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    33 Tips & Tricks That'll Make Your Bathroom Look Brand-New

    Bathroom remodeling is super pricey and complicated. These tricks are neither.

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    1. Remove all sorts of stubborn rings that've been staring at you every time you're in the washroom using a pumice stone toilet bowl cleaner. Nope, you do NOT need a new toilet. Your OG just requires some zhuzhing.

    2. And keep it looking brand-new with a miraculous automatic bleach toilet cleaning system because Rosey the Robot isn't available for bathroom cleaning, but this gadget will send cleaner into your bowl with each flush. It's a start!

    A reviewer photo of the installed system, which clips on to the tank and attaches to two of the toilet's internal tubes

    3. Make even better use of shower space by swapping your shower caddy for a shower curtain liner with mesh storage pockets to eliminate clutter and the risk of an avalanche of products. Nothing screams NEW like making folks think you designed your wash room with plenty of storage.

    shower curtain liner with mesh storage pockets

    4. Brighten an icky floor with a grout pen so you don't have to stare at the stained grout and imagine what it used to look like. Grout takes up a teeny bit of space but, as you can see from the pics, makes a huge impact!

    5. Or if things aren't quite that dire yet, try out a drill brush cleaning kit for an informercial-like cleaning sesh that'll have you seeking out all the dirty surfaces in other rooms. (People also love this for ovens! Though you may want a different brush set for the kitchen....)

    6. Kick your old night light to the curb and get a motion-activated toilet light because you and your toilet are living in the future!

    7. Spritz on a rust-removing spray to work wonders in neglected showers, minus the elbow grease. Spray it on a rusted surround, leave the room, and come back to diminished stains you can easily wipe away from that otherwise-fine shower nobody's wanted to use 'til now.

    8. Zhuzh up tired bathroom cabinets that are looking dull from wear, tear, and lots o' steamy showers with some wood polish and conditioner anyone can use... even if you're awful at painting!

    9. And refresh the *inside* of your old cabinets with a roll of cabinet and drawer liners

    Promising review: "We just remodeled our master bath, and I used it to line drawers and shelves...actually just today. EASY to use! Love it and if ever I am ambitious we’ll order more and redo my kitchen! Don’t hold your breath!" —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 8 sizes and 14 colors and patterns).

    10. Revive a gray or rusty porcelain sink with a holy grail soft cleanser! You know it's clean from all that scrubbing you've personally done. Now it's time for it to LOOK it.

    11. Get at the unsightly rust that just so happens to show its ugly face around sink drains with some rust stain-removing gel. It's haunting you every time you brush your teeth, but it's time to banish it.

    reviewer's pic of rust around sink drain then it free of rust after using the product

    12. Show that shower door who's boss with a commercial-grade cleaner that'll get at soap scum and grime on notoriously hard-to-clean shower doors. Seriously, shower doors are more or less scum magnets. It isn't fair but this spray will even the playing field.

    person spraying soap scum covered shower door and then a clean shower door

    13. Squeeze a surprising amount of organization around that oddly shaped bathroom sink pipe with an expandable rack that'll help you find love in a hopeless place.

    reviewer pic of inside a bathroom vanity cabinet with a lot of organized items in a small space thanks to the adjustable organizer

    14. Tackle a grungy tub, dirt marks on your bathroom door, and other spots with Magic Erasers that'll just, (UGH they're so good), revive most anything around your home.

    15. Decant your shower products into a set of stainless-steel and glass soap dispensers that'll make your bathroom look like a spa.

    A customer review photo of four soap dispensers in their shower.

    16. Try a stone-effect spray paint that'll help transform an extremely '80s bathroom vanity. It won't be a 30-minute project, but the price point sure will beat replacing it with a new top.

    17. And if you're willing to try some black belt-level stuff, get the marble look with some self-adhesive film because a bath remodel is not in the stars but you can fake a new countertop on the cheap. All ya' need is this and a bit of patience.

    on top a reviewer's plain bathroom counter, on the bottom the same counter covered in marble film

    18. Kick the blinds to the curb and get some privacy without the cord (it can be dangerous for kids and pets!) by applying a window film that'll still let in SO much light. I did this to my bathroom window and congratulate myself for it every day.

    reviewer's window with holographic geometric frosted covering

    19. Borrow a little air space above your go-to outlet with an outlet shelf *just* large enough for your electric toothbrush. Hey, "mise en place" sounds like a great idea for your bathroom too.

    20. Easily swap in a ~fresh~ showerhead with a handheld function that'll make sure you get SQUEAKY clean without having to call the plumber. 

    double shower head
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can’t believe this affordable shower head was not only easy to install but also completely transformed my not so great shower. Side note: I’m not very handy and this thing was more than easy to install for me." —andrea d

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    21. Turn back time on your caulking with a mold and mildew removal gel you simply apply, let set for six hours, then wipe away.

