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How to Make Your Bathroom Smell Like a Spa? | Best Ideas!

How to Make Bathroom Smell Like a Spa
Written by Elizabeth Fincher
Last Update: August 10, 2023

Most spas use the familiar fragrance of lavender, citrus, rosemary, bergamot, and eucalyptus to provide you with a pleasant and relaxing scent.

It’s a bit tricky to recreate the whole spa environment in your bathroom. But you can easily induce some of the familiar spa fragrances that really works! Let’s check out how!

How to Make Your Bathroom Smell Like a Spa?

With Cleaning and Toiletry Products

Air purifier

The road to having a bathroom smelling like a spa starts with using an air purifier. Odors can ruin even the most beautiful scent. Air purifiers will help you clear the air of dust, mold, bacteria, and other potentially harmful particulates.

We recommend that you get a purifier that has a HEPA air filter. Choose the appropriate size of purifier depending on the size of your bathroom. This will help keep your bathroom smell fresh and clean.

Oil diffuser

Oil diffusers are primarily used to control the humidity of your bathroom. However, they can also fill up your bathroom with amazing scents. Every oil diffuser is also an aromatherapy device. You can use your favorite oil combination to get your desired scent.

To recreate a typical spa smell, you’ll need lavender and eucalyptus. You can also get a ready-to-use spa diffuser blend.

For an exceptionally relaxing smell, however, we recommend a combination of peppermint, eucalyptus, sweet orange, and lavender essential oils.


Diffusers will change the overall smell of your bathroom, but what about the closets or other confined spaces?

To maintain a consistent smell throughout your whole bathroom and its every corner, infuse your storage spaces with little sachets of the same flavor as your bathroom.

Here’s how you can make one in your home:

Together with some moisture-absorbing elements, these sachets will make sure that every time you open a drawer or a closet, your nose gets blown away with a relaxing spa-friendly scent.

Luxurious spa beauty products

Spas use premium quality products to satisfy their clients. Most of those premium-grade products offer comfort on your skin and a pleasant aroma to calm your nerves.

You can try out products like hand soaps, bath salts, shower spa mist, and body scrubs to get that much-desired spa feeling in your bathroom.

Premium soaps

Premium soap products like scented soaps, bubble baths, and bath bombs are great products that can not only make your skin smell like freshly cut roses and lilacs, but they will also make your whole bathroom smell really nice and pleasant.

This is, perhaps, the easiest way to make your bathroom smell like a spa.

Essential oils

Even if you don’t have an oil diffuser, you can still get a pleasant spa-like aroma in your bathroom by just using plain essential oils. Just extract the essential oil into a dish and leave it in your bathroom for around 20 minutes.

Here are some popular combinations of essential oils that can help you get that relaxing and pleasant vibe you crave whether you have an oil diffuser or not.

  • Eucalyptus + Lavender — Will provide a calming effect on your body and mind.
  • Lemongrass + Grapefruit — For that refreshing zingy atmosphere in the morning.
  • Rose + Vanilla — In case you need some romantic vibe in your bathroom.
  • Eucalyptus + Lemon — For a refreshing and pleasant experience
  • Tea Tree + Lavender — when you need a clean, refreshing scent to unwind stresses.
  • Blue Cedar + Lavender — The ultimate spa-like aroma
  • Jasmine + Vanilla — The ultimate romantic ambiance that’ll make your bathroom special.

Scented candles

This is also a great way to make your bathroom smell like your favorite spa. Just light your favorite fragrance candle a couple of minutes before you start using your bathroom and you’ll get amazed at how easy this is.

There are a wide variety of scented candles out there. Pick your favorite fragrant and light the candle to make your bathroom smell like a spa.

Cleaning supplies

Standard house cleaning products generate a strong smell. That, when mixed with the other smells in your bathroom, gets strong enough to give your nose a nightmare (if you know what I mean). These stubborn smells are hard to remove.

The easiest way to avoid this from happening is to regulate your cleaning supplies and choose only those with a natural and pleasant smell profile.

You can also use natural cleaning products like vinegar, lemon, baking soda, and essential oils because their smell is overpowering and pleasant.

With Common Household Elements

Lemon slices

Lemon contains citric acid, which produces a refreshing scent. Cutting up lemon slices and putting them on the toilet tank or self over a small plate will help you create a soothing ambiance in your bathroom.

You can also use lemons to kill off unpleasant odors. Lemon ice cubes will not only remove the bad odor but will also leave a fresh fragrance.

Plants and flowers

If you want a natural aroma in your bathroom, this is the most effective way! You might have noticed that all the spas contain many flowers and plants, especially the low-maintenance ones.

