New Uses in Your Bathroom
Hair Dryer as Mirror Defogger
After a steamy shower, clear the bathroom mirror with a quick blast of hot or cold air.
Conditioner as Shaving Cream
Lighten your carry-on load and sub conditioner for shaving cream.
Shower Curtain Liner as Child’s Smock
Finger-painting on the day’s agenda? Cut a new shower curtain liner in half or in fourths, and then cut a hole in the center for your little one’s head to pop through.
Colander as Toy Scoop
One of the most popular kitchen tools also happens to double as a clean-up aid. Before draining the tub, use a colander to make scooping up small toys fun and easy.
Cotton Balls as Shoe Resizer
Give roomy heels and ballet flats a perfect fit (so you don't pull a Cinderella) by filling in the toe area with some cotton balls.
Mayonnaise as Hair Conditioner
Use mayo to get a deep condition at home. Starting at the scalp, coat strands with 1/2 cup mayonnaise and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.
Beer Koozie as Shaving-Cream Holder
Protect your bathtub rim from rust rings by slipping this foamy college relic over a can of Barbasol (rather than Budweiser).
Cotton Swab as Travel Makeup Kit
Make an on-the-go cosmetics kit by applying a bit of your favorite eye shadow, concealer, and lip gloss to the ends of cotton swabs and stashing them in a plastic bag in your purse.
Oven Mitt as Heat Guard
When you don’t have time to let your styling tool cool (say, you’re headed for the airport or going straight to work from the gym), stash it in a heat-resistant mitt before packing it up.
Clothespin as Towel Labels
Track guests’ towels. When “his” and “hers” doesn’t cover it, give visitors color-coded pins (or write names on wooden ones) to attach to their bath towels.
Coffee Filter as Mirror Cleaner
Get a streak–free shine by using a coffee filter to buff a mirror or window.
Baking Soda as Hair Cleanser
If daily use of mousse or gel is weighing down your locks, add a pinch or two of baking soda to your shampoo once a week to remove product buildup. Getting squeaky-clean strands is a piece of cake.
Car Wax as Sink Polish
Polish faucets, sinks, tile, even shower doors with Turtle Wax, which leaves behind a protective barrier against water and soap buildup, so your hard-earned sparkle will last past the next tooth-brushing.
Hair Clip as Towel Securer
Maintain some modesty in the locker room. Hold towel in place with a clawlike clip post-shower.
Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo
Fake freshly washed hair by sprinkling powder on, then comb through down to the roots.
Baking Soda as Toothpaste
When you can't squeeze another dollop out of the tube, make a paste of baking soda and water. It will get your teeth clean until you can make it to the store.
Baking Soda as Drain Unclogger
To get your drain running again (without resorting to chemicals worthy of a hazmat suit) pour ½ cup soda, then ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.
Beach Towel as Shower Curtain
Make a summery shower curtain by hanging two boldly patterned towels using clip-on drapery rings.
Berry Basket as Bathroom Storage
Corral bathroom essentials in an eco-friendly (but still pretty) caddy.
Cooking Spray as Manicure Setter
Set a manicure in record time. Lightly mist freshly painted nails for instant smudge protection.
Crate as Linen Storage
Use a wooden crate to store extra towels in the spare bathroom, so guests don't have to go hunting for the linen closet.
Dryer Sheet as Scum Buster
Remove obstinate soap buildup from glass shower doors by sprinkling a few drops of water onto a used fabric-softener sheet and scrubbing.
Epsom Salt as Hair Degreaser
Remove greasy buildup from hair by adding 1 tablespoon salt to 1 cup water and massaging through hair. Rinse well.
Bathroom Mirror as Memo Board
Leave a message that’s impossible to overlook. Write quick reminders (Pick up dry cleaning) or encouraging notes (Good luck today!) with a dry-erase marker.
Newspaper as Window Washer
Newspapers deposit less lint than paper towels do and don't leave any streaks. Just spray on a glass cleaner and wipe.
Oatmeal as At-Home Facial
Treat yourself to an at-home facial. Mix a package of plain instant oatmeal with warm water and apply to skin. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse well.
Cooking Oil as Cuticle Moisturizer
Soften cuticles easily with a couple of dabs of cooking oil. It's the quickest cure for dishpan hands.
Pant Hanger as Drying Rack
Use a pant hanger to air-dry a bath mat after showering. Simply hang it over the shower curtain rod.
Paper Clip Dispenser as Bobby Pin Holder
Corral bobby pins and hair clips in a paper clip holder. The magnetic ring makes them easy to dispense.
