There are basically two types of bathroom odors. The obvious, unavoidable offenders that come from using the facilities for their intended purpose, and the mustier odors that can develop in moist and germy places. Thus logically we must firstly minimize the impact of unavoidable odors that emanate from urine and fecal matter, and secondly we must make every effort to keep other odors from developing.
Luckily, a few simple routines and fixes can keep this space smelling good as much as possible.
1. Make Sure You Ventilate
Without air circulation, any room can start to smell stale. In your bathroom, which can easily accumulate moisture and other less-than-pleasant smells, fresh air is even more important.
After each long shower or bath, open up your bathroom windows (if you have any) and ventilate the space for about 10-15 minutes. Doing this rids the tiny space of excess moisture, which is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to causing stinky smells, and it provides fresh air—the perfect antidote to a bathroom funk. If you don't have a bathroom window, run your bathroom fan for the same amount of time.
2. Take Out the Trash
Take out the trash regularly, even if it's not full. Sitting trash only brings stink. Use trash can liners in your bathroom's wastepaper basket. Additionally, when you do take out the trash, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the empty trash bin and bag. The oil will provide a pop of fresh scent whenever the can or bin is opened.
3. Clean When You Can
The easiest way to prevent odors is to clean your toilet regularly - tub, sink, and toilet. Don't wait for your sink or shower drain to emit an odor. Get in the habit of regularly cleaning and unclogging your bathroom drains. Mildew and soap scum accumulate quickly on a shower curtain. Stay on top of this potential source of odor by deep cleaning or replacing your shower curtain liner every couple of months. It’s also important to pay attention to your towels, rugs and mats, which can start to smell funky if not allowed to fully dry (or not washed frequently enough). Wash them regularly.
4. Spritz a Pre-Toilet Spray Before You Go
Use bathroom-specific freshener products. While your room spray might be OK in your bedroom, toilets need strong odor-controllers specifically meant to stave off smells and kill germs.
Pre-Toilet sprays are great to stop the problem of bad smells even before they begin. Unlike air fresheners, toilet sprays are sprayed over the commode’s water, leaving a layer of aromatherapy essential oils floating on the water’s surface. This layer traps the bad odors underwater and prevents them from spreading in the air (you can’t keep your poop from smelling, but at least you can keep that bad odor from getting out!) Additionally, the essential oils also release pleasant smells that freshen up the air in your toilet with every use.
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5. Use a Toothpaste for Scent
One of the cheapest bathroom scenting tricks, is toothpaste. All you need to do is cut out an end of your half-filled toothpaste and submerge it in water. Make sure to open the cut-out part so the water floats in and out. It will diffuse the scent of your toothpaste to the entire bathroom.