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5 Ways to Save Your Smelly Bathroom

5 Ways to Save Your Smelly Bathroom

Bathrooms are one of the most functional and used rooms in a home. Researchers say people frequent the bathroom 4-7 times a day, on average.[1]Needless to say, bathrooms are a place that can get dirty quickly and can leave lingering odors. This can be a huge problem for homeowners and can create an unpleasant impression on guests. Here are some tips to help you keep your bathroom odor-free.

1. Routinely clean your bathroom

Routinely cleaning your shower case or tub, toilet, sink and bathroom floor are essential to keeping a bathroom odor free. Lysol is a professionally used product to disinfect bathrooms, doorknobs, and countertops. Keep a laundry basket in your bathroom to hold dirty clothes. Keep a microfiber cloth near your sink to wipe the basin. You can easily wash your microfiber cloth in the wash later. Keep a shower case or tub cleaner at hand and regularly wash bathroom floor rugs.

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2. Invest in an air purifier

A good air purifier with an odor-combating filter is another great way to keep your bathroom smelling clean. An effective odor filter can work by destroying odor particles at the molecular level with catalyzing filter or through the process of adsorption with a filter that uses activated carbon. This makes air purifiers the perfect appliance for bathrooms as they can eliminate stubborn smells and keep the air in your washroom fresh and clean. Find an air purifier that fits in comfortably in your bathroom and that caters to the needs you require in terms of price and filter-type. Typically, bathrooms are smaller spaces and will require an air purifier with less square foot coverage.

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3. Keep an eye out for mold and mildew

Mold and mildew are common culprits of bathroom odors. Mold is most likely to grow in the grout between tiles. To prevent mold, scrub your tiles frequently to minimize the possibility of mold growth. Mildew can grow in the tub or shower, where moisture is more prevalent. Spray down shower cases with a cleaner and wiper and regularly clean your tub and shampoo cubbies. Throw out old shampoo bottles or soap. Rings of gunk can form around the base of the bottle if it is left untouched. Be sure to scrub out leftover soap from a soap caddy before replacing it with a fresh piece.

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4. Clean your drains

Drains are an often neglected but are a serious cause of bathroom odors. Clogged drains can contain odors, which is why it is important to constantly unclog your drain of hair or other debris. If you unclog your drain and the smell persists, try checking your P-trap. A broken P-trap can be problematic as it allows these sewer gasses to infiltrate your home. Sulfur in bath water can also be a cause of smells from your faucets. If your water begins to have a white, milky color, there may be air leaking in from a pipe somewhere. A water softener can also help remove minerals from your water if it is too hard and leaves a ring in your sink or bathtub.

5. Use automatic toilet bowl cleaners

Toilet bowls can have traces of leftover bodily fluids. They are a hot spot for odors and can be a pain to clean. Uncleaned toilets can build up bacteria and leave a foul smell in the bathroom. Regularly clean your toilet to eliminate any potentials of an odor. To make it an easier task, invest in an automatic toilet bowl cleaner which cleans your toilet every time you flush. Be sure to disinfect your flush handle and toilet seat cover. It is recommended to clean your toilet at least once a week, or every two days if needed.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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