Petroleum Jelly as Mascara
Give eyelashes new luster by brushing them with a bit of petroleum jelly for an instant length-enhancing shine.
Petroleum Jelly as Cap Unsticker
Prevent a nail-polish cap from sticking by dabbing the jelly around the bottle’s ridges before sealing.
Rice Cooker as Towel Steamer
For an at-home spa experience, wet and wring out washcloths, fold in thirds, roll up, and steam in the cooker for about five minutes. (Transfer the towels with tongs—they're hot!—to a plate to cool a bit before using.)
Rubbing Alcohol as Ear Dryer
Evaporate water from your ears by using an eyedropper to insert a few drops of rubbing alcohol into each ear canal.
Rubbing Alcohol as Hairspray Remover
Lift off hair-spray residue from bathroom walls. Spray a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol, two parts water, and a dash of dishwashing liquid onto vinyl wallpaper or semigloss (not flat) paint. Wipe clean.
Saucer as Soap Dish
Dish out decorative soap in a refined way and present it on a patterned tea saucer.
Soap as Door Unsticker
Facilitate smooth exits. Rub a bar of soap over the inner frame of a door that's prone to jamming.
Soda Bottle as Water Saver
Waste less water. Fill a plastic bottle with liquid and place it in the tank of an old toilet (not a high-efficiency one). That way, it will require less resources to refill.
Sugar as Lip Scrub
Perfect your pucker. Make a paste of sugar and petroleum jelly and gently brush on dry, peeling lips with a toothbrush until they are smooth.
Sunscreen as Shaving Lotion
While a bottle of expired sunscreen will no longer protect you from UV rays, it can still protect you from razor burn. Use it when lubing up to keep legs smooth all year long.
Electric Toothbrush as Grout Scrubber
Scour bathroom crevices with a battery-powered toothbrush.
Toothpaste as Linoleum Cleaner
Use white toothpaste to buff scuffs out of linoleum tiles.
Towel as Plant Waterer
Keep your plants hydrated. If you’re going away for a week or so, place a towel in a bathtub or sink and fill with about two inches of water. Then thoroughly water the houseplants, and place them on top of the towel. They’ll soak up the water.
Vinegar as Bath Booster
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the water to soothe dry skin—and get a cleaner bath tub. An essential oil can help counteract the smell.
Water as Hair Style Booster
If you don't want to pile on more hair products halfway through the day, let water reactivate what you applied in the morning. Just spritz hair and reshape. If you need a firm hold, however, you'll need a fresh coat of hairspray.
Window Box as Towel Storage
Roll several cloths and stack in the box in a guest bathroom so no one has to poke around in your cabinets hunting for them.
Baking Soda as Tub Scrubber
Rub tub stains away. Create a paste mad up of equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar and a little lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Vitamin Organizer as Travel Makeup Palette
Skip individual travel-size bottles and load lipstick shades and cream foundation into the compartments of a multi-day pill case.
Hair Conditioner as a Shave Gel
All out of shaving cream? Rather than skipping the shaving session altogether, reach for the conditioner to help soften your skin.
Hosiery as Hairbrush Cleaner
Prevent gunk from settling into your hairbrush by pushing a swatch of stocking fabric over the bristles, so it rests on the base. When the brush needs cleaning, remove the swatch and hair and product buildup will go with it.
Ladder as Towel Rack
Instead of installing a typical metal rack to hold your towels, enlist a ladder made of bamboo (or some other wood that can withstand humidity) to do the job. No tools required.
Magnet as Tweezer Holder
Stop tweezers from going astray by installing a magnet on the inside of the medicine cabinet and they will always be at your fingertips.
Nail Polish as Rust Preventer
Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rust rings on the ledge of the tub.
Nutcracker as Cap Remover
Clamp the nutcracker around the top of a glue, nail-polish, or beverage bottle to give you extra gripping power. Your reward: Tight caps no longer drive you nuts.
Ribbon as Shower Curtain Ring
For an easy and inexpensive way to hold up your shower curtain and give your bathroom a jolt of color, lace a ribbon through each hole and tie it in a knot, as shown. Snip off the ends at an angle.
Towel Rod as Cleaning Supply Holder
Assemble a spray-cleaner arsenal by installing a rod in the closet or underneath the sink and then hooking the bottles onto it by their triggers.
Vase as Toilet Paper Storage
The perfect arrangement for helping toilet paper hide in plain sight. Guests don't have to root around for a new roll in your not absolutely, positively tidy vanity, and you always know when you're running low.