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The 10 Things You Should Have In Your Bathroom Cabinet

When you think about it, the bathroom is one of the most important parts of a home. It’s where people shower, shave, brush their teeth, put on makeup, style their hair, and go for painkillers or bandages. As such, it’s a room where you want to have the tools you need at the ready — so you’re equipped for all that’s involved in daily living. With that in mind, what are the essentials to keep in a bathroom cabinet? To help answer that question, here’s a look at what bathroom cabinet items to include: 

Bandages (and antiseptic cream):

Whether you cut your finger or skin your knee, you shouldn’t have to waste time trying to find your first-aid supplies. Keep them in your bathroom cabinet so they’re always at the ready for emergencies. 

Pain medicine:

Most people know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing headache. Save yourself the extra steps of trekking to the kitchen, and keep over-the-counter pain medication in your bathroom cupboard.


Another common malady is a stomachache. Be prepared for indigestion when it strikes, and keep antacids in your bathroom stash, too. 

Cold medicine:

You never know when the common cold is coming, so be ready for it with basic cold medicine in your bathroom. Keep cough medicine, a decongestant and throat lozenges as staples. 


If you’re coming down with the flu or are just feeling funny, having a thermometer is a must. Keep it in your bathroom cabinet so you always know where to find it when illness arrives. 

Allergy products:

The only thing worse than dealing with an allergic reaction is not being prepared to treat it. Keep antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream on hand, as well as calamine lotion, so you can respond to any allergic or itching issues that arise. 


In a world where skin cancer is rampant, it’s hard to be too careful about sun protection. Store sunscreen in your medicine cabinet so it’s easy to shield your skin from UV damage. 

Oral hygiene products:

A healthy mouth starts with good oral hygiene. Stock a toothbrush, plus an extra or two in case an overnight guest needs one. Likewise, have toothpaste, floss and mouthwash available. 

Personal toiletries:

Whatever you use to get ready each day, keep it supplied and organized in your bathroom. This includes makeup, hair products, moisturizers, shaving cream, etc. 

Personal paper products:

Even if you don’t use cotton swabs and cotton balls every day, it’s nice to have them available. Likewise, stash feminine products and other personal paper products in your bathroom storage so they’re there when you need them. The better stocked your bathroom cabinet items, the more prepared you are for life’s unexpected changes. Use the tips above to organize your space. If you’re designing or renovating a bathroom and looking for new components, visit Modern Bathroom to learn more about the best in bathroom storage and bathroom vanities!

Wash Your Shower Liner

You clean the mirrors and scrub the bathtub, but how often do you pay attention to your shower liner? This plastic barrier between the water and the fabric is probably one of the dirtiest parts of your bathroom, yet it hardly ever gets cleaned. Not only does the mildew that builds up on it produce a stench in your bathroom shower, it can also cause respiratory issues, so you don’t want to let it linger. The good news is, you don’t have to completely replace your shower liner if you notice mildew — and even more good news is that it’s easier to clean than you might think. From novice to experienced cleaners, follow these six steps to easily and effectively wash your plastic shower liner:

Step 1: Place the Shower Liner in the Washing Machine

Yes, it’s really that simple. You can wash a plastic shower liner right in your washing machine. Just make sure to remove the hooks first so they don’t damage the machine’s interior.

Step 2: Use Cold Water

Since the liner is plastic, you don’t want to take any chances of it melting. Always use the coldest water setting available.

Step 3: Choose a Detergent

While you can probably use regular laundry detergent with success, using either vinegar or baking soda (not both!) instead will usually produce better results. These cleaners are proven to tackle stubborn mildew with ease. NOTE: Do not use liquid fabric softener on the liner — it will do nothing but make your shower liner smell like chemicals.

Step 4: Add a Few Bath Towels

Before starting the load, add a couple of bath towels. The towels will help provide additional agitation during the cleaning process to help scrub the mildew off while it is being washed.

