Odors can sometimes become dominating in the bathroom and no matter what you try to do to mask it, it continues to assault your nasal passages. Whether you recently moved into a new place or have lived there a while, the sources of the odors can buildup before you realize you have any, despite your cleaning diligence. When these odors start to creep outside the bathroom, or just become to potent to bear, you need to do a deeper clean in the bathroom and we at Nadia’s House Cleaning would like to share some suggestions on doing just that.
Bathroom Odor Eliminator Solutions
1) Inspect bathroom. Lingering odors in the bathroom are often from mildew and mold which is born from stagnant water festering in areas with the humid conditions. Inspect the fixtures and pipes, walls and floors, as well as around tubs and/or showers, toilets, and sinks I both obvious and not so obvious places for any signs of water damage or mold growth. Check the shower curtain folds as well. Should you find places where there are leaks, make the necessary repairs and contact a professional for proper removal and treatment of mold should that be discovered. If the shower curtain is the source, replace it.
2) Disinfect & clean bathroom. To neutralize the smells, you will have to do a deeper clean in the bathroom that your normal routine. If you are sensitive to cleaning products, wear protective gloves and if necessary, ventilation masks and goggles. Kick on the ventilation fan while cleaning too. Pour the toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and let that sit. Use your disinfectant cleaner to clean the exterior from the tank, to the handle, to the lid, outside the bowl and around the floor. Be sure to get into the little crevices and then scrub the bowls inside and flush. To clean the shower/tub as well as the sink and counter tops, use an approved bacteria fighting agent. Use some elbow grease and ensure the mildew is sufficiently scrubbed clean. Wipe down all the bottles in the shower and around the sink as well. If any are heavily consumed with mold, toss them. Wash the exterior and interior of the trash can, after you removed the garbage, with hot soapy water. After it is completely dry place a fabric softener sheet at the bottom before replacing the liner. Garbage cans should be washed out every month or so. With a safe antibacterial detergent to kill and avoid mildew scrub the floors after they have been swept.
3) Take out garbage. The trash is commonly forgotten about in the bathrooms. Take it out once a week and wipe down the exterior and replace dryer sheet.
4) Wash fabrics. The bathroom is the most moist/humid place in your home. The moisture can create different odors, not only those derived from mold and mildew. It is important to clean the different fabric oriented objects every week or so to avoid odors. Follow the labels directions and wash Bath rugs, shower curtains, towels, wash clothes and other such items. If there aren’t any instructions, consider the following method. With the washer settings set to the hottest water setting, on a normal cycle mode, add ½ cup vinegar to your normal detergent to wash these items. Ensure they are completely dry before re-hanging or folding them.
5) Keep shower curtains dry. The folds of the shower curtain collect water and if it can’t thoroughly dry, mold can grow there. Keep the shower curtain closed to allow proper circulation and during and after every shower or bath, use the exhaust fan remove the excess moisture.
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Bathroom odors can be tough to defeat if they have been building over time. If after these tips the bathroom still has strong odors, call in the professionals of Nadia’s House Cleaning and let our professionals assess the situation and present an optimal solution.