10 Weird But Useful Dorm Accessories You Can Get For Under $25

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Shared bathrooms, cafeteria-style dining rooms, and, of course, the signature Twin XL mattresses: dorm life is interesting, to say the least. Luckily, you can easily elevate your dorm room and make the most of your (very) small space by purchasing a few top products.

Even better? You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get one of these top-rated picks. From tiny-but-mighty bathroom sprays to fight unwanted odors to microwave pasta cookers and more, here are 10 weird-but-awesome dorm essentials under $25, all of which are available to buy on Amazon.

Zafit 5 pocket bedside caddy on white background.

Bedside trolley 5 pockets Zafit / Zafit / Amazon

Ditch your bulky nightstand in favor of this space-saving bedside cart, which has over 8,000 Amazon reviews. It even comes with a built-in cup holder that’s roomy enough to hold most water bottles, plus three see-through mesh pockets, so you can stash your phone, your favorite nighttime moisturizer, and more. For tablets, magazines or other larger essentials, you can use the back pocket. Best of all, no tools are needed to install it. Simply insert the leather flap between your mattress and the bed frame and buyers will say it will stay in place. You can also choose from 13 other sizing options, in case you want something smaller or in a different color.

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Woman wearing Scurry portable neck ventilator.

Scurry / Scurry / Amazon Portable Neck Fan

Dormitories become stuffy, especially in the first weeks of fall. It’s also unclear how much space you’ll have in your bedroom if you’re sharing it with a roommate, so a traditional fan might not be an option. Instead, consider a portable; With over 8,000+ reviews, this lightweight version (which comes in four colorways) is great for hands-free use as you can easily clip it around your neck. Its compact design and silicone construction offer comfort and durability, along with other features such as three speed levels, 360 degree rotation, LED mode and easy USB charging.

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Home-X Countertop Microwave Rice Cooker.

Home-X / Home-X / Amazon Microwave Rice Cooker

If dining doesn’t satisfy all your culinary cravings, opt for this easy-to-use microwave rice cooker. Simply follow the instructions to add the rice and water, place the lids on top, and microwave for about 15 minutes to enjoy evenly cooked, ultra-fluffy rice. Other highlights of this 4.3-star rated accessory include locking clips (read: no spills), built-in steam release vents (which prevent splattering), and a 10-cup capacity (making meal prep child’s play).

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SMALLRT Surge Protector Power Strip Tower charging smartphone and tablet on desktop computer.

SMALLRT Power Strip Tower Surge Protector / SMALLRT / Amazon

From smartphones to tablets and everything in between, chances are you have tons of tech gadgets and accessories you plan to take to campus this fall. With this handy power strip tower, you’ll save space (and you won’t have to fight with your roommate over who gets which outlets). It has a near-perfect average rating of 4.7 stars, and it’s easy to see why: this device offers eight AC outlets, four USB ports and one USB-C port, powering up to 12 devices simultaneously. It also features overload and surge protection, as well as a 6.5-foot-long fire-resistant extension cord, so you’ll have plenty of room to spare.

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ColorCoral Cleaning Gel Universal Anti-Dust Cleaner

ColorCoral Universal Cleansing Gel Dust Cleaner / ColorCoral / Amazon

CLEANING NEEDS TO TAKE TIME: This non-sticky, reusable gel cleanser from ColorCoral has over 47,000 reviews on Amazon and is designed to instantly pick up dirt, dust, and other hard-to-reach debris. areas (think window sills, bed frame corners, bathroom shelves, etc.). It can also be used on everyday items like keyboards, calculators, air conditioners, fans, and televisions. The fresh lemon scent is a bonus, as is the fact that it’s designed to be reused (don’t get it wet or reviewers say it will dissolve into a snot-like goo).

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The Original Fasta Pasta microwave pasta cooker on a wooden counter.

The Fasta Pasta Original / Fasta Pasta / Amazon Microwave Pasta Cooker

No kitchen? No problem as long as you have a working microwave and that pasta cooker because you can use it to enjoy a piping hot bowl of spaghetti without having to step out of your dorm room. As an added benefit, you don’t need to boil water when using it, saving you time, effort and energy.

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MSHALADE closet hangers, pack of 12 on white background.

MSHALADE Closet Hangers, 12 Pack / MSHALADE / Amazon

Make the most of your (very) limited closet space with these neat waterfall hangers, each of which has durable plastic construction and a reinforced hook for supreme strength. Moreover, each hanger comes with five closed holes, which makes it strong enough to hold all kinds of clothes like heavy winter jackets, pants, bulky sweaters, etc.

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Chill Bill fridge air freshener on a white background.

Chill Bill / Monkey Business / Amazon Fridge Air Freshener

Keep your shared fridge odor free with the help of this penguin air freshener, which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, even your most stubborn housemate. Simply fill the penguin (aka Chill Bill) with baking soda and watch it work its magic.

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Hotsch refillable portable blender with fruit next to it.

Hotsch / Hotsch / Amazon Rechargeable Portable Blender

Enjoy your favorite smoothies wherever you are with this ultra-light portable blender, available in three colors. Thanks to the razor-sharp stainless steel blades, you’ll be sipping your drink in less than a minute. In addition, the built-in battery is rechargeable via USB and can be used up to 15 times per charge. When it’s time to clean, simply add water and press the power button to start self-cleaning mode.

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Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray on white background.

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go WC Spray / Poo-Pourri / Amazon

Shared bathrooms aren’t ideal, but hey, that’s dorm life for you. Luckily, this toilet spray from Poo-Pourri, which offers a summery blend of hibiscus, apricot, and citrus essential oils, stops unpleasant odors in their tracks. Don’t believe us? Grab it from any of Amazon’s more than 113,000 reviews, including nearly 94,000 perfect five-star ratings.

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Dora W. Clawson