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The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-10T20:14:18Z

Photograph by Lenora Gim/Getty Images

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Unless you have gobs of money and can hook your child up with some pick up/drop off laundry service, or unless your child can get some poor schlub to do their laundry for them, it's just an unavoidable chore.

$53: Pop-up hamper ($12), laundry backpack ($10), 2 mesh wash bags ($10), Tide free of dyes and perfumes, 50 oz. ($12), Seventh Generation dryer sheets, free and clear ($9) --

$20: Compact accordion drying rack --

$50: Rowenta Effective Comfort Iron, with auto shut off ($40), plus ironing board ($10) --

The tally: $4,995.50