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How To Eliminate Bathroom Mold, Yeast Smells

Bathrooms are notorious for smells but its the mystery ones that freak us out the most.

The simplest answer is that the bathroom mystery smell could be mold or mildew somewhere in the bathroom. There is a lot of things that come to mind so let’s break this down:

Shower Steam

Its imperative to have a properly functioning bathroom fan and use it when showering. Many people run a bathroom exhaust fan when showering but not long enough.

Choosing the best exhaust fan system is an important part of your home’s ventilation system. They remove moisture and odor from your house, improving indoor air quality. The most important factor in a bathroom fan is its ability to remove moisture from the room.

If you already have a fan, make sure its strong enough to clear the room.  Read my article steps in choosing the best exhaust fan.

I also suggest installing a fan timer switch and run for 15-20 after your shower.  It’s important to ventilate shower steam while showering but the fan should continue to ventilate the room afterward, with the door closed to clear the room from ambient moisture.

Read my article on installing bath fans here:   how to install a bathroom fan.

Target Practice:

Do you have a lot of boys in the house?  The first thing I would investigate would be the walls adjacent to the toilet to see whether the boys have been “missing their target.”

If they are tell them to turn on the light when they pee, sit and pee and consider installing one of those bumble bee logos in the toilet for them to aim at – just kidding! Once you train the boys to be more accurate then you will have to clean, prime with an odor blocking sealer [e.g., Bin or Kilz brands] and re-paint that area.

Leaking Faucets?

Sometimes faucets leak over time and rot the vanity cabinet.  Check under the vanity for rot, or stains.  Address by replacing or sealing with an odor sealing primer anything that smells.

Loose Caulking or Tiles?

The same principle applies to loose, missing caulking and loose tiles.  Over the years, water may have seeped behind the caulking or tiles and started to rot the surfaces beneath, or behind them.  Where there is wet rot there is mold, where there is mold there is usually a moldy, funky smell.

Slow Drains?

Does your tub drain slowly? Every six months of so I notice my shower drain start to accumulate water and drain slowly.

Most people eventually end up with a slow draining bathtub or shower. Long hair, soap and bath products all combine to make a nasty, smelly drain clog.

How To Clean A Slow Shower Drain Video

Drain Cleaning Homemade Tool

I find that drain cleaning is easier with a homemade “Drain Cleaning Tool,” that I make using lineman wire cutting / pliers. I cut out the straight part of a metal coat hanger, either leaving a bend in it or making my own “hook” bend.  I then use this tool to scoop / clean out the remaining debris in the drain.

A Using a Wet / Dry Vacuum with a crevice nozzle works well too and often can suck up smaller debris parts that you cannot grab with your hook.

I recently did a video on how to clean a slow draining shower –

Smelly Stinky Drains

Lastly, take a peek at, or better yet a sniff, near the sink and tub drains. There could be bacteria growing in your drain. If you do smell it in the drain, try cleaning it with this tried-and-true vinegar and baking soda mixture:

How To Clear a Slow Draining Sink Video:

It’s my hope that by the time you got to the end of this article you discovered you Bathroom Mystery Smell. Good luck!

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