Step 5: Hang the Shower Liner to Dry

Once the liner has completed the wash cycle, take it out and hang it to dry. You never want to dry the liner in the dryer because it can melt and ruin both the liner and the dryer. However, getting a soaking-wet liner to your bathroom without dripping water everywhere can be slightly tricky. You can solve this problem two ways:

• Have a dry towel on standby to place under the liner as you take it to the bathroom

• Put the liner into the dryer on the no-heat option for a few minutes just to shake off some of the excess water

Step 6: Actively Prevent Future Mildew Growth

Now that you have a freshly cleaned shower liner, be proactive in keeping it clean. By taking a few extra steps when you shower, you can help prevent mildew growth. Mildew grows because of excess water buildup, so the best way to prevent it is to minimize how long the water sits on the liner. You can do this in several ways:

• Open the bathroom door when your shower is over to help the moisture dissipate.

• Open a window while you are showering to help the steam escape.

• Turn on the exhaust fan both during and after the shower.

• Spread the shower liner completely when you’re done showering, so the entire surface area has a chance to dry.

Now that you know how simple it is to clean your shower liner, there is no reason not to do it regularly (it is recommended every three months). With a clean liner, you can keep your bathroom shower smelling great without having to worry about inhaling dangerous toxins — that’s a win-win and definitely worth the effort.

Why You Need To Start Tongue Scraping

Anyone who’s experienced bad breath can tell you it’s an embarrassing condition. Smelly breath is distracting, makes others uncomfortable, and limits the intimacy of close conversation or kissing. That’s exactly why, if you’re dealing with this frustrating problem and wondering what to do, it’s time to think about tongue scraping. Believe it or not, this simple step can make a big difference in freshening your breath and oral health! Here’s a look at what tongue scraping is, why it’s beneficial, and how often you should do it for the best benefits.

What Is Tongue Scraping?

Tongue scraping is exactly what it sounds like: using a designated tool to scrape your tongue, removing bacteria and dead cells in the process. Because the particles on your tongue can cause bad breath, removing them through tongue scraping may also eliminate the accompanying odor. Tongue scraping helps you get rid of more odor-causing bacteria than you could with just brushing.

What Are the Benefits of Tongue Scraping?

By regularly scraping your tongue as part of your overall dental hygiene, you can enjoy a variety of benefits for your health and wellness. These include: 

A cleaner mouth:

A tongue scraper can help remove harmful bacteria on the tongue, leading to a lessening of bacteria in the mouth as a whole. 

Better breath:

Because bacteria such as mutans streptococci and lactobacilli are sometimes associated with bad breath, lessening them is a step toward a fresher, better-smelling mouth. 

Improved health:

Removing bacteria is not only good for preventing bad breath, but also tooth decay, gum disease and other conditions. 

Enhanced sense of taste:

Another surprising benefit of tongue scraping regards taste. The cleaner your tongue, the better you may be able to distinguish and enjoy bitter, sweet, salty, etc., foods.

How Often Should You Do It?

At minimum, scrape your tongue every time you brush your teeth. This can help prevent ongoing bacteria buildup. Keep in mind, however, that scraping your tongue only removes the current bacteria in your mouth — it doesn’t prevent future bacteria (or bad breath) from developing. If you’re fighting breath odor, you’ll have best results from scraping your tongue after every meal. For a simple, effective way to improve your breath and oral health, add tongue scraping to your hygiene routine. When combined with an overall dental care plan, it can be a great solution for better breath.

How To Make Your Morning Routine More Efficien

When you’re pressed for time, every minute counts — and that’s never more true than in the morning rush. Do you often find yourself scrambling to get out the door? Are you skipping breakfast or leaving late because of some unexpected delay? If so, consider starting your days with a morning routine. Establish a consistent pattern of tasks for your mornings, and you won’t have to waste time thinking about what to do next. You’ll maximize your time — so you can get more sleep, eat breakfast and get where you need to go, all without going crazy in the process.

What are the keys for starting your days better? What do you need for a morning routine?

