Sniffing Out the Best Bathroom Odor Eliminators
Bathroom stench have you looking for the best bathroom odor eliminators? Is that noxious, toxic bathroom cloud following you back to the living room? Oh, but the smell. Underneath and around your porcelain oasis of calm lurks the silent but deadly. Hope is around the corner and in the cupboard. De-stink, de-skunk, deodorize bathrooms with basic cleaners and a little common sense. Keep it as natural as you can to keep it as safe as you can.
Remove Bathroom Smells
Fresh air, pleasant smells, and clean surfaces keep the odors at bay. Basic common sense, common household cleaners, and a little elbow grease are all you need.
Air it Out
The toilet, sink, and shower create a damp wet area. Dampness fosters mold and creates musty smells. What we do in the bathroom adds another layer of stench. Move fresh air through the room to flush out the dampness and smells.
Odds are your bathroom has either an air vent, window or both. This is where a little common sense comes in. When visiting the porcelain throne, using the sink, or taking a shower, turn on the air vent fan or open the window. Bring in the fresh air. Be proactive! Do this while using the bathroom. Once you finish and the worst is vented out, open the door. Keep air flowing through the room.
Try flushing the toilet before you stand up. Not to your fancy? Then close the lid before flushing. Swirling water causes an aerosol effect, distributing smells up and out of the toilet. Keeping a lid on it reduces odors from wafting back into the room. Remember, put the lid back up when flushing finishes. This helps reduce mold growth.
Dry it Out
Mold loves dampness and let’s face it, bathrooms are damp. Musty smells often come from mold growing in damp nooks and crannies. Reducing dampness helps keep bathrooms smelling fresher and cleaner. Opening windows and using fans helps moves damp air out, but we need a little more deodorizing help.
Use Natures Desiccants
Use desiccants for absorbing extra moisture and smells. Believe it or not, plants are natural desiccants. Place a fern or lily plant on the counter. They do a phenomenal job of removing foul odors.
Wring it Out and Hang it Up
Wet towels turn into mildew mounds overnight. Hang up towels where they have air circulation allowing for better drying. Wring out washcloths and then hang them up to dry. Wash towels and washcloths regularly. Pull the shower curtain out so it can dry after a shower.
Freshen it Up
Neutralize and absorb bad odors
Baking soda is a time trust deodorizer. Place an open bowl of it in the bathroom. Once a month throw it out and replace it with a fresh batch.
Active carbon also works. Not all carbon is the same. Some are quite poisonous. Make sure it is marked as active carbon. Find it at pet stores who sell aquariums. Active carbon does a great job at absorbing odors, absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight! Place it in a pretty container on the top of the toilet. Have children with wandering, wondering hands? While active carbon and baking soda are relatively safe, make sure to put them up out of children’s sight and reach.
Take Advantage of Natural Air Fresheners
Have a favorite smelling essential oil such as lavender, orange or eucalyptus? Add a couple of drops of it inside the toilet roll tube.
Make your own air freshener spray. Use ¾ cup water, ¼ cup vodka or rubbing alcohol, and 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour it into a spray bottle. Spritz bathrooms for a fresh scent.
Create a potpourri with pine needles, rose petals and citrus peels. Set it in a corner of the room.
Create a reed diffuser. Buy rattan reeds found in health stores or online. Mix ¼ cup of carrier oil such as safflower or almond oil with 25-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour it into a small necked, squat bottle. Place rattan reeds into the bottle so they stick out above the top of the bottle by several inches. Reeds absorb the oil up, allowing the scent to spread through the room. Replace reeds once they become totally saturated with the oil.
Discover the Value of Vinegar
Have you looked at your toilet water tank? Pour a cup of vinegar into it then flush a couple of times. Make sure to flush and not leave the vinegar sitting in the tank. Do not do this while using cleaning supplies on the toilet. Mixing chemicals of any sort can be dangerous so best to avoid it altogether.
Clean it Up
Okay, seriously who loves to clean the bathroom? Not me. Unfortunately, the best bathroom odor eliminators all fall under cleaning. If you let it alone, bathroom odors along with dirt and mold get worse. Make it easy on yourself. Use our bathroom deodorizing and cleaning tips regularly. It is one of the best bathroom deodorizing tricks we know.
Fizz Away Toilet Smells
Homemade toilet bowl bombs make cleaning toilets easier. Here is what you need: 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup citric acid, 1 tablespoon dish soap liquid, your favorite essential oil, silicone ice cube tray and an air tight container for storage. Mix the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. With a spoon or whisk, mix in dish soap and 3-5 drops of essential oils. Press into ice trays, wiping away excess. Expect the mixture to expand. Let dry for 4 hours. Gently pop out the bombs and store in an airtight container. Drop one into the toilet bowl for cleaning and deodorizing. Watch it fizz as it starts to clean. Give it a swish around with the toilet bowl brush.
Clean your toilet bowl brush! Put the brush back into its cup then pour some Pine-sol over the brush. Let it sit and soak. Have children and pets? Make sure to move the soaking brush up out of their reach.
Wipe the entire toilet down with a cleaner. Get into all the nooks and crannies. Wipe down all surfaces.
After the bomb and vinegar treatment are done and flushed away, drop a couple of antacid tablets into the bowl. Let them fizz for 20 minutes. Your bathroom should smell like nothing!
Dust off Smells
Scents accumulate in dust. Keep odors at bay by removing the dust. Store a duster and dusting pads under the sink. Keeping handy makes it easier to clean. Regularly wipe the floor, toilet surfaces, molding edges, counters, and walls. Removing hair, dander and dust buildup removes odor harboring detritus.
Make it Fresh
Use a natural cleaning paste for freshening up surfaces. Mix a cup of baking soda with lemon juice to form a paste. Wipe onto fixtures and surfaces and let stand for 10 minutes. Spray with white vinegar so that it bubbles. Wipe off with water.
Fight mildew that grows in hard to get paces with vinegar. It is natural and safe. Spray areas with undiluted white vinegar. Let sit for an hour then rinse with hot water. Towel dry the areas.
Empty the Trash
Take emptying the trash one step further. Remember the toilet bowl bombs? After emptying the trash, drop one into the empty trash can. The baking soda absorbs the odors. The essential oils make everything smell fresh. Regularly wash the trash bin with a cup of vinegar and water.
Don’t Forget the Drains
It is a big “ick” but don’t forget the drains. All the accumulated ick adds to unpleasant bathroom odors. Pull out the baking soda and vinegar. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Microwave 1 or 2 cups of white vinegar for about 30 seconds or until it is warm but not hot. Pour the vinegar into the drain. Allow fizzing for 5 minutes. Turn on the cold water tap and rinse with the cold running water.
Still have a stink issue? Clogs in drains take more work. After the baking soda and vinegar treatment, remove drain covers. It is time to remove stopped up hair, dirt, and debris from the drains. Use a metal coat hanger. Undo so there is a length of wire to hold while the hook fits down the drain. Work it down into the pipe then catch and pull out the “ick”. Flush the drain with several minutes of running hot water.
The Best Bathroom Odor Eliminators
Make it easy. Make it routine. Use the best bathroom odor eliminators. Before you know it, your bathroom is fresh and deodorized. Is there a mystery smell you can’t find? It may be time for a plumbing repair. Give us a call at 405-915-9990 or contact us online. We are happy to help!
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