15 Clever Ways to Get Rid of Bathroom Smells

Have you noticed that your bathroom just doesn’t smell as fresh as it used to? I’ve struggled with that problem since my son was potty trained a few years ago! Parents, you know what I’m talking about. But you don’t have to scrub and scour only to make your home smell like a bunch of chemicals instead of those other icky smells. Here are 15 clever ways to get rid of bathroom smells, most of them using natural ingredients!

Use Essential Oil

Add a couple drops of essential oil inside the toilet paper roll to release a fresh scent every time someone uses the TP. You’ll be surprised at how much fresher your bathroom is with this quick trick.

DIY Toilet Bombs

Speaking of essential oils, you can pair them with baking soda, water, and citric acid to make your own DIY toilet bombs. The baking soda helps absorb and eliminate odors, the citric acid is a great antimicrobial, and of course, the essential oils add a pleasant scent to the porcelain throne.

Use Poo-Pourri

Have you heard of Poo-Pourri? It’s a spray that you use before you use the bathroom to help eliminate odors while you’re going #2. But you can make your own copycat poo-pourri at home to save some money.

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Use Pine-Sol

It’s no surprise that your toilet brush may be harboring some germs and odors. Fill your toilet brush holder with Pine-sol (or your favorite cleaner), and let your brush soak in that between uses.

Remove the Toilet Seat

Smells can hide in those tiny crevices that you don’t clean that often, particularly if you have boys in your home. Sorry, fellas, but it’s true. Every now and then, remove the toilet seat to clean around those fittings. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!

Homemade Trash Can Deodorizers

I’ve never met a trash can that couldn’t use a little freshening up. Try some of these homemade trash can deodorizers in your bathroom trash can.

Make for a Decorative Air Freshener

Who says air fresheners have to be ugly? Some scented air freshener beads, artificial flowers, and a pretty mason jar make for a decorative air freshener that will make your bathroom look and smell amazing!

DIY Odor Absorber Jar

If you like a subtle scent that gets rid of bad smells, try this DIY odor absorber jar. Simply add some baking soda and essential oils to a small mason jar, add holes in the top for air to circulate, and you’re all set.

Use Gel Air Freshener

We thought this idea for a gel air freshener was genius. It also uses essential oils, but they’re paired with unflavored gelatin and some decorative elements.

Use Vinegar in The Water Tank

Have you tried vinegar in the water tank? Pour in one cup, flush it a few times, and your toilet will smell fresh again. Do not allow the vinegar to sit in your tank for long periods, though.

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DIY Smelly Odor Knockout Spray

Pair witch hazel with essential oils and purified water for a smelly odor knockout combination that doesn’t overpower your senses.

Use Vinegar and Baking Soda

Smelly towels may be part of the odor problem in your bathroom. If so, use vinegar and baking soda to clean not only your towels but to make your washer and dryer smell better, too.

Use Steam Mop

And finally, my friend swears that she could never get rid of that “boy smell” in her bathroom until she got a Steam Mop. It’s worth a try, right?

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