To answer these questions, here’s a look at some of the best ways to make your mornings go smoother — and faster — each day:

  1. Do as much as you can the night beforehand. Great mornings start with strategic evenings. Before going to bed, take care of as many tasks as you can, so there will be less to do the next day. Wash the dishes. Clean the kitchen counters. Prep tomorrow’s breakfast and pack tomorrow’s lunch. If you don’t have to shower in the morning, shower the night beforehand. Lay out your outfit for the next day. Everything that you do at night is something you won’t have to do when you’re rushing to leave in the morning.
  2. Organize your bathroom for efficiency. Organization saves time because it ensures products are where they’re supposed to be — and you don’t have to hunt for your comb, washcloth, razor or hairspray. Set up your bathroom to empower your daily habits. Group like items together (hair care products, makeup, shaving tools, etc.). Then, when you’re getting ready, everything you need will be exactly where you want it.
  3. Get a shower timer. If you don’t shower the night beforehand, you can still make sure you don’t waste time by implementing a waterproof timer. Add it to your shower and set it for your chosen time — five minutes, seven minutes, 10 minutes or whatever you want. Then, start it, get scrubbing and turn the water off when the timer sounds.
  4. Streamline your hair routine. The less you have to do to get ready, the more time you gain. As everybody knows, the notorious grooming time-sucker is hair care. Instead of washing, blow-drying and flat-ironing your long hair every morning, for example, consider using dry shampoo so that you only have to style your hair once a week. Or, switch your hairstyle so that you can simply wash and go. Ask your hairstylist for an easy, low-maintenance look. If all else fails, have a few go-to hairstyles: ponytail, a bun, a topknot, etc. Make your routine as hassle-free as possible.

Anyone can enjoy a less stressful day with the right morning routine. For a smoother, calmer week, start practicing the above habits — and enjoy your newfound efficiency!

Why Dry Brushing Is Your New Best Friend

Dry Brushing: The Beauty Technique You Need To Know

If you haven’t heard of dry brushing yet, your life is about to change. This incredibly simple, yet often overlooked, activity is one of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of your skin, energy and more. The best part? Dry brushing is extremely affordable, requires little effort, and only takes a few minutes per day.

Here’s a closer look at what dry brushing is, how to do it, and its many benefits.

What Is Dry Brushing?

Unlike some other beauty treatments, dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. You are literally brushing your skin with a dry brush. However, you need to use a specific brush — don’t just grab the regular hairbrush from your bathroom cabinet. A dry brush contains dense, semi-firm, not-too-coarse bristles that increase circulation and activate your lymphatic system as they make contact with your skin.

How to Dry Brush

While dry brushing is as simple as brushing your skin, there is a specific technique you need to use to get the best results:

  • Always brush toward your heart. The majority of the drainage of your lymphatic system drains at the nodes located in this region, so by brushing in that direction, you are moving the toxins to their exit.
  • Use long, straight strokes, starting at your feet and working your way up.
  • Do three to four strokes on each part of your skin before moving onto the next area — just make sure you are lifting the brush and restarting each time, so you never brush downward.
  • Drink a large glass of water when you are done to help move the toxins.
  • Take a shower to wash the dead skin cells that were removed.

What Are the Benefits of Dry Brushing?

By increasing blood flow at the skin’s surface and throughout your body, dry brushing can provide many benefits: 

  • Increases toxin removal: By stimulating your entire lymphatic system and encouraging the oxygen to transport more completely to all of your cells and tissues, your body is able to sweep away toxins and flush them out of your system.
  • Improves skin appearance: Dry brushing can improve your skin’s appearance in many ways. First, since it is providing exfoliation, you will probably notice your skin is smoother. Because the blood flow is improved, you may also notice a decrease in skin discoloration, varicose veins and even cellulite. Additionally, dry brushing helps unclog the pores throughout your body, so the lotions and creams you use can work more effectively.
  • Boosts energy: Who couldn’t use a little more energy in the morning? With dry brushing, you can get it. You aren’t just improving circulation to your skin, you are increasing circulation to your brain, which can help you get a little extra pep in your step for the day. As such, it is recommended to only dry brush in the morning: The energy it induces may keep you awake at night if done too late in the day.
  • May eliminate ingrown hairs: Since dry brushing is an extremely effective exfoliant, it also helps to keep your pores clear. This can aid in reducing and/or healing ingrown hairs.
  • Helps your body run smoother: By detoxifying your body, dry brushing makes every organ work better. After doing it for a few weeks, you will begin to notice it impacting every aspect of your life — from an improved metabolism to a rejuvenated nervous system.

If you can dedicate five minutes or less every day to dry brushing, you will begin to notice many changes in both your physical appearance and well-being. Once added to your morning routine, you will never look back.

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