How to outfit a bathroom with toiletries

Written by sheila c. wilkinson
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Stocking an entire house with everyday supplies is often an outrageously expensive proposition. The bathroom has a lot of essentials on its own. To outfit a new bathroom involves knowing what you really need to start off right. Think of which family members will be using the bathroom to get a good start.

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    Think of every function there is in a bathroom and you will have the bones for your shopping list. Make a heading for each of the following: Shower and Bath, Face, Hand and Nail Care, Hair Care, Men's Products, Ladies Products, Oral Hygiene and Supplies. This should cover just about anything that goes into a bathroom.

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    List the shower and bath needs of everyone in the household. You'll need deodorant soap, a moisturising soap, bubble bath, shower gels, shaving cream and disposable razors. You can also add a back brush, bath sponge, puff scrubber, pumice stone and nail brush. You shouldn't need to stock up on any of these items unless you want to buy extra soap which is cheaper in bulk.

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    Think about the hair care items that you use all the time. Shampoo, cream rinse or conditioner, gel, mousse and detanglers are pretty standard fare. Adding a comb and brush, a blow dryer, curling iron and hot rollers should complete this area.

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    List items that fall under Face, Hand and Nail Care. Items can include special cleansers and treatments such as face wash, toner, moisturiser, acne treatments and basic make-up. You may also want tweezers, an electric razor and/or moustache and beard trimmer. You'll also want emery boards, nail polish, cuticle sticks and fingernail clippers.

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    Think about the particular man using this bathroom. He will need his favourite cologne, aftershave, men's deodorant and shaving cream or gel. A beard or moustache trimmer, men's hair products and electric razor may also be important essentials.

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    List perfume, cologne, body lotions, and scented powders under Ladies Needs. Many women prefer ladies deodorants and shaving gels or creams rather than generic ones.

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    Write down toothbrushes and toothpaste under Oral Hygiene. Other needs in this category would include mouthwash, dental floss, a water pick appliance, whitening strips, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

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    List paper products including toilet tissue, facial tissues and feminine hygiene products under supplies. You will also need such things as cotton swabs, pads and balls, and perhaps scented candles. Don't forget a toilet brush and cleanser, glass cleaner and bathroom antibacterial spray or wipes. A non-skid bath tub mat, bath rugs, a shower curtain and towels will round out just about everything that probably would ever be needed in one bathroom. See the eHow article "How to Outfit a Medicine Cabinet." The URL is listed below.

Tips and warnings

  • Make your list early and look for coupons and sales since you will need to buy so much.

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