Keeping your homes fresh and untarnished is an extreme sport. It requires constant exertion, and just when you think you are done with everything, some weird smell or spot catches your eye.
Truthfully speaking, bathrooms can easily swing from giving you a “spa-like retreat” to smelling like the inside of a dirty diaper, sometimes seemingly overnight. However, that doesn’t mean the funky odors and ugly sightings in the toilet are not inevitable. The solution is to approach toilet cleaning, and deodorizing is simple. Minimize the impact of unavoidable odors while making every effort to prevent controllable odors from forming in the first place.
You might be questioning whether it is even possible to keep a toilet smelling fresh and looking clean all day long, but trust us – it’s possible. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of ways to clean your toilet and keep it smelling good for days to come. Consider this your ultimate toilet-sparking guide, containing everything from what products to use to the simplest (and least gross) tips to achieve a pleasant toilet.
- Ventilation is essential.
On that note, it’s critical not to leave your bathroom too steamy for too long. After each long shower or bath, open your bathroom windows (if you have any) and let the room air out for about 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have a bathroom window (not everyone does), turn on your bathroom fan for the same amount of time. This removes excess moisture, a major contributor to stinky odors, and provides fresh air—the ideal antidote to a bathroom funk.
However, increasing ventilation can combat odors but won’t leave your bathroom smelling fragrant and clean for long. You may want to invest in an air freshener for the toilet, which is the best way to get rid of that lingering smell. You can hang it up or place it in your bathroom and watch as its refreshing fragrance spreads through every corner, eliminating odors!
- Add fabric softener or detergent to your toilet tank.
Your toilet can be another unpleasantly odorous location. However, the battle against the seemingly insurmountable odor is not over. To add some fresh aromas to a foul-smelling bathroom, place a small amount of fragranced fabric softener or a laundry detergent in the tank of your toilet. The scented water will be released into the bowl when you flush the toilet, adding a touch of fragrance.
- Dab under the toilet seat every 2-3 days
A musty smell is the W.O.R.S.T!
Nothing is more disgusting than having to brush goopy drops of pee from beneath a toilet seat. Even a few drops of gooey pee from a week ago under your toilet seat can cause a dreaded stink. If you clean this spot more frequently than you clean the rest of the house, your job will be a lot less disgusting.
Do this twice a week after using the bathroom (but wash your hands after it). You’re already in there and need to wash your hands, so why not take 5 seconds to wipe the seat down quickly? It’ll do wonders in keeping your toilet fresh.
- Prevent toilet bowl stains
Do hard water stains drive you insane? Do the dreadful rust-colored rings in the bowl’s interior reappear in the blink of an eye after you’ve worked so hard to get rid of them? Use the following tips to keep them at bay:
- Use baking soda to treat. After everyone has gone to bed, sprinkle baking soda on the floor. Swish it with the toilet brush to get it above the waterline, close the lid and leave it overnight. Simply flush in the morning.
- Please make use of a toilet bowl cleaner that cleans itself. Each flush cleans your toilet from the inside out, eliminating bacteria on its way to the bowl. It will also extend the time your toilet stays fresh and clean.
- Avoid keeping wet towels in the bathroom.
Damp towels in the bathroom not only emit a moldy, musty odor, but the humidity imprisoned in the towels invites germs and bacteria to thrive. Unpleasant odors begin to emanate from it as germs and bacteria multiply. Before returning towels to a closed environment, such as the bathroom, always sun dry them or place them under high heat to ensure they are crisp dry.
- Apply a diffuser
A diffuser is a small device that uses heat, compressed air, or ultrasonics to release scents into the air. It’s usually filled with an essential oil blend, and because of its small size, a diffuser is ideal for making small spaces smell great. Place a diffuser on the back of your sink, behind your toilet, or on another stand in your bathroom. It’s excellent for creating a spa-like atmosphere during a long bath or shower. However, use caution when using diffusers near your pets—some essential oils are toxic to cats and dogs.
- Use essential oils to create your own bathroom deodorant
Making homemade bath deodorants has become a trend that many people have embraced for some time now. It all boils down to how practical and inexpensive the whole idea is compared to purchasing traditional products. It is quite simple to make your own scent for the bathroom.
Only a nice glass bottle, water, sticks, alcohol, and your favorite essential oils are required. If you haven’t decided which oil you prefer, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular oils that people use to perfume their homes:
- Tea Tree
- Eucalyptus Lemongrass
- Remember to take out the trash.
Beyond the toilet, there are other dirty particles in the bathroom, such as the trash can. But, thankfully, fighting trash can odors in your bathroom is simple. First and foremost, take out the trash regularly, even if it isn’t full. Sitting trash only adds to the stench. When you take out the trash, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the empty trash bin and bag. When the can or bin is opened, the oil will release a burst of fresh scent.
Now that you know all the ways to keep the toilet clean and fresh, you can avoid those embarrassing lingering odors and maintain a clean and sweet-smelling bathroom. We promise that if you implement even 2 to 3 of these simple cleaning tricks, you will have a toilet that smells 1000% better than any other room in the house.