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Mom Hack: Bathroom Smells

Some of you may know what I am talking about. Boys are terrible bathroom guests. They leave horrible smells and the particular smell I am speaking of today is that stale urine smell. With the holidays here we have many guests in and out of our bathrooms, and if you are like me you have the guests using the kids bathroom. Not my brightest idea but its the only bathroom other than the master, and they are not going in my room. So every year around this time I must find ways to keep the stink of my kids bathroom to a minimum so that I can appear to be that mom I always wish to be, you know the one, the one who has it all together. Since that isn’t usually me, I enjoy appearing that one a few times a year. How do i do this you may ask? I do a simple clean up of the bathroom before guests arrive and call it a day. Haha! Yea, that smell I was talking about, a quick clean doesn’t cut it. So instead I clean, and create this simple little cleanser for the toilet give it a GOOD scrub, then create a little deodorizer for a continuous refresher durign the day.


  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • dish washing soap

Use this fabulous cleanser scrub around the toilet base, under the seat, behind the seat, along the tank, and in the bowl. I suggest wearing gloves since it can be a little foul.

bathroom smells

I love to follow this with a little deodorizer that I leave in mason jar in the bathroom. This incredibly quick, easy, and sweet smelling recipe at Redefined Mom. Like me she doesn’t always have the time to be “that mom” 24/7 so hacks like this make life easier, and smell better. Go check out her easy to replicate bathroom deodorizer. Your guests will thank you, and so will your nose!

Back-to-School Germs Hacks for the Savvy Parent

August may still feel like summer but so many of our kids are already going back-to-school. That means that all of those back-to-school germs hacks will be needed soon! So lets get ready to combat them!

Back-to-school germs hacks

  1. Hand sanitizer!! Don’t just send one to school for you kid, pick up a giant bottle and gift it to their teacher!!
  2. Sanitizer wipes. Keep a container in the car or where your kids come in the house. Give their bags and books a quick wipe down when they come home.
  3. Spray cleaner! This awesome spray cleaner is easy to make and works wonders at keeping things clean and keeping those germs at bay! back-to-school germs hacks
  4. Humidify the house. A humidifier helps keep cold germs at bay by keeping your sinuses clear and moist.
  5. Air purifiers are also great for keeping the air clear of allergens

Kids will get sick, but hopefully with these tips we can cut down on the length and severity of those invading germs. Don’t forget to eat well and drink lots of water to limit illness!