SECTIONS
What would you like to know?
Share this Story
List View
On
Off

20 bathroom essentials every household needs

News and views with a sassy side of girl power. If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit next to me. Get more at NerdieGaga.com.

#1/21:

Bathroom must-haves

#1/21:

Bathroom must-haves

As we age, we get better about stocking our pad and making sure we've got the important, functional stuff and not too much else. It just comes with having more years to figure out what you'll use, trip over or ultimately wished you hadn't wasted the money. Besides, that's what a wedding registry is for. 

Only truly advanced (I'm talking super sensei level) homekeepers have the bathroom essentials whittled down to the basics, with just the right amount of extra niceties thrown in to make it both functional and a teeny bit fabulous. Now, every person, and bathroom, has a specific set of requirements and preferences, so take this list as it's intended — to be a guide to get you started on the path to your own version of pure bathroom bliss. 

#3/21:

Toothbrush holder

#3/21:

Toothbrush holder

A cup just tips over too easily. Get a good toothbrush holder that makes you happy. (Bed Bath & Beyond, $20) 

#4/21:

Magazine rack

#4/21:

Magazine rack

Reading on the toilet never looked so dignified. This rack does double duty as a TP holder. (Wayfair, $38) 

#5/21:

Hand towels

#5/21:

Hand towels

Don't make guests dry their hands on your towel you've already rubbed who-knows-where. (West Elm, $10) 

#6/21:

Bath rug

#6/21:

Bath rug

Drip dry on something pretty and keep from slipping and breaking your leg at the same time. (JCPenney, $25) 

#7/21:

Vanity makeup lighting

#7/21:

Vanity makeup lighting

Get bright strand lights that go around your mirror to light up your face like Wrigley Field. (Amazon, $35)

#8/21:

Massaging shower head

#8/21:

Massaging shower head

I promise you'll never regret buying a massaging shower head. Treat yo' self and thank me later. (Home Depot, $25) 

#9/21:

Bathroom cleaner

#9/21:

Bathroom cleaner

Keep a good all-purpose bathroom cleaner on hand. I prefer one with bleach to kill mold and mildew. (Walmart, $3) 

#10/21:

Nice bath towels

#10/21:

Nice bath towels

Throw away the ones your mom handed down and get a nice set of bathroom towels. (Horchow, from $9) 

#11/21:

Magnifying mirror

#11/21:

Magnifying mirror

A wall mirror cannot help you pluck chin hairs. Get a magnifying mirror for all sorts of important jobs. (Wayfair, $60) 

#12/21:

Plunger

#12/21:

Plunger

Take it from me, when you need a plunger, you don't want to have to go looking for it. (simplehuman, $30) 

#13/21:

Toilet brush

#13/21:

Toilet brush

You might as well get a toilet brush that's super-fashionable, right? (Design Within Reach, $199) 

#14/21:

No-slip bath mat

#14/21:

No-slip bath mat

Keep the kiddo's slip and falls to a minimum with this bath mat and take that sucker out when it's mama's turn. (Target, $11) 

#15/21:

Hand soap

#15/21:

Hand soap

Because grownups actually wash their hands, get hand soap that smells pretty. (Mrs. Meyer's, $4) 

#16/21:

Bluetooth shower speaker

#16/21:

Bluetooth shower speaker

Tunes are a good thing in the bathroom — this bluetooth speaker will play from your phone. (Sharper Image, $80) 

#17/21:

Pretty shower curtain

#17/21:

Pretty shower curtain

The plastic ones are fine in college, but every grownup should have a pretty shower curtain. (Pottery Barn, $99) 

#18/21:

Shower shampoo holder

#18/21:

Shower shampoo holder

When the side of the tub is overflowing, get a tension rod holder to keep things tidy. (The Container Store, $129) 

#19/21:

Storage

#19/21:

Storage

Cut clutter with smart bathroom storage like this stool where you can stash towels or whatever. (Ikea, $40) 

#20/21:

Window coverings

#20/21:

Window coverings

Invest in good window coverings that will stand up to steam and water, like vinyl. (Overstock, starting at $81) 

#21/21:

Deodorizer

#21/21:

Deodorizer

Because sometimes nature calls at the same time as guests. Have a deodorizer on hand. (Poo-Pourri, $10) 

Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!