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    30 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Look Better Than The Day You Moved In

    Don't worry — there's hope for even the most neglected bathrooms out there.

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    1. Reach for a dryer sheet when wiping up dust and hair — yes, just a normal a dryer sheet! The anti-static properties will attract all the dust instead of simply pushing it around.

    Dryer sheet placed in front of box of Bounce dryer sheets

    You can also use a damp dryer sheet to scrub away soap scum on your shower doors or at the bottom of your tub. And try polishing your sink's faucet with one to get it all shiny and sparkly! 

    Get a box of 120 from Amazon for $4.48.

    2. But also keep a reusable and machine-washable duster within easy reach to maintain your surfaces in between cleanings. This one fits onto the Swiffer duster handle so you can stop wasting money on the flimsy disposable refills.

    Set of reusable Swiffer dusters in various colors
    TS Designs US/Etsy

    Promising review: "LOVE the washable duster attachments. These are SO soft and such great quality. The stitching is strong and I don’t worry about anything coming apart. We use ours with our Swiffer duster wand and it fits perfectly. If you’re looking for a more sustainable item, this is one for you." —Cassie Couch

    TS Designs US is a small Etsy shop based in West Leroy, Michigan.

    Get it from TS Designs US on Etsy for $5 (available in 10 colors).

    3. Keep a bottle of glass cleaner near your sink so you can always remember to wipe off any toothpaste before it becomes a crusty caked-on stain. Those are enough to make even the cleanest bathroom look downright filthy.

    Bottle of Butter Me Up Organics Glass Cleaner placed on shelf and surrounded by plants
    Butter Me Up Organics/Etsy

    Promising review: "This is great! Took it straight out of the package and started cleaning my sliding door! Cleans very well! Thank you! Can't wait to try all the other products I purchased from your shop!" —Surishae Co

    Butter Me Up Organics is a small Etsy shop based in Livermore, California.

    Get it from Butter Me Up Organics on Etsy for $16.50.

    4. Make cleaning super accessible and convenient by filling a dishwashing wand with vinegar and dish soap for the times when you want to give your shower walls a really thorough scrub down. Plus, you can keep it in the shower at all times so you can get to cleaning while waiting for your conditioner to soak in!

    Reviewer holding dishwashing wand filled with vinegar and dish soap

    Promising review: "Use this to clean my shower with one-fourth vinegar and three-fourths dish soap. Makes cleaning the shower so quick and easy!" —Lindsey L.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.97.

    5. Tackle those seemingly impossible mold and mildew stains with a powerful spray that will break everything down almost instantly. Just leave it on for about 15 seconds, and then wipe away to reveal what your shower is actually supposed to look like.

    Promising review: "I bought this RMR spray with low expectations, even with the good reviews. I sprayed a small patch in the evening and let it sit overnight. The next morning, the grout where I had sprayed was as white as if it were brand new. I decided to spray the entire wall and part of the roof. The next day, everything I sprayed had no visible mold. By the third night, I was pretty much spraying everything left in the shower. This stuff is amazing." —John Werner

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three sizes and a pack of two).

    6. Or take the overnight approach for the more caked-on mold by using a squeezable gel stain remover that can cling onto awkward vertical and inclined surfaces and fit in tight spaces. Just squeeze, walk away, then give it a quick rinse in the morning to reveal some jaw-dropping results.

    Promising review: "I hardly leave reviews, but I had to leave one for this product. I just received this yesterday, applied it last night, and this morning it’s like I have a brand-new bathroom. I’m embarrassed to show 'before' and 'after' photos 'cuz it was so nasty; no matter how hard we scrubbed the mildew wouldn’t go away. I almost cried when I saw my bathroom this morning. Don’t hesitate: Buy this now — you won’t regret it." —Bianca Green

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    7. If you're dealing with a particularly old and grimy shower, coat every inch of it with rust stain–removing powder to break down the stains without any scrubbing. Simply apply it, wait a few minutes for the rust to dissolve, and then lightly wipe it away.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough great things about this product. We just purchased a home that has a well with very high iron content in the water. I tried everything to remove the stains from our three toilets but nothing worked. I found this product online and immediately went to Amazon. The results blew me away. I didn't have to scrub at all. I let it sit in the tank for several hours and the results floored me!" —Toni Huitt

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77+ (available in two sizes).

