50+ Unbelievably Effective Hacks For A Fresh & Clean Smelling Bathroom

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If you've ever felt that you bathroom isn't smelling as fresh as you expect after a through wash...

Then, this article is written just for you!

In today's post, i am going to share 50+ smell and cleaning hacks that'll leave your bathroom smelling fresh and clean

Let's get started


1. Make Your Own Scent Jar

No need to buy air freshener, make you own with just 2 inexpensive ingredients.

Here's what you'll need

Add 3 tbsp of baking soda into a mason jar

Add the same amount of Fabric softener as baking soda into the jar.

Keep this scented jar in your bathroom open for a couple of hours everyday and close the lid when not in use


2. Sanitize & Deodorize Toilet Brush

Sanitize and deodorize your toilet brush with baking soda and rubbing alcohol.

Pour rubbing alcohol into the toilet brush holder and add 2 tbsp of baking soda

Baking soda absorbs any odor present while rubbing alcohol kills the bacteria.

Do this often if you brush your toilet regularly.


3. Mouthwash Smell Hack

Aside from dental hygiene, mouthwash are great for making the bathroom smell good.

Here's how

Pour a quarter cup of mouthwash  into the toilet tank.

When flushing, the mouthwash will instantly freshen up your toilet bowl without leaving any stains behind


4. Use Essential Oil In The Bins

Freshen up the trash can with a couple drops of your favorite essential oil.

This is a great way to keep prevent your trash can from smelling bad before it's filled.


5. Baby Oil For Faucets

Baby oil gives your bathroom a nice and gentle fragrance whenever you're at the basin.

Plus, they make your faucets real shinny.

To do this, add a few drops of baby oil onto a paper towel and polish the surface of your faucets.


6. Use A Scented Trash Bag

Scented trash bags are inexpensive alternative to regular trash bag great for hiding the bad odors in the bathroom.

It keeps the trash from smelling bad in the time it takes to fill up.

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7. Eliminate Odor Emitting Towel

If your bath towel are starting to develop musty smell, then your bathroom will never smell good.

To revive your towels, soak them in hot water and add 2 tbsp of baking soda and give it a stir.

Add the towel into the washer, sun dry and your towel will smell like new again!

You want to do this every 2 weeks before your towel turns nasty


8. Tissue Roll Fragrance

Add a nice fragrance to your tissue rolls by adding light smelling perfume in the tissue roll.

Take note to avoid spraying the perfume onto the tissue paper, spray it only on the middle of the cardboard tissue roll.

You may also drop essential oil on the core directly.


9. Use Toothpaste In Toilet Tank

Cut your toothpaste in half and place it into your toilet tank for a fresh minty scented flush.

Use half a tube or a full tube according to your preference.

Replace the toothpaste when it no longer produce the scent it once had.


10. Use Scented Candle

Smoke kills odor causing bacteria, making scented candles the perfect choice for eliminating odor while emanating it's own fragrance.

Green tea, lavender candles are gentle and refreshing.

But do pick a scent that you really enjoy.


11. Deodorize The Basin

Notice bad smell rising from the basin drain? That is likely the work of bacteria in the drain.

Before going to bed, pour baking soda and rubbing alcohol down the drain and it will eliminate the odor.


12. DIY Poopourri

Despite flushing, unpleasant odor can still linger around, making your bathroom smell awful.

Make your own poopurri spray by mixing white 1 cup vinegar, 10 drops of essential oil and 1 cup of water.

Spray it in the toilet bowl right after flushing.


13. Use Pine Sol

Pine-sol can give your toilet bowl a wonderful smell.

Pour a cup of pine sol into the toilet tank twice a week and your bathroom will smell truly amazing!

Pine-sol is a multi-purpose household cleaner made from the oil of pine tree wood.


14. Use Dawn Dish Soap

Dawn dish soap gives off a nice gentle fragrance after every toilet wash.

Add dawn dish soap when washing the toilet to keep the bathroom smelling great


15. Keep Laundry Outside

If your bathroom is an enclosed room, then having smelly laundry is going to ruin any good work you put in.

Keep your laundry in a room with good circulation instead


16. Lavender Fragrance

Transform your shower into a relaxing spa like atmosphere by combining baking soda and lavender into a jar

Leave the jar near the toilet bowl area.

The baking soda works as a deodorizer while the lavender gives off the nice pleasant smell.


17. Use Essential Oil In The Tank

How many drops to add?

It depends on how strong you want to scent your bathroom.

For starters, try 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil into the toilet tank and increase as needed.

This is one of the cheapest way to add scent to your bathroom considering how inexpensive essential bottles are.


18. Clean the Bathroom Rugs

If you have many family members living together and your bathroom mat doesn't get enough sun.

