Organized College Bathroom Essentials

Organized college bathroom essentials

Embrace the art of simplicity and organization in your college bathroom routine. 

By streamlining your products and opting for sustainable, eco-friendly choices, you create an environment that’s kinder to the planet and your mental well-being (source). 

Furthermore, organizing your college bathroom essentials minimizes the chance of lost or stolen products and saves time in your busy mornings and tired evenings. 

If you are excited to create an organized college bathroom experience, below you will find a list of helpful product suggestions to help anyone stay organized in a small space bathroom. 

Whether your college dorm has a shared hall bathroom, a Jack and Jill bathroom, or a solo college bathroom, this list will help streamline your college small-space bathroom experience. 

Basic College Bathroom Essentials

The goal is to keep your bathroom essentials organized. To do that, it’s important to establish what your essentials are. Our list of recommendations below includes well-researched, environmentally friendly, organic, and consciously sourced products. 

Shampoo & Conditioner

Ultra Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – 100% Vegan – With Argan Oil & Pumpkin – Ultra…
  • Includes 8oz Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and 8oz Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
  • The Ultra Hydrating Shampoo includes argan oil and pumpkin seed oil to replenish moisture and soften
  • The Ultra Hydrating Conditioner includes argan oil, pumpkin seed oil, and cocoa butter for softer, shinier, more managable hair

Acure Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Duo is 100% vegan, paraben-free, and sulfate-free and comes in a nice variety of scents. 

Acure is a skin and wellness brand that sources the highest quality ingredients possible. Their products do not have parabens, added sulfates, formaldehyde, paraffin, mineral oil, or animal testing. 

Reviewers rave about the “clean ingredients and amazing smell!”

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Body Wash 

Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Liquid Soap (Lavender, 8 ounce) – Made with Organic Oils, 18-in-1 Uses:…
  • MADE WITH ORGANIC OILS & CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soaps are made with over 70% certified organic & fair trade ingredients, promoting healthy communities,…
  • ORGANIC & FAIR TRADE PALM KERNEL OIL: Grown by fairly-paid smallholder farmers in Ecuador to ensure sustainable harvesting techniques that won’t damage local habitats—providing the smooth & creamy…
  • NO SYNTHETIC PRESERVATIVES, DETERGENTS, OR FOAMING AGENTS: Our liquid soaps are made with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce—no synthetic preservatives, thickeners, or foaming agents—which…

Dr. Bronner’s soaps are a staple. You can use Castile soap in your bath kit for body wash (I’m partial to the rose and lavender scents and unscented for household needs) as well as in your dorm cleaning kit for laundry stain removal and DIY all-purpose cleaner. 

The concentrated formula lasts far longer than regular body wash or liquid soap – a little goes a long way! Plus, you can dilute it with water once you are down to the last drops for longer use. 

Bar Soap 

Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Bar Soap (5 Ounce Variety Gift Pack) Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rose -…
  • THIS VARIETY PACK INCLUDES: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soaps are made with organic oils that are gentle & effective. Variety pack includes 3 scents, 2 of each: Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Rose (5…
  • MADE WITH ORGANIC OILS THAT ARE GENTLE and EFFECTIVE: We don’t add any chelating agents, dyes, whiteners, or synthetic fragrances—only all-natural, vegan ingredients that are gentle, effective, and…
  • NO SYNTHETIC PRESERVATIVES, DETERGENTS, OR FOAMING AGENTS: Our Pure-Castile Bar Soap is made with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce—no synthetic preservatives, thickeners, or foaming…

Whether you use bar soap as a body wash, hand wash, or face wash, we consider it to be an essential item in your college bathroom. 

I recommend Dr. Bronner’s as it’s certified fair trade, affordable, and works well! 

