It's time to stop thinking of your shower simply as a place to bathe. This space, where you probably do the majority of your grooming, deserves to look and feel just as important as the rest of your home.
But near-empty plastic bottles of body wash and that vinyl curtain liner you've had hanging up for way too long are just a few of the things that are holding you back from having a beautiful shower. Follow this nine-step guide to cleaning, organizing and decorating your shower, and you may never want to leave the bathroom.
1. Get rid of clutter.
Toss those tiny bars of soap and old loofahs into the trash. They're crawling with germs and mildew anyway. Instead, keep everything organized and within reach by storing on a shower caddy.
2. Give your shower a thorough cleaning, and do so often.
You can make your own cleaning solution with baking soda, vinegar and water. Or, try an all-natural household cleaner such as Borax. Use either of these to scrub away dirt, grime and scum at least once a week. For a quick clean-up, try Seventh Generation Daily Shower Cleaner.
3. Swap out your shower head.
This subtle change will make a huge difference not only in the appearance of your bathroom, but in having a more relaxing shower experience.
4. Add a fresh coat of paint to the ceiling or dress up the walls with intricate tiles.
Brightly-colored or dark paint colors will instantly transform a drab shower ceiling into a conversation starter. For added flair, mix and match tiles in beautiful prints.
5. Bring in elements of the outdoors with lush plants.
Houseplants are an easy and effective way to purify the air in your home, as well as beautify your space and create a zen environment. Check out this list of beautiful houseplants that you're less likely to kill.
6. Find a shower curtain you love.
Whether you favor simple and sophisticated designs or gravitate towards outlandish prints, there is a shower curtain out there that will appeal to your inner interior designer.
7. Replace your bathmat, too.
These bathroom accessories can become tattered and torn quickly. Depending on the fabric or material, you should keep it clean by washing every one or two weeks.
8. Invest in quality towels.
When making over your shower, don't forget fresh, plush bath towels. Spritz them with aromatherapy oils like lavender and ylang ylang. And use this fabric softener and vinegar trick to trap odors when washing them.
9. Splurge on amazing bath and shower products.
Nothing feels as luxurious as bathing in a freshly-cleaned shower. We recommend using plant-based bath and shower products from brands, including Aesop, SheaMoisture and L'Occitane that'll treat your skin with extra TLC.