The struggle is real when it comes to hygiene and keeping the house clean, especially the bathroom. There are also times when cleaning is not enough to have the spa-like ambiance for our bathroom.
If you have done the basic cleaning, we have perfect hacks that even those with Mariah Carey tastes can happily live with for a spring-like bathroom. There is no need to break the budget with these easy tips that would give Gwyneth a good run for her money.
Tips To Make Your Bathroom Smell Like a Spa
Baking Soda Basics
Baking soda is the multi-tasking all-natural cleaning aid that you can easily pick up from the grocery. You can use baking soda in 2 ways, as a bad-smell absorber and a good-smell DIY.
First, put some baking soda in a mason jar or an empty container. Put in a few drops of essential oil and you have a simple but effective deodorizer. Replace once a month.
Another way is to mix 2 cups of baking soda with 6 to 8 tablespoons of water plus a few drops of essential oil to make your own deodorizer baking soda bomb. Let the paste harden in an ice cube tray for at least 24 hours and then store in a tightly closed jar.
To use, simply place a cube inside the trash can and in other strategic places of your bathroom like the sink cabinet or the towel shelf. You can also put these deodorizer bombs in a small cloth bag to hang on the doorknob.
Your Everyday Essential Oils
Scents bring with them memories and healing, thus the popularity of essential oils. It’s no longer Auntie Sally’s flower-scented potpourri -now choices range from fresh lemon to mountain roses. We like these two on Amazon: pure organic lemon oil or lavender –since they are versatile without being overpowering – and can be used for lots of things, from reed diffusers to scenting your DIY bath bombs.
Place a few cotton balls inside a mason jar or like me, use an old candy dish, and drop a few drops of your favorite oil.
You can replace the cotton balls every week or 10 days as part of your bathroom cleaning routine.
Another cheap but effective trick is to put a few drops in the inside carton of your toilet paper and you have a nice scent – even more noticeable every time you use the roll as it spins and diffuses the fragrance a bit more.
However, whether you order your organic essential oils on Amazon or pick them up at the local store, one thing is important: avoid oils in plastic bottles. Store your oils in blue or amber-colored glass bottles to ensure that it won’t degrade or become contaminated.
The Toothpaste Trick
Cut the end of a half-filled toothpaste tube and place it inside the water tank. Make sure that the cut end is in the water to ensure a minty fresh scent whenever you flush. You can have a budget version with an empty tube.
Cut an end and open it up a little bit and make sure it grazes the water. You can use this trick when you’re expecting guests or having a sleepover and your bathroom will have increased traffic.
You can also use a cheaper toothpaste brand for this hack or a fruity toothpaste if your taste leans more on strawberry than aqua fresh.
Use Lemon Slices
Citrus scents are one of the most popular scents – clean and fresh, they bring memories of summer, sun, and clean fun. To bring the ambiance to your bathroom, put a few lemon slices on a flat dish. Place the dish on top of the towel rack or the toilet tank. Replace every week with freshly-cut slices.
Pro-tip: Roll the lemon a flat surface before you cut it into slices. Pressing while rolling will bring out more of the scent of the lemon. If you prefer your lemon slices with your tequila shots, you can use lemon peels instead.
Never underestimate the scenting superpowers of declogging your drains. Make a solution of one cup each of baking soda, water, and vinegar. Pour a pot of hot water down the drain before pouring the solution. If you want something easy-peasy, use a de-clogger and use it according to instructions.
Regularly declogging your drains and pipe, whether it’s the sink or the shower floor, will lessen pipe build up. In turn, this will avoid the bad smell that no amount of potpourri can mask.
Use Scented Candles
Light up a scented candle before you do your business in the bathroom. It will not only do the trick of masking any smell, but it can also neutralize other odors.
There are also specially-crafted fragrance candles that are specifically for bathroom use, we love the scent of these Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day candles. You can opt for these online wonders or rely on your penny craft vanilla votives.
Another nifty trick is to light up the candles for a few minutes every day even if you’re not using the bathroom. Let the scent linger in the bathroom by keeping the door closed.
Vinegar is a Secret Weapon
Nobody wants a sour-smelling bathroom, so why use vinegar? Vinegar is one of the key ingredients for natural cleaning and making DIY non-toxic cleaners. First, pour a half-cup of vinegar in your toilet tank and flush. Then, repeat a few times so the vinegar can break down the buildup inside your flush and under the rim of the toilet. Remember to flush immediately whenever you use the vinegar method.
You can also place a bowl of vinegar in your bathroom and let sit for a few minutes. The vinegar will absorb the smell and then light up a scented candle. However, don’t let the vinegar sit far too long in the bowl or in the water tank.
Fabric Softeners Will Do Wonders
Fabric softeners have the best scents among the household products and putting some in the water before you flush will leave you with a perfume-smelling bathroom. Put a lidful in the water before you use the toilet.
Another way you can make fabric softener multi-task is to spray some on your toilet brush and let the smell diffuse. You can make a DIY citrus-smelling toilet cleaner for this hack.
Lastly, if you don’t have essential oils you can use a few drops of long-lasting fabric softener to make scented cotton balls. Leave in places where they are needed the most.
Pamper With Premium Soaps
Using scented products in the bathroom are not limited to candles. Upgrading your soap to a more premium, hand-made one with quality ingredients will not only enhance your bathroom’s visuals, but they can also make your guest powder room more inviting, they smell great and tend to be much more nourishing for your skin than cheaper drugstore soaps.
To get started – check out these luxury soap brands or read more about these French soap brands or Portuguese soaps – both known for making some of the best.
You also don’t need to buy expensive or fancy diffusers if you cannot afford them, you can opt for scented products that will not break the bank.
Beyond soaps, you can use scented wastebasket liners that will still keep your bathroom smelling like spa-like zen. You can also put a few drops of essential oils in a tea bag or two and leave them inside your trash can or in-between the magazines. Use the tea bags by themselves if you’re using fragrant tea like Earl Grey or matcha.
Just keep in simple, pick one or two fragrances that you really like and go with those – adding different soaps, candles and a bunch of other scents all at the same time might create an overbearing mix of smells.
Keep It Dry
All these amazing “bathroom is a spa” hacks will not work if your problem is mildew. So keep your bathroom dry all the time.
Remove or hang damp towels or clothes. Leave a few empty hangers at the back of the door so you don’t become too lazy to put away the damp stuff.
If your towels and rugs are turning musty, it’s time for a wash. Air out your bathroom regularly and open up your shower curtain. Old t-shirts you no longer plan to wear make great rags, keep them handy as an easy way to wipe the wet areas of your bathroom.
Lastly, use a dehumidifier especially if your bathroom is windowless. Check out these recommended small dehumidifiers for bathrooms and other small spaces.