The list author says: "Now more than ever, lots of companies are making money off the off-to-college crowd. You can spend money on all their stuff, or you can be cheap like me and get all the dorm essentials for basically nothing (a lot of this stuff you might already have at home.) This stuff may not all match or anything fancy like that, but everything is extremely usable and cheap."
"Baking soda is the all-purpose cleaner. Use it to scrub dishes, dry out shoes, deodorize carpets, etc. Bring baking soda instead of tons of different specialized cleaning products. Very compact and all-purpose. Buy more specialized products at school if you find you need them."