8 questions you must ask about your bathroom



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Have you ever scrunched your nose at a bathroom mystery smell, but the odor disappeared before you could locate the source? Yeah, it didn’t disappear.

According to Cognitive Psychologists, it only takes two whiffs of an unknown scent for the odor receptors inside your nose to turn off, which makes the smell fade. This happens because your brain identifies the smell as non-threatening, and then basically “zones the smell out.”

What’s it all mean? Well, for starters, there’s a lot you may not be noticing about your bathroom. So be honest: When’s the last time you had a heart-to-heart with your bathroom?

If it’s been a while, here are eight questions worth asking:


1. Do I need more storage?

Is your extra toilet paper sitting on the floor … along with your tampons and razors? If the answer’s yes, then you need to implement some more storage. Consider adding a polyurethane seal to an old cabinet or tall dresser and hauling it into the bahroom. If you’re crunched for space, brainstorm places to install an additional medicine cabinet or shelving unit on the wall.


2. Are there expired products in here?

It’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to clean out your closet (new clothes, anyone?) than to clean out your old toiletries. When old prescriptions and Bath and Body Works gift bags pile up like old jeans, it’s time to audit. Take 10 minutes to check the expiration date and the overall quality of the items in your medicine cabinet and ask yourself:

  • Is it expired?
  • Has it turned to water-consistency over the course of several years?
  • What is that weird gooey stuff all over the cap, and can I remove it?


3. Does it stink in here?

We’re not talking post-bathroom sesh stink. We’re talking perma-stink. Don’t be ashamed! It probably stinks in your neighbor’s bathroom, too. Use this to inspire a deep clean. One great thing about bathrooms is that porcelain is more bleach-friendly than other surfaces like carpet. You can bleach your tub, white tiles and grout.

Tip: If you’re not a fan of bleach, we recommend an all-purpose cleaner like Method. Disinfect down to the corners, light a candle and treat yourself to a bath.


4. Could it be sexier?

Bathroom time is YOU time. It’s your ever-sacred private space — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be sultry, too. If you feel like your bathroom is oozing with evidence of unspoken hygiene rituals, invest in something sexy like a new light fixture, potpourri or a sassy robe.


5. Is my hot water robbing me?

Hot water accounts for 18% of your utility bill. That means big savings if you can lower your water thermostat. Plus, most hot-water heaters are set at 140 degrees, but the recommended temperature is 120 degrees. You can save 10% on your bill by reducing your water heater’s temperature by 10 degrees. Here’s a step-by-step guide.


6. Is there a cheaper alternative to my $30 shampoo?

Everyone deserves to be pampered with quality toiletries, but that doesn’t mean you need to take on a second job to afford your ‘poo. Alba Botanica is an affordable brand that doesn’t use chemicals in its hair products or cost as much as a steak dinner.


7. Could I be using less water?

The answer is (most likely) yes. Here are two tips to save water in your bathroom:

  • Train your toilet to operate with less water: Fill up a 20-ounce soda bottle of water and pour it into your water tank mid-flush. This will train your toilet to fill with 20 ounces less water every time it flushes.
  • Install a low-flow shower head: Here’s an affordable shower head that’ll reduce your water waste.


8. Is this place presentable?

Scrutinize your bathroom like a guest would. Have you been neglecting the dark hairs stuck to your sink for too long? Are there a bunch of wadded-up tissues in plain sight? Keep a container of Lysol wipes under the sink and try to speed-clean your bathroom once or twice a week. 


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