There are a few tasks that need to be done around the house to prepare for hosting house guests. First, you might think of tidying up the areas people will see when they walk through the door. It’s easy to remember to clean the kitchen, dining room, and other living areas before guests arrive. Of course, everyone knows to provide pillows and fresh bed linens in their guest room. However, people often forget to spruce up their guest bathroom before entertaining overnight visitors. When preparing your house, don’t neglect the bathroom your guests will be using. Make your guests feel welcome by providing them with the essentials, and keep a few extra toiletries available.
Freshen up and make sure the guest bathroom is spotless. Start by cleaning the mirrors; you don’t want to have your guests use a dirty, foggy mirror. Then, use disinfectant wipes to clean the counter, sink, light switch, and door handles. These areas can collect fingerprints, especially if you have young kids around the house. Next, be sure to vacuum and mop the bathroom floor. Replace used bath mats with clean ones. Clean your shower to get rid of any soap scum, shower grime, and body oils with Wet & Forget Shower. Disinfect and deodorize your toliet cover, door handles, and countertops with Wet & Forget Indoor. If you aren’t sharing a bathroom with your guests, you can clear out your items, so they have enough space for their products.
Having guests stay over should be all the motivation you need to finally replace any broken or leaking fixtures in your guest bathroom. If it’s a simple repair, like putting in a new shower head, you can do it yourself. For a more challenging project, leave enough time for a professional to come in and fix it before your guests arrive.
Fill the Room with your Favorite Scent
A pleasant aroma adds to an overall relaxing experience for your guest. Add a pop of color and place a vase of fresh flowers on the counter. Or you can light one of your favorite scented candles. Try an essential oil reed diffuser, wax warmer, or a plug-in air freshener if you don’t want to deal with an open flame.
If you’re looking for a more seasonal scent, check out our tutorial about making cinnamon pumpkin candles here.
Set out new washcloths, bath towels and hand towels for guests to use. Clear off your towels and leave a place for guests to hang theirs up. If your bathroom has enough space, make a hamper accessible, so your guests know where to put their used towels. A good tip for the future is to invest in some high-quality towels that are a different color from yours. This way you will always have a fresh set on hand for guests to use.
Stock up on Basics
Having bathroom basics on hand will make your guests feel welcome. No guest bathroom is complete without hand soap, a trash can, tissues, and toilet paper. You don’t want to make your guests ask for anything while they are staying at your house. Accommodate your guests with anything they might need, whether they’re over for just one night, or for a whole week.
If your guests are flying in from out of town or staying longer than a few days, they might not have been able to pack everything they need. Whether it’s due to flying restrictions, or room in their suitcase, they probably couldn’t bring their full-sized products. Save them a trip to the store and stock up on the essentials. Have soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion set out for them to use if they need to. Set extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, or even a small mouthwash by the sink.
If you want to go above and beyond, provide your guests with a few extra items they might not need, but will appreciate. Make your guests feel like they are staying in a high-end hotel or spa, and include an assortment of scented body wash, loofahs, or bubble bath. It is so easy to purchase these inexpensive items, and just a little extra effort can make a huge impact.
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