Easy Ways to Conquer Bathroom Odors

March 22, 2011

In the somewhat damp and often rather confined space of the average bathroom, even one with a good extractor fan, bathroom odors can become rather overpowering (and unpleasant) rather quickly. There are more causes of bathroom odors than you may think, so it often takers more than a squirt or two of a strong air freshener to keep your bathroom smelling clean and fresh. Here are a few tips:

Treat Your Towels Better – If you and your family are in the habit of taking a wet towel and hanging it on the towel rack to dry next to another wet towel chances are that that habit is leading to at least some degree of bathroom outdoor. Damp towels get very musty very quickly, especially in the humid conditions that exist in most bathrooms and that smell can linger for a long time. To solve the smelly towel problem replace your old towel racks with wider ones that will allow each towel the space it needs to dry out properly.

Check for Leaks – Is there a strange lingering smelt in your bathroom that you really can’t identify? Check for leaks. Water slowly dripping from a leaky pipe into a bathroom cabinet or behind the toilet where people rarely look could be the cause as the water slowly damages the flooring and allows mold to grow.

Add a Permanent Scent – There may be times when an extra burst of air freshener is called for in the bathroom but you should also try to keep a constant source of light scent in the room as well. A bowl full of an attractive pot potpourri can do the trick very nicely or, if you can spare the socket one of those electric oil warmers that disperse a light, but ever present aroma.

Deal with a Stinky Shower Curtain
– Sometimes a bathroom can look like the cleanest place in the house, until you take a look at the inside corners of the shower curtain. Shower curtains, fabric ones especially, are a favorite breeding ground for all kinds of nasty molds and mildew. To try to prevent this after you shower, pull the shower curtain only partially closed. This will let air circulate within the folds, allowing the curtain to dry faster.

Better still do away with shower curtains altogether and have a great new shower glass door installed instead.

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