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 bathroom, these pleasantly-scented products will make a stinky washroom a thing of the past.
1. 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. Plug it into the wall and it works immediately to thoroughly sanitize your air. The UV-C 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: "After only the first 24 hours, plugged in my interior / windowless bathroom in an old building, this Sanitizer had gotten rid of the overwhelming smell of mold. Plus, after several days of operation, my perpetual, allergy-related headache is fading. I'm thrilled, because nothing else has worked in this bathroom. I certainly like the fact that you can plug this gizmo in upward, downward, or sideways, because not all electrical outlets are conveniently located for an item which measures almost 8 inches, top to bottom. This seems to be a great product."
2. A '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, artificial fragrances, just all natural, odor fighting ingredients.
Promising Review: "One bathroom in an apartment just isn't enough for two adults with a healthy colon. Enter Poo-Pourri. As this was the first time trying the product, I tried the original scent. It has an amazing lemon scent. It is very fresh and not overpowering. It is not synthetic smelling. With most room sprays, you end up just smelling flowery poo. This masks the smell completely. I can walk in the bathroom 30 seconds after my boyfriend and only smell lemon."
3. 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 bamboo charcoal bag 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. The reusable bag will keep your bathroom fresh for two full years.
Promising Review: "This bamboo bag of magic is amazing! For MONTHS I have had such a strange smell in my bathroom. It came out of nowhere like some sort of musty grossness. I absolutely cannot figure out where It is coming from. I scrubbed the entire thing from top to bottom with baking soda and vinegar and I even went as far as scrubbing all the drains with a toothbrush... still no luck. So then I began buying things to cover the smell, Lysol, febreeze you name It. I bought candles, didn’t work! Some scent soaker upper thing and still the mustiness came through.. I was at my wits end and really thought I was going insane. Then I discovered this charcoal bag. I thought what the heck I’ll give It a try. It was in my bathroom for TWO days and the smell is GONE. It’s like a miracle, I am so excited and not miserable with a smelly bathroom anymore. Buy this product, you won’t regret It"
4. 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. Use with your favorite air freshener.
Promising Review: "Bought this for the teenagers bathroom to control odor. Works perfect and you can walk in there at any time and not be insulted by the teenage boy funky odor that they can have sometimes"
5. A Toilet Spray You Can Take With You For Going On The Go
If you'd like your toilet to smell like a tropical beach, get this spray. Spritz it in the toilet before you go and you'll be left with only the gentle scent of coconut and lime. The travel sized bottle easily fits in a purse, so you can take it with you wherever you need to go.
Promising Review: "Hands down, the best bathroom spray on the market. I am ridiculously sensitive to fragrance. I get chemical burns in my sinuses from most things containing fragrance. I purchased the Coconut Lime product recently and couldn't be happier. It's not overwhelming or synthetic smelling. And it works like a charm. I'll be using this from now on. Blows the competition out of the water! ha ha!!"
6. A Toilet Light With An Attached Air Freshener
One, it's fun to see your toilet light up in 13 different colors and this motion-detecting light makes that happen. 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: "They are a wonderful thing to have in your bathrooms at night. You never have to turn on your bathroom light in the middle of the night with these. They are great. The different colors allow you to select how much light you really want. They are sensitive for the motion detecting so you can adjust accordingly. So happy to have these!!!"
7. A Spray That Uses Essential Oils To Freshen Up A Room
This all-natural air freshener is made from a blend of six essential oils: eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, geranium, and ylang-ylang. The deliciously-scented spray doesn’t just mask odors — it also fights germs with natural antimicrobial properties. And you can spray away without worry — it’s non-toxic and won’t harm the environment.
Promising Review: "Product works great to eliminate odors. It doesn't just mask the order. Another thing that can be annoying is when the smell is too strong, but this one is just right and is killing the smelly germs."
8. 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: "Just received my order today, placed it in the bathroom WOW what a scent. Lit up my whole bathroom. My neighbor came over she said what's that smelling so good. And she wasn't even in the bathroom. Lavender & Rose together smell so good. Will buy again when the scent leaves. Thank you so much."
9. A Spray The Eliminates Odors Naturally
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 a fascinating citrus/floral scent. The essential oils of the spray naturally dissolve and neutralize odors, while the lemongrass geranium scent that remains is subtle and refreshing.
Promising Review: "I bought this a little over a month ago, and we are still on the first bottle. We use it in our bathroom. I cannot use any fragrances anymore, it gives me severe headaches, so this is perfect for me, it doesn't bug me at all and smells great!! You only need to spray it once or twice too, so it lasts a lot longer than those harsh, toxic chemical perfumed air fresheners. I highly recommend this."
10. A Gel That Absorbs All The Gross Smells
Stick this odor absorber on your bathroom counter and all the gross smells will be gone. The solid gel sucks in odors for up to 90 days and leaves behind a light scent. All the ingredients are naturally derived and the subtle lavender vanilla scent is incredibly relaxing.
Promising Review: "I put one of these in each bathrooms in the house and in kitchen. You can get more than 60 to 90 days of use if you add water towards the end of the life expectancy. They really do leave behind a light and pleasant fragrance."
11. A Candle That Keeps It Fresh
This non-toxic candle doesn't have a masking scent; instead, it works hard to neutralize odors whether they come from the bathroom or your favorite pet. It's also 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: "We use this in out bathroom and it leaves the room smelling fresh and clean, with a slight piney scent. I really love these candles and will keep ordering them until they stop making them."
12. A Spray That Fills Your Bathroom With Gold
This spray doesn't contain any actually unicorn, but it does contain gold. Yep, the gold nano particles get sprayed into your toilet bowl to keep your bathroom smelling fresh. Sure, it might seem a little weird to literally flush gold down the toilet, but it's all in the name of freshness.
Promising Review: "Writing about a poop spray is a first for me, butt it works extremely well."
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