Wackiest Bath Products III
Yet another roundup of the bizarre, weirdly useful, and completely unnecessary items available in bath accessories
The bathroom is a place for serious business. But some product companies may not have gotten the memo, because we've uncovered yet another round of silly, strange, and sometimes poorly thought-out items designed to be used in the loo. From glow-in-the-dark toilet paper to a driveable kids' potty-training seat, our third installment of odd-ball products and accessories for your washroom will amaze and amuse you.
There is no reason for you to stop reading This Old House or watching Game of Thrones just because you need to visit your own throne. Prop your iPad up on this convenient stand, adjust the viewing angle, and keep doing your, um, business.
CTA Digital Pedestal Stand for iPad with Roll Holder, about $43; amazon.com
...And if you have a little one who wants to do as you do, coax them into using the potty with their own iPad-ready potty training seat. They can practice right along with the latest potty-training apps. Don't worry about the mess—it comes with a touchscreen cover for protection.
CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad, about $40; amazon.com
If you've ever pulled a Seinfeld and knocked your honey's toothbrush in the toilet, this little invention is made just for you. A rubberized, weighted base keeps the brush perpetually upright, saving you the horror of having to fish an errant tooth cleaner out of the bowl.
Bobble Brush, about $13; quirky.com
Forget using bath time as cleanup time. Let your budding Picasso draw all over the tile, themselves, or you! These washable coloring tools make trying to get little Johnny spic and span an exciting challenge. Nothing like cleaning up your kid after you've already cleaned up your kid.
Toysmith Bath Time Crayon Tub Toy, about $7; amazon.com
Don't waste your time debating the merits of a cotton-feel or a double-ply. The real sign of commode sophistication is bespoke toilet paper, custom printed with the design, logo, or image of your choice. Perfect for the proud—or maybe disgruntled—employee, family member, or political activist in your life.
Custom Printed Toilet Paper, $35 Set-up fee plus $2.86-$12 per roll; justtoiletpaper.com
Taking a shower is so boring! Why not liven up your wash time with a game? Or better yet, up your efficiency by making your grocery list while you soap up. These pads are made with special waterproof paper and ink, so you can while away a shower with a lively game of naked word search.
Aqua Fun Notes, $7 each; myaquanotes.com
Do you ever feel that you absolutely can't do a DIY project without the aid of a kit? Well, guesswork gone, my friend! No need to waste time gathering up a plain, white liner and a Sharpie to draw on your shower curtain. This kit has everything you'll need to create a custom design (namely a plain white liner and a Sharpie-like marker).
DIY Shower Curtain, $38; uncommongoods.com
If you're not a tentacled sea creature, you're at a big disadvantage in a water-heavy setting like your shower. Hey—you only have two hands, and boy that soap makes them slippery, amirite? But this guy has nine grippy arms, perfect for holding all your bottles of washes, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, bubble-baths—and who knows what else.
Shower Squids, $35; uncommongoods.com
Make water conservation a fun game. The Water Pebble sits near your drain and measures your water usage. It acts like a traffic light, flashing yellow (caution!) when you've used half the water you've programmed into it, and then red (stop!) when you should shut off the spout. Lather, rinse, repeat as fast as you can!
Water Pebble, $10; uncommongoods.com
Nothing beats smelling like a hangover, even when you don't have one. This six-pack of soaps is made from beer (alcohol thankfully removed). We guess it's one way to start your day with a lager, ale, stout, or porter—and still maintain your other six-pack.
Beer Soap 6 Pack, $50; uncommongoods.com
It may look like you've traded your shower head for a disco light, but don't be fooled! These flashing LED, neon lights merely signal the water temperature: over 89 degrees the light changes from blue to red. It's up to you if you'd rather to blast "I Will Survive" or "Super Freak" while bathing.
Temperature Controlled Shower Light, About $40; baronbob.com
The situation: Nature calls, and you're suddenly awake in the dark of night. You stumble into the pitch-black bathroom, but you can't see where you are supposed to aim. Install this wee (ha!) light to shine directly on the bowl and hit your target every time.
Over-The-Hill Potty Night Light, about $7; baronbob.com
There's nothing better than a toilet on wheels. Except maybe a toilet on wheels powered by a toddler. In your house. Nothing could go wrong here.
Super Car Steering Wheel Fun Potty Trainer, About $25; amazon.com
Don't panic! There is NOT an actual tiny brightly colored person drowning down your drain. Phew! It's just a fun stopper.
Help Me Reaching Drowning Hand Vortex Drain Stopper, About $13; amazon.com
A roll you can see in the darkest of bathrooms, these illuminated toilet paper sheets stand in for a nightlight. No word yet on whether the radiance is, well, transferable.
Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper, About $7; thinkgeek.com
For the device-happy, social media junkie who checks his Facebook page every few seconds: entice him to take a shower by bringing his user profile into the bathoom with him. Just don't let him post this photo on his page.
Spinning Hat Social Shower Curtain, About $17; amazon.com
If you've ever felt like your bathroom remodel was missing that subtle voice-of-god feature, just grab one of these talking toilet paper holders and record away. One spin to peel off some paper, and the unsuspecting user will be startled to hear your voice alarmingly close by. Use it to remind yourself to go to the gym, order your kids to do their homework, or just scare the bejeezus out of your party guests.
Spitfire Ventures Talking TP Toilet Paper Spindle, $25; sears.com
Your dog's not the only one who can experience the sheer joy of drinking from the toilet. Now you can slurp your morning coffee from your own, true-to-life 12-ounce ceramic bowl.
Toilet Mug, $15; fredflare.com
We've heard this Sudoku game is super addictive. Can't draw yourself away long enough to use the bathroom? Don't worry, you can solve a whole roll full of puzzles and still relieve yourself.
Sudoku Toilet Paper, About $8; prankplace.com