    8. Don't neglect the top half of the shower! I regret to inform you it needs cleaning too — but this extendable cleaning pad makes it so much easier. It'll also help you to stop hunching over to scrub the bottom of your tub — your back will thank you!


    Promising review: "I really like this! I am 71, with arthritis, and cleaning tubs and showers was difficult. The extendable handle is very sturdy. The scrubbing pad is tough, but did not scratch the vinyl tub or shower. We have iron in our water and if the water softener runs low on salt, the orange color in the water accumulates. I used 401 spray cleaner and the OXO scrubber and the orange stain is gone from the white tub! Perfect!" —Carol Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. Try upgrading the tools you already have! You can use an all-purpose scrubber kit to turn your power drill into the ultimate scrubber you never knew you needed. The nylon bristles won't leave behind any scratches, so you can scrub away without worrying about ruining your tub.

    before and after of a dirty bathtub compared to it looking white and clean again

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. I'm 51, and I guess I've just been old school with how I clean, hand-scrubbing for years. The FIRST time I used this to clean my shower, it took five minutes, AND it scrubbed my shower more clean than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." —Terry

    Get it from Amazon for $12.70+ (available in six bristle stiffnesses).

    10. Then make sure you maintain your deep-cleaning by giving your shower a weekly spray-down with a scrub-free mist — that way you can stop mold and mildew from forming before they have a chance to take over your entire tub. Your future self will be SO grateful.


    Promising review: "Does a FANTASTIC job if used regularly. I love this product. I hate cleaning tubs. This product has made our tubs look new. I don't use it every shower...maybe every third. Just spray down everything after the shower, and forget about it. You DO need to rinse tub before next shower due to product making it slick. The fumes of other cleaners always messed with my asthma. I have noticed that for some reason with this one, I sneeze twice, because I have to spray shower doors while Im still in the shower...but it never affects my lungs. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!" —Angela GIllaird

    Get enough to last 12 weeks from Amazon for $16.94.

    11. Or make cleaning a part of your nightly routine by giving every inch of your shower a quick spritz with a daily shower spray. It's the perfect way to keep yourself busy while waiting for your serums to soak in!

    Bottle of Roses Natural Daily Shower Spray
    Roses Natural Store/Etsy

    Roses Natural Store is a small Etsy shop based in Katy, Texas.

    Get it from Roses Natural Store on Etsy for $10.99 (available in two scents).

    12. Relive the days before your hair completely clogged the drain by using plastic flexible plumbing snake drains. They'll instantly remove all of the annoying blockage that's causing you to stand in a puddle every time you try to take a relaxing shower. Also, pulling out the hair is equal parts disgusting and satisfying.

    Reviewer photo showing hair removed from drain using drain snake

    Promising review: "Economically priced, speedy delivery, ridiculously simple to use, and very very effective. Lo and behold, this little tool made short work of the effort, and the results were...well I won't describe the deeply caked mass this little tool unearthed out of concern that you might be eating while you shop online. All I will say is that this was money well spent, and I highly recommend it for your drain clog removal needs." —Jon Jones

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. Always keep your clutter contained by putting cotton balls and Q-tips in clear plastic jars instead of scattering them all over your sink. It'll make your bathroom look just like the model unit they showed you before you moved in.

    Reviewer photo of three clear plastic jars filled with various toiletries and placed on bathroom sink

    Promising review: "I was a little unsure of how these jars/canisters were going to work, whether they'd be too big or small, but it turns out they're just what I was looking for. After many years of use, the old cotton ball and Q-tip containers my kids had were scratched and ready to retire. Now that they have a longer counter, these jars fit side by side with their daily needs at their reach. I bought a set of three glass ones originally, but hesitated to put them in their bathroom for fear of finding out that they broke the glass, so I went with these instead. They look very high quality, very shiny, and they each hold a lot of items. I love looking at these jars. They make the counter look neat!"—Mushi2Anone

    Get a set from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four sizes and two styles).

    14. Periodically drop in a toilet fizzy — which is basically like a bath bomb for your toilet. Simply plop one in the bowl and let the blend of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid break down stains and kill any lingering bacteria. Oh, and it's also loaded with eucalyptus essential oil to make your porcelain throne smell like a fancy spa.

    Happy Earth Boutique/Etsy

    Promising review: "The eucalyptus is strong and it fizzes nicely. I drop one in once or twice a week and scrub the toilet a bit, and the scent lingers after flushing. Perfect for keeping my bathroom fresh!" —kd Bromley

    Happy Earth Boutique is a woman-owned small business making healthier alternatives for your health and home.

