You’re ready to jump in the hot shower to relax after a long day yet the message your brain is receiving is anything but pleasant. There’s an odd and lingering smell in the bathroom. You check the bin by the toilet, but you soon realize that the culprit must hide elsewhere. The bin is perfectly clean and empty. You check the window. Nope, it’s shut. With a sigh, you admit to yourself that the foul odor has to come from somewhere in the bathroom. There are a few familiar places that you can check to figure out what is causing the issue and – hopefully – sort out the problem rapidly! Ultimately, you want to feel fresh and squeaking clean after your shower, so the bathroom needs some work!
Your pipes are clogged up
A small blockage further down the pipes may not be enough to stop the water flow, but it might be the perfect terrain for mold growth. Imagine a nest of hair glued together with bits of broken soap and gloppy shower gel. It’s the ideal moist environment for mold, and that might explain the foul smell. However, it’s best to leave it to top plumbers to retrieve the blockage and free your bathroom from unpleasant odors. They might even give you a few tips on how to keep the pipes clean safely.
Mold is growing around the shower
Mold loves moisture more than anything else in the world. Your bathroom, unfortunately, it full of it! While you might be paying careful attention to your grout and tiles, it’s easy to overlook the shower curtain – especially as it folded most of the day, making it a welcoming moist and close environment for mold spread. Additionally, hard water can leave minerals on the curtains, which provides mold spores with a cozy nest! Make a note to clean your shower curtain regularly throughout the year, using laundry soap and a little bleach on a warm wash.
The damp towel stinks
You’ve located the smell, and it comes from your towel. The reason is simple; if you leave your towel folded after use, it’s likely to stay wet, which over time can develop a typical musty odor. Hanging your towels properly to dry can make a significant difference. You can also treat the fabric to a first wash with a cup of vinegar added to the washer, and then a seconds wash with a little baking soda. Ventilate on the line to let them dry in the fresh air.
The cabinet smells musty
Mold spores can go everywhere in your bathroom. Consequently, just because you can’t see anything on the grouts – the most common spots for mold growth – it doesn’t mean your bathroom is mold-free. Indeed, your bathroom cabinets can develop an unpleasant odor. It’s a good idea to clean the cabinet with a mixture of bleach and water to kill potential mold. You can also ventilate the cabinet outdoors to get rid of any lingering smell. Finally, paint the inside with a strong stain-blocking primer.
Your bathroom is a moist place that attracts mold. There is no way around it; if you don’t keep track of wet patches, the room is likely to develop a musty smell. Aside from practical cleaning tips, the addition of moisture-absorbing plants to your decor can radically improve the air quality and reduce the risk of mold formation. Addin short for a fresh smelling bathroom, go green!