The Ultimate Apartment Bathroom Checklist

Although your bathroom might be the smallest room in your apartment, you’ll need a good number of supplies to make the best of it. Basics ranging from toilet paper to towels don’t just magically come with your apartment. It may even fall upon you to furnish your bathroom; you may be surprised that basics like a shower rod aren’t there at all!

With this ultimate bathroom checklist, you can be sure that all your must-have first aid, personal care, and bathroom furnishing items are taken care of with that first big shop after you move in. The items in this list are broken down by category, and the most vital items on the checklist are indicated in bold, so you can prioritize the very most important things as you whip your bathroom into shape.

First Aid 

First and foremost is your personal safety! The right first aid supplies should be right on hand in the event of an accident in your home. With first aid supplies, you can take a shortcut and buy a first aid kit to store under your bathroom sink. Such a purchase is truly a shortcut, though, as a standard first aid kit will contain only a small quantity of your basic first aid needs. Ideally, you’ll buy all the below items individually so you’re always well-stocked. This way, if you nick yourself shaving or scrape your knee, you’ll always have proper treatment supplies on hand.

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Adhesive bandages, small and large
  • Bandage wrap
  • Cleansing wipes, preferably alcohol-free
  • Disposable gloves (also useful outside first aid kit and bathroom)
  • Eyewash and eye bath
  • Gauze dressings of various sizes
  • Hand sanitizer (also useful outside first aid kit and bathroom)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sterile eye dressings
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers

Cleaning and plumbing essentials

Sprays and cleaners formulated specifically for bathroom use will make your cleaning routine way easier. Toilets and drains inevitably clog on occasion, so you should make sure you have basic plumbing supplies in arm’s reach. If your bathroom encounters any plumbing issues that you can’t easily fix yourself, you may want to ask your landlord to hire a plumber.

  • Bathroom cleaning spray
  • Drain cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Grout brush
  • Grout cleaner
  • Plunger
  • Scrub brush
  • Tile cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Tub cleaner

You should also keep the following cleaning supplies on stock for use both in your bathroom and throughout your house:

  • All-purpose cleaning spray
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Disinfecting wipes and spray
  • Disposable gloves
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mop
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Sponges

Basic Care

Your bathroom is your number-one stop for hygiene, so it’s best to keep all your basic care supplies amply stocked. Nobody likes getting in the shower only to realize there’s no soap, or grabbing a toothbrush but realizing there’s no toothpaste. If you have all the below in fair amounts, you’ll be able to dodge that “uh-oh” moment.

  • Body wash or bar soap
  • Body and hand lotion
  • Comb or hairbrush
  • Conditioner
  • Cotton swabs and balls
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Fingernail and toenail clippers
  • Hand mirror
  • Hand soap
  • Lip balm
  • Menstrual products
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail file
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Shower cap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wet wipes

Basic Medicine

A well-stocked medicine cabinet in your bathroom can help you address most common medical maladies. When that unexpected headache strikes or pollen levels soar to welcome the return of spring, you’ll want to have certain over-the-counter medicines on hand for quick, easy relief.

  • Allergy medicine
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Antifungal and antibacterial cream
  • Antihistamines
  • Bacitracin
  • Cough, cold, and flu medicine
  • Eye drops
  • Lozenges and cough drops
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Stomach relief medication
  • Shower accessories

No shower is complete without the right supplies. Towels for drying off post-shower, curtains for privacy and keeping water from getting everywhere, a bath rug to step onto after your shower, and a rod that can keep your shower curtains in place will make your shower that much better.

  • Bath rug
  • Bath safety mat
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Shower rod/tension rod
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Towel rack, if one isn’t installed

What bathroom essentials do you think we missed?

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