10 Practical Tips, Tricks & DIY Projects For The Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any house, not to mention the place where you spend a good portion of your time — after all, it's not called a restroom for nothing. And a clean and cozy bathroom, in which everyone immediately feels comfortable, increases the overall quality of life. These 10 tricks will help you turn your bathroom into your own personal wellness oasis in no time.

1. Homemade Shower Cleaner

Of all the places in your home, the shower is one of the hardest to clean. At the same time, there are few things worse than a badly-cleaned bathroom with dirty tiles, a soap-scummed shower, and a faucet covered in limescale. But now you can change all that with a shower cleaning mixture that puts all the rest to shame. And the best part? You can easily make it at home with just two ingredients. This cleaner will quickly take care of every type of grime. Get the full instructions here.

2. DIY Bath Mat

If you're not careful, you can have a nasty tumble getting out of the shower, especially if a wet foot meets a slippery floor — or even a slippery bath mat. A real rug in front of the shower can make a lot of sense. And here you have some options: of course you can go with a store-bought one, but for a little more color and fun, try this easy method for making your own. Get the full instructions here.

3. Natural Laundry Detergent

If you've ever stood in the detergent aisle in the supermarket, you know there's no shortage of choice. Between different fragrances and colorful packaging, it's hard to tell whether any of the soaps on offer really work. Scrimpers and savers — along with friends of the environment — will be glad to know there's a plant-based alternative: ivy laundry detergent. Ivy has soap-like properties that make it an effective cleanser without poisoning anything or anyone! 

4. Fun Toothbrush Holder

There are lots of things around the house that need something to hang them on: towels, keys, oven mitts, and so on. Most often we use hooks, but there are other less predictable options. Instead of hanging a bland plastic hook on the wall, why not make your own funny-face holder? They're fun to look at, and in some cases work much better than hooks. Here's how it's done:

5. DIY Mold Remover

When you see something greenish-blue on the wall that doesn't belong there, it can be a pretty disgusting sight. It's not uncommon to find small, unpleasant flecks in the bathroom or kitchen. In a warm and damp environment, mold makes itself particularly at home. At least there's something simple you can do about it with this homemade remedy that couldn't be easier to make. Get the full instructions here. 

6. Makeshift Personal Spa

House plants are very common in most homes. Some of us may even have the odd potted shrub in our bathroom. But have you ever hung a plant in the shower? As strange as it may sound, showering with this particular plant could actually do your health a world of good. It does need to be a certain plant though: the eucalyptus. The plant has many positive properties that are released when it's in a damp and humid environment. And where are you most likely to find these conditions? That's right — the bathroom. Get the full instructions here.

7. Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs

Alright, if we’re perfectly honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that nobody likes cleaning the toilet. But someone’s got to do it, right? Which brings us to the next point: how do you choose the cleaning product to do the job? With all the countless options out there, it’s almost impossible to know which one is going to keep its promise. And not only that, ideally we'd like one that's also environmentally-friendly. With these DIY toilet bowl cleaning tabs, everything is within reach.

8. Homemade Shaving Bib

Make your partner, family, and roommates the happiest people in the world with one simple garment: a beard bib! The handy neck apron catches all of the discarded hair so you can dispose of it directly in the trash and not have to worry about leaving a big mess behind. This also means clogged drainpipes will become a thing of the past... which takes us to our next bathroom hack.

9. DIY Drain Cleaner

If your bathroom or kitchen drain is clogged, you don't actually need to buy an expensive, toxic drain cleaner at the supermarket or hardware store. There's a tried and true home remedy for clearing drains, whose primary ingredients you almost certainly have around the house anyway: baking powder and salt. Get the full instructions here.

10. Rustic DIY Bathtub Tray

Showering may get the job done and use less water, but relaxing in a bubble bath is a nice way to treat yourself after a long, hard day. And if you're going to be treating yourself, you might as well go big or go home. In that sense, this homemade, DIY bathtub tray is the perfect way to step up your bath game! Get the full instructions here.

Now you can finally rest easy knowing you have a clean bathroom — so go ahead and treat yourself to a relaxing bubble bath and enjoy the fruits of your labor! If you want to make even better use of your fresh and clean washroom, check out these 12 ideas for saving space in the bathroom.

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