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Our Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Bathroom

Design: the Skimm | Photos: Amazon, Coming Soon, Amazon
Mar 31, 2022

This post was originally published in March 2021 and has been updated.

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Let’s be real. Cleaning your bathroom is a drag. It can get really gross and having the wrong tools just makes the job 10 times more miserable.

Which is why we’re here. To set you up for success with products that actually work. From your shower to your medicine cabinet to, yes, the dreaded toilet. Everything on this list will surely get the job done. No shuddering required.

An electric scrubbing brush for those really intense stains…

Sometimes you can’t get rid of a stain with elbow grease alone. And that’s okay. This electric brush can do the work for you. It’s got four heads, with a dome brush that’s ideal for sinks and bathtubs. You can use it anywhere in the bathroom, even on walls and ceilings. It’ll run for 90 minutes before it needs a recharge. Cleaning power hour, commence. ($62.98, Amazon)

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A glove to help you reach those dust bunnies underneath the vanity…

Those hard-to-reach places in our homes that vacuums can’t conquer? This glove to the rescue. Just wet with water to get started. And while you’re at it, might as well dust the blinds and any fragile ceramic jars. Score. ($14.99, Amazon)

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A tiny gadget that’ll prevent your hair from clogging the shower drain…

No more standing in murky puddles. It sits inside the drain and catches all the hair you seem to lose while washing. Plus, it’s designed to not block water flow. And it takes 0.2 seconds to clean. Quick and painless. ($12.01+, Amazon)

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A tray that’ll help you (finally) organize your medicine cabinet…

So makeup, prescription bottles, cotton balls, and whatever else you’re keeping will actually have a designated place. You can group like items. And have one slot dedicated to Q-tips and bobby pins. Bless. ($9.99, The Container Store)

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A powdered cleanser that really does it all…

Introducing Bar Keepers Friend. It can be used in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and on cookware to remove stains and restore shine. It’ll also work its magic on stainless steel, porcelain, brass, copper, glass, ceramic, chrome, and aluminum. (So literally everything.) Just sprinkle it onto a wet surface, rub to activate, and let it sit for a minute or so. Then wash off. Easy peasy. ($6.00, Amazon)

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A style station to hold all your hair tools…

Like your blow dryer, curling iron, straightener, and hairbrush. It’ll also act as a little home for hot tools that are cooling down. So you don’t have to hog counter space or take up that precious area underneath the sink. The entire unit can be mounted to the wall to help clear clutter. ($27.99, The Container Store)

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A tile scrubber that can reach high-up areas…

Aka the part of your shower tile that your arm can’t reach. This tool extends, so you don’t have to get on a chair or balance on your tippy toes. The head pivots to hit corners too. Every nook and cranny? Covered. ($15.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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A grout brush to help you clear gunk from the bathroom floor…

That brown grout? Yeah, it’s supposed to be white. Now you can restore it back to its original color. And while you’re at it — you can get into door and window tracks. Dirt doesn’t stand a chance. ($7.99, Amazon)

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A mold and mildew remover that’s powerful…

Apply, let it sit for up to eight hours, and then wipe away. The concentrated gel formula literally clings to tiles. So it won’t run or drip down walls. It’ll stay in place and do its job. Especially in shower corners where mildew tends to grow over time. No more unsightly black spots. ($13.99, Amazon)

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A descaler for showerheads that are clogged from mineral buildup…

Vinegar descales very slowly, but this formula works quickly to get rid of limescale and calcium buildup. All you’ve gotta do is soak your showerhead and then wipe clean. Psst…bubbles are a good sign. It means the formula is working. ($13.95+, Amazon)

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A shower squeegee to remove excess water from surfaces…

No more hard water stains or soap scum. Now you can wipe that away right after you’re done shampooing and conditioning. You can also wipe away excess water and fog from bathroom mirrors. The squeegee comes with an adhesive hook so you can hang it nearby. ($13.99+, Amazon)

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A pumice stone that’ll make your toilet sparkle…

Unsightly marks on your toilet bowl? Not with this pumice stone. It’s abrasive so it can gently scrub away rust and mineral buildup. With the handle, you won’t have to actually touch the bowl either. You can work with gloves to remove rings. ($10.90+, Amazon)

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A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser that can get rid of annoying wall scuffs…

All it takes is water. No harsh chemicals necessary. It can wipe away marks on light switches, floors, and bathtubs too. It’s the adult eraser younger you would love to play with. ($4.94, Amazon)

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A plant-powered cleaner that’s also good for the environment…

Made without any harmful chemicals, this cleaner will take on shower scum and germs with all-natural ingredients like rosemary oil, lemon oil, and citric acid. It’s biodegradable, so you’ll be cleaning more sustainably. Customers love how modern the bottle looks, plus how tough the formula is on stains and icky bathroom gunk. ($4.50, Public Goods)

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A showerhead that’ll help you clean less often…

Who doesn’t love the sound of that? This showerhead will remove chlorine and harmful chemicals from your water, while the internal filters add in vitamins that are beneficial for your skin and hair (like vitamin C and E). Not to mention, it’ll keep dirt from passing through, which means a cleaner water stream. Customers say it even helps with water pressure. ($54.85, Amazon)

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A clear organizer to keep all your cosmetics in check…

What makes a counter frustrating to clean are the makeup brushes, serums, and blushes strewn about. Save time and energy by organizing everything you need in this handy little carousel with various sections for different everyday items. Customers say it’s also very easy to set up. Praise. ($29, Wayfair)

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A chic (yup, that’s right) plunger to make you smile…

You know what motivates us to clean the bathroom? Seeing this fun plunger smile back at us. The elevated drip tray will increase airflow and ensure it’ll dry quicker after use. No more murky water sitting at the bottom. Phew. ($34, Coming Soon)

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A shower cleaner that doesn’t require any scrubbing…

Just coat your shower with this once a week and let it work its magic. Seriously — just let it sit overnight and rinse away the next day. Voilà. Don’t worry, there’s no bleach in the formula, so you don’t have to think about harsh fumes. ($23.07, Amazon)

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