Looking to stock up your first home? Or simply wanting to double check you haven’t missed anything important from your bathroom? Well you’re in the right place! An often neglected room in the house, the bathroom deserves just as much love as your kitchen or bedroom. From functional items to those all-important personal touches, here’s your definitive list of bathroom essentials.

Functional bathroom essentials

Much like every room in your home, the bathroom needs to be functional. After all, it won’t do you or your guests any good if you can’t dry your hands or even flush the loo!

Shower curtain and liner

Unless you have glass doors that surround your tub or shower space, a shower curtain is a must. The good news is they come in just about every colour or pattern to suit your chosen bathroom aesthetic. Don’t forget the liner too to make sure you don’t end up with water all over the floor!

Non slip bath mat

Even with a handy shower liner at your disposal, the bathroom floor will always find a way to get wet. For style and more importantly safety reasons, a non-slip bath mat is essential!

Towels

If you’re team drip dry, these might not be so essential, but for those of us who prefer the loving embrace of a good towel after we shower, listen up. We recommend having two hand towels, bath towels, and washcloths on hand for a quick and easy dry.

Extra toilet paper and holder

Toilet paper is an obvious one but extra toilet paper is something a lot of people neglect. Nobody wants to be caught short after a trip to the loo, after all! Make sure there is always a handful of rolls within arm’s length. Bonus points if they’re in a stylish woven basket!

Hand soap dispenser

A fashionable pump or holder for your hand soap of choice is an easy and inexpensive way to make your bathroom look more elevated. Not to mention, you’ll only need to buy refills saving you money in the long run too!

Toothbrush holder

Electric toothbrush holders, keep scrolling. Having a home for your manual toothbrush is a must for hygiene reasons among other things. They’re chic and can be personalised to suit your bathroom aesthetic. Match up your hand soap dispenser and toothbrush holder for serious style points!

Bin

It’s undeniably important to have a bin beside your toilet or sink, even if it’s only small. You may not produce a lot of waste in your bathroom, but if you have guests over, you’ll want to make sure they have a place to toss tissues and feminine products. While you’re at it, make sure you have some bin liners so that the inside doesn’t get gross! 

Mirror

A mirror is a true bathroom essential, and not just for vanity reasons. They add serious style and can make even the smallest of spaces feel that little bit bigger. We recommend having a larger one above your sink and a smaller, free-standing one for little jobs like plucking your eyebrows and doing your make-up!

Plunger

Every bathroom needs a plunger. Pipes inevitably get clogged, toilets stop functioning and water sometimes overflows. It’s always best to have a plunger at the ready in case of a toilet emergency.

Bathroom cleaning products

Toilet brush and container

There’s no way to avoid it! Toilets have to be scrubbed from time to time so having a nifty toilet brush on hand with it’s own container is a must.

Toilet bowl cleaner

While you can use different cleaning products to clean multiple surfaces, there’s something to be said for having a specific toilet bowl cleaner. Look for one with an angled neck so you can get up and under the bowl with ease. 

Tile and grout cleaner

Black spots and limescale sadly won’t clean themselves! You don’t need to do this every clean, little and often is the key when it comes to using a tile and grout cleaner.

Rubber gloves

An essential for cleaning any room in the home, make sure you have a pair of rubber gloves specifically for bathroom cleaning duties.

Shower squeegee

While a deep clean is needed every once in a while, there’s no reason you can’t do a little in the interim to make life a bit easier. Just a few quick swipes with a squeegee after showering is a great way to remove mildew, prevent watermarks, and leave your bathroom that little bit cleaner.

Multi-purpose cleaner

In addition to having area and job specific cleaners, you may also want to have a multi-surface cleaner handy for cleaning all those random spots that don’t really fall into any category. Think the fronts of your vanity cabinets or your baseboards around the bathroom.

Glass cleaner

Streaky mirrors and windows are an easy way to make your bathroom look untidy. Keep a bottle of glass cleaner and some paper towels beneath the sink for a quick cleaning blitz whenever you see fit.

Disinfectant

Last but not least for bathroom cleaning products, we have the trusty disinfectant. We recommend using Zoflora, not just because it smells great, but also because there are a tonne of nifty ways it can be used for your whole home!

Bathroom decor & accessories

Home fragrance

There’s no better way to add a little ambience to your bathroom space then with a little home fragrance. Whether you opt for a candle or reed diffuser, both you and guests alike will appreciate the added extra of a nice scent as you enter.

Artwork

Perhaps not necessarily a bathroom essential but there’s no reason to keep your bathroom walls bare. A simple frame or two adds some personal style while elevating the space.

Wall shelves

Whether you have a tiny bathroom or a spacious master bath, adding a few floating wall shelves is the perfect way to create room for decorative items.

Good lighting

Trust us when we say, your bathroom lighting can make or break the entire space! From under shelf lighting to wall sconces, take the time to figure out what works best for your bathroom. Anything with a dimmer works perfectly to switch up the mood come evening time too!

Bathroom storage solutions

Over the door hooks or wall hooks

A fuss-free way to stop clutter from taking over your bathroom space is an over the door hook or some wall hooks. They keep towels dry which in turns prevents mould issues and ensure you never have to dry yourself with a slightly damp towel.

Storage basket

Storage baskets are perfect for holding towels, toilet paper, and all types of miscellaneous bathroom items. Opt for a few small ones or one large one and you’ll have a stylish place to stash and hide all sorts of things. 

Shower caddy

A great bathroom storage hack for those with a smaller shower space is a shower caddy. Simply place one over your shower nozzle and keep all your shampoos, conditioners, and body washes in one easy to reach place.

Storage cart

If you’re short on built-in storage, we recommend a storage cart. You can organise everything from your hand towels to your cosmetics, and they come in a range of sizes and designs so will fit in just about any bathroom!

Storage containers

Instead of shoving all your toiletries and cleaning products straight into your cabinets, opt for some small storage containers to effectively organise them.

Bathroom toiletry essentials

Good quality soap

There’s no need to splash out on super expensive hand soap, but a few extra pennies spent on a delicious smelling hand soap is definitely worth it for that luxurious hotel vibe.

Hair care

You already know your go-to hair care products but having some extra bottles on hand for when you unexpectedly reach the bottom of your bottle is never a bad idea. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, an inexpensive bottle of shampoo and conditioner will suffice.

Body and face wash

Similarly, an extra bottle of body wash is always a nice touch for your guest bathroom, as well as your own.

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Buying toothpaste in a multipack is always a good shout seeing as you use it every day. Pop some in your guest bathroom too, as well as inexpensive spare toothbrushes for impromptu family or friend sleepovers.

Cotton pads

Having cotton pads or balls on hand is useful for a few reasons. From applying skincare to removing make-up, you’ll be glad to have these tucked neatly below your vanity when needed.

Feminine hygiene

Even if you don’t menstruate, it’s important to be prepared for any guests that do. A small box of tampons and pads is sure to save the day for any unexpected appearances from mother nature.

We hope this list has helped you feel less stressed about nailing those all-important bathroom essentials! While you’re here, why not take a look at our bathroom range for even more cleaning and decor inspiration! Better yet, check out our 33 kitchen essentials to truly level up your home.