut Off Iron to your dorm supplies checklist!

August 18, 2010

College Dorm Essentials = MULTIPURPOSE … Get the Dorm 411!

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of DormSmart.com
Creator of Dorm411.com


When shopping for your college dorm essentials this dorm season, one of the top criteria to use when making product selections is MULTIPURPOSE!

Selecting multipurpose dorm essentials whether it be furniture, combo appliances, an all-in-one dorm laundry backpack / laundry bag / laundry sorter... any dorm supplies… will save space in your small dorm room and save a few dollars because… you got it … it’s a multipurpose product! It cuts down on the amount of dorm stuff you have to move into your small dorm room resulting in less to pack  and haul during those dorm moves over the duration of your college career!

Here are a few HOT multipurpose college dorm essentials to consider purchasing this dorm season:

Ravenswood Floor Lamp and Table Light Wood
Multipurpose College Dorm Essential #1
= Ravenswood Floor Lamp & Table

The Ravenswood Floor Lamp and Table by Lumisource adds form and function to your dorm decor! It’s a bookshelf, nightstand / bedside table, reading light and main light all in one.

Its dual light sources combine with shelves for ultimate usability, making it one of those perfect multipurpose college dorm essentials!


Multi-purpose College Dorm Essential #2
= Sort-a-Sack!

The Sort-A-Sack is an all-in-one Dorm Laundry Backpack, Dorm Laundry Bag, & Dorm Laundry Sorter, the perfect multipurpose college dorm essential for doing laundry. The Sort-a-Sack has two compartments to sort both whites and colors, saving time and making laundry day a whole lot easier for busy college students on the go! Like a backpack, the sort-a-sack can be comfortably carried by two shoulder straps to lighten a college student’s loads, up to three, on the way to the dorm laundry room or campus laundromat!

Sort-a-sack
This great looking and uniquely designed laundry bag is roomy enough to carry laundry supplies and zips closed to prevent embarrassing spills, don't lose your underwear on the way to the dorm laundry! Even better, the sort-a-sack contains an inner pouch to store a sheet of fabric softener to help keep those smells away between laundry days!

For the novice, the durable sort-a-sack has step-by-step washing instructions permanently printed inside, making the sort-a-sack the next best thing to sending laundry out or home to mom!

The Sort-A-Sack is definitely one of those must have multipurpose college dorm essentials!


Multipurpose College Dorm Essential #3
= College Dorm Trunks

Dorm Trunks, also known as Dorm Footlockers or College Trunks, like Rhino Armor Trunks, can be used as both secure storage and dorm furniture, such as a coffee table, end table, or dorm seating...

Rhino Armor Dorm Trunks
Rhino Armor Dorm Trunks are our top pick as the best secure college trunk because they are conveniently sized and ruggedly built, strong enough to stand or sit on while keeping your laptop, digital camera, iPod, iPad, food ... valuables secure in your dorm room. Dorm Trunks are definitely top multipurpose college dorm essentials!

There are many great multipurpose products on the market today… so live dorm smart… shop dorm smart! MULTIPURPOSE!

August 12, 2010

Dorm Organization:Tips for Organizing A Dorm Room ... Get the Dorm 411!

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of DormSmart.com
Creator of Dorm411.com

Just a few smart tips for organizing your small dorm space from DormSmart.com...


Jaxx Pillow Sac - Can Be Reshaped
For most college bound freshman, moving into a small dorm room this fall will be a bit challenging. With this in mind, DormSmart.com brainstormed with a few of their favorite experienced dorm dwellers to come up with their top 10 tips for incoming freshman to successfully organize and live in a small dorm space:

Tip #1 - Raise Your Dorm Bed / Create An Under Bed Storage Space

A good set of bed risers is one of the wisest investments a college bound student can make for dorm living. Even better, when savvy students combine their bed risers with storage products like a DormSmart Smart Storage Cart and Bungalow Collapsible Bins, it creates an entire under bed storage solution. The smart storage cart is a complete custom made wheeled platform that runs the length and width of a dorm bed, allowing students to place and arrange their dorm stuff in bins on the wheeled cart. The wheeled cart then rolls in and out from under the bed, making for easy access, much like a drawer system. It breaks down easily between dorm moves and students can select folding bins in a range patterns and colors to enhance their dorm decor.

