How to Make Your Shower Door Sparkle

Your shower gets you clean, but what is keeping your shower door clean? It is easy for your shower doors to get stained with water buildup and soap particles, and unfortunately, a dirty shower door can affect the overall look of your bathroom. You may be wondering, how can I effectively clean it so that it sparkles like the rest of the space? There is no need to worry because we have the perfect guide for you. Let’s take a look! 
 
How to Make Your Shower Door Sparkle:
1. Get Rid of Buildup. 
Many people swear by vinegar and a grease-cutting dish detergent to clean the shower doors; however, this method does not work if your shower is made from stone. The vinegar solution could actually damage the material. Instead, stay on the safe side by opting for liquid soap (no dye) with baking soda. When creating the solution, make sure it is thick and frost-like before using it. Lastly, you will want to use a non-abrasive sponge to assist you in cleaning the shower doors.
 
2. Citrus Cleaner. 
You can also get your shower doors sparkling clean with a citrus-based solution. Start off by taking a lemon and cutting it in half. Dip one half of the lemon into baking soda and rub it against the shower door. You can also take some of the lemon juice by itself and wipe it against the glass door. This citrus solution will help prevent soap particles from drying on your shower’s glass doors. 
 
3. Multi-Purpose Tools.
Try using a toothbrush to clean and polish the metal frame around the shower door. You can also take a paint scraper to remove gunk from the hard-to-get areas such as where the metal meets the door or in the very corner of the shower and the door. Also, a razor is effective at removing mineral spots from flat glass doors.
         ** Please be extremely cautious and careful while using any sort of sharp objects. 
 
4. Prevention Is Important.
Prevention is key to keeping the shower door clean and free from soap particles and water buildup. For the best results, try keeping a squeegee or a sponge nearby so that you can wipe down the shower door after each use. You can even apply a daily shower spray to the doors consisting of a small amount of dish soap (gentle; no dye formula) and your favorite essential oil. This homemade remedy will keep your shower door looking great between deep cleanings! 
 
Voila! Your shower doors are now sparkling and beautiful. 

Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Bathroom

Like the kitchen, the bathroom is an essential part of the home. Unfortunately, it is an area that tends to get overlooked. If you plan on putting your home on the market or if you simply want to make your house more desirable, updating the bathroom can drastically increase the value of your home. How can you add value to your bathroom without launching an expensive remodeling project?

Twin Sinks
Twin sinks in the master bedroom bathroom is a smart move this especially ideal if you are sharing the bathroom. Remember, as a rule of thumb you’ll need at least sixty inches to comfortably accommodate an additional sink.

New Lighting Scheme
Updated lighting will improve the look of any space even the bathroom. Remove your traditional contractor lighting system and opt for something with style. Create a layered lighting effect, by installing an overhead lighting, task lighting near the vanity and you can even make use a light dimmer to create an spa like ambience in your bathroom. Use lighting fixtures with chic hardware.

Neutral Palette
Using bold paint colors on the bathroom walls have become trendy but it can be a challenge to pull off the look. For small bathroom spaces, stick to a neutral palette. For a fresh and clean look be sure to use light hues like grey and soft whites. Apply a coat of paint to a dated bathroom to refresh it.

Dress Up the Tub
Transform your bathtub into something dreamy by styling it with some of your favorite products and accessories. Line the tub with a couple scented candles and fluffy towels. Keep colorful bath salts and soaps nearby.

Tile
Whether it’s on the floor, a border around the shower stall installing new tile can give your bathroom a whole new look. Make sure you take time to pick out a tile design that you really like because it’s not an easy to replace. Large tiles can visually expand a small bathroom while diagonally installed tiles will make a narrow space appear wider.

8 Decor Ideas for Your Bathroom

If you are in a design rut, we have eight decorating ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. Let’s take a look at eight decor ideas for your home’s bathroom. 

 

Eight Decor Ideas for Your Bathroom

  1. Pictures.

One of the most commonly-used decor pieces is pictures. Whether it is from your personal collection or bought from a store, pictures can add style and set the tone in any room.

  1. Plants.

Plants can make everything better. They are extremely beautiful and have the ability to put a smile on your face after a long day. If you have the budget for fresh flowers, they can be a stylish detail to add to your countertops. Succulents can be placed on your bathroom’s windowsill or above your toilet. You even have the option of purchasing a hanging plant for the corners of your bathroom. The options are truly endless! Try and get creative by using different types of plants.

  1. Containers + Jars.

Hold all of your essential bathroom items inside of small containers and jars. They are beautiful decor pieces as well as being extremely functional. You can add them to your countertops to store smaller items like q-tips, cotton swabs, and toothpicks. 

