The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in the house. And with all the action it sees, it can start to smell a little less-than-fresh. Sure, you can try to mask lingering odors with a freshener spray or plug-in, or you can take one or more of the following proven measures to banish them for good.
Go au naturale
Common cleaning products are packed with chemicals and do nothing more than mask unpleasant odors. Instead, neutralize and clean naturally with things you already have in your kitchen pantry, like baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar. Remember your mom or grandma leaving an open container of baking soda to trap odors in the fridge? They did so because it works. And it can work in the bathroom, too.
Make your own air freshener
Mix about ¾ cups water, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, and about 6 drops of your favorite essential oil into a clean spray bottle. Shake well and give any room a spritz.
Try environmentally friendly charcoal
Charcoal effectively absorbs unpleasant odors and harmful chemicals. It also helps dehumidify the air, reducing the potential for mold and mildew growth. Look for household products containing charcoal for an added boost of freshness.
Clean the bathroom regularly
Sure, deep cleaning is essential, but so is regular cleaning to keep odors and germs in check. Scrub the toilet bowl often, wipe down the floor, and clean the sink area to prevent dirt build-up and odors. And don’t forget to give your toilet brush a routine cleaning with bleach to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
Focus on proper airflow
If you have a bathroom exhaust fan, keep it running for at least 10 minutes after your bath or shower to remove moisture from the air. Otherwise, crack open a window to achieve the same result. Doing so will prevent mold and mildew growth while neutralizing odors.
Banish mold and mildew
Skip the harsh, store-bought sprays and kill unsightly and potentially harmful mold and mildew naturally by spraying non-porous surfaces with undiluted vinegar. Wait at least an hour before rinsing clean with hot water. Then towel dry.
Consider an air purifier
Air purifiers rid the air of viruses, bacteria, pollen, dander, dust, and a slew of other allergens. And with both whole-house and individual units available, you’re sure to find a solution that works for your household and budget.
At Anthony’s, we offer several indoor air quality solutions that do much more than rid your home of unpleasant odors and keep mold and mildew in check. Contact us today for more information on how we can keep your home smelling fresh and clean while removing contaminants from the air and surface areas.