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ATTITUDE Plastic-Free Deodorant, EWG Verified, Aluminum Free, Vegan Naturally Sourced Body…
  • EWG VERIFIED: clean ingredients and full transparency
  • INGREDIENTS OF NATURAL ORIGIN : Formulated with 99.5% naturally sourced ingredients* including baking soda to combat unwanted odors
  • GOOD FOR THE PLANET : Biodegradable packaging made from FSC-certified cardboard

I recommend Attitude Plastic-Free Deodorant as a great aluminum-free and cruelty-free deodorant option. 

This deodorant offers a variety of scents, including unscented, and it’s dermatologically tested. 

Reviewers note that after trying so many natural deodorant options, this is the natural deodorant that *actually* works as it goes on smoothly and effectively absorbs moisture. 

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White bath towels
Image via Quince

Make your bathroom experience spa-like with these plush Turkish Cotton Bath Towels. Made from 100% organic cotton, reviewers note they are “soft and absorbent.” 

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A lady wearing a grey robe
Image via Quince

No matter your college bathroom situation, you’ll benefit from a cozy robe! Whether going to and from the shower, lounging, or getting ready to go out, a robe is a must-have, in my opinion. 

I recommend Quince’s Turkish Waffle Robe. It’s half the price of similar competitors’ robes and is made of 100% organic Turkish cotton.

I recently purchased a Quince robe and love the soft, cozy, and lightweight fabric. 

I like purchasing from Quince because they are committed to high-quality, sustainable, and affordable pieces. 

Communal Hall Bathroom Organization

Steel taps in a college communal bathroom

A shared hall is a communal bathroom usually located in the center of a hallway full of dorm rooms. It has multiple bath and shower stalls shared by everyone living in that hall 

Because you will be shuttling all of your items to and from the bathroom, the key is to keep your collection of products minimal and organized for easy transport.

Shower Caddy 

Vera Bradley Women’s Recycled Lighten Up Shower Caddy, Tranquil Medallion, One Size
  • RECYCLED LIGHTEN UP — this lightweight, water-repellent fabric is soft to the touch and easy to clean and durable, making it ideal for travel and the waterside. This collection’s exterior is made…
  • PERFECTLY SIZED – Measures 7 inches wide, 10 inches high & 7 inches deep with convenient carrying handle & mesh bottom to allow water to escape
  • CHARMING DETAILS – With 4 exterior mesh pockets, our Shower Caddy is the perfect addition to your gym bag or dorm room, perfect for keeping all your toiletries with you when you wash up

You’ll need a caddy to carry your bath essentials back and forth between the communal bathroom and your bedroom. 

I love that this caddy is lightweight, functional, and water-resistant. It features 4 exterior pockets for storage and a large interior pocket. There is more than enough space for your bath essentials like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.  

Even better, it’s made from recycled PET water bottles. 

Soap Saver

Ycolama 50 Soap Bags Mesh Exfoliating, 100% Natural Sisal Soap Pouch, Soap Savers for Shower Use…
  • Plastic Free: Made with 100% natural sisal material for an eco-friendly and pollution-free soap bag.
  • Large Package: Comes with a total of 50 soap bags to last you a long time and make great gifts.
  • Easy to Use: Simply put soap inside and rub to create dense bubbles for a relaxing bath or exfoliating scrub.

A soap-saver bag allows you to place those last bits of soap inside a small bag to create a lather so that those last soap bits are used, extending the lifespan of the soap and ultimately delaying the purchase of a new bar of soap!

This pick is made of 100% natural sisal, which is environmentally friendly. 

This pack comes with 50 bags, so you can share with your new friends and roommates!

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Flip Flops 

Feelgoodz Women’s Classicz Core Natural Rubber Flip Flops (Herb, Size 9)
  • Wide, natural rubber strap with soft, spongy soles, crafted with distinct Signature Natural Rubber from Thailand
  • Signature natural rubber – made with vegan materials
  • Pillow-soft comfort that molds to your feet

Wearing flip-flops to and from the shower and in the shower will protect your feet from any fungus, dirt, or mold that might be living on communal bathroom floors. 

