A Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Bathroom in Spanish
Talking about the bathroom in Spanish is an essential part of travel and everyday life in any Latin American country.
The bathroom is more than a place to “do your business.” From showering and shaving to putting on makeup and clothes, this room is used for a slew of purposes.
Read this blog post to learn the useful and practical Spanish bathroom vocabulary to address and discuss your hygienic needs.
Bathrooms in Latin American Countries
Bathrooms in Spanish-speaking countries look a little different from those in the United States. They have the same shower, toilet, and sink but usually don’t have a tub. Latin American bathrooms also tend to be more compact than their US counterparts.
The Many Ways to Say Bathroom in Spanish
Undoubtedly, the most common word for “bathroom” in Spanish is el baño. You can use this word in pretty much any Spanish-speaking country, and people will understand what you’re talking about.
Although el baño literally translates to “bath,” you also use it to refer to the bathroom, restroom, shower, etc. The technical term for bathroom is el cuarto de baño. However, most people don’t really use this formal phrase. El baño is much more common.
While you can say el baño wherever you go, why not get even more specific in your Spanish bathroom vocabulary?
There are also several other terms for bathroom in Spanish. El servicio is one such popular term that you will usually find in public toilets at a restaurant or airport. El servicio is a shortened version of the full name servicios higienicos (hygienic services).
If you’re looking for a public bathroom in a Spanish-speaking country, search for signs labeled SS. HH. You might even see a bathroom labeled as los aseos, but this term is less common.
If you want to talk about the toilet itself, you use the word el inodoro or less commonly, el váter. However, many other terms refer to the bathroom or the toilet. El retrete, el sanitario, el excusado, and el lavabo are less common terms but you might still see them.
El cagadero is a very informal and borderline impolite way to say bathroom in Spanish. It’s closest English equivalent would be “the john” or “the can.” So, be sure not to use this term in formal situations.
Looking for the Bathroom in Spanish
If you’re ever in a Latin American country, you’ll definitely need to know how to ask for the bathroom in Spanish. Make sure you learn and practice these common phrases; your bladder will thank you!
¿Dónde está el baño?
Where is the bathroom?
¿Puedo usar el baño?
Can I use the bathroom?
Bathroom Furniture in Spanish
Bathrooms are known for their essential functions. Showers, sinks, and toilets make the world a cleaner and more lovely place!
These hygienic tools are important for a clean world. Practice saying key bathroom words in Spanish with this vocabulary list.
- La ducha — Shower
- La bañera — Bathtub
- El fregadero — Sink
- El inodoro — Toilet
- El grifo — Faucet
- El espejo — Mirror
Necesito limpiar el fregadero.
I need to clean the sink.
Nuestro cuarto de baño tiene ducha pero no bañera.
Our bathroom has a shower but no bathtub.
Bathroom Accessories in Spanish
Take a look at your own bathroom, and I’m sure you’ll find lots of accessories lying around! From your toothbrush to that new facial cleanser you just bought, your bathroom is full of useful objects. Make sure you know how to talk about these accessories for the bathroom in Spanish using this detailed vocabulary guide.
- La pasta de dientes — Toothpaste
- El cepillo de dientes — Toothbrush
- El jabón — Soap
- El secador de pelo — Hair dryer
- El champú — Shampoo
- El acondicionador — Conditioner
- El cepillo — Brush
- El papel higiénico — Toilet paper
- La toalla — Towel
- El agua jabonosa — Soapy water
- La bolsa de basura — Trash bag
- El cubo de basura — Trash can
- El cesto de la ropa sucia — Laundry basket
- La navaja de afeitar — Razor
- La maquinilla de afeitar eléctrica — Electric razor
- La crema de afeitar — Shaving cream
- El enjuague bucal — Mouthwash
- El cepillo de pelo — Hair brush
- El peine — Comb
- El limpiador facial — Facial cleanser
- La balanza— Scale
- El pañuelo de papel — Tissue
- Los juguetes de baño — Bath toys
- La alfombra de baño — Bath mat
No podría vivir sin mi champú y acondicionador favorito.
I couldn’t live without my favorite shampoo and conditioner.
¡Este baño no tiene papel higiénico ni jabón!
This bathroom is out of toilet paper and soap!
Bathroom Verbs in Spanish
What do you do when you’re in the bathroom? You might shower in warm water, cover yourself in soap, or even look at your new haircut in the mirror. Learn how to talk about what you like to do in the bathroom in Spanish with these action verbs!
- Tomar una ducha / Ducharse — To take a shower
- Afeitarse — To shave
- Maquillarse — To put on makeup
- Cepillarse los dientes — To brush one’s teeth
- Lavarse el pelo — To wash one’s hair
- Mirarse en el espejo— To look at oneself in the mirror
- Enjabonar —To soap up
- Aclarar — To rinse
- Hacer gárgaras— To gargle
- Ponerse el desodorante — To put on deodorant
- Secarse el pelo — To dry one’s hair
Siempre me seco el pelo antes de peinarlo.
I always dry my hair before combing it.
No te olvides de aclarar después de enjabonarte.
Don’t forget to rinse after soaping up.
Bathroom Plumbing in Spanish
Nobody likes a clogged toilet, but unfortunately they are a part of normal life. Luckily, you can make sure to communicate all your plumbing needs in Spanish with this vocab list.
- Resumidero, Drenaje — Drain
- El desagüe — Waste pipe
- El tapón — Plug
- Tirar de la cadena — To pull the chain, to flush the toilet
- Atascar el váter — To clog the toilet
- Desatascar el váter — Plug
- El tapón — To unclog the toilet
¡Ay, caramba! He atascado el inodoro.
Oh my goodness! I’ve clogged the toilet.
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