Then, chances are it's going to smell!

So, even if your bathroom mat looks clean, make sure to wash them every week to stop odor buildup.

Alternatively, you may use baking on soda to get rid of the odor.

Just sprinkle baking soda thoroughly onto the rug and leave it overnight.

The next day, vacuum the rug and just like magic the odor will be gone!


19. Ventilate Your Bathroom 

Most bathrooms do come with a small window that may not be large enough to allow for proper ventilation.

This enables the build-up of vapors and humidity in the bathroom, which is why you find it smelly in the first place.

So here are 2 simple solution.

The first is to simply leave the bathroom door wide open after shower to eliminate stale air.

The second solution is to install an exhaust fan which will help air circulation, humidity reduction and odor removal.


20. DIY Mason Jar Air Freshener

If you don't want unknown toxic chemicals from commercial air freshener, then here's a recipe for you.

Fill your mason jar with cotton balls and drop your favorite essential oil.

Keep the jar closed when not in use to preserve the smell.


21. Add Plants

A simple but effective tip that works every time!

Just make sure that you select a plant that can purify the air while also giving off nice fragrance.

Place them near the windows for sunlight and beautifying your bathroom.


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1. Cleaning out the Bathtub


These are soap scums, caused by a reaction between hard water and soap.

To remove, cut half a grapefruit and cover the flesh with coarse salt for to create a natural scrub.

In circular motion, rub the areas of the tub that has been stained, squeeze the grapefruit as you rub.

Let the grapefruit juice soak in the bathtub for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing off with a sponge and rinsing. 


2. Unclog & Clean Your Faucets

To remove hard water stains, spray your faucet thoroughly with vinegar and let it sit for about 20 minutes before cleaning with a toothbrush.

Alternatively, you may use magic erasers to clear out the hard water stains instantly.

To unclog your faucet, simply remove the faucet head and soak them in equal parts of vinegar and water for 15-30 minutes before rinsing off

To make your faucets shine, apply some baby oil.


3. Make your Shower Glass Sparkle

Having hard water buildup or soap scums on your glass shower doors?

Here's what you can do...

Create a spray by filling it with vinegar and adding 1 tsp of dish soap.

Spray the glass liberally and use a sponge to wipe and spread the solution.

Allow the solution to sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off with water.

Wipe the glass dry with a microfiber cloth for a sparkling new shower door


4. Kill Mold And Mildew

Create a mixture by combining a liter of water and 1 cup of borax into a spray bottle.

To remove mold or mildew, spray and saturate the affected area and leave it for 2 hours.

Use a little scrubbing to get the mold off then rinse with water.


5. Unclog & Clean your Shower Heads

Lime buildup can cause your shower heads to get clogged which, affects the flow and quality of the water coming out.

Add warm vinegar into a plastic bag and tie it over the shower head with a rubber band so that it's fully soaked.

The vinegar works to dissolve all the calcium buildup which unclogs the shower head

Leave it overnight before rinsing & wiping clean to be used again.


6. Unclog The Drain

Overtime, the drain becomes clogged with hair and soap scums and we need to do some maintenance to prevent the drains from stinking.

Drop 2 Alka-seltzer tablets or effervescent tablets into the drain

Pour a cup of warm white vinegar and allow it to soak through to loosen and unclog your drain.


    7. Whiten & Disinfect your Shower Curtains

    Not sure how to clean your curtains?

    No worries, here's how:

    1. In a bucket, pour 2 part water, 1 part vinegar, 1 tbsp of laundry detergent
    2. Add the shower curtain into the bucket and soak for an hour
    3. Rub them together to remove the dirt before rinsing and sun dried

    Simple as that, you curtain is now whiten thoroughly cleaned!


    8. Streak Free Mirror Hack

    The next time you clean your mirror make a spray

    • Combine equal parts of vinegar, rubbing alcohol and 1 tsp of cornstarch
    • Spray the mirror 
    • Scrape off the water with old newspaper or microfiber cloth

    This will leave your mirror sparkling like when it was first installed, completely dust and stain free!


    9. Whiten The Grout Lines

    Spray the grout lines liberally with undiluted hydrogen peroxide (3%) and let it sit for 30 minutes.

    Scrub the grout line with a used toothbrush or grout brush (if you have one).

    While you are at it, you should see the dirt fall off otherwise, you may have to soak it for another 30 minutes

    Rinse the area with water, wipe clean and let it dry for an hour and you should see your dirty grout line transform into sparkling white color.


    10. Use Heat to Clean Faster

    The warmer the temperature, the faster your cleaning ingredient will work.

    When heated, acidity dissolve gunk quicker, break down calcium, soap scums faster and they disinfect better.

    So the next time you use vinegar for shower glass, mirror or bathtub cleaning, remember to heat them up.