  1. Baskets.

What better way to decorate than with a piece of storage? The trick of using baskets as decor pieces has been a design trick for decades. All you need to do is find the perfect collection of baskets and work them into your bathroom’s design. The baskets will give you extra storage and a classic finish to the room. 

  1. Tray.

Trays are a perfect organizational solution for bathroom counters. You can place a decorative tray on top of your countertop and add a decorative arrangement inside of it. Things like candles, lotion, and hand soap are simple ideas that you can add to your decorative tray. 

  1. Candles.

Not only do candles smell amazing, but they are also a beautiful decor piece. The best part is that they come in an array of sizes, shapes, and smells to meet your personal preferences. If you are looking to create a calming oasis, we recommend placing tea lights around your bathtub to create a relaxing bath. 

  1. Artwork

If you are a lover of art, the bathroom can be an incredible place to showcase it. Everyone goes to the bathroom and odds are that your guests will use yours at one point throughout the evening. Your bathroom’s artwork can spark an interest and even create a conversation after they return. 

  1. Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the most incredible decor pieces for any room. They can help open up an entire space by reflecting natural light which ultimately makes the room look bigger. Amongst being beautiful, they are one of the interior designer’s best-kept secrets. If you have the opportunity to add a mirror to your decor, go for it! You can even purchase several small mirrors and make an interesting design out of them on the wall. 

 

How do you decorate your bathroom? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments in the section below! 

 

Bath Towels

Surprisingly, there is a lot to know about bath towels. They hold a lot of purpose in a household. Not only are they decorative, but they are used daily for showers and drying your hands. You may be one of the many homeowners that just buys the cheapest towel they see. But if you are interested in learning more, we have all you will need to know about towels. 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Bath Towels

  1. Weight

You may have noticed that some towels weigh more or less than other towels. That is because all towels have a fabric weight. Their weight is measured in grams per meter. You can have a low-density fabric towel or a high-density towel. Typically, homeowners choose high-density towels for their bathrooms, because they feel heavier and more luxurious. 

  1. Material.

Towels are typically made from cotton. The type of cotton it is made from will determine its “feel” and “look.” In fact, there are extremely expensive cotton options and fairly inexpensive cotton options that you can purchase. 

  1. Decorative

Homeowners tend to love towels for their decorative aspect. You can buy towels to decorate and style your bathrooms. When you are sick of the design, you can simply buy new towels and start over with the design process. 

  1. Cleaning

Before you use your brand new towels, it is a good idea to give them a wash. You want to wash your towels because manufacturers tend to have the towels coated in fabric softener. This gives them that fluffy, soft look we love while they are sitting on the store’s shelves. Unfortunately, the fabric softener can affect how the towels absorb; therefore, you want to wash away the excess fabric softener before you begin using them. 

Washing: Make sure to separate your light and dark towels. For your first wash, you can add one cup of vinegar into your clothes cycle. If you choose an expensive cotton, you may want to opt-in for a mild-detergent. 

Drying: We all love fluffy, soft towels; therefore, when it comes to drying, we may overdo it. Try using a lower heat and gentle tumble when drying your towels. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips for buying and caring for your bath towels. Let us know what you think in the comment section below. 


Bathroom Organization 101

Are you struggling to find space in your bathroom? Organization can help relieve some of that stress you may be feeling from a clutter-filled bathroom. We want to help you with our simple guide to bathroom organization. 

 

Bathroom Organization 101

  1. Take everything out of your drawers

For starters, you will want to remove every item from your bathroom drawers. You can place the items on top of your counters because we will get to those last. Sort through all of your bathroom belongings and determine their quality. If you own two of the same and they have been opened, throw out one of the items. You do not need three, half-used hair spray bottles taking up space in your bathroom. After you have cleared out the drawers, it is a good idea to purchase drawer organizers. They will help divide your drawer appropriately and give you a place to keep your toothpaste. 

  1. Do not forget your cabinets

You will want to do the same process on your cabinets and if you have space, consider buying an organizer that hangs on the back of your cabinet door. 

  1. Invest in new storage

Is the space above your toilet being used? If not, you may want to invest in an over-the-toilet organizer to take advantage of that unused space. If you are looking for more storage, try incorporating an over-the-door organizer in your bathroom closet. 

  1. Clean out your shower supplies.

Showers can be filled with unused, almost empty bottles of soap or shampoo. Clear out your shower to help avoid clutter. You may want to consider installing a liquid dispenser on your shower wall for your soap and shampoo. This will help eliminate the need for bulky bottles that take up space. 

  1. Clear off your counter space

Now you can focus on your counter space. Your counters do not need to be completely cleared off for your space to look organized. Sometimes, it is best to leave items that you use every day out on the counter in an organized container like your toothbrush, floss, and q-tips, but that is up to each homeowner’s preferences.

