The 12 Best Air Fresheners For Bathroom Smells

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We've all read the book and we know it's true — everybody poops. In the past, your only option to combat toilet stink was to spray some exaggerated floral scent over the whole mess. Thankfully, the best air fresheners for bathroom smells fight odors and leave your lavatory smelling fresh and clean without being overwhelming.

Part of the genius of some of these air fresheners is that they prevent bad smells from starting in the first place. There's even a spray that goes into your toilet bowl and traps all the odor molecules before they can escape. It's like your number two never happened. It works so well, you could claim your poo don't stink and everyone would simply have to believe you.

And the pre-poo spray's not your only option. There are tons of ways to keep your bathroom smelling clean, like natural sprays that gently mask odors, odor absorbing gels, and even a cute kitty candle that neutralizes any bad scent that found its way to your bathroom.

The bottom line is toilet odors happen. But, if you'd like to add some pleasant scents to your restroom, the best air fresheners for bathroom smells will make a stinky washroom a thing of the past.


The Famous Poo-Pourri Spray You Use “Before You Go”

Just one spray of this stuff before you go to the bathroom, and it's as if poo never happened. The spray uses natural compounds and essential oils to trap odors so they never leave the toilet bowl. There are no harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances in this formula, just all-natural, odor-fighting ingredients.

Promising review: "Just a couple of sprays into the toilet before you go and all you smell is lemon fresh. Probably one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread. Every bathroom needs this!!!"


An Air Freshener That Makes Your Toilet Smell Like Roses

Your poo may not smell like roses, but this air freshener can make your bathroom smell like a garden. Using lavender essential oils, rose petals, and water crystals, this little jar adds a refreshing scent to every room. There's no artificial fragrance or overpowering smells. Just a touch of aromatherapy to make your bathroom smell a little nicer.

Promising review: "Delivered today and already love it. Fragrance is strong enough for large bathroom; pleasant, but not overpowering. Already thinking about purchasing another, just for home fragrance."


An Odor-Absorbing Gel With A Gentle Lavender Vanilla Scent

Stick this odor absorber on your bathroom counter and all the funky smells will be gone. The solid gel sucks in odors (it works for up to 90 days in up to 450 feet), and also leaves behind a light scent. All the ingredients are naturally derived. The subtle Lavender Vanilla scent linked here is incredibly relaxing, though you can also pick up Soothing Breeze if you prefer something fresher and less herbaceous.

Promising review: "A friend gave me 2 of these one Christmas and I have used them in my bathrooms ever since. She got me the lavender vanilla and I LOVE it. They last over a month in the bathroom. I sit it on the floor behind the toilet. The price is very good for this product. And the smell is fresh."


An Essential Oil Spray You Can Use In Every Room In Your House

There's a lot of odor eliminating sprays out there, but most are full of chemicals and cloying fragrances. This spray is completely natural, and leaves any room in your home with an aromatherapeutic scent. The essential oils in the spray naturally dissolve and neutralize odors, while the lemongrass geranium scent that remains is subtle and refreshing.

Promising review: "Bought this for my bathroom. I really like that is has natural ingredients as I am really sensitive to smells and chemicals. Just bought a second bottle after 6 months."


A Jar Of Odor-Absorbing Fragrance Spheres From A Cult-Favorite Brand

If you can’t get enough of your ever-expanding Yankee Candle collection, consider these fragrance spheres from the brand. The gel-filled spheres work to absorb odors in small spaces for up to 30 days, while also emitting a signature Yankee Candle scent — of which you have 21 to choose from, including the invigorating Juicy Citrus & Sea Salt scent linked here. When the spheres shrink, you know the effectiveness has run out, though some reviewers note that they revive if you add a bit of water and shake. You can recycle the jar when you’re finished using it.

Promising review: “Every time I open my restroom, well before I even open the door the smells hits my nose and it smells fabulous. The scent smells great. Definitely worth the money.”


A Bamboo Charcoal Bag That Absorbs Odors Anywhere

The toilet isn't the only source of bad smells in the bathroom. So, if you need some general air purification, use this four-pack of bamboo charcoal bags to trap odors. The charcoal naturally absorbs odor and excess moisture, so you won't have to worry about mildew or mold creeping in. If the bag seems to be losing its power, just set it out in the sun, and it's completely rejuvenated.