    11. Complete Toilet Bowl Cleaning Hack

    Here are 3 simple steps to clean the toilet bowl

    1. Pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup borax into the bowl and close the lid.
    2. Spray the bowl top down with an all purpose spray, and allow the solution to sit for 10-20 minutes.
    3. Wipe the exterior of the bowl with a kitchen towel and flush.

    This should keep your toilet bowl shining clean and disinfected.

    Deep clean the water tank by following the steps below

    • Turn off the water supply and empty the water tank by flushing
    • Add equal parts of vinegar and water into the tank to soak overnight
    • Then, simply flush out the waste water.

    Here's a little trick to dry your toilet brush and prevent odor from developing


    12. Cleaning the Tiles

    Nothing beats white vinegar and dash dish soap when it comes to cleaning your bathroom tiles!

    1. Combine equal parts of vinegar and water and some dawn dish soap in a small bowl.
    2. Soak a sponge in the solution you've created and scrub
    3. Leave the solution to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off

    This will remove soap scum, disinfect your bathroom and freshen up your bathroom


    13. Whiten your Sink

    If your sink is infected with soap scum

    Here's what you need to do...

    • Grab a lemon and some dawn dish soap
    • Squeeze lemon juice and add drops of dawn dish soap directly onto a sponge
    • Apply the mixture on the sink and let it sit for 10 minutes
    • Scrub the basin and you will see the dirt and stains fall off quickly.

    Now rinse and let it dry.


    14. Use a Screwdriver

    This tip might sound weird but it is actually a pretty useful hack!

    The Next time you clean the crevice between your toilet bowl and tank,

    Dip a rag into your cleaning solution and wrap it around the tip of the screwdriver

    Now you have a pointy cleaning tip that will clean area you wouldn't be able to reach!


    15. Clean the Bathroom Floor Last

    Your floor should be the last thing to clean

    When you're cleaning other stuffs in the bathroom, the floor is going to get dirty again, which means you'll have to clean them again.

    Here's a quick recipe:

    1. Pour vinegar directly onto the bathroom floor and add detergent
    2. Briefly Scrub the floor and get the mixture all over the floor.
    3. Let vinegar soap solution sit for 20 minutes before scrubbing again.

    Rinse and allow the floor to dry

    That way you remove all soap scum and heavy stain leaving your bathroom fresh and clean.


    16. Creating a Checklist

    Forgot to clean the faucet again?

    You can get the cleaning checklist over here

    To avoid such a situation again, it helps to create a checklist for:

    • What needs to be cleaned
    • Which to clean first
    • how much ingredients you need
    • Which cleaning solution to create

    This will save you lots of cleaning ingredients as you can make them in bulk

    And most importantly, get you out of the bathroom asap!


    17. Cleaning The Exhaust Fans

    For better cleaner ventilation, do this! Get a vacuum cleaner to suck out all the dust

    Remove the cover and wash with dawn dish soap, you might need to scrub using a sponge or old toothbrush

    Rinse and dry and enjoy the fresh air! 


    18. Disinfect the Loofah

    Your loofah collects lots of germs and need to be cleaned week to prevent getting germs on your body whenever you shower.

    Here's how to do it:

    1. Place your loofah into a bowl and add hot boiling water
    2. Add 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for an hour
    3. Rinse and dry under the sun


    19. Dissolve Limescale With Cooking Spray

    Oil helps to break down limescale deposits very effectively.

    So, the next time you clean your faucets, give the limescale a light spritz with any cooking spray.

    Wipe with a kitchen towel to remove hard water stain and get your faucets to shine.


    20. Freshen Toilet With Mouthwash

    Aside from dental hygiene, mouthwash are great for making the bathroom smell good.

    Pour a quarter cup of mouthwash  into the toilet tank.

    When flushing, the mouthwash will instantly freshen up your toilet bowl without leaving any stains behind


    21. Shine Toilet Bowl With Stone

    To remove that unsightly toilet bowl ring, use a pumice stone.

    You can get pumice stones with handles you can wear a glove when scrubbing away at the toilet bowl.

    Pumice stone are effective at lifting those mineral buildup from hard water.


    22. Make Your Own Poo Pourri

    Making your own poo Pourri will work wonders for your bathroom.

    No one wants to leave behind the nasty smell for anyone else to breathe in!

    To make one, combine these ingredients in a small spray bottle

    Spray into the bowl before doing your business and the smell will be trapped underneath the water and nobody's nose gets hurt.


    23. Use Incense To Eliminate Odor

    Smoke are effective at destroying any odor so here are some ideas on how to create small smokes.

    Stick an incense stick  into a small glass jar and light it up.

    Alternatively, you can use scented candles to add fragrance while eliminating odor.



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