Not only plants will purify the air in your bathroom, but they will also make you feel calmer. On the plus side, your bathroom will look a lot cooler, just like the professional spa saloons. You can also try hanging some eucalyptus from the shower if you don’t like burning candles.

Baking soda

Baking soda can be used to cure bad odors and induce pleasant fragrances into your bathroom. Place some baking soda in an open container and add a few drops of essential oil. This works as a simple and effective deodorizer. Don’t forget to replace the soda every month.

Alternatively, you can make your deodorizer baking soda bombs. Just mix 2 cups of baking soda with 6-8 tablespoons of water and add a few drops of essential oil. Let the paste harden for a day and place them in places like the sink cabinet, the trash can, or the towel shelf.


This might be true that vinegar has a sour smell, but you can use vinegar as a smell-absorbing element to get rid of the buildup inside your flush tank and under the rim of your toilet.

Just pour half a cup of vinegar into your toilet tank and flush immediately. Repeat this process until you have your desired outcome. You can also use vinegar to de-clog your drains.

Additionally, you can place an open bowl/jar of vinegar inside your bathroom and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Once all the odor is absorbed, you can light your favorite scented candles.

Clean with Tricks

Keep it clean and dry

Prevention is way better than cure. Keeping your bathroom clean and dry will prevent any odor from building up in the first place. Wet places are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, mold, and algae. Even wiping down your bathroom sink every other day helps in the long run.

Pay special attention to your bath mat and towels as they can produce a smell and act as a breeding place for microbes. Don’t forget to scrub your toilet regularly.

The toothpaste trick

This is a neat and inexpensive trick when you have guests coming over and your bathroom will be used more than usual. Take a half-filled toothpaste tube and cut the end of it. Now cut the tube even more and put it inside the water tank. Make sure that the toothpaste grazes the water.

That’s it! Now every time someone flushes your toilet, your bathroom will be filled with a pleasant fragrance.

Keep the air flowing

A good circulation of air is essential to get rid of all that foul odor you despise. An unpleasant odor is much harder to remove in a closed bathroom. You can use a dehumidifier if your bathroom has no windows.

Regularly ventilate your bathroom, especially after a long shower. Keep the doors and windows open for 10-15 minutes after each use and clean the vents regularly. This will get rid of excess moisture, the biggest culprit for stinky smells.

Unclog your drains

Your drains collect a wide selection of organic and chemical materials that can cause horrible smells in your bathroom. You can use a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar to combat this issue.

First, pour some hot water down the drain. Now, make a pest-like solution with one cup each of baking soda, water, and vinegar. Pouring the solution down your drains will help you lessen the pipe build-up. Finish the process by pouring some water down your sink.

You can also use a declogger if you need an easier way to get this done. De-clogging/unclogging regularly helps prevent bad smell from originating.

Fabric softeners

Fabric softeners can work wonders in making your bathroom smell good. They are usually the best smelling household products and can be used to make your bathroom smell like a spa.

You can put some fabric softeners directly into the water before your flush. A lidfull will be enough. You can also spray them over your toilet brush and let the smell diffuse.

On top of that, you can use fabric softener to make scented cotton balls in case you don’t have essential oils nearby.


Q. 1: What scent do they use in spas?

Ans. Nowadays, the most commonly used scents in spas across the globe are lavender, citrus, rosemary, bergamot, and eucalyptus. Spas mainly use a set of scented essential oils to give you that pleasant smell you’re familiar with.

You can also use these combinations (in equal portions) to get a heavenly spa smell in your bathroom:

  • Cedarwood, orange, and lavender
  • Lavender and ylang-ylang
  • Geranium and clary sage
  • Peppermint and lavender

Q. 2: How can I make my house smell like a hotel?

Ans. Use these essential oils or scented candles in your house to mimic the smell of a crisp pair of clean white sheets on a hotel bed:

  • For a fresh smell: Orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime.
  • For flowery smell: Jasmine, rose, lavender, geranium, tuberose, lily
  • For a spicy smell: Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, marjoram
  • For a woody smell: Cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli

Q. 3: Why do Vegas hotels smell so good?

Ans. There are several metal devices attached to the ventilation systems of nearly every strip resort. These devices vaporize highly aromatic and expensive oils into the ducts, making the hotels in Vegas smell so good. These devices look like bread boxes in size and shape.

About the author

Elizabeth Fincher

Elizabeth started her career as an interior design artist at a multinational interior design farm. She completed her masters degree from the University of North Texas back in 2010. She was also a Spelling Bee runner-up when she was 14. She took interest in bathroom interior designing after joining her first job. Later she started her own firm as an independent artist. She’s been one of the founding members of Toiletsguide. She examines the design and ergonomics of the units we review and directs the interior decoration team of our in-house research facility. Elizabeth plays piano masterfully and always finds time to entertain us in between our busy schedules.

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