Ah, the bathroom. It can be a place of peace and tranquility if you’re soaking in a bath or taking a hot shower to unwind at the end of the day. It can also become a disaster zone in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, that’s just going to happen from time to time. It’s one of the realities of having the tub share the same space as the toilet. However, there are a few helpful tips for keeping your space clean, tidy, and stink-free. Check out the list below for some great ways to keep your bathroom fresh.
Check out this easy and beautiful idea! Candles are great and all, but what about candles in soap that make the whole room smell fresh, clean, and incredible? Sign me up! All you need is a bar of your favorite soap, a little glass container, and a tea candle. Grate the soap and put the pieces into the container. Then place a tea light on top and light it up! You’ll be amazed at what a difference this makes.
Tea Bags in the Shower
This may sound odd, but it’s actually pretty brilliant if you think about it. You know what smells good? Delicious, fruity or floral tea. And how do you make tea? By steeping it in hot water, right? Granted, you won’t be bathing with the tea bags, but all that steam from the shower will release the natural aroma of the tea all the same. Hang a few bags of your favorite tea over the showerhead next time you take a shower!
Similarly, you can hang cinnamon sticks and orange peels in a bundle from your showerhead, or even fresh eucalyptus and lavender. Try out all of these ideas and see which one you like best!
Sink & Toilet Tips
Here are the two main culprits of smells. Granted, the toilet is guiltier than the sink, but you might be surprised at some of the gross things that live in the drain! If you can’t locate the smell in your bathroom, chances are, it’s time to clean out the drains.
That being said, there are a few things you can do in between major clean-outs. For the toilet, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on smell-good clips or expensive daily cleaners. It just takes a drop or two of Dawn dish soap and you’re good to go. You may need to do this once a day, depending on how often your toilet gets flushed, but you’ll be amazed at how well this works!
Okay, now for the sink. You can pour some fabric softener down the drain – both in the tub and the sink, for an easy way to clear out nasty smells. As long as you’re not emptying the entire bottle down the sink, your plumbing won’t be adversely affected.
Kool-Aid & Baking Soda
I know you’re skeptical about this one, but hear me out. Baking soda, sure, but Kool-Aid? Most of us know that baking soda is king when it comes to absorbing odors, be it in the fridge, the carpet, and yes, as it turns out, your toilet. For this trick, pour some baking soda into a plastic baggie, along with a bit of Kool-Aid mix for a sweet, fruity smell. Poke a few little holes in the bag and tie it up (or zip lock it, whatever the case may be). Place the baggie the toilet bowl for a DIY flush-refresher! Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of Kool-Aid, you can add several drops of your favorite essential oils. I recommend citrus, eucalyptus, and/or clove.SKM: below-content placeholder