Although it is often the most forgotten room, the bathroom is one of the most widely used spaces in our homes. Most people design their bathrooms to fit their functional and design needs, and while most bathroom updates can be expensive, or time-consuming, they don’t have to be. Check out our list of these easy DIY hacks that will instantly transform your bathroom into efficient — and even glamorous.
1. You Won’t Feel “Board” With This Makeup Storage Idea
Makeup aficionados are proud of their extensive toolkit of colorful cosmetics and accessories. However, with new makeup collections constantly coming out, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Even though they may be small, these pots and palettes can take away from much needed counter space. The solution? Think vertically with a makeup board.
This DIY hack is not only simple, but will transform the look of your bathroom. First, glue a thin sheet of metal onto a large picture frame. Then, attach a small magnet to the back of each makeup item. This will keep the item firmly attached to the board, leaving much more room on the counter and inside the drawers. Added bonus: small items like pencil sharpeners or single eye shadow pots won’t go missing.
2. Top Shelf Storage
When searching for much-needed storage space in a bathroom, most homeowners don’t have many choices. One hack, however, has enlightened homeowners about a much neglected and possibly amazingly useful spot: the space above the bathroom door. This often forgotten nook can be a useful space for large items.
Storing bulky items like extra toilet paper can be difficult in a small bathroom. Vanities do not leave much room for large packs of toilet paper, or other similarly bulky items. A simple solution is to add a shelf on the bathroom door to store those needed, yet supersized, items. This DIY hack will leave floor areas clear and cabinets empty.
3. Sleeker Looking Showers
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to toiletries. While larger size products usually offer more value for the price, those clunky giant bottles can be quite an eyesore in an otherwise stylish bathroom. Even more, these large and heavy bottles often do not fit on shower shelves or caddies. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive and easy solution.
By decanting your favorite shower gel or shampoo into a smaller and sleeker bottle, you can add valuable space to your shower area. Not only will bathers enjoy less bulk, but the streamlined and modern glass bottles will give the shower area a spa-like touch.
4. Bath Time For Grimy Toys
Plastic blocks can be a great way for children to use their imagination and develop vital skills. Unfortunately these toys spend a great deal of time on the floor, and can easily become a funhouse for a variety of germs. Thankfully, parents have found a practical and easy DIY hack to getting toys clean.
Since washing each block individually would take an eternity, parents can turn their bathtubs into one big cleaning session. By filling the tub with hot water and soap, hundreds of toys can be cleaned at once. Children will be happy with their sparkling clean toys, and parents will feel better knowing their children are safer from dangerous germs.
5. A Clear Choice For Storage
For many, finding the perfect product can mean accumulating dozens of less-than-perfect duds. These underused bottles usually find a home at the bottom of the cabinet, never seeing the light of day. One practical way to clear up space in a cabinet? Use a plastic over-the-door shoe rack.
These inexpensive organization solutions can be a godsend for small bathroom, or self-proclaimed “product junkies”. The clear deep pockets can accommodate most bottles, and make it easy to see what you already own. Not only is this DIY hack a great storage solution — it can be a possible solution for those impulse beauty purchases as well.
6. A Pedicure For Your Toilet Bowl
Once relegated to nail salons and at-home nail kits, the pumice stone became a popular new cleaning tool for every bathroom owner. Homeowners have flooded social media with truly remarkable before-and-after videos showing how the simple piece of volcanic rock has transformed their toilets.
The secret to this DIY hack is in the magical rock’s soft and crumbly texture. As you scrub with the wet stone, it breaks down into a dust. This dust mixes with water, creating an abrasive paste that leaves toilet bowls sparkling. The pumice stone helps to clean mineral deposits and dreaded toilet rings, all from a product that usually costs less than a few dollars. One should make sure, however, to not to confuse their personal pedicure stone with the toilet stone!
