You can keep your bathroom smelling fresh without using harsh chemicals or commercial cleaners, and a few common household ingredients and some essential oils are all it takes.Tips to Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh and Clean

Keep it Clean

It may seem obvious, but your bathroom can’t smell fresh if it isn’t clean. A thorough cleaning once a week means the toilet, sinks, drains, faucets, counters and tile.

Keep towels and bath mats dry. Damp, absorbent fabric collects bacteria and can quickly start to smell mildewed.

Keep the lid down! After you use the toilet, close the lid before flushing to keep unpleasant odors from escaping in the gross fine spray that occurs when the toilet is flushed.

The homely mix of vinegar and baking soda makes a great cleanser and deodorizer. To keep your toilet bowl clean and fresh, mix baking soda and vinegar and let it sit in the bowl for at least an hour before flushing.

Green Plants and Cut Flowers

Cut flowers are a lovely way of creating a fresh atmosphere, but keeping the room stocked with them can get pricey.

Instead of cut flowers, put a vase of odor-absorbing cut eucalyptus branches (inexpensive and long-lasting) on the back of the toilet or the counter; these stems and leaves are decorative and architectural in appearance, so they add a note of elegance as well as freshness.

Consider using a green plant in the bathroom to purify the air naturally. Orchids, lilies and some palm tree plants are among the best choices.

Essential Oils

There are almost as many ways to use essential oils as there are oils themselves. Choose fragrances that smell fresh to you (lavender, lemon, etc.), then decide how you want the scent delivered.

  • If you have a ceramic diffuser, fill it with purified water and sprinkle a few drops of oil into it. When the diffuser is turned on, the light scented mist will fill the bathroom.
  • Make a reed diffuser: fill a small, clean jar with warm water and about 10 drops of essential oils. Punch holes in the top, cover the jar, then stick bamboo skewers through the holes.
  • Create air freshener spray by adding 10-15 drops of oil to four oz. of water in a small spray bottle.
  • Dip both ends of a Q-tip in the oil and tape it behind the tank.
  • Dab some essential oil onto the light bulbs in the bathroom. When the lights are turned on, the warmed oil releases the scent into the room.

Other Deodorizing Household Products

Here’s some other household deodorizers for your bathroom, you can make yourself:

  • You don’t have to spend a bundle on those pricey “scent stones” because they are simple to make yourself. Combine 1 ½ cups flour, ¼ cup salt and ¼ tsp cornstarch, then it set aside. Mix 2/3 cup boiling water with 1 tbs essential oil, then pour over dry ingredients. Stir until mix is dough-like, then knead until smooth. Break off pieces and roll in small balls, and let dry. Tuck these in various corners and drawers of your bathroom.
  • Vodka sprayed into the air will absorb odors.
  • Bowls of dried coffee grounds also absorb odors.
  • Put those pesky packing peanuts in a jar and spray with your favorite cologne; when the scent starts to fade, just give the peanuts another spritz.


These are just a few easy ways of using natural and easily available ingredients to keep your bathroom fresh and chemical free.

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