7 Smart Ways To Remove Odors And Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh

Your bathroom looks absolutely stunning, from the ceiling with a dramatic light fixture to the elegant mosaic flooring, and from your chic black toilet bowl to the well-lit vanity sink. You have quirky bathroom accessories and wall art as well, which add visual interest to your bathing space.

However, there’s still something unsettling about your bathroom: it stinks.

Ventilating your bathroom to promote good air flow and spraying air fresheners are two surefire ways to get rid of bathroom odors instantly. But if you’ve done these and still feel like the stench isn’t going away, you might want to check out these 7 other ways of eliminating foul odors and keeping the bathroom smelling fresh

Air Purifiers Or Air cleaners For Bathroom

Every bathroom needs a small exhaust fan for ventilation. If the bathroom has windows, the simplest move of opening them can eliminate foul odors and let fresh air in. But if your bathroom doesn’t have all these, it’s best to consider air purifiers.

An air purifier is a plug-in device that helps boost air circulation and get rid of odor-causing bacteria which promotes a better air quality.

A bowl filled with packs of silica gels

Poorly-maintained toilets aren’t the only reason why your bathroom stinks – mildew might be the culprit. This is where desiccants, like silica gels, come in handy. They are dry materials designed to absorb moisture and prevent mildew buildup.

Take note: Keep desiccants out of reach of children and pets. They can be toxic if ingested. You may keep desiccants in a small plastic container with holes for added safety

Air-purifying plants in Bathroom

Plants don’t also look pretty in your bathroom – they also make great air purifiers and odor absorbers. Plants including ferns and lilies are natural desiccants, helping remove foul odors and leave your bathroom smelling fresh.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal (or charcoal that has been ground up) naturally absorbs odor and other air particles. You can buy a bamboo charcoal air purifier bag, or create your own. Aside from your smelly bathroom, you can put them in your car, fridge, and basically, anywhere that stinks

Vodka + Essential Oils

If a commercial odor eliminator isn’t cutting, try creating your own recipe out of vodka and essential oils. Mix three parts water, one-part vodka or rubbing alcohol, and 10-20 drops of essential oils of your preferred scent. Place it in a spray bottle and spray when needed.

Baking Soda + Lemon Juice + Vinegar

Baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar are effective disinfectants and odor eliminators. Not to mention, they’re safe and non-toxic.

Make a paste of equal parts of baking soda and lemon juice. Using a damp rag, spread the paste along the bottom of your toilet and toilet seat. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, and then spray some vinegar along the paste. Let it fizzle and wipe off with a rag.

Give your bathroom a deep clean

Tried these odor-eliminating tricks but your bathroom still stinks? Odors are often an indirect way of bathrooms saying, “I’m dirty, do something about it”

Do routine cleaning, at least once a week, to target the main source of the problem and prevent odors from building up over time.

  • Start with the basics. Mop the floor and clean the walls. Clean up the gunk that accumulates in the bath or shower, and the sink. Wipe down the toilet bowl, lid, and the sides, and get rid of stains. Don’t forget to take out the trash too.

  • Clean the toilet tank, which can retain a nasty urine smell. Open the toilet tank and pour ½ cup of white vinegar. Put on some rubber gloves and scrub brush to clean the sides of the tank. Flush the toilet and repeat the process.

  • Clean the drains. Get rid of the clogs including any dirt, hair, or debris on the stopper. Clean the stopper as well. Flush the drain with hot water, leaving the tap running for a few minutes.

  • Address mold problems. Watch out for black specks on the ceiling and green debris around fixtures and pipes – these are obvious signs of mold. Not only they’re unpleasant to see and smell; they can also cause health conditions like runny nose, eyes, rashes, and wheezing.

  • Use high-quality commercial products. If these remedies aren’t enough to deodorize your bathroom, turn to commercial cleaning and deodorizing products which are specifically designed to attack odors.

  • Keep fabrics clean and dry. One of the unnoticed causes of bathroom odors is your neglected dirty and damp fabrics. Your towels, rags, mats, and curtains should be washed regularly. Bleach them, soak in fabric conditioners, rinse, and dry thoroughly.

Author Bio: Mina is a daytime writer for PAAL Kit Homes, a renowned construction company that specializes in manufacturing and supplying top-quality steel-framed kit homes in Australia. She loves writing articles focused in real estate and interior design.

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