    Promising review: "Wow! After YEARS of elbow grease and zero results, I tried this stuff before giving up and stripping the old caulking from the top of my shower. I’m so glad that I did, too! I mean, look at these results! Granted, it was on for about eight hours instead of six because I forgot about it, but the black mold/mildew just rinsed away — no scrubbing at all! STOKED! Super easy to use, too!" —Nice marmot!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. Undo the wrongs of the past thanks to a wonderful lil' water-mark-removing cloth reviewers say has erased dribbles of nail polish remover, hair dye, and, well, just plain old water stains.

    23. Make sure your plumbing is working in a like-new condition with a jetted tub cleaner that'll make you gag with delight once you run it through your system and all the pipe filth emerges like some Ghostbusters sludge.

    24. Swap your regular bin liners to odor-blocking bags for disposing of adult diapers or other smellier stuff in the bathroom trash can so you don't have to plan your life around taking out the trash. If it smells clean, it'll seem cleaner.

    the box of trash bags

    25. Tidy up your vanity with a rotating makeup organizer you can just let guests assume you had custom made. Just think of all the extra counter space!!

    makeup counter with vertical spinning acrylic makeup organizer

    26. Mount towel racks, shower caddies, and other organizational accessories *right* where you want them with Sugru moldable glue.

    inside of shower with mounted shower caddy on the wall

    27. Really meet dirt at its source with a pair of detail cleaning brushes to get into the nooks and crannies around your sink and drain that you can always see when you're sitting on the toilet and are eye-level with the grime on the bottom edge of your sink faucet. Or finally get that grout back to white (which you forgot was white!).

    28. Switch to double shower curtain hooks to make you wonder how the heck you weren't using these before! Now you can throw back that shower curtain in the morning with zero snags.

    closeup of double hook shower curtain hook
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    That was me. I detest loop shower rings because they're such a hassle when you're swapping out a shower liner or taking down your shower curtain to wash it. Yep, these are my shower hooks and they're sturdy enough to stay balanced when you switch out the liner or shower curtain.

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four finishes).

    29. Add a curved shower curtain rod so you don't have to worry about the shower liner creepily touching you while you're just trying to get clean. You can't afford a bigger shower right now, but this'll make it feel like you paid for it!

    closeup of wall mounted shower curtain rod that's curved
    Lowe's

    Promising review: "Much to like about this. Its curved structure gives significant amount of space and elbow room inside the shower. It is firmly attached to the wall at both ends with screws — so it will not move or slide down like tension/spring loaded rods. Gorgeous Bronze Finish. Recommend using plastic shower curtain rings versus metal ones in order to keep the bronze finish from getting scratched. Also found that the plastic rings are much lighter, making it noticeably easier to open and close the shower curtain." —JumboJim

    Get it from Lowe's for $44.98+ (available in three finishes).

    30. Dazzle anyone who uses your toilet with a flashy plunger (who knew that was a thing?) in case you don't mind a dose of color in the most practical ways possible. 

    plungers with neon handles and a black base
    top of plunger handle with a smiley face on it
    Coming Soon

    Get it from Coming Soon for $34 (available in four colors).

    31. Do your colon (and your bath's aesthetics) a favor by investing in a ~ghost-like~ Squatty Potty that'll help you position yourself (and your colon) properly for some major #2 efficiency. Now this is a haunting you want!

    clear acrylic stool that fits in front of a toilet
    Amazon

    ICYMI, this product first became famous when it appeared on Shark Tank. And people at BuzzFeed adore it. Check out our review of the Squatty Potty.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    If you're thinking "THIS MUCH FOR A POOP STOOL?!" then no problem. There are *much cheaper* versions, like the original for $24.99 (three colors) or a nice teak version for $59.99.

    32. Have a bottle of Green Gobbler drain clog dissolver on standby that'll work FAR better than the other stuff at clearing your pipes. Plus, there's no awful smell! Standing water in the sink does NOT say "I just renovated." 

    The formula is nontoxic and odorless.

    Promising review: "I had a stubborn toilet clog which neither my son nor I could clear with a plunger or a snake. I bought this product with hope...but ...skepticism. I used it the night I received it and when I flushed in the morning, nothing happened... until I got back to my bedroom and heard the water go down!! I like to use 'green' products that are effective. I'm sold on this one!" —Leland Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    33. Swap to a toilet paper holder shelf that'll give you a place to put your phone that isn't teetering on the edge of your bathroom sink. You and I both know you're on it while you're on the toilet. 

    toilet paper holder with a stainless-steel shelf on top that's large enough to put down a phone
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I live in a house where one of us prefers the TP roll stay on the spindle. While the other would rather hold the TP in his hand to unwrap. Now everyone is happy!😀. The 'cell phone' holder doubles as a great acoustic addition if you are going to place a Bluetooth speaker on the shelf. My music was slappin as I cleaned the bathroom LOL. I will say this, it's best to have an extension piece for your drill, or a long screwdriver. Or installation will take longer than it should." —