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From design ideas to cleaning best practices, the Modern Bathroom Blog provides tips and tricks for creating or maintaining a beautiful bathroom.

10 Tips For A Safer Bathroom

You’re probably not thinking about the potential dangers of your bathroom when taking your morning shower or brushing your teeth. In fact, bathroom safety may not ever cross your mind, as these spaces are part of our daily routines. However, the health and injury risks of this often-used area can loom where you least expect.

Here are some tips to make your bathroom a safer place for you and your family:

  1. Eiminate bathroom rugs. Those decorative throw rugs are fall hazards. Avoid putting ornamental floor covers on your bathroom tile to decrease the opportunity for slipping, tripping and other injuries.
  2. Get a non-slip mat for your bathtub. Non-slip tubs are designed with grooved features to assist with fall prevention. If you don’t have a non-slip tub, consider a non-slip mat or coating for your bathtub or standalone shower to add traction to these slick surfaces.
  3. Invest in railing or a seat for your bathtub or shower. Adding a rail or seat to a bathtub or freestanding shower will help decrease the risk of bathroom falls, especially for those who live with the elderly or have family members with disabilities. It can also create a more comfortable bathing experience.
  4. Keep a well-lit bathroom space. A big injury risk comes with those midnight ventures to the bathroom. Wandering through the dark while half-asleep is a dangerous combination Having extra lighting, such as night light plug-ins in your bathroom or in the surrounding hallways, can help prevent falls and injury.
  5. Clean your bathroom regularly. Germs are the invisible hazards that are always present in your bathroom. To aid in countering bathroom bacteria, have a regimen for keeping all aspects of your bathroom clean. This includes the places you might not always think about that can host bathroom germs, such as shower heads, faucets and wall tiling. Nowadays, you can even invest in a self-cleaning toilet to do the dirty work for you!
  6. Make toiletries and other bathroom items easily accessible. Ever stood on your tip-toes to reach a bottle of shampoo from the top shelf of your linen closet? You can set yourself up for a fall. Place shampoo, soap dispensers and other commonly used items in areas that are within reach for everyone who uses them. View these bathroom designs by our customers for ideas on how to arrange your bathroom in a way that’s practical and decorative.
  7. Keep dangerous items out of reach of children. Hazards for inquisitive children are aplenty in a bathroom — ranging from sharp objects (razors, scissors and tweezers) to poisoning dangers (prescription medications and ointments). Store these items in taller cabinets or drawers to lower the risk of them falling into curious hands.
  8. Securely store cleaning products. While bathroom cleanliness is important, harsh chemicals, such as bathroom cleaning products, can pose a hazard to children and even adults in the event of accidental misuse. Ideally, store these items outside of the confined bathroom area. Keep these products low to the ground in a secured cabinet in an effort to help prevent spills.
  9. Unplug electric appliances. Water and electricity can be a lethal combination, and both are used in our bathrooms on a daily basis. Ensure that electric razors, hairdryers and other appliances are unplugged from grounded outlets — especially those near sinks — when they are not in use.
  10. Keep slippery floors and surfaces dry. Be cautious of the dangers that come with wet floors, especially when you can’t always tell that a floor is wet. Hang towels near bathing areas and place racks for hand towels within arm’s reach of the sink to minimize spread of water. Buying weighted shower curtains can also keep floors dry by helping contain water to your bathtub.

For further information on how to make your bathroom safer for you and your family, read our suggestions here.

Contact a Modern Bathroom professional today to inquire about our vast selection of bathroom products.

How To Share Bathroom Space With Your Significant Other

There are many wonderful benefits to living with the person you love, but sharing a bathroom isn’t necessarily one of them. No matter how much you enjoy your significant other, it can be a real challenge to share bathroom space, not to mention the responsibility of keeping it clean. The sooner you consider these facts of life, the better for your relationship.