Feelgoodz flip-flops are crafted with natural rubber by artisans in Thailand, so you can feel good about supporting global farmers. 

Jack and Jill Bathroom Organization

Jack and jill bathroom

A Jack and Jill Bathroom is sandwiched between two dorm rooms and accessible on either side by each room. If your dorm room is attached to a Jack and Jill bathroom, you might have space inside the bathroom to store and organize bath essentials. 

It’s common for Jack and Jill dorm bathrooms to be shared by 4 – 6 students. The storage and organizing products recommended below are great for sharing with multiple people while personalizing the space more than a shared hall bathroom.

Shower Organizer

YASONIC Shower Caddy Hanging – Never Rust Shower Organizer – Aluminum over The shower head caddy…
  • 🛀Clean Up Your Shower Space – The hanging shower organizer comes with 3 baskets and 10 hanging hooks. The top 2 baskets are large enough to store shower gel, shampoo, and body lotion. The bottom…
  • 🛀Never Rust – The shower shelf is made of aluminum alloy for never rust. Suitable for the wet environment like the bathroom. With a surface hardness of 200-300 HV, the aluminum alloy shower shelf…
  • 🛀Non-Slip Bathroom Organizer – Thanks to the anti-slip rubber circle on the top of the shower hanger and wall fixing accessories (1 suction cups and 2 adhesive), the shower hanger remains stable…

Cleaning the shower will be easier if there is less clutter on the floor or sides of the shower. Enter the Shower Organizer! 

This will help organize and store shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap and offers hooks for hanging loofahs

Over-the-Door Towel Hooks

YUMORE Over The Door Hooks, SUS304 Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Door Hanger for Coats Robes Hats…
  • STURDY & DURABLE – The Over Door Hook and the fitting screw is built to last with sturdy 304 stainless steel. It will NOT BEND, RUST, or tarnish and best of all is built to HOLD UP to 110 LBS….
  • SPACE SAVING – Perfect decorative hooks for closets, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and office, great for hanging towels, robes, coats, clothes, hats, keys, umbrellas, scarfs, shopping bags, handbags,…
  • CONVENIENTLY SIZED – Measures 17” wide by 8.8” high giving you 12 decorative hooks instead of the usual 6 to securely and safely hang heavy items all while adding to the rooms decor. Fits over most…

You can never have enough hooks when sharing a bathroom with multiple people! You’ll each have towels and possibly robes that need a place to hang. 

This over-the-door towel hook option will add 6 hooks to your bathroom, helping to reduce floor clutter. 

Over the Toilet Storage Rack 

AmazerBath Over The Toilet Storage Shelf Bamboo, 3-Tier Over Toilet Organizer Rack, Freestanding…
  • Space saving: Our over-the-toilet storage shelf has 3 tiers and ultra-large capacity, allowing you to make the most of your bathroom space. Each layer bears 25 lbs.
  • Eco-friendly: Our above toilet storage is made of premium bamboo material, which is sturdy, solid, and eco-friendly. It adds a natural and elegant touch to your bathroom decor.
  • Easy assembly: No tools or screws are required. The user-friendly design of the toilet shelf pole makes it easy for you to assemble.

Over-the-toilet storage racks allow for even more storage, which is particularly helpful in small space settings like a college dorm bathroom. 

This bamboo over-the-toilet storage rack can add a natural, spa-like feeling, especially if you style it with clean folded towels, extra toilet paper rolls, and aesthetically pleasing storage boxes for products like tampons. 

Small Trash Bin 

simplehuman 4.5 Liter / 1.2 Gallon Round Bathroom Step Trash Can, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • STRONG STEEL PEDAL – simplehuman’s strong steel pedal is engineered to last over 150,000 steps — that’s more than 20 steps a day for 20 years.
  • SILENT CLOSE LID – simplehuman’s patented lid shox technology controls the motion of the lid for a slow, silent close.
  • PERFECT FOR BATHROOMS – Fits well in bathrooms or wherever space is limited.

