10 Tips to Stop Bathroom Smells!
Does your bathroom smell?
I don't mean just after someone having gone in and used it, I mean, does your bathroom smell when you open the door after a while? Sometimes the smell can indicate a major problem but usually, the smell is something that can be dealt with easily. Here are ten quick and easy tips you can use to track down the source of the smell and get rid of it.
Track it down
There can be several sources of a smell in a bathroom. It can help if you know roughly where the smell is coming from. Does it appear to be coming from the toilet area? From the sink or wash hand basin? The shower? The bath? Use your nose and see if you can find the approximate location of the smell.
Smells from the toilet area
This is the most obvious source of smells in the bathroom, especially if daily cleaning is not always a priority.
The toilet itself can be the source of several smells. If it seems like the smell is coming from there, first get some toilet paper and fold it up into a pad. Now squirt some bathroom cleanser on it and wipe off the top and rim of the toilet basin. Put the toilet paper in the bowl and flush the toilet. Now, squirt some toilet cleanser in the bowl and ESPECIALLY up under the rim. Allow this to sit for a few minutes then use your toilet brush to scrub around the toilet bowl and ESPECIALLY up under the rim. Flush the toilet. If you don't (yet) have a toilet brush, let the toilet cleanser liquid sit a while longer before flushing the toilet. If you don't have any children or pets that use the bathroom, you could use bleach and let it sit overnight. But be very careful with using this dangerous substance.
Especially in the summer or hot weather, just using the toilet brush to give the toilet bowl a quick rub, maybe using your preferred toilet cleaner or even a quick squirt of a (cheap) shampoo or shower gel morning and evening can help keep any smells down. This only needs to take 20 seconds or even less.
It could even be your toilet brush that is causing a smell, if it isn't being used regularly! If your toilet brush is sitting in a container, check that there isn't any smelly water sitting in the bottom of the container. A few drops of disinfectant in the toilet brush holder will cure any problem there; but the best way to keep your toilet brush and container smelling healthy and sweet is to use the toilet brush regularly (so it gets rinsed off) and to empty the container each time you remove the brush from it.
2. FLOOR AROUND THE TOILET
Sometimes it can be the floor around the toilet that can be the source of the smell, especially if any users tend to "miss" the toilet bowl with their aim. Nothing beats good old soap and water here. Use your preferred bucket and cloth and washing solution. (Use plastic / rubber gloves to protect your hands if necessary.) If necessary, extend the washing process up around the outside of the toilet bowl. Dry the area with an old soft dry cloth.
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SHOWER and BATH
3. Surprisingly, the shower and the bath can be the source of smells. It's hard to believe, when you think of them being constantly used and washed down, however, I learned this some years ago when using the sports showers in work. There were two shower stalls but one tended to get used more than the other because it had a better shower head. One summer, I could smell something not very pleasant from the lesser used shower. Because it wasn't being used, the water in the trap below the shower had probably evaporated, allowing smells from the waste water pipe to seep into the shower room. A quick blast of water from the shower into the drain cured that one.
Sometimes, it's handy to drip a few drops of disinfectant down the outlets from a shower or bath, especially where the outfall for the water is quite shallow. It helps to stop the build up of bacteria that can create smells.
Wash Hand Basin / SINK
4. The sink can also be the source of smells in the bathroom. In this case, it's often the overflow area that can get mould growing in it that causes a smell. Best cure for this is a few drops of disinfectant dripped down the overflow section.
other sources of smells that you might want to check out before getting your bathroom floor ripped up are:
5. Wastebin / garbage bin - has that been emptied recently? Try washing it and using a plastic bin liner to make it easy to dispose of bathroom waste / garbage.
6. Shower curtain / screen. Check to see if there is any mould on your shower curtain or bathroom screen. If so, wash or clean and try to keep fresh air moving in your bathroom to inhibit any regrowth. You may also want to check your towels and face cloths. Especially in summer, when the heating may not be on to dry these off, towels and face cloths may stay damp, especially in little-used bathrooms and then they may start to smell mouldy.
7. Floor. Wash the floor, especially round the toilet area, and dry. Check the floor underneath the soil outlet from the toilet, to make sure that there is no leak from the toilet pan.
8. Curtains. How long have your curtains been up? Could they be the source of the smell? Have them cleaned or washed.
9. Fan / ventilator. Have you a fan/ ventilator in your bathroom? Could something have got stuck in it and died? Try cleaning the area.
10. Behind the panels. If all else has failed, you may have to get a little more technical here and try checking behind the bath panels. Many panelled baths can have the panels lifted off without too much difficulty. Check underneath the bath to see if there have been any leaks that could be causing problems.