    Get it from Happy Earth Boutique on Etsy for $12+ (available with or without a refillable jar).

    15. Then switch over to a disposable cleaning wand to make scrubbing the toilet less of a chore. The kit comes with 16 refill heads to get you started, so you can immediately say goodbye to that dirty toilet wand that's stinking up your bathroom!

    A dirty toilet next to a completely clean toilet after using the disposable cleaning wands

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. Or ditch your flimsy toilet-cleaning brush for a heavy-duty pumice cleaning stone to cut through hard water rings and calcium buildup, because your porcelain throne should always be clean and sparkly.

    Reviewer photo showing before-and-after results of using pumice cleaning stone on toilet bowl

    Promising review: "I'm so embarrassed to show how disgusting my toilets have been, but it's worth it for me to help anyone who has suffered as I have. We built our house and have lived in it 33 years. We dug a well and the water was beautiful, until air hit it. The copper, iron, and lime are all so high the chart doesn't even go that high. We have spent thousands on a huge filter that filters all the water coming into the house from the well. My toilets have been disgusting to me, though clean (as clean as I can get them). This pumice stone — HOLY MOLY — my toilets are clean!!!!! I am totally amazed. It took about 30 minutes on each one. The stains are gone. THEY ARE GONE!!!!!!" —Libby Nance

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (also available packs of two or four).

    17. And while you're at it, install a click-on automatic cleaning pack that clings right inside the toilet bowl. It'll clean with every flush and keep things fresh in between more thorough scrubbing sessions.,

    Promising review: "This is a nifty design. Easy to use and press on without being a mess using the one piece design. Beautiful scent. It really does release a pleasant scent each time without being overwhelming." —outlander22

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $3.97.

    18. Give your sink and toilet a quick wipe down every few days with some bleach-free disinfecting wipes to make your deep-cleaning sessions way less of a hassle. These are truly every lazy cleaner's best friend.,

    Promising review: "I love love these wipes. I love the clean scent they have, I love how sturdy they are, and every wipe is moistened. I can do almost an entire kitchen (large kitchen) with one wipe. These are a must-have and I love the packaging; they are more convenient than the standard 'tub' of wipes." —Nicolletta

    Get a three-pack of 75-count pouches from Amazon for $11.97+.

    19. Make your grout shine by going to town with a tiny cleaning brush to remove all that gunk and grime that's decided to call your shower its home. It might seem daunting at first, but once you get started you won't want to stop until every nook and cranny is sparkling clean — even that weird scary space behind your faucet.


    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of 'Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor...' Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything." —Jennifer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in two colors).

    20. Or get a more even cleaning with a small but impressive power scrubber that's basically like an electric toothbrush for your grout! The tiny-but-mighty brush head will aggressively swish back and forth to take away years of built-on dirt in between your tiles.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "I'm obsessed! This thing works small miracles: I cleaned about half of my bathroom's grout to its original sparkling-clean cream color in 40 minutes, and it took honestly no effort at all. And — as if easy, sparkling grout wasn't enough! — it busted through some serious soap-scum buildup in my bathtub (thanks, fancy soap and slow-draining tub) in less than a minute.

    "Honestly, when I first tried the scrubber out, I didn't see too many uses for it other than for grout. But after owning it for a while, I've realized that while I don't need it every single week, it's priceless for the occasions I encounter tough gunk that I'd otherwise only conquer with excessive patience and elbow grease." —Natalie Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    21. Don't be afraid to scrub — but do it safely with a gentle cleanser like the TikTok-famous The Pink Stuff, which will take your sink, bathtub, and tiles from grimy to shiny with the help of a little elbow grease. It also works wonders on neglected stoves, so you might want a jar for the kitchen as well.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh — this stuff is a life-changer! Used it to get my fiberglass shower totally clean. Nothing else would get it done and this stuff brought my shower back to near-new in one use. We’ve since cleaned a weird chalky film off our garage door, removed wall markings and cleaned my storm door. We’ll never be without a jar (or three) of this stuff." —Nancy F.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    22. Get rid of those mysterious stains in your sink by applying some premixed soft cleanser to remove tarnish, soap scum, rust, and hard-water deposits with ease. The original formula comes in a powder, but this version is premixed and ready to use!

    Reviewer photo of bathroom sink before and after using Bar Keepers Friend

    Read our review of the Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser.

