Essential Spanish Bathroom Vocabulary [90+ Words & Verbs]


When learning Spanish, new speakers may find it challenging to talk about their daily routines or name objects in the bathroom with the same vocabulary that a native speaker would use. So in order to help you overcome that issue, in this article, we compiled a list of Spanish vocabulary for the bathroom. 

As a way to make this article easier for you, we have split the vocabulary into objects that you can find in the bathroom and verbs that will be useful to describe your actions and activities in this room. 

Finally, since we know that the best way to learn new vocabulary is to put it into practice as soon as possible, we’ll show you some examples and phrase structures that you can use when applying your bathroom vocabulary.

Spanish vocabulary for bathroom objects

Below, you will find a list of Spanish nouns that you can use to describe or to talk about the objects that you may find in the bathroom. Since knowing if a noun is feminine or masculine can be hard for new Spanish learners, we included definite articles to help you know the gender or number of each noun. Remember:

  • La – Singular, feminine noun
  • El – Singular, masculine noun
  • Las – Plural, feminine noun
  • Los – Plural, masculine noun

Bathroom Objects in Spanish 

ImageEnglishSpanish
Bar of soapLa barra de jabón / La pastilla de jabón
Bath matEl tapete para el baño / La alfombrilla
Bath saltsLas sales de baño
Bath spongeLa esponja
BathrobeEl albornoz / La bata de baño
Bathroom / RestroomEl cuarto de baño / El baño
Bathroom cabinet / Medicine cabinetEl armario / El gabinete
Bathtub / TubLa bañera / La tina
Bubble bathEl baño de burbujas
Clothes hamperEl cesto de la ropa sucia
Cold waterEl agua fría
CologneLa colonia / La loción
ConditionerEl acondicionador
Cotton swab / Cotton budsEl cotonete / El bastoncillo de algodón
DeodorantEl desodorante
DrainEl desagüe / El drenaje
DryerLa secadora
Electric shaverLa máquina de afeitar
First-aid-kitEl botiquín
Flip flops / SlippersLas sandalias / Las chanclas
FlossEl hilo dental
Flush handleLa palanca / La palanca de descarga
FoamLa espuma
HairbrushEl cepillo
Hand dryerEl secamanos
Hot waterEl agua caliente
Liquid soapEl jabón líquido
Make-upEl maquillaje
MirrorEl espejo
MouthwashEl enjuague bucal
Nail clippersEl cortauñas
PlungerLa bomba para el baño / El émbolo
Razor / Shaving razorLa cuchilla / El rastrillo
ScaleLa báscula
ShampooEl champú
Shaving creamLa crema de afeitar
ShowerLa ducha/ La regadera
Shower cap / Bathing capEl gorro de baño/El gorro de ducha
Shower curtainLa cortina de baño
Shower gel / Liquid soapEl gel de ducha
Shower stallLa cabina de ducha
Shower streamEl chorro de la regadera
SinkEl lavabo
Soap dishLa jabonera
Tap / FaucetLas llaves de agua / El grifo
TissueEl pañuelo desechable
ToiletEl baño / El inodoro
Toilet lidLa tapa del baño
Toilet paperEl papel de baño/ El papel higiénico
Toilet seatEl asiento del baño
Toilet tankEl tanque del baño / La cisterna
ToothbrushEl cepillo de dientes
Toothbrush holderEl portacepillos
ToothpasteLa pasta de dientes
TowelLa toalla
Towel holder / Towel rackEl toallero
Towel rod / Towel HangerEl gancho para toallas
Trash canEl bote de basura
TweezersLas pinzas
WaterEl agua

Take note: Even though bañarse is the direct translation of ‘to bath / to bathe’. Some Spanish speaking countries also use this verb as a synonym of ‘to take a shower’. 

Common Spanish Verbs to Describe Bathroom Activities

Here is a list of verbs that we use when talking about actions or activities in the bathroom. 

In some instances, you may find some synonyms. This is because in some Spanish speaking countries they may have a preference for one word instead of the other. However, this vocabulary is not specific to one country. As a result, you may use all words. 

