Nothing feels more relaxing than a hot bubble bath after a long day at work. Call it one of life’s simple pleasures but the bathroom really is a place to relax and rejuvenate. Keeping this in mind, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the bathroom always smelled lovely?
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to ensure your favourite spot in the whole house always smells fresh. Follow some of these simple tips below:
1. Ventilation is Key
First thing’s first. Understand that a damp bathroom is likely to become a breeding ground for mildew which will contribute to a musty scent. To avoid such unwanted circumstances, switch on the bathroom fan once you’re done having a shower or bath. Ventilation and continuous air flow will help get rid of unpleasant scents. If you don’t have an overhead fan, open up the window or invest in a small electric fan to keep moisture at bay.
Apart from keeping the room dry, ensure towels and bathmats don’t remain damp. Keep them out in the sun every once in a while to ensure your bathroom smell nice and fresh. Alternatively, you can also launder your towels once a week with fabric-softener for a fresher scent.
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2. Use Natural Fixes
There are many natural ways to reduce odours, ensuring the place smells fresh and fragrant. A dash of vinegar or baking soda does a pretty good job in absorbing different scents. Keep a small bowl on the counter or set it next to your bathroom window. Both these ingredients are commonly used for DIY household cleaning projects. We also recommend you pour some vinegar in the toilet tank since this will also help clear out unwanted smells.
Another relatively convenient way to make your bathroom smell nice is to use activated carbon. Pour some of this in a small container and use the rest to make yourself a lovely face mask. It’s a win-win!
3. Invest in a Diffuser/Air Purifier
Chances are, if your bathroom lacks proper air circulation, using short-term fixes simply won’t cut it. In this case, you may have to invest in an air purifier to remove unpleasant scents from the room’s air. Fortunately, air purifiers aren’t very costly and will also come in handy if you suffer from allergies.
Alternatively, you can also invest in a diffuser. Most diffusers can be bought with a range of essential oils that will further help the room smell nice.
4. Mix and Match Different Scents
Nobody says you have to go overboard with harsh sprays. If you’re looking for a milder approach, set a basket of potpourri or bring out some citrus peels in the kitchen. There are tons of DIY room fragrances you can make using common household ingredients. However, be sure to restock items that may spoil in a few days. For instance, this includes citrus peels and rose petals that may have withered.
Another convenient way to make sure bathroom smells nice is to light up a scented candle. You can choose your favourite scent and set it up near your bath. However, always remember to blow out the candle once you’ve stepped out of the loo.
5. Thorough Clean Up
It’s easy for the house, let alone the bathroom to get messy if you have small children or toddlers sharing the same space. Encourage your children to be particular about hygiene. Apart from learning to wash their hands, teach them to keep their surroundings clean too. If you are toilet training your child, pay key attention to the toilet area and dedicate a special mop to clean up accidents.
Thoroughly mop your bathroom floors and ensure the sink area isn’t home to hair strands, toothpaste globs and other spilt toiletries. It’s also a good idea to line your bathroom trash can with disposal bags to prevent any kind of build-up at the bottom of the can. Also, remember to take out the trash regularly and place some odour absorbing products nearby.
6. Use Essential Oils
Apart from its fragrant scent, essential oils have stress-relieving properties that will make your time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. Plug in a diffuser or simply add a few drops of essential oil in your cleaning solution. Use this to scrub the sink or clean the toilet bowl.
Essential oils such as lavender, clove, cedar and thyme also have antifungal and antimicrobial properties that will add a fresh scent.
7. Use Desiccants
In case mildew is the real cause behind your bathroom’s odour problem, consider investing in desiccants. These dry materials have water-absorbing properties and can easily be found in various stores. The most popular kind of desiccants includes silica gel. Apply the powder on the affected area but make sure it’s out of reach of children and animals. These ingredients can be poisonous hence consider natural options.
For instance, certain plants such as lily and ferns can remove unwanted odours from your home.
8. Clean out the Drains
A clogged drain can be the pesky source of bathroom odour. Ensure you clean out the pipes if the water seems to be backing up from time to time. The easiest way to prevent your bathroom drain from getting clogged is to clear out any debris, hair or dirt from the stopper. Pouring some vinegar down the drain can help but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need something to remove the excess gunk. Consider straightening out a coat hanger and use that to remove any debris that has settled inside.
Some folks also use hot water to flush out any unwanted materials, you can do this by running the hot water tap. Adding some vinegar will also neutralise the odour.
9. Use Deodorizers
The bathroom does have its intended purpose but using deodorisers prevents odours from spreading across the room. Simply pour of few drops before use and you’re good to go. Encouraging your family to do so can also contribute to a fresher, pleasant-smelling bathroom.
What tips and tricks do you use to keep your bathroom smelling fresh? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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