5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Bathroom

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Five easy tips for transforming your bathroom into a beautiful and happy space that’s fresh, fabulous, and fit for a little pampering.

Bathrooms can quickly get messy and a little drab. Daily steam makes them a breeding ground for mould and moisture, and they can rapidly turn into a room where we clean and groom ourselves whilst rarely taking the time to freshen and spruce this space up. Considering the bathroom is often the first place we visit when we wake and the last room we visit before bed, it seems only fitting that a fresh and happy bathroom will set a positive tone for the day (and night) ahead.

Easy Ways To Refresh Bathroom

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Freshening up my bathroom involves so much more than simply removing any build up of mould and mildew (although this is certainly part of it), it’s also about creating a well-organised space that looks and smells beautiful. Here are my five tips for refreshing your bathroom.

1. Deep Clean

Whilst a weekly maintenance clean keeps my bathrooms feeling pretty fresh, I do like to do a deep clean every couple of months to get all those often overlooked areas like window sills and shower heads.

Here’s a breakdown of the areas I tackle during a deep clean:

  • Window sills
  • Shower heads – read How To Clean A Shower Head here.
  • Drains and plug holes – read tips for Cleaning The Dirty Bathroom Sink Drain here.
  • Toilet – read tips for Cleaning A Smelly Toilet here.
  • Shower screens – I like to use vinegar and the Koala Eco Glass Cleaner. For a chemical-free alternative, I also love the White Magic Glass Cloths (simply add water) and a good quality window squeegee like this one which I keep hanging in my bathroom.

2. New Linens

I love fresh new linen, and a bright and beautiful new towel to wrap myself in after a shower is one of the best feelings! I also like to colour code the kids’ towels so that they know which towel is theirs. This means everyone gets a lovely dry towel to use after their shower, plus it’s a great way to reduce the spread of germs within the family.

3. Add A Plant

Plants can add the pizazz that many bathrooms often lack, but keeping a real plant alive in the ever-changing conditions of a bathroom can be tough! Sometimes it’s hot and steamy, other times it’s cold and dry. This is why I opt for gorgeous faux plants in a trendy pot. They will look fab and fresh day after day after day.

4. Organised Storage

Bathrooms house a surprisingly large and diverse range of products for such a small room. There’s cosmetics, dental care, body products, hand wash, not to mention the toilet brush, bin and any other bits and pieces you have floating around in there. Needless to say, a good storage system will allow you to keep your bathroom organised and clutter free.

For under my sinks, I like to use labelled tubs for storing bulkier items in.

labels for organising cupboard, pantry and bathroom

For all the other areas in my bathroom, I have recently discovered Joseph Joseph. They have an amazing range of minimalistic bathroom products that tackle not only bench-top clutter, but the bathroom bin and toilet brush too!

5. A Fresh Scent

There are two really easy (and long-lasting) methods I use to keep my bathroom smelling fresh and inviting. The first method is to use a reed diffuser, which not only looks beautiful on a bathroom bench, but also diffuses continuously for up to six months. The perfect set and forget product.

The second method is to add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the inside of the cardboard toilet roll. This is a very cost-effective way to create an inviting scent in the bathroom as the scent will last as long as the toilet roll. My favourite oil to use in the bathroom is this Australian Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil.

Eucalyptus essential oil for fresh clean bathroom

How do you freshen up your bathroom?

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Easy ways to refresh your bathroom

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Andrew September 9, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Thanks, Karina to share that much of useful information. But Could you please tell me “How I Can Remove Rust From Shower and Washbasin?”. I’m really tired to get rid of rust.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2020 - 11:14 AM

Andrew I am glad you found this blog useful. As for rust in the shower (or anywhere really!) I would suggest The Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste – rust is no match for this stuff! Plus it’s made from 99% natural ingredients. Hope this helps 🙂 Kat x

CJ September 9, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Nice tips! I am in agreement with the plants. I have a live plant in my half bath and it is as happy as a clam. Fake plants in a full bath is a great idea!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

Thanks CJ – I love a pretty plant in my home! 🙂

Josey February 11, 2021 - 8:16 PM

Thanks Katrina. Always love reading your blog and helpful tips.
Do you have any tips for storing stuff in a small ensuite without storage?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 2:56 PM

Glad to hear you like my ideas and tips. Firstly in a small space, you want to make sure you keep only the essential, regularly used items. Is there any way you can add to your storage in the space if you don’t have enough? A bench top item perhaps? I’ve even seen clever bathroom storage units that go over toilets to increase storage options.

Melinda Brancourt June 6, 2021 - 6:46 PM

Thanks so much for all your amazing tips. Totally frustrated trying to clean a glass shower screen that is 25 years old. It gets scum on the bottom 1/4 of the glass and I struggle to get it clean ?. Any helpful tips

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 7, 2021 - 9:54 AM

I would try spraying the problem area with a really good bathroom cleaner like this one – https://organisedhq.com.au/products/the-pink-stuff-bathroom-foam-cleaner-750ml/ I think it’s currently out of stock, but should be available next month.
Leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes then scrub the area with a sturdy scrubber like this one – https://organisedhq.com.au/products/scrub-daddy/

That should do the trick. Good luck!


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