Cleaning the bathroom is hard work and takes a lot of time. For quick results, most people would turn to harsh chemicals and cleaning agents to cover up unwelcome bathroom smells and persistent odours. It can be embarrassing when you have guests over and the toilet smells like, well, a toilet. But don’t let the stink get the better of you! There are fast, effective methods that won’t break the bank.

Banish bad odours and keep your bathroom smelling fresh fast with these natural household ingredients:

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Bathrooms that look clean may still smell, so here are some simple yet effective ways to freshen it up. (Photo: Pixabay)
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This essential baking ingredient is super helpful in the bathroom too! (Photo: Pixabay)

1. Baking Soda

Place a small bowl of baking soda in the bathroom to absorb the odours. You should replace the baking soda every month to make sure it stays fresh.

You can even turn it into a natural solution. Just mix 2 cups of water, a tablespoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda with 10 drops of your favourite essential oil (for fragrance), then transfer the liquid into a spray bottle to use as needed.

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Lemons are naturally effective cleaning agents. (Photo: Pixabay)

2. Lemons

Another trick to keep your bathroom smelling fresh is to place a plate of lemon slices near the throne. Lemons are great at neutralising odours, and will even leave your bathroom nice and fresh. Just remember to change the lemon slices once a week.

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Lavender oil is widely known for a myriad of health benefits. (Photo: Pixabay)

3. Essential Oils

Essential oils like lavender and lemongrass are great for masking even the strongest of bathroom odours. Set a diffuser on an open shelf, and warm a few drops of oil for a couple of minutes.

If you don’t have a diffuser (or a ledge to place that on), just dab a few cotton balls with some essential oil and leave them inside an empty toilet roll in your bathroom to work their wonders. You should replace the scented cotton balls every week.

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Vodka has also been known to make dull faucets shine. (Photo: Pixabay)

4. Vodka

This classic liquor comes in useful for creating DIY air fresheners too. Mix one part vodka to three parts water, and add about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. Use it handy in a spray bottle.

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Nobody likes dealing with a clogged toilet. (Photo: Pixabay)

Bonus! Unclog a toilet bowl the easy way.

Not keen on pouring harsh chemicals down your toilet? Then keep these cubes of natural toilet bombs around:

  1. Stir 1 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup citric acid in a large metal bowl.
  2. Add 15 drops of your favourite essentials oils, then wearing gloves, start kneading the mixture together.
  3. Slowly add water a teaspoon at a time to help the mixture combine.
  4. Scoop everything into ice cube trays, and let dry overnight.
  5. Store them in an airtight jar.
  6. To use, throw one or two cubes of your homemade toilet bomb into the toilet bowl and let it fizz up for about 10 minutes before you start flushing.

Text: Mia Chenyze, Simply Her / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew
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For more on home health and hacks, read also Kitchen Hack: 5 Ways To Use Lemons To Get Rid Of Bad Odours and 5-Min Fixes For A More Pleasant Bathroom