EnglishSpanish
To bath / To bathe / To take a showerBañarse / Tomar un baño
To brushCepillar
To brush (oneself)Cepillarse
To cleanLimpiar
To clean (oneself) / To blow (oneself’s) noseLimpiarse
To closeCerrar
To clugTapar
To comPeinar
To comb (oneself)Peinarse
To cut / To clippCortarse
To defecateDefecar
To dry (oneself) / To toweling (oneself)Secarse
To dry / To dry (oneself)Secar
To floss / To use dental flossUsar hilo dental
To flushTirar de la cadena / Echarle agua al baño
To gargleHacer gárgaras
To go to the bathroomIr al baño / Hacer del baño
To groomArreglarse
To openAbrir
To peeHacer pis / Hacer pipí
To poopHacer popó
To putPoner
To put on makeupMaquillarse
To rinseEnjuagar
To rinse (oneself)Enjuagarse
To rubTallar
To rub (oneself)Tallarse / Frotarse
To shaveAfeitarse
To showerDucharse / Tomar una ducha
To soap upEnjabonar
To soap up (oneself)Enjabonarse
To unclogDestapar el baño
To urinateOrinar
To washLavar
To wash (oneself)Lavarse
To watch (oneself)Mirarse / Verse

Take Note: Many of the verbs that we use in the bathroom are Spanish reflexive verbs. This is because most of the actions that we carry out in this room are performed and received by the same person. These verbs can be easily identified as the end with ‘se’. These have also been labelled with ‘(oneself)’ in the above table.

Activities, Common Phrases & Examples using Bathroom Vocabulary

The examples will contain both nouns and verbs related to the bathroom and should prove useful for applying the vocabulary listed above. 

Additionally, you’ll find some common phrase structures that will help you communicate better in the bathroom. This will allow you to use almost all of the verbs and nouns in this article in practical, real-world conversations.

Describing Activities in the Bathroom

When applying the bathroom vocabulary, there are some general phrase structures that will help you build statements, questions and improve your Spanish communication skills. Each of the following structures will have its own purpose or intention. 

Describing your Activities in the Bathroom

In the verb vocabulary section, in Spanish, we have some ‘standard’ verbs that we can use to describe some activities or actions that we perform in the bathroom. Here is a common phrase structure that you can use for these cases:

[Verb conjugated] + [noun]

Espérame, voy a ir al baño Wait, I’m going to go to the bathroom

Todas las noches, Elia usa hilo dental Every night, Elia flosses

Victoria nunca cierra la llave del agua caliente Victoria never turns off the hot water tap

Isabel y Alicia hacen gárgaras con el enjuague bucal Isabel and Alicia gargle with the mouthwash

Yo siempre destapo el baño porque nadie más lo hace I always unclog the toilet because nobody else does it

Reflexive Verbs for the Bathroom

The previous structure is helpful when working with Spanish ‘standard’ verbs. We mentioned earlier that a lot of the Spanish bathroom activities require the use of reflexive verbs. This is because most of the actions we do in the bathroom are done and received by the same person.

These reflexive verbs can’t always be directly translated into in English. However, they’re quite important in Spanish. Here is the phrase structure and some examples. 

[Reflexive verb conjugated] + [complement]

Me lavo la cara con agua fría I wash my face with cold water

Carlos se cepilla el cabello con el cepillo de su hermana Carlos brushes his hair with his sister’s hairbrush

¡Qué sucio! Te lavas las manos por muy poquito tiempo That’s dirty! You wash your hands for such a short amount of time

Esteban y Luis se cortan las uñas antes de bañarse Esteban and Luis clip their nails before showering

Mis hermanos no se bañan en las noches porque se bañan en las mañanas My brothers don’t shower at night because they shower in the mornings

If you wanted to emphasize that the action is taking place right now, you could use the following sentence structure: 

[Estar conjugated] + [reflexive verb in gerund form]

El baño está ocupado, César se está lavando los dientes The bathroom is occupied, Cesar is brushing his teeth

¿Ya te estás maquillando? Necesito usar el baño You’re putting on your makeup? I need to use the bathroom

Spanish reflexive verbs are quite important when talking about routines and activities in the bathroom. As a result, in this guide to reflexive verbs in Spanish, you’ll find how to conjugate them and what contexts you can use these verbs. 

Describing What You Help Others Do in the Bathroom

In previous sections we’ve mentioned that reflexive verbs (bañarse, cepillarse) allow us to talk about the activities that people do to themselves. However, those same verbs can be used to talk about the actions that you help others do in the bathroom (bañar, cepillar).

Even though these ‘standard verbs’ look very similar to their reflexive forms, their intention is different. We use these verbs to express that we’re helping others do an action that they can’t do by themselves for some reason. In this case, you will need to make some adjustments to the sentence structure. 

