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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 November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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