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The 99p trick to banish grim bathroom smells – and it works better than bleach

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WAVE goodbye to grim bathroom smells, cleanings fans have found the perfect solution – and it won’t break the bank.

Even if your bathroom is incredibly clean you can’t always avoid urine smells, and even scrubbing with bleach won’t remove the odours.

Toilet smells can be eliminated with a common product you probably already own

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Toilet smells can be eliminated with a common product you probably already ownCredit: Getty
A lot of air fresheners will only cover the smells rather than banishing them

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A lot of air fresheners will only cover the smells rather than banishing themCredit: Getty

Of course, you can try to use air fresheners, but a lot of them only temporarily mask the smells, rather than removing them.

Luckily, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have shared a hack that works for them time and time again.

They took to Facebook to suggest a hack that “100 percent” works and isn’t a tough as bleach.

This comes after one homeowner asked in the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips group to ask for help, she wrote: “How do you get the smell of urine out of lino in a small toilet?”

Impressively, a whopping 63 people all recommended the same hack using a bathroom cupboard staple – shaving foam.

One said: “Cheap shaving foam, not the gel that turns to foam. Spray it all around and leave for 20 to 30 minutes, then wipe away.”

A second had similar advice, they commented: “Shaving foam, spray on, smear over and leave on for a couple of hours before washing off.2

“Cheap men’s shaving foam. I moved into a caravan and lots of men originally lived there.

“I tried everything. Shaving foam was the only thing that worked to remove the smell and it didn’t come back,” someone else agreed.

The best part is that if you don’t already have some shaving foam lurking in your cupboards at home you can pick some up for as little as 99p in Tesco, although most supermarkets will stock it.

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If you want to go the extra mile, some cleaning fans suggested using both shaving foam and white vinegar for optimal results.

One recommended using shaving foam first, leaving it for a few hours before going in with some white vinegar.

“Shaving foam. Then clean with apple cider vinegar and water. Don’t use bleach as it reacts with the urine and releases a gas,” another said.

Dirtiest Items In Your Home You’re Probably Forgetting To Clean

Research shows people are exposed to an average of 60,000 types of germs on a daily basis.

Cleaning expert and Product Development Scientist at Astonish, Olivia Young, reveals the dirtiest items in your home and how to clean them.

Kitchen sponges or cloths

Some of the items we use to clean surfaces are actually the dirtiest. From wiping down worktops, to cleaning dishes, kitchen sponges or clothes are used multiple times throughout the day. And when doing so, it’s usually wet and warm, meaning if it’s not cleaned properly, it can be a prime spot for bacteria to grow.

As a general rule of thumb, if you’ve used your sponge for around two weeks – it’s time to replace it.

Shoes

Shoes are without a doubt an item in your home that is full of bacteria. A study suggested a single shoe sole has an average of 421,000 units of bacteria, but there’s no need to panic.

Most of these germs that gather on shoes won’t come into contact with other areas of your house, assuming that you take them off as you enter or put them in a box in your wardrobe. 

Pet bowls and toys

Pet bowls have actually been found to be the third most contaminated item in households, meaning they are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria that could make you and your pet unwell. 

Give them a wash with warm soapy water after each use to keep bacteria at bay. For toys, if they’re plastic you can soak them in warm water with either disinfectant or soap, soft toys can be cleaned thoroughly in a washing machine on a gentle cycle. 

Toothbrush holder

Your toothbrush holder is probably not something you’ve considered to be dirty – but there’s more germs in the container that holds your toothbrush, than the taps on your sink.  

Clean your toothbrush holder at least once or twice a week.

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