How to Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh Naturally

Your bathroom is likely the one room in your house that tends to smell pretty rough.  Cleaning the bathroom every day isn’t usually a possibility with busy schedules, so there has to be some way that you can keep the odors at bay, right?  

Smells in the bathroom come for a good reason.  I mean, just think about what you do in the bathroom.  It is not really something that we like to talk much about, but the bodily functions that we use the bathroom for are pretty disgusting and smelly.  The problem is that you can’t just stop going to the bathroom – everyone has to go!

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Natural fragrances, candles and soaps.

Then, there is also the unavoidable issues of little boy’s bathrooms! The truth is, they have a difficult time when it comes to their aim starting out (and some grown men even still have a hard time). This can lead to urine on the floor, and that tends to really be smelly.

So, how do you keep your bathroom smelling fresh naturally?  Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.

#1 – Use Automatic Bathroom Air Fresheners

Freshening up the air in the bathroom can be difficult at best, but with an automatic air freshener you can just leave it be and enjoy a fresh scent from the bathroom regularly.  Just remember, if you are using this to freshen the air without really cleaning the bathroom regularly, you are just covering up the smells. Nothing is worse than floral scented pee.!  An automatic bathroom air freshener alone will not do the job but it can definitely add a pleasant scent to a bathroom that is already clean.  We’ve reviewed automatic bathroom air fresheners here, but if you are really looking for a “natural” way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh these might not be the best option.

While some of them do contain essential oils and natural ingredients, many have other not so natural ingredients, they also come in a aerosol can that is not always easy to recycle and require batteries to run.  One of our readers introduced us to these Natural Air Purifying Bags by Moso and since we’ve tried them out we also recommend them. The bags are chemical free and use natural bamboo charcoal to absorb odors, allergens and harmful pollutants. The cool thing about these bags is that you just put them in direct sunlight once a month for about an hour to re-activate them. They are an eco-friendly and cost effective way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh. They are also fragrance free- so no flowery smell- they absorb unwanted moisture and odors.

#2 – Consider a Small Dehumidifier for Your Bathroom

Moisture in the air in your bathroom can also keep your bathroom from smelling fresh. Unless you have very good ventilation in your bathroom, it may be damp. When towels and bath mats don’t totally dry out it can also cause musty smells. If you store laundry hampers in your bathroom this will make the problem worse with the smell of dirty towels and other dirty laundry filling the room.  One easy solution is to get a small bathroom dehumidifier and really help to alleviate the staleness and stench. These are made with smaller, compact shape that will fit well in most bathrooms and also have smaller motors since less power is needed to dry out smaller spaces (compared to larger, more expensive machines designed to dry out a whole basement or an entire home).  Apart from the unpleasant odor, a very damp environment will allow harmful mildew and mold to grow which can be a health hazard in your home.

#3 – Use an Odor Neutralizing Toilet Drop-In

Toilet smells are really one of the biggest bathroom stench culprits, and you can avoid this by using a toilet drop-in tablet that helps to keep the toilet cleaned, disinfected and deodorized.  They usually go in the back of tank and work continuously for weeks at a time. They even have some that go into the bowl directly and hang from the side of the toilet bowl, freshening with each flush. This is a really cost effective way to keep your toilet from having a bad smell.  

#4 – Make Sure There is Proper Ventilation

bathroom fan for proper ventilationA poorly ventilated bathroom is never a good thing.  It keeps moisture trapped in the bathroom, and really lets smells fester and get worse.  Consider opening up your bathroom windows when you have the opportunity, or leaving the bathroom vent running from time to time. Many newer bath exhaust fans come with a timer which helps after a bath or shower but will shut off after a specified times since leaving the bathroom vent running all the time, the motor may burn up and it may stop properly ventilating. Turn it on for short periods at a time, and then turn it off again. Proper ventilation helps to release the steam from your shower, airs out the bathroom, and can help to bring in some fresh air from outside.

#5 – Keep Your Drains Cleaned Out and Deodorized

Bathroom drains are another common culprit when it comes to bad smells in the bathroom.  Cleaning your drain regularly is a good idea. Use a good quality hair catcher or other strainer to keep hair and other particles from building up in your drain pipes.  This build up can cause potent smelly gasses to emit from the drain, causing your bathroom to smell like sewer backup or rotten eggs.

To deodorize the drains, use a combination of baking soda and water to keep them flushed.  This helps to cut back on odors, but it also cuts through anything that maybe building up within the pipes.  If you have a clog, however, you may need something a little stronger.

#6 – Dry Up Moisture as it Happens

Letting moisture sit in the bathroom can lead to bacteria growth, which can smell pretty pungent.  When you get out of the shower, chances are the things on your bathroom counter will be covered in condensation from the steam of your shower.  Dry them regularly to keep the moisture from collecting. Also dry the floors and use bath mats to step out onto when you get out of the shower.  Just remember to wash those rugs regularly, because they can harbor smells too! Using a very absorbent bath mat can help prevent water from building up on your bathroom floors.

#7 – Consider Using Essential Oils in the Bathroom

Essential oils are a great natural way to keep your bathroom smelling great.  They are actually good for the whole house as well.

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Essential oils is a natural way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

You can use just a few drops and keep the bathroom smelling great for weeks at a time.  Essential oils also have other great benefits, not just the fact that they smell good. A little bit also goes a really long way!

#8 – Routinely Clean Your Bathroom

Finally, make sure that you are cleaning your bathroom on a regular basis.  This means cleaning the shower floor and walls, shower door and frame, sinks, toilet, tubs, floors, and emptying your waste baskets.  This should be done at least once a week, and possibly even more often than that if it gets especially dirty. Keeping the bathroom clean not only helps to keep smells at bay, but also helps to ensure that your bathroom is sanitary.  Bathrooms are one of the least sanitary rooms in the house.

As you can see, there are some great ways that you can keep your bathroom smelling fresh naturally.  If you are tired of the smells that come from the bathroom and leak out through the rest of your house, use these tips to help keep the bathroom smelling great without using a lot of harsh chemicals.  Chances are you will notice a huge difference.