The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in a home, and is often the smelliest, too!
Bathroom odors can be a real embarrassment, especially if you have guests staying with you or
visitors popping by. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do in bathroom cleaning
to help banish bathroom odors, and here are a few of them:
Eliminate That Mildew Smell From Towels
If your towels are smelling less than fresh, try soaking them in all-fabric bleach for about half an hour before rinsing them and running them through the machine.
Use Vinegar To Get Rid Of Mildew In Your Tub, Shower Or On Tiles And Grouting
Soaking a sponge in simple white vinegar and then using it to clean mildew spots and stains from clothing, can be very effective, as can filling a spray bottle with vinegar and squirting it over larger areas before wiping it off. For stubborn mildew and mold stains, some scrubbing with a brush or coarse sponge may be required, and you might need to leave the vinegar on the area for a few hours. An old toothbrush can be used for corners and nooks that are hard to clean.
Use Essential Oils
Once you’ve used vinegar to try and eliminate mildew in your bathroom, you can then use essential oils to make the whole room smell more inviting. One particularly good oil is grapefruit seed extract; dilute it in a spray bottle and spray it liberally over the areas that you’ve treated with vinegar. Not only will it help the area and the room to smell better, but it will boost the vinegars ability to destroy the mildew. Tea tree oil is also great for its antifungal properties and can even be used in place of vinegar, and in exactly the same way; while it smells stronger than vinegar, the aroma is more pleasing.
To help prevent mildew from ruining your bathroom in the future, you’ll need to try and reduce
the moisture, and you can do this in a number of ways, from ensuring that your fan is functioning
effectively, or if you don’t have a fan, have one installed. A wise purchase might be a humidity
detecting fan that automatically turns itself off and on as moisture levels in your bathroom, rise
and fall. Wiping your shower down after use with a squeegee, can help prevent water from
causing limescale and humidity issues.
If your bathroom is in need of a deep clean and you don’t have time to do it yourself,
consider using a professional cleaning service, who will use their tried and tested
techniques to get it odorless and sparkling in next to no time.