Bathroom Vocabulary in English

When traveling, it is always useful to know English. This can help you to get by in everyday situations, such as ordering food or asking for directions. If you are planning a trip to an English-speaking country, it is a good idea to learn some basic English bathroom vocabulary.

Bathroom Vocabulary in English

Bath mat

a cloth put on the floor to stand on after a bath or a piece of rubber on the bottom of a bath or shower to keep someone from sliding and falling

Bath mat (/ˈbæθ ˌmæt/)

“Bath mat” Sentences:

  • I got the smallest bath mat that I could find. (Source: The Modest Man)
  • It’s a regular, standard bath mat that you probably use in your own bathroom. (Source: National Geographic)
  • A baby tub or bath mat to keep them secure during bathing. (Source: Howdini)
  • That’s the bath mat. Those are the bath toys. (Source: CBC)
  • What I do is keep a bath mat out here. (Source: ehowhome)

a container large enough for a person to sit in to take a bath

Bathtub (/ˈbæθ.tʌb/)

“Bathtub” Sentences:

  • I’m going to the bathroom and sitting in the bathtub while my kids are still sleeping. (Source: Rebekah Borucki)
  • Finally, with two hours to go, I’d sweat in a hot bathtub and weigh myself every ten to 15 minutes to make sure I didn’t overdo it. (Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business)

an object with short pieces of stiff hair, plastic, or wire attached to a base or handle, used for cleaning

Brush (/brʌʃ/)

“Brush” Sentences:

  • Is he using a toilet brush? (Source: Doctor Mike)
  • These gloves came free with my toilet brush. (Source: Doctor Mike)
  • And we have a toilet brush for cleaning the toilet and some extra toilet paper. (Source: Speak English With Vanessa)

a container with an open top and a handle, often used for carrying liquids

Bucket (/ˈbʌk.ɪt/)

“Bucket” Sentences:

  • That’s why I got this bucket of dirt. (Source: Babish Culinary Universe)
  • Time to leave the bathroom with my bucket of water. (Source: 123 Go!)
  • Their bathroom was a plastic bucket. (Source: The Infographics Show)

a substance used for cleaning

Cleanser (/ˈklen.zɚ/)

“Cleanser” Sentences:

  • That’s our revitalizing sonic cleanser. It’s completely new to the market. (Source: The Balancing Act)
  • So, if you’re washing once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser, you’re doing good. (Source: weiupbs)
  • I was told at one time they were making lady’s face cleanser. (Source: AustinMcConnell)
Clothes peg

a device used for holding clothes onto a clothesline while they dry

Clothes peg (/ˈkləʊðz ˌpeɡ/)

“Clothes peg” Sentences:

  • I’ve also taken a clothes peg to secure all the papers together. (Source: leedsmuseums)
  • One night I actually went to bed with a clothes peg on my nose to try to make it narrower. (Source: Today I Found Out)

a length of rope or string from which wet clothes are hung, usually outside, to dry

Clothesline (/ˈkloʊðz.laɪn/)

“Clothesline” Sentences:

  • I don’t know what it is about the clothesline. (Source: Pioneer PBS)
  • It can be made out of rope, a clothesline, twine. (Source: TED)
  • And this is like a clothesline — that’s how they were drying their clothes. (Source: Academy of Art University)

a flat piece of plastic, wood, or metal with a thin row of long, narrow parts along one side, used to tidy and arrange your hair

Comb (/koʊm/)

“Comb” Sentences:

  • You never wanted to put a comb or a brush through it? (Source: TED-Ed Student Talks)
  • “woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head”. (Source: 99U)
  • a brush with medium size bristles or a comb will suffice. (Source: Real Men Real Style)
Electric razor

a device for removing hair, with different types of blades that turn or move backward and forward

Electric razor (/iˌlek.trɪk ˈreɪ.zɚ/)

“Electric razor” Sentences:

  • It was a new electric razor. (Source: Ben Claremont)
  • He says okay takes out the electric razor and just goes ham on my head. (Source: Domics)
  • “Did he ever have an electric razor?” (Source: Ted)

a device that controls the flow of liquid, especially water, from a pipe

Faucet (/ˈfɑː.sət/)

“Faucet” Sentences:

  • That’s like water coming out of your faucet or your garden hose. (Source: Bloomberg Quicktake: Originals)
  • When I get rich, I’m going to have a faucet in my house. (Source: Talks at Google)
  • I hear him turn on the faucet and pour himself a glass of warm tap water. (Source: TED)

a brush used for making the hair on your head neat and smooth

Hairbrush (/ˈher.brʌʃ/)

“Hairbrush” Sentences:

  • deodorant, hairbrush, soaps, that kind of thing just some extra bathroom stuff. (Source: My Green Closet)
  • Okay, the tool you will need for this look, is a hairbrush. (Source: Jessica Kellgren-Fozard)
  • Oh, and then my wife wants to borrow my hairbrush. (Source: Jessica Kellgren-Fozard)
Hair dryer

an electrical device, usually held in the hand, that blows out hot air and is used for drying a person’s hair

