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How do you remove bathroom odors?

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Odors in the bathroom may be removed by determining the cause of the smell and using an appropriate treatment. Chlorine bleach, baking soda and vinegar can be used to remove odors and disinfect the bathroom.

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The odor of mold or mildew may indicate a need for home repairs if water has damaged boards or other structures in the bathroom. A damp, musty odor and black or brown spots around the tub, toilet or sink are signs that mold and mildew are causing the odor. Apply a solution of 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water to remove mold and mildew on hard surfaces.

To remove odors coming from drains, remove the drain cover to determine whether a blockage is causing the odor. Natural Handyman suggests removing pop-up stoppers in sinks and baths and cleaning the rod that extends from the stopper. After cleaning, replace the stopper and flush the drain with hot water. Drains can also be cleaned with vinegar, baking soda and water: Pour baking soda into the drain, then follow with white vinegar. Then flush the drain with hot water after the baking soda and vinegar have stopped bubbling.

Housecleaning Central recommends cleaning the toilet bowl by adding 1 cup of chlorine bleach to the bowl and allowing the mixture to sit for a few moments before scrubbing the bowl. Mopping the floor with a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach removes remaining odors.

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