7. Binge Watch While You Take a Bubble Bath
Bubble baths can be a relaxing way to unwind from a long day. They can also be a great way to catch up on an episode of your favorite show. Of course, most electronics and water do not mix well. Thankfully, an innovative Instagram user has discovered a way to mix two of the most popular ways to relax: television and bubble baths.
The DIY hack involves folding over the cover of your tablet so that it is sturdy over the cabinet door. With the tablet in place, you can binge watch your favorite series while soaking at a safe distance in the tub. An additional tip is to wrap the tablet in a Ziploc bag to keep out moisture, which can ruin the electronic components. With this handy bathroom hack, you can take relaxation to the next level.
8. Never Lose A Bobby Pin Again With This Hack
Finding a bobby pin when you need one can seem like an impossible mission. Those handy yet tiny metal clips seem to have a special knack for getting lost. Luckily, there is an easy DIY hack that will put an end to losing these and other rogue metal bathroom items.
Start by purchasing a roll of magnetic tape from an arts and crafts store. Snip a piece off in your desired size and fix it to the inside of your cabinet door. Home owners will now be able to find bobby pins, safety pins, tweezers, and nail clippers in one convenient location. This easy bathroom hack will not only keep your hair in place, but also keep important metal tools in one convenient place.
9. Turn Your Guest Bathroom Into A Mini-Hotel With Travel Sized Goodies
One of the untold perks of staying in hotels are those convenient travel-sized toiletries provided to guests. Those miniature versions of our favorite toiletries are tempting to even the most seasoned, and well-prepared, traveler. Because of their size, it can be easy to quickly accumulate drawers filled with these tiny bottles.
The solution to overflowing drawers of tiny toiletries? Turn your bathroom into a mini-hotel for guests. Place those tiny bottles of shampoo, body wash, and other essentials in an elegant apothecary-style glass jar. Guests to your home will be able to choose which toiletry they want, and you’ll have room for the next batch of souvenirs from future hotel stays.
10. Get On An Organizational Roll With This Folding Technique
One of the most hotly contested subjects among homeowners would definitely have to be one of the most benign objects in our homes: towels. Everyone has their own specific way of folding towels, and most feel passionately about their specific folding technique. Most spas and gyms, however, have figured out the best solution for folding and storing many towels: rolling them.
Rolling towels creates more room in a cabinet, allowing you to store more. In addition to giving you more space, rolling your towels can give your bathroom that classy spa-like feel. There is a reason this folding technique reigns supreme in sports centers and spas across the globe.
11. Add Some Spice To Your Bathroom With This Hack
Add some spice to your bathroom organization by using a spice rack to organize your products. Spice racks offer the perfect solution for crowded countertops, and drawers over-flowing with products. Using vertical storage, such as a rack on a wall, can help de-clutter an otherwise messy countertop.
Most skin care products and liquid cosmetics come in small bottles that need to remain upright. Spice racks are the perfect solution because they are designed to hold bottles of a similar size, and can hold multiple rows of small bottles or products. By using your bathroom walls to store products, you’ll be freeing up vital counter space, which will make your bathroom look neater.
12. Adult Beverage-Inspired Soap Dispensers
Up-cycling is a popular trend in which unwanted products are repurposed or reused. One of the most creative ways of up-cycling is by giving a second life to empty bottles of liquor. These iconic bottles can offer a vintage look to any design project, while helping keep bottles from contributing to landfills.
This DIY hack up-cycles these glass bottles by turning them into soap dispensers for a bathroom. Following your power drill’s safety protocols, carefully drill a hole into the bottle cap and run a plastic pump through the opening. The finished product will be a unique addition to your bathroom, and will provide an industrial and edgy look to your bathroom’s aesthetic.
13. Give Your Bathroom A Touch Of Glam On A Budget
It’s tempting to want to buy new bathroom accessories every time you flip through a home design magazine, or turn on HGTV. But redoing a bathroom, and buying new items, can be expensive. Luckily, there are creative solutions to updating the look of your bathroom, for cheap.
