Tips For A Fresh Smelling Bathroom

The smell of freshly baked gingerbread, hot cocoa, cinnamon pinecones, and evergreen trees are just a few of the wonderful smells that accompany the holiday season. These delightful aromas are sure to put anyone in a festive mood.

As you prepare your home for holiday gatherings, fill your home with Christmas-y scents. As a result, any guests that arrive will feel a bit of holiday comfort and cheer as they enter your home. But, what if that comfort and cheer leave as soon as they enter the bathroom?

A foul smelling bathroom can make even the nicest of homes seem dirty and uninviting. So, as you prepare for holiday guests, be sure you don’t neglect the bathroom. A good clean is ideal before having guests over.

But, what if after you clean, your bathroom still smells bad? Here are five tips for a fresh smelling bathroom that will leave your guests feeling refreshed rather than disgusted.

1. Check The Floor Mats

A quality bath mat is designed to be highly absorbent. This means that it absorbs water and moisture, so water doesn’t pool on the floor. But, along with moisture, bath mats can also harbor odors.

To prevent odors, you need to wash your bath mats regularly. Most bath mats can be washed in a washing machine, which makes the process fairly simple. While vacuuming or beating mats can get rid of dirt and hair, that won’t get rid of odors.

To wash your bath mat, turn your wash cycle to gentle and set the temperature to low or medium, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Once washed, allow the mats to air dry.

If your bath mat seems particularly stinky or is simply wearing out, head to the store for a new one. While it may be tempting to get the cheapest bath mat out there, it is better to spend a little bit more money on a quality bath mat.

A quality bath mat is highly absorbent and can last years longer than the thin, cheap ones.

2. Use Baking Soda

As you read the words “baking soda,” you may have wondered if we switched over to a cooking blog. But, no, you are still in the right place. While baking soda is very useful for baking cookies, it is also a great product to use in the bathroom.

Baking soda is inexpensive and all-natural, both of which are qualities many people like in a cleaning product. Baking soda can be used as a cleaning agent to clean tubs, showers, toilets, sinks, faucets, grout, and more.

Baking soda is also a great tool to use to help combat the unpleasant smells that often take up residence in our bathrooms. Baking soda naturally absorbs and neutralizes odors.

Many air-fresheners on the market use artificial ingredients that can actually affect the quality of air in our home. Since baking soda is all-natural, you don’t have to worry about it negatively affecting air quality.

Using baking soda as a kind of air freshener is simple. Find a cute glass vase or bowl, fill it with baking soda, and place it on your bathroom counter or shelf. Super simple, right? Set it and forget it. Well, for about 30-90 days anyways.

Every 30-90 days, you will need to stir the baking soda or scrape off the top layer. This will reactivate the baking soda, so it can continue to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

3. Update Your Cleaning Supplies

When it comes to bathroom cleaning products, not all products are created equal. Many times, cheap cleaning supplies leave a disagreeable odor that can make your head hurt and your eyes water. Try to avoid these.

It is best to shop for quality commercial products or natural cleaning supplies, such as baking soda and vinegar. These types of products are much better for your air. Your nose, eyes, and lungs will thank you.

If cost is a concern, baking soda and vinegar are both inexpensive products that are all natural as well.

4. Deodorize Drains

If you have tried nearly everything and can’t seem to locate the cause of odor in your bathroom? Your drains might be to blame. Hair and other debris can slowly collect in your drain causing unpleasant odors.

Buying an inexpensive hair catcher can help slow down the buildup of odor-causing drain debris. Also, occasionally using a drain snake can help bring up any debris that has started collecting.

Another way to defeat drain odor is to deodorize it with baking soda, vinegar, and water. Mix together one cup of each of the ingredients, then simply pour it down your drain. This doesn’t take long and can keep your drain from smelling like the sewer.

5. Bathroom Remodel

Sometimes, odors can penetrate walls and become trapped. If this is the case in your bathroom, the only way to get rid of the smell may be to do a bathroom remodel. This is especially true if there is a musty smell as a result of mold or mildew.

While undergoing a bathroom remodel isn’t ideal during the holidays, it is something that you should definitely consider as we enter the new year. A remodel will breathe fresh life and a fresh scent into your bathroom. Ask us about our award winning bathroom remodels in Austin, Texas.

Trying one or more of these tips is sure to get your bathroom smelling its best, just in time for holiday guests.


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5 Do's for Fresh Smelling Bathrooms Infographic