It’s no secret that the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms. With so much back and forth, it gets dirty – and smells – faster than other parts of our homes. But whatever! With a few simple, inexpensive tricks up your sleeve, you’ll learn how to make your bathroom smell great without having to do a deep cleaning every week.
Add a pleasant scent to your toilet paper roll.
According to Tom’s Guide, one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom smell great is to add a few drops of essential oil to your toilet paper. To do this, simply get your favorite essential oil and place the dropper inside the roller. Squeeze a few drops onto the cardboard core, swirling the toilet paper roll to distribute evenly. Every time you or a guest use the toilet paper, it should give off a pleasant puff!
A word of warning: Be very careful where you place the essential oil. Essential oils can cause irritation when they come into contact with your skin, especially if left undiluted. You don’t want to cause irritation when someone takes a piece of toilet paper to wipe themselves!
Place dryer sheets in your bathroom cabinet.
I love the smell of dryer sheets and always look for an excuse to bring that fresh, clean scent into my home! To brighten up the smells in my bathroom, I like to stick a dryer sheet on the ceiling of the vanity unit, in a corner where it’s barely noticeable. I change it every one to two weeks whenever the smell starts to fade.
If you’d rather not stick anything to your cabinet walls, you can simply store your dryer sheets in their original box under the sink.
Refresh your toilet brush.
You may not realize it, but your toilet brush is often the source of a lot of foul smells in the bathroom! The fix? After each wash of the toilet, pour (or spray) a cleaning product that smells good on your toilet brush. (I even spray it with a little bleach once in a while.) This will help sanitize the brush and keep things from getting stingy. Just be sure to hold the brush above the toilet bowl while you do this to catch the droplets.
Get a toilet spray.
By now, we’ve all heard of Poo-Pourri (Buy at Pourri, $9.95). But if you don’t have a small bottle above your toilet yet, it’s time to try one. These septic tank friendly sprays keep odors to a minimum when we have to go. The trick to using them is to spray the water in the toilet before you go. This creates a coating on the surface of the water, which will trap any odors.
Are you looking for another brand? We love the Cherry Blossom-scented Pretty Potty Spray (Buy at Squatty Potty, $9.99).
Spray your shower curtain after each use.
You might not realize it, but another common reason your bathroom starts to smell musty is your shower curtain. And not only is the appearance of mold off-putting, but it can also cause allergies and asthma. To prevent it from developing in the first place, spray a daily shower spray (Buy from Grove Collaborative, $2.99) on your curtain and around your tub after every shower or bath. There is no need to rinse out this spray and it will keep smelling great between deep cleanings.
Change towels and bath mats frequently.
We only use our hand towels to dry our hands, so we don’t need to change them often, do we? In fact, we do. Towels and bathroom rugs get dirty quickly and also trap bad odors in their fabric and thick material.
To prevent your towels from retaining unpleasant odors, replace them at least once a week with fresh towels. It will also keep your hands clean every time you dry them.
2 Hacks That Are Not Worth It
A few other tricks to make your bathroom smell great are circulating on social media, but we need to demystify them. One of them, for example, is to pour fabric softener down your toilet, which is supposed to smell fresh when flushed. Do not do that ! While it may smell nice, it’s not worth the damage it will do to your plumbing. No one wants to deal with a clogged drain or a damaged septic tank.
Another tip: if you have sensitive skin, don’t spray your hand towels with Febreze or any scented spray. The cloth will retain the smell and keep it in the air for a long time. However, these scent particles can irritate your skin when you dry your hands.
By taking just a little extra time to add these changes to your routine, your bathroom will be ready for your guests every day! And if you need a better regimen for deep cleansing, check out these nifty cleansing tips.
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