Your bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in your house. Don’t overlook it when it comes to home improvement! Here are 6 tips for making your bathroom the best it can be.
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1: Keep your Drains Healthy
When your bathroom drains back up, it’s a disaster. Even slow drains make your everyday routine a real pain. Keep your bathroom drains healthy by removing small clogs with a pipe snake or plunger, by freshening them with a homemade baking soda drain odor remover, and by protecting them with hair-trapping drain covers.
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2: Make your Bathroom Sparkle
Your bathroom gets a lot of use, which means that soap scum and shower grime can build up quickly. Wet & Forget Shower dissolves soap scum and shower grime with no scrubbing— one weekly application keeps your shower sparkling. Just spray and rinse clean the next day!
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3: Maximize Space
You use your bathroom every day, but it’s also probably the smallest room in your house. If you’re stuck with a tiny bathroom, or just one that’s a little smaller than you’d like it to be, these tips will help you maximize the space you have and create the illusion of more size. For example, the right placement of mirrors can make a small space look larger, and choosing semi-gloss paint instead of matte can utilize light to make your bathroom look bigger. Decluttering the space you have with these bathroom storage ideas will also make your bathroom feel more spacious.
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4: Renew the Décor
Tired of your bathroom’s look? Give it a reboot with these DIY bathroom makeover ideas. New flooring can completely change your bathroom’s look, as can adding floor-to-ceiling ceramic tile on one wall. Glossy floor-to-ceiling tile on one tall wall also has the added benefit of making your bathroom look larger. These creative DIY soap dispensers make the perfect accents for your bathroom’s new look.
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5: Freshen your Bathroom’s Scent
Scent is just as important as appearance, and bad bathroom scents are some of the worst. These 12 tips will help you keep your bathroom smelling fresh and inviting without needing chemical air fresheners. For example, a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the inside of the toilet paper roll will send out a lovely fragrance just when your bathroom needs it most, and hanging bundles of eucalyptus beneath your shower head will fill your bathroom with stimulating eucalyptus-scented steam when you shower.
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6: Eliminate Hard Water Stains
Hard water stains are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and they can ruin your bathroom’s appearance. Some commercial products for removing hard water stains just don’t work, and others use harsh chemicals. Here are 10 methods for dissolving hard water stains using ingredients you already have in your home. For example, remove your showerhead and soak it in distilled white vinegar for several hours to dissolve hard water deposits and get the water flowing freely through those tiny holes again. One can of cola or three cups of white vinegar will do the trick in the toilet bowl, and you can remove hard water stains from chrome faucets using just lemon rinds, white vinegar, and paper towels.
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