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Seven Simple Tips to Prep Your Bathroom for a Party

While the family room, dining room and the front porch will be decked, trimmed and cleaned to the 9's for any party, there's always that one room in the house we all seem to forget about when we plan a party.

We're talking about the bathroom.

Yes, we're sure you clean it regularly, but there are a few extra tips to keep in mind when you're prepping it for a larger number of guests. Ensure your bathroom looks it best with these seven simple tips and we bet your family will wonder where you're stashing the maid!

De-clutter the junk.

Decide which objects deserve to be on display (pretty soaps, perfume bottles) and then tuck away the ones that don't (hot rollers, curling irons). If you need extra storage, invest in pretty rattan baskets to hide all of the "don'ts" or move them to another closet for the party's duration.

Clean the bathroom floors.

No one expects a pristine bathroom floor, but give it your best shot. ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda helps remove the dirt and grime from bathroom tiles quickly and easily - just mix a cup of it into a bucket of warm water, then mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For tougher stains, use a bristled brush and your muscles!

Set a spa-like mood.

We instantly relax and feel better about tiled spaces when it reminds us of a spa and we bet your guests can relate to that thought. Arrange a group of five or six tea lights on a shelf. Or, if you're concerned about leaving lit candles burning, pick up a pair of larger, flameless candles that use batteries. Finish off with a small potted plant and clean hand towel displayed by the sink.

Scratchless Cleaning.

For safe, natural and effective cleaning of bathroom tubs and sinks sprinkle ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. You won't mess up your tiles or ceramic surfaces and it won't look as if you neglect your bathroom's fixtures.

Launder your linens.

Before the bash, make sure to have a fresh set of hand towels and washcloths ready. Also, a thick, plush bathmat in a bold color not only feels good under guests' feet, but can add a bright spot to an otherwise neutral bathroom. Same goes for the shower curtain - just be careful not to overdo it, otherwise your bathroom will feel smaller than it actually is.

Deodorize drains.

One of the simplest fixes you might not think of is ridding your bathroom of unwanted scents. To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour a cup of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda down the drain while running the warm tap water. Finish by lighting a scented candle or placing a natural aroma diffuser in the space.

Add last-minute touches.

Display a favorite photograph, add a bud vase with fresh flowers, or even hang a new piece of artwork. Anything that makes the space more personal will make your bathroom feel more finished and your guests feel more welcome. If it's the holiday season, consider bringing some natural decor into the space or, if it's the summer, add seashells into the mix - think seasonal as you would elsewhere in your home!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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