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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.

Featured photo credit: Dan Watson via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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