No More Hairy Issues – Dorm Room Cleaning Checklist Free Printable

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orange and black vacuum cleaner with girls with long hair on one side and brown and tan dog looking at camera on other side

As a mom with 3 long-haired family members and a dog, vacuuming to keep my floors clean is a constant job.  I confess that I’m a bit of neat freak so I vacuum several times a week.  I just can’t stand seeing all that hair, both human and canine, on the floor of my home.  When I sent my oldest “baby” off to college this past year, I made sure that she took all the necessary cleaning supplies and skills with her.  To make sure she couldn’t forget what needed to be done, I sent her with a dorm room cleaning checklist that she and her roommates could use.  What we hadn’t planned on was what vacuuming a room with four long-haired girls would be like.

2 girls viewed from back with waist length hair

Since my daughter had grown up in my house with my insistence on vacuuming every other day to keep the long hair and dog hair at bay, she is well-skilled in vacuuming.   Just to give you a frame of reference, my daughters both have hair down to their waist. I have medium-length hair. Our dog has a double coat, which means she sheds the heavier outer coat and the fluffy and floaty undercoat of hair. 

Because of all that hair, my daughter is also familiar with the hassle of twice a month flipping the upright vacuum over to see if there is a wad of hair stuck in the roller brush.  “Ugh, yes!” is the usual answer to that question and so my daughter also learned that we had to cut that tangle of hair out of the brush at least once or twice a month.

Vacuum brush with hair wrapped  and tangled around brush
image of dorm room cleaning checklist with cleaning images at bottom

Last fall I felt confident that I sent my daughter off to college with the skills she would need to keep her dorm room clean (whether she chooses to use those skills is up to her).  Because I just can’t help myself, I even sent her off with a printable Dorm Room Cleaning Checklist.

She mentioned several times that Thursdays were her cleaning day when she tackled both laundry and cleaning her dorm room.  I felt I’d done my job as a mother and slept well at night.

4 Hair brushes with hair tangled in bristles on wood table

My daughter shares a dorm room with 3 other girls.  That is four girls with long hair living in one small living area together.  Shiver.  Can you imagine how much hair must have fallen on that floor?!

hand holding red handled scissors cutting hair out of vacuum brush

One day in February my “baby” texted me, “Mom, today is the day I am officially an adult.  I had to cut the hair out of the vacuum brush. Ugh!”  Be still my mama’s heart!  I then knew for sure that my “baby” was more than just fine on her own. But after a minute an hour or two of mama’s bliss, I really started thinking about what the vacuum brush must look like with four heads of long hair in one small dorm room. I was torn between being proud of my “baby” for cleaning the tangle of hair out of the vacuum brush all on her own and feeling terrible that she had to cut that tangle of hair out of the vacuum all on her own. (Thanks to my “baby” for taking time from studying for finals to photograph cutting hair out of her vacuum in the dorm room.)

Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to try the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® this month in my home.  The vacuum has a self-cleaning brushroll (let me say that again, a self-cleaning  brushroll) that removes tangles from the brushroll when you press a button. (Can you hear vacuum users everywhere cheering?)  The vacuum also has SuctionSeal® technology which means that it will pick up more hair (like multiple long-haired girls worth plus an always shedding dog) and debris with deep cleaning suction power on bare floors and carpets.  

front of orange vacuum with white and black arrow overlays pointing to vacuum brush with no hair tangled

I also like that it has a clear window so that I can easily see if the brushroll needs to be cleaned with out having the entire production of flipping the vacuum over to check the brushroll. Being able to simply glance at the window, makes me very happy. I really, really like being able to just push the button for 10 seconds while standing to clean the brushroll instead of sitting on the floor with scissors for 10-15 minutes.  It’s a bagless upright, which makes it perfect for a college dorm room. It doesn’t take up too much space and there are no vacuum bags to keep track of. 

You can find the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® on your next shopping trip to  Walmart.  You can also enter to win your own Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® in the Eureka #CleaningUntangled Sweeps!

orange and black vacuum standing on top of pile of college text books

Now I have a mama dilemma. The vacuum is perfect for me with all the hair I still have to vacuum up at home and the easy view window to check on the roller brush. Plus, I can clean the brushroll in seconds.   But it’s also perfect for my “baby” in college since she has even more long hair to vacuum up in her dorm room and doesn’t need to waste precious study time cutting hair out of the vacuum.  

Do I keep it for myself or do I send it to college next year with my “baby” and a new Dorm Room Cleaning Checklist?  Check out the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® and tell me what you think I should do.

orange and black vacuum cleaner with girls with long hair on one side and brown and tan dog looking at camera on other side

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  1. Self-cleaning?! Where has this been for the past 15 years? Having had long hair all my life, I am VERY familiar with the hassles of cutting the hair out of the roller. It’s the worst part of vacuuming. On a separate note, thanks for sharing your dorm-cleaning checklist! My son is heading off to college in the fall and could use some guidance when I’m not there to nag him. šŸ™‚

  2. The least favorite household chore is cleaning the hair (and thread) out of the roller! I really don’t enjoy it and usually postpone the chore way too long. It is always so interesting to realize the moments we know our babies have grown up. I knew my daughter was becoming an adult when she started to garden. I don’t know if she will ever clean the roller of the vacuum!

  3. Eureka is my favorite vacuum! I’m so excited to see they’ve come out with this new technology. Hoping to get my hands on one.

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  5. Hi, I am a new fan and love your blog!! I hope you are not offended, but My 11 insisted on telling you about the word instance and asked should it be insistent? He is a bit particular on things like that and is watching me type this! Thanks again from a harried mom of 3, trying to put some organization into our chaotic life!!
    “…Since my daughter had grown up in my house with my instance on vacuuming every other day…”

    1. Carey, so nice to meet you and thank you so much for taking the time to let me know about the correction (and thanks to your 11 year old!)

  6. Now that is quite the dilemma! I think cutting hair builds character, I would keep the vacuum. šŸ™‚ #client

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  8. You had me at self-cleaning brush roll! Both my daughter and I have long hair, and our vacuum always gets clogged with hair — I am so tempted to try this!

    1. I kno-oow, I’m with you on the long hair and vacuuming challenge! It was love at first sight for me when I saw the vacuum could release the tangle of hair with just the push of a button.

  9. I love this vacuum! I have long hair and it’s always wound on my very old vacuum cleaner’s brush thing. This is perfect! Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks!

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