Adulting can be hard, especially when you’re still clinging to things of your youth. And while there’s something to be said for embracing your inner-child, a clean, working, and fresh-smelling bathroom is always a good call.
Because really, isn’t it time to get rid of the running toilet background music? And just imagine how much better you’ll feel about washing your face when that rust ring is no more? Hard water stains? Funky-smelling towels?
All of these issues might not seem like a big deal when you’re 20-something and stumbling home late at night. But now that you’re ready to start adulting (and are likely spending a lot more of your waking hours in the comfort of your own home), you’re likely starting to notice all the little bathroom eyesores you previously overlooked.
The following are some of the most common bathroom eyesores that it’s time to kick to the curb, including info about why they’re an issue and how to fix them. So get ready to pull up your big girl and big boy pants. It’s adult bathroom time!
The Running Toilet
Whenever you flush a toilet, you should hear running water as the tank refills, followed by silence. If that silence doesn’t come, it’s not because your toilet is a magical water feature. You likely have a running toilet.
Why This is an Issue: A running toilet may not seem like a big issue, especially as the sound can easily fade into gentle background noise. But, that running water is bad for the environment and your pocketbook. Even a silent leak can cost you upwards of $500 every water bill.
How to Fix It: An experienced plumber is always an option. And given how much a leaking toilet can cost you, it may be worth the money to bring one in. That being said, many a leaky toilet is simply due to the flush lever getting tangled or the rubber flapper not sealing properly. Sometimes you can simply untangle the flush lever or replace the rubber flapper and fix it yourself.
The Leaky Faucet
Unlike a leaky toilet, the sound of a leaky faucet can drive you a bit mad. (It’s called ‘water torture’ for a reason.)
Why This is an Issue: Just like a leaky toilet, a leaky faucet is bad for the environment and your finances. It really can be shocking how much water you’ll waste one drip at a time.
How to Fix It: If you’re renting, your landlord should be responsible for fixing your faucet. That being said, the sooner you get your faucet fixed, the sooner you’ll stop dripping away all your money. This Old House has a fantastic guide to DIYing your own faucet repair.
Do you avoid drying your face because your towel smells a little ‘off’? Face it, you have a stinky towel.
Why This is an Issue: That funk isn’t how your towel is supposed to smell. It’s a signal that there is bacteria and mold growing on your towel – on the thing that you rub ALL OVER your body! Not only is that gross, it’s not very sanitary.
How to Fit It: Generally, you can avoid stink towels by hanging your towel up to dry after every use and washing it regularly. However, if the funk isn’t gone when you wash it, it’s time to replace your towel. Furthermore, towels aren’t designed to last forever. Generally, you want to replace them once a year.
The Rust Rings
Rust rings are those rosy halos that appear around your sink or bathtub drain. This is caused by iron oxidizing on the porcelain surface.
Why This is an Issue: It makes it look like your bathroom’s not cleaned regularly, even if that’s not the case.
How to Fix It: Luckily, the fix is really easy. Cover the stain with table salt. Squeeze half a lemon on the top. Then scrub the surface with a clean nylon sponge.
The Hard Water Stains
Finding that you just can’t get your hardware clean? If you live in an area with hard water, it’s easy for your hardware to develop ghostly marks over time.
Why This is an Issue: Like rust rings, it makes your bathroom seem like it’s not cleaned regularly, even if that’s not the case.
How to Fix It: A quick and easy DIY solution is to sprinkle the affected fixtures with baking soda. Then spay them with a bottle of vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam and sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and wipe dry.