Tip #2 - Dorm Trunks

Dorm trunks are a great investment. Students can use dorm trunks for travel, secure storage, and seating, such as the Rhino Armor Trunk Large available at DormSmart.com.

Tip #3 - Be Square

Let’s face it, every inch counts in a small dorm room, consider using square storage containers, such as the Neatnix Square Stuff Bucket. Being square utilizes every inch of space!

Tip #4 - Go Vertical

Build up using free standing shelves, raising your dorm bed with bed risers or whenever possible, lofting your dorm bed. Remember to check student housing regulations.

Tip #5 - Dorm Size

Resist the urge to bring your mom’s 24 cup coffeemaker or dad’s spare toolbox. Instead, consider dorm sizing by purchasing smaller scale items such as a Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Hot Beverage Center or a Picnic Time Essentials Toolkit to fit the scale of your small dorm space.

Tip #6 - Build Upon Existing Surfaces…

In other words use stackable canisters on top of your microfridge unit to store dry staples such as sugar, coffee…but don’t overload!

Tip #7 - Invest in Multi Purpose Dorm Essentials

Purchase dorm essentials that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, a Jaxx Pillow Sac can be shaped for seating or can be flattened out for sleepovers during those late night study sessions. The Ergorapido 2- in-1 Stick and Hand Vac by Electrolux can be used to vacuum your dorm room or save a few dollars by using the hand vac to vacuum your car. The Ravenswood Floor Lamp and Table by Lumisource has your main light, a separate reading light and plenty of shelves to utilize as a bed side table and storage. The Sort-A-Sack! is a laundry bag, backpack, and sorter with instructions sewn in on how to do your laundry. There are many multi-purpose products available for dorm living in today’s marketplace.

Tip #8 - Hang Your Clothes

Hang your clothes in the closet versus throwing them on floor or trying to cram all of them in a drawer, it saves a lot of space and you’ll spend less time looking for them!

Tip #9 - Collapsible / Folding Storage Bins and Vacuum Bags

Folding Storage such as Bungalow’s Collapsible Storage Bins is great way to organize all your dorm stuff. Better still, use vacuum bags to minimize the size of items and store them in your collapsible bins on shelves or under your dorm bed.

Tip #10 - Keep You Dorm Room Neat and Organized

As much as we hate to hear it, the best way to live in a small space, such as a dorm room, is to keep it neat and organized. Put things away when you are finished with them. You’ll feel more in control of yourself and your new surroundings!

Just a few storage and organization tips to help incoming freshman to live dorm smart!




July 31, 2010

Dorm Laundry Backpack, Dorm Laundry Bag, & Dorm Laundry Sorter Combo (All in One) ... Get the Dorm 411!

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of DormSmart.com
Creator of Dorm411.com


Sort-a-sack
OMG! Doing laundry away from home just got a whole lot easier for college students!

Introducing the new Sort-A-Sack! Dorm Laundry Backpack, Dorm Laundry Bag, & Dorm Laundry Sorter Combo (All in One)


What is a sort-a-sack!? It’s the perfect dorm laundry backpack, dorm laundry bag, and dorm laundry sorter combo (all in one) for the busy college student on the go… it has two compartments to sort both whites and colors, saving time and making laundry day a whole lot easier.

Like a backpack, the dorm laundry sort-a-sack can be comfortably carried by two shoulder straps to lighten your loads, up to three, on the way to the dorm laundry room or campus laundromat! This great looking and uniquely designed laundry bag is roomy enough to carry your laundry supplies and zips closed to prevent embarrassing spills, don't lose your underwear on the way to the dorm laundry! Even better, the sort-a-sack contains an inner pouch to store a sheet of fabric softener to help keep those smells away between laundry days!

For the novice, the durable sort-a-sack dorm laundry backpack, dorm laundry bag, and dorm laundry sorter combo (all in one) has step-by-step washing instructions permanently printed inside, making the sort-a-sack the next best thing to sending laundry out or home to mom!

Get yours at DormSmart.com!