The Dryer Sheet Hack That'll Freshen Up Your Smelly Bathroom

Even when regularly cleaned, bathrooms can get pretty stinky, and constantly spraying air freshener only sometimes solves the problem. Luckily, you can use dryer sheets to make your home smell fresh and clean, masking any gross or lingering bathroom odors. The reason dryer sheets are so effective for this is because they are heavily scented. By leaving a few sheets in strategic places around your bathroom, the scent will be released into the air and hopefully cover unpleasant odors.

While this trick can help you freshen up your bathroom, it likely won't actually absorb or remove any odors. Additionally, some people, such as those with asthma or migraines, may be sensitive to the ingredients used to make dryer sheets scented. Companies are not legally required to list the ingredients in these helpful laundry products, and if you're concerned about the fragrance chemicals, you should steer clear of this hack. If you know the smell of these products won't bother you, covering up bathroom odors is a brilliant way to use dryer sheets outside the laundry room.

Freshen up your smelly bathroom with dryer sheets

These anti-static laundry tools are great for a whole host of jobs besides laundry, like cleaning your toilet with a dryer sheet, and bathroom odors are no exception. For this hack to be the most effective, you'll want to put the dryer sheets in parts of your bathroom that tend to smell worse. While you probably shouldn't leave dryer sheets inside your toilet, you can shove them in the center of your current toilet paper roll. This will give the area next to your toilet a better scent, and the movement of unrolling the paper might help to move the smell around the space.

If you have a child in diapers, or your bathroom trash can is generally putrid, putting dryer sheets under the trash bag can help to cover up those smells. You might also tape a dryer sheet to the back of a fan or onto a vent in your bathroom, adding fragrance to the air in the room; however, this could be a fire hazard when the heat is on and might cause your HVAC system to work harder. You could also hide dryer sheets behind the toilet, under your bathroom sink, or wherever you could use a bit of fresh scent. After a while, replace the dryer sheets so the fragrance doesn't disappear.