How to freshen up your bathroom – get it smelling great!

  • By: Bee
  • Date: May 6, 2022
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Let’s face it; there are times when your bathroom may smell less than fresh. It’s one of the most challenging rooms in the house to keep clean.

After all, that is where all the business of getting clean happens. So, it’s bound to be a bit funky at times. But thankfully, it’s not hard to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

I’ve put together a list of simple yet effective things you can do to make sure your bathroom will pass the smell test.

Keep it Clean

This may be obvious, but you would be surprised how many people overlook this. Bathrooms get dirty; there is no way around this, especially if you have little ones (boys specifically) who have a hard time aiming, if you know what I mean.


Start by mopping those floors! Vacuum or sweep up first to get all debris.
When you mop, try to use a product with antibacterial properties and pay close attention to the areas around and behind the toilet. You may need to get down on your knees and scrub with a separate sponge.

Another place to pay close attention to is underneath the heaters, as this is also where dirt and grime can gather.


Clean the toilet regularly, concentrating on the seat hinges and rims. Doing this every day is preferable. Old pee smell is the worst, especially if pee is left sitting for a day or so.

Concentrate around the seat and under the lid. By doing this every day, you can avoid those goopy drops of pee that tend to gather.


Make sure the sink is free of toothpaste gobs and shed hair from brushes. And clean the sink every day.
Even if you only do a deep scrubbing once a week, use Clorox wipes to wipe down the sink at least once a day, especially at the first trace of yuckiness.

Clorox (or comparable) wipes are one of the best products you can have. And they are all back in stock at stores now that we have a hold on Covid! Thank God.

Just a few good swipes over the faucet and sink are going to remove soap residue and watermarks. This will stomp offending odors in their tracks before the gunk has a chance to build it up.


Scrub your shower and bathtub out at least once a week. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders for stuck-on gunk.

I am personally a fan of bleach products like soft scrub. Make sure you pay attention to the areas around the faucet and knobs. You can even get in there with an old toothbrush if you need to.

Trash Can

Keep a trash can in your bathroom and line it with plastic bags (grocery ones work great) to prevent the build-up up of grunge. And change the bag out every other day or so if anyone puts anything overly funky in there.

Absorb Odors

Natural odor absorbers work wonders. Fill a bowl with vinegar and baking soda and set it on the bathroom counter. Another natural odor absorber is activated carbon. This can be found at pet stores in the aquarium section. Just pour carbon into a container and set it on the sink as you would with the baking soda.

Air it Out

Because most of what we do in the bathroom involves water, they can stay damp easily and emit a musty odor. After taking a shower, let your bathroom fan run or open the window a crack to let the steam out.

Or get a small fan and let it circulate and dry out the air. A dehumidifier is another excellent option, especially if you live in a humid client. Hang your towels and bathmats to dry and be sure to wash them often.

Add Good Smells

Harsh bathroom sprays typically won’t do the trick. A bowl of potpourri set in the corner of the room, mixed with pine, spices, or citrus, smells fantastic.

You can also get a scented candle. A great trick is to light the candle, do your business in the toilet, and blow the candle out. The sulfur smell works wonders when it comes to covering odors. Reed diffusers also work great as you can fill them with essential oils.


Having a great-smelling bathroom is something I am particular about. It makes myself and my family feel better about themselves, and you never know when you may have a house guest who needs to use the bathroom. The last thing you want is to be embarrassed about your smelly bathroom.

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