    Promising review: "Bar Keepers Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician'! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless-steel knife set, which is a great moderately priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes...and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in two sizes or a pack of two).

    23. Always wipe down your shower walls and doors with a squeegee so they'll maintain that same streak-free shine they've had since day one. It'll also make your shower a much less hospital environment for mold and mildew — meaning less scrubbing for you in the future!

    Promising review: "Have you ever used a squeegee, even a nice one, and been frustrated when seeing little streaks of water on the glass afterwards? I have, and I have been confused and frustrated about why that should be. Usually I can, by adjusting pressure and angle, avoid those streaks, but, still.... With this squeegee, those streaks almost never happen. Why? I am not sure, except that it seems to use black rubber instead of silicone. Regardless of the reason for the difference, I'm celebrating a seemingly simple thing, done well." —angelsix

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    24. Your grout is probably way grosser than you think, so start by giving it a deep clean with a grout-cleaning kit to loosen up all the dirt in between your tiles. Trust me, a sparkly clean floor can go a long way in revitalizing your bathroom.

    The kit comes with two bottles of Grout-Eez and a scrubber you can attach to a standard mop or broom pole.

    Promising review: "This is an excellent product. I have tried several grout cleaners over the past 15 years since the majority of our flooring has been ceramic tile. This product surpassed all of them. In fact, nothing has ever worked this quickly. The three best features: 1) The instructions on both the bottle and with the product were clear, and I followed them to a tee, 2) the perfect brush came with it, and it fit perfectly into my grout lines and was easy to attach to an existing handle, and 3) how easily the soil was removed from the grout. I would recommend using this around one tile first, definitely waiting the 10 minutes, and then wiggling the brush in the grout lines. The soil comes up quickly." —Karen

    Get a set from Amazon for $39.95.

    25. Or simply cover those impossible-to-clean stains with a grout ink pen that will take the space between your tiles from gross to spotless in a few simple swipes. It's like a more productive version of an adult coloring book!

    This won't clean your grout, but it'll make it look brand new.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving, and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. Very happy with this product!" —Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. Revitalize your shower door with some glass cleaner that'll remove any stubborn hard-water spots and have your doors looking so clean you and your guests might accidentally walk into them.

    Promising review: "This product works beautifully. I tried a lot of products to remove the hard water from my glass shower. I have to admit — the first time I used it with a cloth, it was not very effective. The second time I used a nonabrasive sponge for glass. It turned out beautiful, just like the first day the glass was installed." —EJP

    Get it from Amazon for $11.62 (also available in a pack of two).

    27. Clean your bathtub below the surface with a jetted tub cleaner if your tub is just a little too grimy for comfort. It'll remove all the gunk trapped in the places you can't even see, so your tub will be the cleanest it's ever been.

    Reviewer photo showing before-and-after results of using jetted tub cleaner

    Promising review: "Love this stuff. I was skeptical at first. I am a huge germaphobe, and this worked well enough for me to actually take a bath at my new place with the jets on!" —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    28. Make your showerhead look brand spanking new by soaking it in a univeral descaler that will remove limescale and calcium buildup and restore it back to its former shiny self.

    Model soaking shower head in Durgol universal descaler

    Promising review: "This product removed calcification on the granite bathroom countertop and on the faucet base. I have been unsuccessfully trying to remove this for four years after buying my home. ... I tried scraping gently with a scraper, multiple chemicals including CLR. This stuff removed it in seconds." —Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in two sizes, a two-pack, and a three-pack).

    29. Or secure a plastic bag filled with vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda around your shower head if you don't feel like unscrewing it. It'll work just as well at breaking down all that built-up residue!

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    My fellow BuzzFeeder Natalie Brown tried it and had some seriously impressive results! See Natalie's full shower hack review.

    30. And make sure you always have a reliable all-purpose cleaner on-hand so you can mindlessly clean your bathroom and entire home with just one bottle. You'll be cleaning so regularly you won't even recognize who you are anymore.

    Three bottles of Humble Suds All Purpose Cleaner

    Promising review: "This cleaner is wonderful on anything! The smell is amazing and does a great job of cleaning." —JoAnn Fliehs

    HumbleSuds is a small Etsy shop based in Denver, Colorado.

    Get it from HumbleSuds on Etsy for $24.95 (available in three scents).

    Now go give yourself the clean bathroom you deserve — and keep it that way!


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