What should a couple do when they have just one bathroom, but two sets of needs? What are the best ways to divvy up space, share responsibilities and avoid driving each other nuts? Here are five smart strategies for sharing a bathroom with your partner:

  1. Communicate — Communication is the key to making bathroom-sharing better for both of you. Put any two people together and you can expect two different viewpoints. Maybe you’ve always used all three vanity drawers and now your partner needs a place for toiletries. Perhaps you’re fine with letting the bathroom grime accumulate for weeks, but your significant other is disgusted by daily dirt and grunge. Whatever the case, you need to talk about it. Schedule an open discussion about your individual expectations and preferences as soon as possible after moving in together.
  2. Organize storage space — When you have a finite amount of space to share, you need to make the most of it. You might divvy up drawers or cabinets on a one-to-one basis or create a workable scheme for what goes where in the bathroom closet. Either way, come up with a mutually acceptable plan that provides adequate space to both of you.
  3. Create a cleaning schedule — One of the most dreaded parts of sharing a bathroom is dealing with cleaning — who does what and when? Couples handle this different ways, so talk to your partner about what works for both of you. Whether you split up daily chores or take turns scouring the bathroom each week, address the cleaning issue before it becomes a serious problem. For some couples, hiring a professional cleaning service could be the best solution to this bathroom conflict.
  4. Schedule appropriately — There’s nothing as frustrating for a couple on a schedule as needing to use the sink or shower at the same time. So skip this problem by planning ahead. If you take twice as much time to get ready as your significant other, discipline yourself to get up earlier and grab the first shower. Even if your morning routine is fast and furious, you still may want to tackle it first in order to get quickly out of the way of your more leisurely partner. Figure out what schedule works best for both of you.
  5. Implement a few habits together — Nobody wants to be the only one regularly wiping down the shower or sink. If one of you always leaves hair on the vanity, that can be a real annoyance for the partner who keeps finding it. This is a great example of how implementing a habit together can be a game changer. Stash sanitizing wipes under the sink and agree to clean up stray hairs or grime whenever they happen. Other great habits to cultivate include suctioning a shower squeegee to the shower wall for daily wiping and hanging the toilet paper in a mutually agreed-upon direction.

The keys to successfully sharing a bathroom and to building a successful relationship are the same: communicate, think about each other and be fair. By learning how to share a bathroom with your partner, you only improve and deepen your connection.

Seven Ways To Make Your Bathroom More Environmentally Friendly

How much time do you spend in your bathroom? A few minutes a day? An hour or more? Chances are it’s more time than you realize. Whether you’re in and out of your bathroom in minutes — or take a more leisurely approach to your morning routine — the time you spend there can made a big difference in whether your bathroom is environmentally friendly.

Even small changes can make your bathroom greener — and can help you save some green as well. Better yet, these changes are simple and easy to make. Here are seven ways to make your bathroom better for the environment:

  1. Start with the taps — Do you already shut off the water at the sink while you soap up your hands or brush your teeth? Good work! Take it a step further by choosing water-efficient bathroom faucets. They reduce flow, allowing you to use less water for everyday tasks like washing your hands.
  2. Take shorter showers — A hot shower is relaxing but spending too much time in there can quickly add up in terms of water usage. Make your shower routine more efficient or set a timer to make sure you’re not wasting time, money and water in the process. A high-efficiency showerhead will ensure you use less water while showering, no matter how much time you spend under the spray.
  3. Clean up the way you clean — You don’t have to sacrifice environmental concerns for a room that sparkles and shines. Instead of opting for cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia or other harsh chemicals, consider natural alternatives. For example, to clean your toilet, dump a half-cup of baking soda into the bowl and add a quarter-cup of vinegar. Scrub it well after the bubbling stops. An equal mix of water and vinegar is an effective cleaner for getting rid of soap scum and everyday dirt.
  4. Create less garbage — Paper towels are expensive and end up in landfills after a single use. Instead, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down bathroom surfaces and mirrors. Each can be rinsed off, washed and reused, unlike paper towels or disposable cleaning cloths.
  5. Use towels more than once - Break yourself of the habit of tossing a just-used towel into the laundry. You’re using it to dry off a clean body, so hang it up and use it several times before washing. You’ll save water, energy and time as well. 
  6. Consider low-flow toilets — Did you know you probably use more water flushing your toilet than showering each week? A low-flow toilet can make a big difference in how much water you use with each flush.
  7. Go tankless — If it’s time to replace your water heater, consider the tankless option. While this is a bigger-ticket item, a tankless water heater uses less water than traditional models.