This small trash bin with a lid will help to keep waste hidden until you are ready to take it to the trash chute or dumpster. No unsightly waste will be seen! 

You can line the trash bin with recyclable bags (this is what I did since I didn’t want to spend money on small trash bags) or purchase small trash bin bags. 

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Toothbrush Holder 

Dotodo Bamboo Toothbrush Holder | Multifunctional Electric Toothbrush Holder | Naturally Tough Eco…
  • 。◕‿◕。【COMPACT & TRAVEL SIZED】🎋 The space-efficient design of our toothbrush caddy makes it an ideal travel accessory and great for keeping in small bathrooms with limited space!
  • 。◕‿◕。【TOUGH BAMBOO MATERIAL】🎋 Every single part of our toothbrush holder is made entirely from ultra-tough natural Bamboo, Starch and Talc to give you long-lasting durability.
  • 。◕‿◕。 【THE ECO-FRIENDLY TOOTHBRUSH POT】🎋 Ditch that old plastic toothbrush tumbler and go green with this 100% compostable and recyclable toothbrush stand.

This toothbrush holder has four compartments making it a great accessory for a shared bathroom so there is space for everybody’s toothbrush. 

It’s made of bamboo and has a sleek minimalist look and should help to streamline bathroom countertop clutter. 

Extra Mirrors 

MIRRORVANA Hangable Fogless Shower Mirror for Shaving with 360° Swivel Hook for Hanging – Anti Fog…
  • #1 – HOOK FOR SECURE AND EASY HANGING: Toss aside suction cups that fall and let you down! With a sturdy 360° rotatable hook, this mirror stays put, no matter what. Designed like a coat hanger, you…
  • #2 – ANTI-FOG COATING FOR FOG-FREE SHAVE: Your new Mirrorvana shower shaving mirror is treated with a fog resistant coating giving you that perfect fog free shaving experience. Remember to…
  • #3 – THE PERFECT GIFT: Treat your brother, father, son, husband, boyfriend, guy friend, best friend, or just YOU. This hanging mirror offers practicality and luxury together, making it an ideal…

You can never have enough mirrors in a college dorm, especially for girls. Sure, this isn’t an “organized” bathroom essential per se, but if you are all getting ready to go out at night or to go to class in the morning, you’ll want extra mirror space. 

You can place extra mirrors in the room instead of in the bathroom so there is space for others to use the bathroom while you’re getting ready. Plus, you can move to a window with good light for makeup! 

Solo Bathroom

Modern solo bathroom

If you are lucky enough to score your own bathroom in college, I recommend personalizing and organizing the space to suit your needs. You could even venture to make your bathroom smell like a spa!

Makeup Organization 

Lavish Home Makeup Organizer – Rotating Eco-Friendly Compact Modern Bamboo Skincare Cosmetic and…
  • ECO-FRIENDLY – This makeup station is made of bamboo, which is an ecologically friendly renewable resource. The natural materials make it strong and durable enough to stand up to daily use in your…
  • MULTIPLE COSMETIC HOLDERS – The vanity organizer has multiple shelves to conveniently and easily hold a variety of skincare accessories and cosmetics. You can keep your makeup and other skincare…
  • 360 DEGREE ROTATION – This makeup station features 360-degree rotation. This provides fast and easy access to all of your skincare accessories, preventing rummaging through drawers or cabinets and…

If you wear makeup, this organizer is a great option for storage. It can be placed on a countertop, deep shelf, or a cabinet. 

Reviewers note it fits “A LOT!” of products, so there is likely space for makeup, brushes, and additional products like finishing sprays. 