Promising review: "Boy, does this product eliminate odors, from cat box fumes to stale-sneakers-in-the-closet smells. The pouch has an attractive design, too. I ordered enough to hang several rooms and closets, and I am very happy with the results."


A Candle That Keeps It Fresh

This non-toxic candle doesn't have a masking scent; instead, it works hard to neutralize any odors lingering around your home, whether they come from the bathroom, or elsewhere. It's soy-based, recyclable, and clean-burning — and best of all, reviewers say "I really don't know how this little candle does its magic... but it works!"

Promising review: "This candle lasts so long [...] The candle will have hardly burnt down and the odor is gone! I am talking about cooking smells, bathroom, garbage that was forgotten to be taken out, cigarette odors, a musty room. It doesn't cover up the smell it actually makes it disappear and it doesn't leave any other scent behind. I will definitely buy again."


A Pair Of Vegan, Cruelty-Free Toilet Sprays In Chic Packaging

Why shouldn’t your toilet sprays be chic? The minimalist packaging on these Muse Apothecary toilet sprays look streamlined enough to display (proudly!). What’s inside is equally elevated: The vegan, cruelty-free formula (handmade in California) contains a blend of aloe, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils, so you’ll get some aromatherapeutic benefits while you mask any unwanted scents in your bathroom. Go ahead and spritz it in your bedroom, kitchen, and even your car, too.

Promising review: “Our en-suite master bath no longer needs to be walled off for fear of stinking up the bedroom. Will be buying another set whenever we run out of this gold which might be 2 years from now given how much these bottles hold.”


A Toilet Light With An Attached Air Freshener

One, it's fun to see your toilet light up in 13 different colors, thanks to this motion-detecting light. Two, the toilet light is the perfect brightness for nighttime bathroom trips. But most importantly, the light comes with an air freshener attachment that you can replace when you need to. So, you'll have a fun disco toilet that also smells great.

Promising review: "I had another system with just the light, but this glow bowl light with air freshener is bar none the best, when you open the door the bathroom smells nice and fresh. I love it."


A Dispenser That Keeps Your Room Fresh Automatically

If you don’t want to deal with spraying every time you walk into the bathroom, let this automatic air freshener do it for you. The battery-powered device neutralizes bacterial odors and delivers automatic bursts of fragrance. This kit comes with two refills, which each last up to 60 days, to get you started.

Promising review: "I love this product, smells and works great. Had it on for almost 2 months and still on the very first refill can. Happy with my purchase."


A Cherry Blossom-Scented Spray Decorated Housed In A Calming Watercolor Packaging

You probably know Squatty Potty for their innovative toilet stool — so it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that they make other beloved bathroom accessories, like this gently fragranced Pre-Potty Spray. This Cherry Blossom scent is made with an essential oil blend for a fresh, fruity smell, and the whole experience is enhanced with a beautiful, calming watercolor print on the packaging. If you don’t love Cherry Blossom, you can pick up the Lavender Vanilla or Lemon Drop fragrances, instead. Whichever scent you choose, your bottle will last up to 200 sprays, according to the brand.

Promising review: “I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! Smells like cherries! I initially used it for a trip to London where I was sharing a tiny bathroom (literally a water closet) with my best friend and her husband in our Airbnb apartment. We all used it and NEVER had to put up with any poop smell at all!! I now use it in my house on the daily and I feel SO spoiled.”


A UV Air Sanitizer That Kills Odor-Causing Bacteria

Sometimes, bathroom odors are caused by bacteria buildup. So, to really keep things fresh, try this UV-C sanitizer and air freshener. Place it in a corner of your bathroom and it works immediately to thoroughly sanitize your air. The UV light kills odor-causing bacteria without using any chemicals and your air will smell noticeably fresher. If you're not a fan of fragrance, this is a perfect way to keep things fresh without adding any masking scents.

Promising review: "I use it in my bedroom/bathroom area. It is quite effective in purifying the air. It's very quiet, which is how I like it. The nightlight, if you choose to turn it on, is also a very nice feature."