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June 2022

The secret behind what causes bathroom odours

Written by Bakang Kganyago
Hygiene Specialists

Odour makes a bad impression, and it can't always be fixed with a stronger, pleasant odour. This blog investigates the real causes of bad odour in a room.

Bad odours can easily leave a poor first impression for visitors and negatively affect the morale of those that have to experience it regularly. Unfortunately, most people have encountered situations where bad odours are still prevalent even when there daily cleaning in place.

A quick google search will lead you to believe that it’s usually the result of leaky or faulty sewage pipes, and while that may be true in some cases, in our field we've learned that it could be due to something else entirely.

Air Hygiene

The video below has the answers to the question: what causes bathroom odours, and offers some suggestions on how to solve the problem when daily cleaning and fixing pipes don’t work.

HubSpot Video


As we mentioned in the video, bacteria is usually the primary culprit when there is bathroom odour. Bacteria can be really difficult to eradicate, even with regular daily cleaning. 

Benefits of Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom

A thorough deep bathroom clean will tackle the origin of an odour problem by eliminating the bacteria that causes the odour in the first place.  Once bacteria have been knocked back to zero, ongoing solutions such as eco caps in the urinals and toilet sanitisers will prove effective at combating odour in the periods between deep cleans.

But if you simply try to implement an odour control solution like eco-cap without having first brought the odour causing bacteria under control, you’re destined to sit with an ongoing problem. All of Initial’s products are designed to complement each other and to be most effective when layered upon a foundation that includes regular deep cleaning AND daily cleaning. Have a look at the ultimate winter checklist for your workplace as a reminder of all the elements that contribute to a really hygienic workplace.

A brief bathroom deep clean checklist to run through when trying to spot the difference between deep cleaning and daily cleaning.

Download our Deep Cleaning Checklist for your workplace, and ensure that your bathrooms stay odour-free. Looking for professional solutions? Contact Initial Hygiene today, or learn more about our air purification options.

Download Deep Cleaning Checklist

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang is a Digital Marketing Executive for Rentokil Initial. A germaphobe at heart, he's passionate about learning and sharing insights on how to defeat the enemy we cannot see. Join his journey as he writes about the impact of germs in our daily lives.

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