An easy DIY hack is to use metallic or rhinestone trim, which can be easily purchased at any arts and crafts or fabric store. This decorative trim can be cut to match your specific needs, and can be used to customize any existing bathroom accessories. Use a hot glue gun or other adhesive to give drab wastebaskets a glamorous touch. The metallic trim will not only update your existing pieces, but will make the entire bathroom look more jazzy.
14. A Messy Yet Effective Way To Clean
Thanks to a surprising Facebook post, homeowners across the world are intentionally slathering their floors with shaving cream in an effort to get them looking spotless. The wacky idea was posted on a popular Facebook group called Mums Who Clean. It quickly went viral, with many homeowners showing off their sparkling clean bathrooms.
Users of this method claim that the shaving cream can provide a deep clean, leaving spotless floors. Not only does the foam easily get into hard-to-reach places, but homeowners can even get their children to help them with this fun way of cleaning. While this DIY hack may be messy, it is definitely worth trying, if before and after pictures are to be believed.
15. Upgrade Your Passion For Skateboarding
Bathtub caddies and trays from home design stores can be expensive. Those slender pieces of wood can not only be costly, but sometimes difficult to find. Thankfully, skateboarders have come up with a clever way to enjoy a hot beverage while bathing: using a skateboard as a bathtub tray!
Warm baths can be a soothing solution, after getting bumped and bruised while skateboarding. By turning a skateboard upside down, and placing it across the bathtub, skateboarders can get some much needed relaxation before their next session. While experts recommend not getting the actual skateboard wet, nor skateboarding on wet surfaces, keeping the board above water can be a useful way to enjoy bath time after a long day of skating.
16. A Refreshing Way To Clean Your Toilet
While soda may not be the healthiest beverage for our waistline, it can be a surprisingly useful product for our toilets. Soda contains a variety of acids, such as citric, carbonic, and phosphoric acid. These mild acids can gently break down common stains, such as toilet rings and mineral deposits.
Most users of this bubbly cleaning method suggest leaving the soda overnight to work its cleaning magic, or applying a soda-soaked cloth to problem areas. The best part of this unique DIY hack? Not only is this cleaning technique very inexpensive, you can always drink whatever is left over (from the bottle, of course!).
17. A Simple Solution For Hair Appliances
Hair dryers are a necessity for many people with long or thick hair. These hair appliances can be a lifesaver for those living in cooler climates, where wet hair can make freezing temperatures seem worse. Unfortunately these bulky hair appliances are difficult to store, not only because of their size, but also because of their unusual shape.
Thankfully, a solution exists that will not only free up cabinet space, but will make reaching for your hair dryer easier. Simply nail two curved hooks to the wall; you can even use two curtain hooks depending on the size of your hair dryer. This DIY hack will keep your dryer from taking up space, and will help keep your bathroom neater.
18. Provide Some Organizational TLC To Your Medicine Cabinet
The last thing most people want to deal with when injured or sick is looking for medicine in a sea of expired medicine. Not only can sifting through a mess take up time, it can allow injuries to get worse. A simple solution that every homeowner should implement with their home’s first aid kit is to organize their medicine by ailment or group.
Categorizing by ailment such as cold remedies, or bandages, will help you to feel better, faster. Organizing your medicine cabinet is also a great way to uncover expired medicine, which can be dangerous, or see which medications need to be replenished. This bathroom hack can not only make your bathroom look more organized, but can improve your health.
19. The Powerful Shower Cleaner Made For Just Pennies
Hard water and soap scum can be a nightmare combination for most homeowners. This disastrous duo can cause an unsightly build-up on shower doors and fixtures, making them look clouded and perpetually dirty. While many cleaning products promise to bring back the sheen of your bathroom, they can often be filled with toxic chemicals.