 

We hope that you enjoyed this simple guide and we would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section! 


Kids Bathroom Decoration Tips

If you have children, then you’re an expert at getting them to do things by turning them into a fun activity. Sometimes even that doesn’t work, but you’ve got to keep trying, right? For instance, their nighttime wash up routine can feel like it takes forever and quickly become draining when you’ve had a long day of running errands, working or being their all-day entertainment. Decorating their bathroom in a fun, easily accessible way to excite them and give them a chance to learn to take care of themselves.

 

Know that however you decorate this room, messes are going to happen. Children are in a constant state of learning and self-control isn’t necessarily their strong suit. Water will be splashed onto the floor, toothpaste will drip onto the counter and wayward toys will make their way into the sink and bathtub while you aren’t looking. Starting this process with a flexible attitude will prevent unnecessary stress and frustration, so think like they would when you are envisioning the space.

 

For the bathtub area, choose a fun, playful shower curtain and non-slip shower floor mat. Add suction cup containers to the shower walls to store water toys to play with as well as their body wash essentials. Loofahs wash cloths with fun animal shapes add a little flair. Don’t forget the bubble bath solution! Be sure to have an absorbent bathroom rug right outside the tub to catch those playful splashes and add a stool or cushion nearby to kneel or sit on so you can relax while they play. Have their favorite towel ready on a rack mounted shorter on the wall for easy access.

 

Make room for a hamper you can keep in the bathroom so the children learn to help you out with the laundry instead of throwing clothes on the floor. The sink area should have only the essentials as other items can be distracting and lead to delays. That figurine or picture frame on the counter will end up as a toy in no time! Extra items like these should be put on shelves that cannot be easily reached by little hands. Pictures can be installed on the wall. Add a carpet to this area as well in a fun color. If children are still unable to reach the sink area, add a sturdy stool and sink extender attachment so they can reach the water. Make hand towels available on your counter so kids do not have to reach too far for the wall mount and possibly slip from their stool.

 

Finally, if you need to give them a little incentive, create a wall chart that you can install low on the wall and check off each bedtime routine item so they can have a sense of accomplishment and learn to stick to a routine. If they do it well after so many times, you can give them a reward for being a “big kid”. 

 

Talk with your kids about what they want to see in their bathroom design and have a fun family trip to the store to make their vision come to life!

Kids Bathroom Decoration Tips

If you’ve got kids, then you’re an expert at getting them to do things by turning them into a fun activity. Sometimes even that doesn’t work, but you’ve got to keep trying, right? For instance, their nighttime wash up routine can feel like it takes forever and quickly become draining when you’ve had a long day of running errands, working or being their all-day entertainment. Decorating their bathroom in a fun, easily accessible way to excite them and give them a chance to learn to take care of themselves.

 

Know that however you decorate this room, messes are going to happen. Children are in a constant state of learning and self-control isn’t necessarily their strong suit. Water will be splashed onto the floor, toothpaste will drip onto the counter and wayward toys will make their way into the sink and bathtub while you aren’t looking. Starting this process with a flexible attitude will prevent unnecessary stress and frustration, so think like they would when you are envisioning the space.

 

For the bathtub area, choose a fun, playful shower curtain and non-slip shower floor mat. Add suction cup containers to the shower walls to store water toys to play with as well as their body wash essentials. Loofahs and washcloths with fun animal shapes add a little flair. Don’t forget the bubble bath solution! Be sure to have an absorbent bathroom rug right outside the tub to catch those playful splashes and add a stool or cushion nearby to kneel or sit on so you can relax while they play. Have their favorite towel ready on a rack mounted shorter on the wall for easy access.

 

Make room for a hamper you can keep in the bathroom so the children learn to help you out with the laundry instead of throwing clothes on the floor. The sink area should have only the essentials as other items can be distracting and lead to delays. That figurine or picture frame on the counter will end up as a toy in no time! Extra items like these should be put on shelves that cannot be easily reached by little hands. Pictures can be installed on the wall. Add a carpet to this area as well in a fun color. If children are still unable to reach the sink area, add a sturdy stool and sink extender attachment so they can reach the water. Make hand towels available on your counter so kids do not have to reach too far for the wall mount and possibly slip from their stool.

 

Finally, if you need to give them a little incentive, create a wall chart that you can install low on the wall and check off each bedtime routine item so they can have a sense of accomplishment and learn to stick to a routine. If they do it well after so many times, you can give them a reward for being a “big kid”. 

 

Talk with your kids about what they want to see in their bathroom design and have a fun family trip to the store to make their vision come to life!

Easy Ways to Organize Your Bathroom

When you think of the bathroom, its organization is probably not the first thing that comes mind. Your bathroom’s organization can be easily overlooked and deemed unnecessary. We clean our bathrooms but do we necessarily organize our bathrooms? Today, let us focus on how to organize your bathroom for a daily functional use.

