Natural substitutes for odor removal in the bathroom

natural substitutes for odor removal in the bathroom
Natural substitutes for odor removal in the bathroom

Your bathroom is a sanctuary. It’s a place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy some time alone. But no matter how much you love your bathroom, there’s always one thing that’s bound to ruin the calm: odors.

Odors linger because of a chemical process involving the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that bacteria in the room emit making them hard to remove with just soap and water. Household odor removal products can be expensive and using too much of them can be harmful to your health.

Natural alternatives to deodorise in the bathroom

Natural alternatives to deodorise in the bathroom

So what’s a health and budget-conscious person to do? Why not have a look at this article for odor removal in the bathroom and try one of these natural substitutes or DIY odor removal sprays?

Baking soda

Baking soda is one of the best natural deodorizers. It absorbs odors and moisture, making it a great alternative to air fresheners. Best of all, baking soda is cheap and easy to find—you probably have a box in your kitchen right now.

To use it, simply sprinkle it all over your bathroom (if you have hardwood floors, make sure you put a mat underneath your bathroom rug). Leave it there for a few hours, then vacuum it up. You can also use it in a container with a lid to keep it fresh and use a small spoon to sprinkle it on your carpet.


Coffee is another popular choice for natural odor removal for two reasons: it smells nice, and tends to absorb odors. Just simply leave a cup of whole or ground coffee beans on a shelf in the bathroom and let the coffee absorb the smell. You can also create a DIY odor removing mixture by adding coffee grounds to baking soda and sprinkling them onto a wet cloth in the bathroom and let it work its magic overnight. If the smells are emanating from the bathroom drains you could also flush coffee down the drain (minus the coffee grounds or whole beans!).

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits, like lemons and oranges, are another cheap and easy way for deoderising your bathroom. They are easy to use and leave a pleasant scent without being too overpowering.

You can use them directly by rubbing a lemon on your sink, floor, bathtub, and toilet to get rid of the smell and wiping with a clean rag once finished. If you have lemon juice in-house then you can create a DIY lemon freshener spray by adding:

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • Few drops favourite oil (e.g. lavender essential oil)

Finally mix and enjoy the new-found freshess in your bathroom!



Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. It is an oxidising agent that helps kill mold and bacteria, which are the main cause of that stinky smell. It can be used in a number of ways to remove bathroom odors.

One of the most common ways to use it is to add a cup of vinegar to the water tank of your toilet. This will help to remove odors from the water and it will also help to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your toilet. You can also pour it directly down your bathroom drains to clear any foul smells and limescale present.

Vinegar can also be used to make a simple bathroom spray. Mix one cup of water with two tablespoons of vinegar and then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray this into the air to neutralize odors.



Using a scented oil to deodorize the bathroom is a great alternative to air fresheners. Oil is capable of removing odors due to how porous it is. Simply mix a few drops of your favorite scented oil with water in a spray bottle. Peppermint, lemon or lavender oils are all great for this. Spray the air every so often to keep it fresh and scented.

DIY spray

A DIY spray can be used to neutralise smells in the bathroom. Mix one cup of water with two tablespoons of cinnamon and four tablespoons of baking soda. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake it well. Spray the mixture over the affected area and allow it to stand for a few minutes. Then, wipe it off and rinse the area with water.

Many of the natural alternatives to deodorise in the bathroom are effective and inexpensive. You can also mix and match ingredients to get the most effective homemade deodorising spray. Baking soda is one of the best natural deodorisers on its own, but it’s also easy to combine with other ingredients to make it work even better.


We get asked a lot of questions about how to eliminate odors in the bathroom. Below are some of the most common questions people have.

My shower smells musty – how can I remove the odor?

Mix baking soda with oil, 1 part baking soda to 2 parts oil. Work the mixture into the grout between the tiles, and leave it overnight. The mixture will absorb the odor and leave the room smelling fresh.

Do baking soda and vinegar really work to remove bathroom odors?

Yes. Both baking soda and vinegar are powerful odor removes. They can be used to by themselves or added to create a DIY odor removal mixture.

How much baking soda do I need to remove odors for a shower?

Around ½ cup is enough to remove the odors from a shower.

I have a small apartment and don’t want to waste a lot of vinegar – is there a cheaper alternative?

Instead of vinegar, you can use a lemon and some salt.

Is it safe to use vinegar as an odor remover and cleaner in a bathtub?

Vinegar is an excellent natural bathroom odor remover, but it is not safe to use it in a bathtub. The acidity of vinegar will dissolve the grout in your bathroom tiles, ruining them. If you want to use vinegar in the bathroom, pour it into a spray bottle and spray it on the surface of your tub.

How do I remove mold from the bottom of my bathtub?

The best way to remove mold from the bottom of your bathtub is to use bleach. Pour bleach down the drain, then run some water through the drain. The mold and mildew will wash away.