[Verb conjugated] + a + [name]

Todas las mañanas baño a Mateo en su tina Every morning I bath Mateo on his tub

Mi hermana peina a Jimena en las tardes My sister combs Jimena’s hair in the afternoons

Take Note: you need to use an indirect pronoun every time you need to express that you’re performing an action on someone else’s body part. 

[Indirect pronoun] + [Verb conjugated] + a + [name]

Tú secas a María mientras mi papá le corta las uñas You dry María while dad clips her nails

Although the previous phrase structure is very common, you could also use the following variation. Using an indirect pronoun will vary depending on the context and the elements you use:

[Indirect pronoun] + [Verb conjugated] + a + [article/possessive pronoun] + [noun]

Mi hermana le cepilla los dientes a su bebé My sister brushes her baby’s teeth

Alan le lava las manos a su abuelo porque no puede caminar Alan washes his granddad’s hands because he can’t walk

Related: Where to Place Direct and Indirect Pronouns in Spanish

Describing Where Objects Are in the Bathroom

In addition to using the Spanish bathroom vocabulary to talk about your or someone else’s activities, you can also use it to describe where things are located in this room. This will help you communicate better with other Spanish speakers. In order to do this, we have provided you with two main options: 

Hay + [bathroom object] + [preposition] + [article] + [place]

Hay más hilo dental en el gabinete There’s more floss in the bathroom cabinet

Dile a Caro que hay cotonetes en el botiquín Tell Caro that there are cotton swabs in the medicine cabinet

Hay dos cepillos de dientes nuevos en el portacepillos There are two new toothbrushes in the toothbrush holder

Another option that you can use to indicate to people where they can find bathroom objects is by using the verb estar. In this case, the conjugation of the verb will vary depending on whether the bathroom object is either singular or plural.

[Bathroom object] + está/ están + [preposition] + [article] + place

Las toallas limpias están en el toallero The clean towels are on the towel rack

La llave de agua caliente está a la derecha The hot water tap is on the right

Si la necesitas, la báscula está en el armario If you need it, the scale is inside the cabinet

Related: When to Use Estar in Spanish

Asking for Something in the Bathroom

It’s likely that at some point, you will need to ask a person for an object in the bathroom. Even though there are different ways to ask a question in Spanish, the following phrase structures are very common. 

¿[Indirect pronoun] + pasar [conjugated] + [article] + [object]?

¿Me pasas la botella de champú, por favor? Can you pass me the bottle of shampoo, please?

Damián, ¿le pasas la pasta de dientes a tu papá? Damian, can you pass your dad the toothpaste?

Chava, ¿les pasas a tus hermanos su patito de goma? Chava, can you pass your brothers their rubber ducky?

Although the following option is quite similar to the previous one, you can use it if you want to be slightly more polite with the person you’re talking to. 

¿[Indirect pronoun] + poder [conjugated] + pasar/dar + [article/pronoun] + [object]?

¿Me puedes pasar el acondicionador? Could you pass me the conditioner?

¿Le puedes pasar las toallas, por favor? Could you pass her the towels, please?

Mamá, ¿le puedes pasar a Linda el gorro de baño? Mom, could you pass Linda the shower cap?

Common Phrases or Questions Related to the Bathroom

In addition to the questions and sentences that now you can build in Spanish, there are some general phrases related to the bathroom that can be very handy for you. 

SpanishEnglish
¿Cuál es la llave del agua caliente?Which one is the hot water tap?
¿Dónde está el baño?Where is the bathroom?
¿Puedo utilizar tu baño?Can I use your bathroom?
¿El baño está limpio?Is the bathroom clean?
Baja la tapa del baño cuando terminesPut the toilet seat back down after you finish
¡Limpia el baño!Clean the bathroom!
¿Ya le echaste agua al baño?Did you already flush the toilet?
El baño está tapadoThe toilet is clogged 

Wrapping Up

In this article we learned Spanish words and verbs for the bathroom. On top of giving you a list of nouns for bathroom objects, we provided you with a list of common verbs and phrases that you need in order to talk about your actions and activities in the bathroom. 

We also learned some common phrases structures that you can adapt to ask questions or to describe your or someone else’s daily routine. Now you’re equipped with words, nouns, verbs and sentences that will expand your vocabulary in the bathroom and seriously improve your Spanish fluency. 

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