Modern Bathroom offers a variety of eco-friendly bathroom fixtures to help you make the transition to a greener space. We’re here to help you do your part to save the planet and save money — while you enjoy a beautiful, well-appointed bathroom.

The Dudes' Guide To Keeping The Sink Unclogged When Shaving

The Dudes’ Guide To Keeping The Sink Unclogged When Shaving

For some men, the worst part of maintaining facial hair — or, on the flip side, maintaining a lack of facial hair — is dealing with the mess. Whether you shave every morning or trim your beard once in a while, you can easily end up with hair all over your bathroom sink. To keep hair from potentially clogging the drain, here’s a guide for how to keep your sink clear and clean during shaving.

  1. Use a bowl. Rather than rinsing your razor in pooled sink water, use a bowl of water instead. The bowl allows you to keep shaving cream scum and whiskers separate until you’re ready to discard under running water — rather than running the risk of clogging the drain after pulling the stopper.
  2. Run hot water after each shave. Running hot water daily can help prevent hair-related clogs. Hot water helps to flush pipes and move debris through the plumbing system.
  3. Clear the drain with baking soda and vinegar. On a monthly or bimonthly basis (or anytime you notice a clog), clean your drain in the following manner: Pour a half cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Wait 10 minutes. Then run hot water to flush the mixture in the drain. This natural solvent can help remove buildup inside pipes.
  4. When trimming, start with a dry sink. If you’re trimming rather than shaving, there are ways to contain the mess — so you can discard rather than flush hair down the drain. Try trimming over a paper towel or some sort of sink liner, or into a dry sink — so hair can be easily removed and thrown in the garbage.

Any guy who has a beard or shaves regularly can relate to problems of hair in the sink. Use the tips above to help keep your drain clear and your vanity clean! By practicing preventative measures and responding quickly to any clogs that occur, you can minimize plumbing issues and keep water flowing freely — not to mention avoid a mess!

The Girls’ Guide To Keeping Hair Out Of The Drain

There are many features women love about having long hair — but constant drain clogging isn’t one of them. Anyone with long locks knows the struggle of seeing water pool in the shower.

Below are a few simple steps you can take before getting in the shower, so you can keep your hair from clogging the drain:

  1. Brush your hair before you shower. If you can get in the habit of combing or brushing your hair before showering each day, you’re doing yourself a big favor. This small step may allow you to remove a lot of the loose strands that would have otherwise clogged your drain. Doing so only takes a few minutes, costs nothing and can make a difference.
  2. Install a hair catcher. There are several hair catchers on the market today, able to be installed into a drain for collecting strands of hair. These products allow water to run through the drain freely but stop hair. This allows you to pull out the strainer and remove the hair to the trash, rather than letting it clog your pipes.
  3. Clear the drain with boiling water once a month. As another preventative measure to minimize drain clogs, try pouring boiling water down your drain monthly or bimonthly. The hot water helps loosen any hair or gunk that is caught in the pipes, before the problem becomes bigger. After pouring the boiling water, always follow up with warm water for about five minutes.
  4. Respond to any problems immediately. Should hair get down the drain from time to time, enough to cause blockages, don’t ignore it. As soon as you notice any sort of clog, take action. You can use a bent wire (or your hands) to try to loosen the blockage, for example. Catching it early makes the process much simpler. Other solutions include pouring 1 cup bleach into the drain at night and then running warm water down the drain for a few minutes in the morning. Or, try pouring ¾ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar down the drain. Then, pour boiling water 30 minutes later. When these homemade solutions don’t work, you may need to contact a plumber.

When it comes to hair clogs in the shower drain, prevention is your best bet. Take steps to minimize how much hair is entering the drain, and you can keep clogs from occurring. For those blockages that do happen, however, always respond quickly. Minor blockages require simple solutions — much easier than bigger clogs.

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