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Drawer Dividers 

ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bamboo Drawer Organizer Storage Box, Bin Set – Multi-Use Drawer Organizer…
  • 🌿 5-PIECE BAMBOO STORAGE DRAWER ORGANIZER SET: An ideal deep drawer organizer for everyday use. Beautifully functional, it’s elegant design makes it the perfect compliment to your home decor….
  • 📐 THE PERFECT SIZE: Convenient for kitchen organization, our small drawer organizer fits a variety of drawer sizes: 9.8 x 4.5”, 10.5 x 4.7”, 10.5 x 4.5”, as well as 9.2 x 3.15”, and 5.7 x…
  • 💄🔧 MULTI-USE STORAGE BOXES; Declutter and destress with our multipurpose storage bins. An elegant design for daily office organization for your pens, and clips. Or as a bathroom…

Drawer dividers help to organize all of the random products that end up in drawers. 

My bathroom drawers always became a dumping ground – until I got drawer dividers. 

We know that clutter and mental health are connected and that clutter can leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed (source).

I can attest that I am no longer stressed out when opening my bathroom drawers now that I have drawer dividers. 

Counter Accessories 

Nroech Bathroom Organizer Countertop, 2-Tier Standing Counter Shelf with Basket, Wood Tray for…
  • UNIQUE DESIGN: Have you ever been troubled by the chaos of your counter? This bathroom organizer countertop features a two-tier open design for easy access and cleaning. Avoiding counter clutter and…
  • HIGH QUALITY: Our bathroom countertop organizer are made of solid wood, the surface waterproof coating prevents water damage. The brackets on both sides are made of high-quality thickened steel for…
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: Each shelf and tray has predrilled holes, it’s much easier to attach without measuring. Just align the screws with the predrilled holes and tighten them to complete the assembly….

This 2-Tier Counter Shelf Organizer will help you stay organized and clutter-free and can add a stylish focal point to your bathroom. 

It’s non-slip and waterproof, so can be placed close to the sink without any worry about water drops. 

Bath Mat 

Nawrap 100% Natural Linen Bathmat
  • 100% natural linen bathmat – Dimensions: 18 x 24″
  • 10 ply for extra absorbency and durability; very strong and quick to dry
  • Traditional Japanese weaving and construction techniques used; different than your typical bath mat

Look for a bath mat that is easy to wash, looks great, and won’t mold. This linen bath mat is 100% natural and is quick to dry. Plus, it will add a serene and natural look to your bathroom. 

RELATED: Eco-Friendly Bath Mats 

Shower Curtain 

shower curtain
Image via Quince

If you are in the market for a shower curtain, a natural shower curtain can be more eco-friendly than plastic PVC or vinyl as they do not emit any potentially toxic fumes.  

They are more durable and easier to clean because they can be thrown in the wash and offer a calming, upscale look owing to the fabric.  

This curtain is made of 100% organic cotton, free of harmful chemicals and toxins. 

RELATED: Natural Shower Curtains

Waterproof Speaker

JBL Clip 3, River Teal – Waterproof, Durable & Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Up to 10 Hours of Play -…
  • SOUND TO GO – Never leave awesome sound at home again. This ultra-portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker is small in size but with surprisingly big sound. Clip it on with the built-in carabiner, press…
  • UP TO 10 HOURS OF PLAYTIME – The JBL Clip 3 features a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 10 hours of battery life, plus a metal carabiner so you can easily hook it to your clothes,…
  • NOISE CANCELLING & WIRELESS STREAMING – Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet. Plus, take crystal-clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button, thanks to the…

While this isn’t essential, it’s a nice perk if you are in your own space and you can play audio without disturbing roommates. It’s especially useful for listening to music or podcasts while showering or getting ready in the bathroom. 

Final Thoughts on an Organized College Bathroom

A clutter-free, minimalist approach can lead to a more peaceful and efficient morning and evening routine (source).

I hope this list has provided you with an overview of the well-organized bathroom essentials for your college dorm room. 

Adapting to a new environment and taking on more responsibility for your space’s cleanliness, organization, and overall look and feel might initially feel a bit challenging. However, creating a tidy and comfortable sanctuary at home can help smoothen this transition. 

Wishing you the best of luck!

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