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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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