Naturally, everyone wants their bathrooms to NOT stink, especially after someone has taken a dump. However, the use of artificial air-fresheners is not the answer. The toxic chemicals found in supermarket bought artificial air-fresheners are well, pretty shitty.
To make matters worse, bathrooms are often within a small enclosed and not very well ventilated space. This means VOCs released by cleaning products and air-fresheners stay in the air, waiting for you to breathe it all in.
Here’s what the Natural Defence Council has to say after studying the effects of air fresheners (which undergo no safety testing):
The results were disturbing, because they revealed high levels of phthalates, which are known to be especially harmful to children. These chemicals were even present in sprays which were claimed to be “All-Natural” and “unscented”. Phthalates were not disclosed in the list of ingredients for any of the products.
“Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities, including abnormal genitalia and reduced sperm production. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates — including one that we found in air freshener products — are ‘known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.'” — Natural Resources Defense Council
Scary as it may sound, there are easy natural solutions to removing the stink without poisoning yourself.
You might have heard of Poo-pourri, a poop spray that you spray into the toilet bowl before you go. The essential oil blend forms a protective layer over the water and that stops the stink from escaping. What you’re left instead is the pleasant scents of essential oils.
If you want to try making it, here’s a super simple DIY recipe that has been road tested by the Resparkle girls and let us tell you, it works! (Secret to our successful marriages)
Resparkle’s POOP-Pourri Recipe
1 tablespoon of a light carrier oil (eg. Almond Oil)
2 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerine or 1 tsp of Liquid Castile Soap
2 tsp. rubbing alcohol (or substitute 4 tsp. vodka)
1/2 cup of distilled water
1 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil
1/2 teaspoon sweet orange essential oil
1/2 teaspoon bergamot essential oil
1/4 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Once fully emulsified (the solution would look cloudy), carefully pour into spray bottles and label.
These would be fun gifts too, have fun with it!