One thing I’ve noticed over the years is the cleanest bathroom can lose it’s appeal if it smells bad. Plenty of beautifully decorated bathrooms have had me holding my breath and finishing my business as fast as possible just so I could get out of there. I’m talking both public and private bathrooms. It doesn’t make a difference. I’d take a slightly messy bathroom over a smelly bathroom any day.
With all of that said, I have to take responsibility for my own bathroom. I’ve been the offending party on more than one occasion of having a stinky bathroom. Kids forgetting to flush, something thrown in the trash that shouldn’t have been (you can use your imaginations) or just, well, let’s just say Mother Nature hasn’t given us the most pleasant smelling bodily functions.
I’m always looking for a new way to freshen up my bathroom so it’s ready for my guests, or even just my own personal enjoyment. That’s right, I said personal enjoyment. I’m a mom, I won’t say I haven’t hidden in the bathroom to give myself a mini getaway from the kids and family. It’s a great place to sit and do a crossword puzzle. Seriously, it is, so I might as well make sure it smells good when I’m there!
Here are three simple ways you can dress up the scent of your bathroom for whatever reason you have. This is all it takes. See, not many supplies needed at all!
Scented Wooden Bead Sachets
Let’s start with the Scented Wooden Bead Sachets. These are easy to make, and if you don’t have a sachet, you can set them in a bowl on the counter and still have a beautiful look that’s functional too!
First gather your supplies. You’ll want a small bowl, your favorite essential oil. Eucalyptus is a great deodorizer, but I chose Lavender oil for my project this time. Wooden beads, a sachet and some dried lavender buds if you have them, they’re optional.
Place the wooden beads in the bowl. Make sure these beads haven’t been coated with paint or anything. We want them to be able to soak up the oil you’re about to drizzle on them. Just coat the beads with your essential oil. I like to mix them up a bit to make sure they are completely coated.
Now place the scented beads and lavender buds in a small sachet and you’re ready to place it in your bathroom! If you don’t have a sachet, another version of this is to set the beads and buds in a small bowl on the counter. It will be the same effect. If your beads lose scent, just coat them again with more essential oil.
Scented Cotton Balls
Another great hidden scent releaser is scented cotton balls. These are simple to make. You’ll just need cotton balls, essential oil (again I used lavender) and a toilet paper roll.
I picked up Quilted Northern for this project when I was at Walmart gathering my supplies. Quilted Northern is a 100 year old brand and they just came out with new packaging and a new toilet paper pattern, which makes this project even more fun. The Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong variety has a unique construction that limits tissue ripping and separation which means you can forget about your bathroom business while enjoying the new, inviting scents you’ve created in your bathroom!
To improve the scent of your toilet paper roll, just add some essential oil to the cotton balls.
Then stretch them out a bit and place them inside the toilet paper roll along with the toilet paper dispenser rod. It’s that simple. Now every time you unroll a bit of paper it will release the scent from the cotton balls!
Baking Soda Decorative Jar
Finally, let’s make a scent absorbing jar decoration that uses baking soda. Pretty much your main supplies for this are a mason jar with baking soda, but I like to make it a little more decorative, so I made some additions.
For this simple product you’ll need some baking soda, epsom salt, lavender buds or other decorative dried herbs, a mason jar with ring, and some type of lace as a topper. Essential oil is optional, but only a small bit!
Baking soda is known for it’s ability to soak up odors, so a decorative baking soda jar is the perfect bathroom addition. First you’ll add some baking soda to a jar. I like the wide mouth mason jars for this because they allow more space for the odors to get in the jar.
Next add some epsom salt to the jar. If you want to add some essential oil, just add a drop or two to the salt before adding it in. There really isn’t a reason to add in the epsom salt other than to give the contents of the jar a little more texture to make it more visually appealing.
Stir up the contents a bit. You want to make sure the baking soda isn’t covered. If you want to keep a layered look, then put the baking soda on top. It doesn’t do any good for odor absorption if it’s covered.
Once mixed, place your lace or other decorative topper over the opening. Whatever you choose, again make sure the scent can get through it, so holes of some kind are a must.
Don’t forget to pick up your Quilted Northern at Walmart! It’s designed to be strong, flexible and soft for overall durable comfort. So many ways to improve the bathroom experience!