Thankfully, homeowners have discovered that the key to shiny bathrooms can be found in their kitchen. Simply mix dishwashing detergent and white vinegar (corn starch can be used to thicken the mixture). The vinegar contains powerful acids which can break down mineral deposits from hard water, and the dish soap breaks down the oils from soap and dirt. This DIY hack is an effective cleaning agent that will make cloudy shower doors a thing of the past.
20. Bathroom Storage Solutions From The Office Supply Store
Electric toothbrushes are a great way to deep-clean your teeth, and their use is widely encouraged by many dentists to improve oral health. Unfortunately, these toothbrushes can be quite bulky, and many do not fit into traditional toothbrush holders or cups.
The solution, interestingly enough, can be found in a place you would not think to look when shopping for items for your bathroom: the aisles of most large office supply stores. Because most pencil cups for offices are designed to hold many office supplies, including bulky items like staplers, they offer more space than usual bathroom accessories. What’s more, they are often less expensive.
21. DIY Toilet Cleaner Using Pantry Items
An easy way to keep your toilet sparkling is by using a self-cleaning product that you can just drop in the bowl. While these products can be found in the cleaning aisles, they are typically filled with toxic chemicals that most people would like to avoid.
Most popular recipes for toilet fizzies (effervescent toilet bowl cleaners) include baking soda, citric acid, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and your favorite essential oil. After mixing the ingredients, pour the mixture into a silicone ice cube mold and let the pieces harden. When they become solid, you can store them in a glass jar above the toilet for easy access. This easy and hands-free way to clean will save time and money, as most ingredients can be found in your pantry.
22. Gain Extra Shower Space With This Ingenious Hack
When multiple people use one shower, things can quickly get crowded. Houses with children, or even people living with their partner, can struggle to find space. Multiple bottles of shampoo and countless bath poofs can overrun even the largest shower. Fortunately, Pinterest users have devised some clever solutions to the clutter with their innovative DIY hacks.
By installing a second shower rod or tension pole, you can create an entirely new area of storage. Some users have even added shower caddies and hanging to maximize storage capacity. This innovative storage solution has been particularly celebrated by parents, who find it easier to organize their children’s bathing supplies, making bath time that much less of a hassle.
23. The Simple Solution To Slippery Shower Caddies
It’s the scenario every shower owner dreads: it’s the middle of the night when you suddenly hear a loud boom. You get up to check, only to find that your expensive shower products are strewn across the shower floor because your shower caddy slid off the head of the shower.
Shower caddies can be an inexpensive, and easy to install, storage solution for small bathrooms. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to slide off. Thankfully the solution to this issue is extremely easy and cheap. Hang your shower caddy as directed, then take a stainless-steel metal hose clamp, and install it in front of the shower caddy. This simple DIY hack will keep the hanging metal unit from moving or falling.
24. Make Gargling Glamorous
Using mouthwash can be an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Because most mouthwashes can be on the costly side, consumers typically buy the largest bottle to get the most value. While these large bottles may be a good investment, they can take up huge amounts of counter space.
In order to solve this issue, some homeowners have turned to decanting mouthwash from big plastic bottles into more fashionable glass ones. For many, glass oil dispensers make perfect bottles for mouthwash because of their self-sealing ability and sleek appearance. Metallic spouts make for quick pouring, and the glass can be quickly cleaned. Your bathroom will look modern and less cluttered — and your dentist will be thrilled.
25. Get Into The Groove With This Creative Bathroom Hack
It is true that water and electronics should not mix. However, some exceptions to the rule can be made. According to some Reddit users, by placing your cellphone into a dry sink, you can amplify the sounds coming from its little speaker.
The reason behind this sink trick is that the hard surface of the sink helps channel the sound by reflecting and focusing the energy from sound waves towards one direction. Those hesitant to put their phone in the sink can also use a dry glass cup to achieve similar results. By using this trick, you will be able to better enjoy your favorite soundtrack or podcast as you get ready. Just remember not to turn on the faucet!
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