Hair dryer (/ˈher ˌdraɪ.ɚ/)

“Hair dryer” Sentences:

  • This thing is not like a hair dryer. (Source: Graeme Stevenson (Colour in Your Life))
  • I’ll just try and see what happens with a hair dryer. (Source: Graeme Stevenson (Colour in Your Life))
  • It does sound like a hair dryer. (Source: The Student Hub Live)

a curved piece of wire, wood, or plastic on which clothes are hung while they are being stored

Hanger (/ˈhæŋ.ɚ/)

“Hanger” Sentences:

  • Then what I do, is I hang the hanks each on their own clothes hanger. (Source: VeryPink Knits)
  • I didn’t have to use a clothes hanger. (Source: PierceCollegeDist11)
  • I was the clothes hanger problem solver. (Source: Craig Groeschel)
Laundry basket

a large container in which dirty clothes are kept until they are washed

Laundry basket (/ˈlɑːn.dri ˌbæs.kɪt/)

“Laundry basket” Sentences:

  • “Oh my God, it’s a laundry basket.” (Source: TEDx Talks)
  • The sink is between the shelf and the laundry basket. (Source: Speak English With Vanessa)
  • Almost got a glimpse of dirty thong in the laundry basket. (Source: Hannah Witton)
Laundry detergent

a detergent in the form of a powder or liquid that is used for washing clothes and other things made of cloth

Laundry detergent (/ˈlɑːn.dri dɪˌtɝː.dʒənt/)

“Laundry detergent” Sentences:

  • You can go to the supermarket today, and you can buy a laundry detergent. (Source: TED)
  • Make sure that my laundry detergent doesn’t have a lot of phosphorus in it. (Source: Pioneer PBS)
  • wash those clothes and those boots with laundry detergent, dish liquid, body soap, and bleach. (Source: Peace Corps)
Measuring jug

a container used for measuring liquids with lines printed on the side showing how much it contains

Measuring jug (/ˈmeʒ.ə.rɪŋ ˌdʒʌɡ/)

“Measuring jug” Sentences:

  • This measuring jug is too big. (Source: Zoella)
  • Here’s a microwave-safe measuring jug. (Source: Adam Ragusea)
  • I also have a plastic bucket with a tightly-fitting lid and a measuring jug. (Source: rewboss)

a piece of glass with a shiny, metal-covered back that reflects light, producing an image of whatever is in front of it

Mirror (/ˈmɪr.ɚ/)

“Mirror” Sentences:

  • When you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror, what do you see? (Source: TED)
  • I felt as if everybody wanted to hold me up and put the mirror in front of my face. (Source: GRCCtv)
  • The lake is calm and polished like a mirror. (Source: The National Gallery)

a stick with soft material attached to one end, especially used for washing floors

Mop (/mɑːp/)

“Mop” Sentences:

  • They may even pick up a broom, mop, do something to make the place better. (Source: MinnStateCTE)
  • Give your child child-sized tools: a small broom, dustpan and brush, a mop. (Source: Sunday with Sarah)
  • When your little robot arms can’t use a mop and bucket. (Source: BE AMAZED)

a liquid used for keeping the mouth clean and smelling fresh

Mouthwash (/ˈmaʊθ.wɑːʃ/)

“Mouthwash” Sentences:

  • Mouthwash to get rid of that nasty morning halitosis. (Source: Grunge)
  • In 2003 a 45-year-old man died after drinking nearly three liters of mouthwash. (Source: Grunge)
  • I’m not going to show you what type of mouthwash this is because this is not branded content. (Source: Just Between Us)

a substance used to give something a smooth and shiny surface when rubbed in

Polish (/ˈpɑː.lɪʃ/)

“Polish” Sentences:

  • It was polished with shoe polish. (Source: CalSouthern PSYCHOLOGY)
  • Shoe polish, hand creams, and even glue are all made of wax. (Source: Detroit Public TV)
  • They have odor removers, furniture polish, furniture cleaners, and all these different things. (Source: Angela Brown Cleaning)

a brand name for a short stick with a small amount of cotton on each end that is used for cleaning, especially the ears

Q-tip (/ˈkjuː.tɪp/)

“Q-tip” Sentences:

  • It’ll open its mouth so you can quickly get a DNA swab with a Q-tip. (Source: TED)
  • You can use a Q-tip to help move the packing into the wound. (Source: OPENPediatrics)
  • I like to mix it with a Q-Tip til it all blends together. (Source: Vogue)

a small device with a sharp blade for removing hair, especially from the face or legs

Razor (/ˈreɪ.zɚ/)

“Razor” Sentences:

  • I shave with a razor and cream by Pour Hommes. (Source: CUNY TV)
  • We use a razor blade. (Source: ilovecookingireland)
  • He basically takes a razor blade and scissors out all of the miracles. (Source: University of California Television (UCTV))

a device for weighing things or people

Scale (/skeɪl/)

“Scale” Sentences:

