Bathrooms are quite tricky to clean; they require quite some time, effort, and the right cleaning tools. It’s all worth it, though. There’s nothing more satisfying than using a shiny bathroom with a fresh and pleasant smell.
But in some cases, even after a deep cleaning session, the bathroom quickly gets that odd smell back after just a few uses. Several different things might cause this lingering, unpleasant odor: inadequate ventilation, dirt stuck on push plugs and basin wastes, damps towels, dirty laundry, etc. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make sure your bathroom keeps a pleasant and fresh smell all the time.
Besides proper maintenance, of course – if the root cause of the stench is a sewage problem, no trick can save you. Here are seven great bathroom smell hacks that you should take advantage of!
1. Air fresheners
This is a trick that many people already use. But it works, so it is always worth mentioning. These products can improve the smell of a room by simply releasing a pleasant fragrance into the air that masks other odors.
There is a wide variety of air fresheners in the market, with different fragrances and operating modes (electric fan air fresheners, sprays, scent packets, candles, oils, gels, etc.). So you will surely find something that leaves your bathroom smelling nice even after someone does a number two.
Lysol Neutra Fresh Air and VIOIS Rose & Lavender are some of the best air fresheners for bathroom smells. Be careful because some air fresheners may contain chemicals that are known to cause allergy and asthma symptoms in some people.
2. Odor absorbers
Odor absorbers are a specific type of air fresheners that aim to remove unpleasant odors instead of overwhelming them with a pleasant fragrance (masking). That’s why they are such a great product to use in the bathroom. You can also combine an odor remover with a fragrance of your preference to replace the bad smell with a nice one.
Here’s a great natural odor absorber you can try, that will simultaneously work as a home fragrance diffuser: Fill a mason jar with baking soda and essential oil. Mix the two ingredients, fasten the lid, and make a few tiny holes in it.
In this case, baking soda will absorb the unpleasant odor. Meanwhile, the essential oil will refresh the air. Bonus tip: pour a tiny bit of this mixture into your trash can to neutralize any foul odors that might come from there.
3. Disinfectant wipes
Cleaning your bathroom with Clorox disinfecting wipes, for example, might be a great way to eliminate bathroom odors. Especially if bacteria are causing the unpleasant smell. When used properly, disinfectant wipes can effectively kill (instead of simply removing) almost all germs from a surface due to their antimicrobial pesticides.
Disinfecting wipes are an excellent choice for cleaning the toilet, the laundry basket, and the sink, for example. You can even buy wipes that have a nice and fresh smell. However, keep in mind that this product should not be used for routine cleaning since it is extremely polluting and can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in your bathroom.
Vinegar can be a great way to get rid of bathroom odor naturally. Just remove the toilet tank lid and pour some vinegar directly in the water tank. Don’t pour too much vinegar because it is not a good idea to let it sit in the water tank for too long.
Flush the toilet two or three times to push the vinegar all the way down – and that’s it. If you find the acidic smell of vinegar unpleasant, don’t worry. It will dissipate in under an hour. Vinegar is a natural and extremely effective cleaning solution, so you can use it to clean other areas of your house.
5. Air purifiers
All bathrooms should have proper air circulation. Ideally, air circulation should be provided by both a window and an overhead fan. If you have a bathroom that has poor air circulation, you should consider buying an air purifier. This device was engineered to cleanse the air in an indoor space – and a great part of that job includes getting rid of odors. So, how does it work?
Well, to put it simply, there’s a fan that sucks air in, and as the air moves through the filter (or filters), it captures pollutant particles before releasing the clean air back out. There are many air purifier models available on the market, at different prices, and with various capacities and functionalities. Pick the one that best fits your bathroom and your budget.
Desiccants are the exact oppositive of a humectant. Silica gel is probably the most popular desiccant. Many commercial products come with silica gel packs inside the packaging box to keep them properly dry and thus help conserve their condition.
If the unpleasant odor in your bathroom is being caused by mildew, you can use silica gel to solve the problem. You can use the same technique described above and pour silica gel inside a mason jar with some holes poked in the lid. Plants can also function as natural desiccants, so you can simultaneously use them as a decorative element and as a way to get water out of the air.
7. Change your towels more often
Although you keep your body clean all the time, when you use a towel to dry it, that doesn’t mean that you can use the same towel for a whole week. Especially if you shower every day at home.
Wet towels are an absolute paradise for bacteria and other germs. When these little creatures multiply, they may cause an unpleasant smell that quickly spreads to the entire bathroom, and your body as well.