Walking into a high-end bathroom can be a pleasure. An elegant bathroom is a beautiful and private place, a space that leaves you feeling refreshed and clean. A welcoming smell is one essential ingredient for creating a successful bathroom design.
A bathroom that is not cleaned well or often enough may produce lingering smells, but sometimes even well-maintained bathrooms smell musty for no apparent reason or within mere hours of being cleaned. Once the scent of cleaning sprays wears off, how does your bathroom fare? Here are 5 tips for keeping your bathroom smelling fresh between cleans.
1. Use baking soda to absorb – rather than mask – odors.
Baking soda is all-natural, inexpensive, and easy to incorporate into any kind of bathroom decor. Unlike air-fresheners that use artificial ingredients that compromise the air quality of your home, baking soda is a natural odor absorber. Besides, distributing baking soda in your bathroom space doesn’t require batteries or disposable plastic dispensers. Simply fill an attractive glass bowl or vase with baking soda and place it on the counter or a side shelf.
Baking soda doesn’t just mask bad odors; it absorbs and neutralizes smells. Sound too good to be true? There is one catch – baking soda does need to be changed every 30-90 days to retain potency. Stir the baking soda or scrape off the top layer to reactivate the odor-absorbing strength of the soda and lengthen its use. Write the date on the bottom of the glass bowl or vase so that you can keep track.
White vinegar is another natural odor absorber that can be used as a substitute for baking soda and with similar success.
2. Deodorize the drains.
Drains are a likely culprit for odors that seem impossible to locate or reappear soon after cleaning. Do you remember the unexpectedly strong smell the last time you cleaned a clogged drain? Well, that same smell may be infecting your bathroom space as debris slowly collects underneath your drains, even before the drains are fully clogged.
Using a well-made hair catcher can slow the build-up of smelly drain debris. Purchase an inexpensive hair catcher from your local homeware or hardware store. Also, many grocery stores carry hair catchers.
Another trick to conquering drain odor is to make a baking soda concoction (water + baking soda) to flush out the drain during the bathroom cleaning. This simple preventative measure will add mere seconds to the time it takes to clean the bathroom, with disproportionately beneficial results.
3. Upgrade your soaps and cleaning supplies.
The smells left behind after using quality cleaning supplies can make a tremendous difference compared to cheap detergents and sprays. Whether you opt for natural cleaning supplies, such as vinegar and baking soda, or quality commercial agents, avoid the cheap, chemicalized cleaning supplies that tend to leave an offensive odor.
Consider your hand soap as well as your cleaning supplies. Traditionally-made hand soaps that use natural oils and fragrances often smell wonderful when compared to cheap commercial soap bars, and specialty soap looks classy as well.
It can be tempting to skimp here, but you get what you pay for here—and your nose will be able to tell the difference.
4. Check your floor mats.
A quality bathroom mat is a worthy investment. One highly absorbent bath mat will last for months or years longer than the two or three thin, bunchy mats you might purchase for the same price.
Most bath mats can (and should) be washed in the washing machine regularly. Wash mats in low or medium temperature water according to manufacturer instructions, and then allow them to air dry by placing them back on your bathroom floor where they belong. Washing mats, in my opinion, is easier than vacuuming or beating mats, and washing carries the added benefit of ridding the mat of odors as well as dust.
A quality floor mat will absorb moisture well, which doesn’t give water a chance to pool on the floor. Even small puddles lead to bacteria and mold growth, each of which carries unpleasant odors.
5. Consider a bath remodel.
A remodel may be the only way to rid your bathroom of musty smells that have become embedded in the walls or ceiling. Odors that result from hidden mold or water-damaged structural elements may be beyond cosmetic or superficial fixes. If you live in the Lakewood, Everett, or Bellevue areas, contact our remodeling contractor to see how we can reinvigorate your bathroom in a way that works with your family’s budget.