  • If you wanna be very accurate, you can use a scale. (Source: emmymade)
  • You could also use a scale to measure these evenly. (Source: Tasty)

a liquid soap used for washing the hair, or the act of washing the hair with this liquid

Shampoo (/ʃæmˈpuː/)

Shampoo” Sentences:

  • The time I cried after the girl at the salon sold me shampoo and I overdrew my bank account. (Source: Kindra Hall)
  • My mom came up with the idea of using old shampoo bottles. (Source: Talks at Google)

a device that releases drops of water through a lot of very small holes and that you stand under to wash your whole body

Shower (/ˈʃaʊ.ɚ/)

“Shower” Sentences:

  • I was taking a shower in a hotel room in Sydney the moment she died 600 miles away in Melbourne. (Source: TED)
  • I take a shower and it’s a cold shower and I do believe in cold therapy. It works for me. (Source: Be Inspired)

a bowl that is attached to the wall in a kitchen or bathroom in which you wash dishes or your hands

Sink (/sɪŋk/)

“Sink” Sentences:

  • Finally, we want multifunctional spaces and housewares: a sink combined with a toilet, a dining table becomes a bed. (Source: TED)
  • The metaphor of water flowing into a sink with the plug pulled out. (Source: UQx Denial101x Making Sense of Climate Science Denial)

a substance used for washing the body or other things

Soap (/soʊp/)

“Soap” Sentences:

  • The key processing step only requires soap and water. (Source: TED)
  • No soap or soda should be used otherwise that will taint them. (Source: English Heritage)

soft paper that is used for cleaning, especially your nose, and is thrown away after use

Tissue (/ˈtɪʃ.uː/)

“Tissue” Sentences:

  • Use tissue and a fresh little section of tissue to wipe away each bit. (Source: Jessica Kellgren-Fozard)
  • Have tissue boxes around and simply use tissue when you’re cleaning out your nose. (Source: Real Men Real Style)

a bowl-shaped device with a seat that you sit on or stand near when emptying the body of urine or solid waste

Toilet (/ˈtɔɪ.lət/)

“Toilet” Sentences:

  • Looking around I can’t see a toilet on the Firefly. (Source: NationalArmyMuseumUK)
  • She dropped her cell phone into the toilet. (Source: TED)
Toilet paper

soft paper, usually in a long roll, used to clean yourself when you have used the toilet

Toilet paper (/ˈtɔɪ.lət ˌpeɪ.pɚ/)

“Toilet paper” Sentences:

  • Toilet paper, of course, is made from plant or wood pulp. (Source: emmymade)
  • The Chinese are inventing the compass and toilet paper. (Source: Talks at Google)

a small brush with a long handle that you use to clean your teeth

Toothbrush (/ˈtuːθ.brʌʃ/)

“Toothbrush” Sentences:

  • The toothpaste and toothbrush are working to remove or wear the plaque from your teeth. (Source: TED)
  • I was out of there in about a minute with my toothbrush. (Source: Talks at Google)

a substance that you put onto a toothbrush to clean your teeth

Toothpaste (/ˈtuːθ.peɪst/)

“Toothpaste” Sentences:

  • You also get 25% off any body wash or toothpaste. (Source: Babish Culinary Universe)
  • I promise if we put diamonds in your toothpaste, you’re going to remove that plaque. (Source: TED)

a piece of cloth or paper used for drying someone or something that is wet

Towel (/taʊəl/)

“Towel” Sentences:

  • I used to dry my face with my bath towel. (Source: Ali Abdaal)
  • Pillowcase and bath towel to be changed at least every fortnight.. (Source:
Trash bag

a plastic bag put inside a trash can to hold the waste and keep the container clean

Trash bag (/ˈtræʃ ˌbæɡ/)

“Trash bag” Sentences:

  • You can use a trash bag like I’m using here, or you can also use a burlap sack that’s been soaked in water. (Source: Appalachian Bonsai)
  • You can use a trash bag with soil instead. (Source: 123 GO!)
Trash can

a large container for holding waste

Trash can (/ˈtræʃ ˌkæn/)

“Trash can” Sentences:

  • We treat the planet like a trash can. (Source: Naropa University)
  • I came across this trash can full of these birds. (Source: Talks at Google)
Washing machine

a machine for washing clothes, sheets, and other things made of cloth

Washing machine (/ˈwɑː.ʃɪŋ məˌʃiːn/)

“Washing machine” Sentences:

  • no hot water, no oven, no washing machine. (Source: TEDx Talks)
  • I just put all your clothes in the washing machine. (Source: ELI Talks)

a chemical substance in the form of a powder or a liquid for removing dirt from clothes, dishes, etc

Detergent (/dɪˈtɝː.dʒənt/)

“Detergent ” Sentences:

  • So let’s say you wanted to make detergent. Let’s say you’re Unilever and you want to make detergent in a factory near Liverpool. (Source: TED)
  • Detergent and soap is the best product to be cleaning with. (Source: Rural Health Channel)

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