Although there are unavoidable times that your toilet may smell less than fresh, in general, keeping the toilet smelling good not just makes it a more pleasant space, but helps it look cleaner and more attractive. Reaching for a can of air freshener is a simple solution, however, the spray just masks bad scents and may cause respiratory irritation in sensitive people.
Air It Out
A toilet that stays moist readily can develop a musty, mildew scent. After a shower or bathtub, leave the toilet fan running or open the window till the steam dissipates along with the walls and floor are dry. If your toilet lacks a built-in fan or window, use a small electric fan to blow away moisture after washing. A dehumidifier is another option if your toilet is particularly humid. Hang up towels and bathmats to dry, and clean them at least once each week. Pull the shower curtain closed after bathing to allow the surface dry completely.
Clean It Up
Bathrooms get dirty and stinky, especially if small children use the facilities. Mop the floors at least weekly; this may be a daily chore when you’ve got a potty-training boy in your house. Pay particular attention to the floor around the toilet and the toilet seat hinges and rim. Keep the sink region free of standing water, toothpaste globs, spilled toiletries and shed hair. Line the toilet trash container with disposable plastic bags to prevent a build-up of grunge on the can, and empty the garbage daily.
When it comes to the toilet, scents occur. Keep the room clean with organic odor absorbers. Fill a glass bowl or vase with white vinegar or baking soda, then put it on the bathroom countertop. Both family products help absorb odors from the air, leaving the room clean and pleasant. Another organic odor absorber is activated carbon. You can find this at pet stores in the aquarium section. Pour the carbon into a container, and place it on the bathroom countertop or the cover of the toilet tank.
Add a Pleasant Scent
You can add mild fragrance to your toilet without unpleasant sprays. Set a basket of potpourri from the corner of the room. A mixture of pine, rose petals, spices and citrus peels smells natural. Another way to add fragrance is a scented soy candle. Light the candle prior to using the toilet, then blow it out once you’re completed. Scented reed diffusers are another option; those include a glass vase full of fragrant essential oils. Long reeds absorb the oil, then disperse the fragrance into the air.