 

Easy ways to organize your bathroom:

    • Add a storage cabinet. Take advantage of the available space above your toilet. The excess space allows you to add a storage cabinet for optimal organization. Make sure your storage cabinet is stylish as well as functional. Each cabinet drawer and shelf should serve a purpose to avoid clutter and storing miscellaneous items. 
    • Rearrange your medicine cabinet/drawer. Go through your medicines and throw away any old/expired medications. Move the important ones to the front and the ones you use less frequently to the back of the medicine cabinet. 
    • Organize your linen closet. Your linen closet can become messy over the months. There may even be some old towels that you never use and push to the back of the closet. Go through your linen closet and keep only towels you use. If you store actual linens in your closet, keep only two linens per bed. This will assure that you always have one set in use and one set clean.
    • Go through beauty products. From shampoo to hairspray, beauty products can be sorted through and organized. If your products are old and avoiding use, throw them away to save space and keep the bathroom organized. 
    • Clean up the shower shelves. Try to keep a minimal amount of bath products in your shower for a clean look. If you have multiple members in your household, consider buying caddies for each person and storing them in the linen closet. This will remove the cluttered look from your shower and everyone will have their own items. 
    • Decorate with stylish organization. Mason jars are where style meets function. Use some mason jars or old glass jars to help you organize your bathroom’s countertop. You can store items like floss, q-tips, cotton swabs, and bath salts in the jars. Plus, you can even make one of the jars your soap dispenser by adding a pump to the top. 

 

Staying organized can often be a challenge. How do you personally keep your home organized? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Treat Yourself

Would you like a spa like an experience when you set foot in your bathroom? Well, to simulate the feel and look of a spa just think soothing aromas, relaxing candlelight and the comfort of fluffy towels. Now all you have to do is add a few of your own personal touches to create the ultimate experience in your powder room.

 

1.Make Sure Your Sanctuary Is Clutter Free

To create a calming sanctuary your sanctuary should be free of clutter. To get the refined spa look you need to clear away anything from your bathroom countertops that look unattractive. That means your hygienic products should be stashed out of view or you can utilize stylish storage solutions such as linen baskets. Try dressing your countertop space with more sophisticated items such as a clear vase with fresh flowers.

 

2.  Don’t Forget the Candles

You can’t recreate a spa experience without candles.  Turn off or dim your overhead lighting and light a series of candles. Yes, candles create a peaceful ambiance that soothes the soul. Be sure to mix smaller and taller pillar candles. You can even opt for specialty candles that when melted can be massaged onto your skin.

 

3. Splurge On The Necessities

No spa experience is complete without the big, soft fluffy towels that you can literally curl up in and go to sleep. Forego regular bath towels and consider investing in quality oversized Turkish bath sheets. You can organize a couple of these bath sheets on a wooden tray that sits by the side of the bathtub. Purchase a matching tub caddy and fill it with all your bath essentials. You can even turn your bathtub into a whirlpool. Conair Dual Jet Spa Bath sits on the side of the tub and whips the water.

 

4. Surround yourself in softness

When you step out of the bathtub you want to step into softness. Purchase a soft and plush mat and quality slippers you can put your feet into when you get out of the bathtub. Next, wrap yourself in an equally comfortable robe. 

Warm up your Bathroom

wModern-Shower-Evergreen-Elm-Warner-Groves-at-Morrison-Ranch-014By their very design, bathrooms tend to be colder in style. With all the glass, tile and porcelain, you have a lot of hard surfaces to contend with. But it doesn’t take much effort to warm up the feeling of a bathroom. Here are some tips to make a difference:

Be generous with towels: One of the best resources for adding warmth and color to any bathroom is by your choice of towels. For maximum effect, double up on the towels like these shown here. With the black towels as a base, the bright light green hand towels really pop. Look for opportunities to add more than the basic towels where you can. For example, the towel at the left of the photo on the ring is perfectly located for drying hands at the sink.

Add art: Whether it’s a print like the one shown here or fabric wall hangings, some wall art makes a bathroom more interesting and appealing. But be careful not to put anything particularly valuable in a bathroom. The moisture in the room during and after a shower can damage art, particularly watercolors and pastels. Instead, look for nice prints or photographs with minimal value.

Use accessories: Even a smaller vanity like the one in this photo will carry a simple accessory, and that addition personalizes the space and can make a real difference in a bathroom’s mood. The simple vase of flowers shown here adds charm without taking up too much space thanks to its small footprint.

Bathrooms are a  functional space in your home, but with just a bit of effort you can also make them feel more like a haven for friends and family. So warm up your bathrooms with these simple additions.