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Get Rid of Urine Smell the First Time

Constantly cleaning your bathroom with no relief from the awful smell? If you have not successfully been able to identify where the urine smell is coming from in your bathroom, help is here. Get rid of urine smell once and for all below.

Let me first say I am a mother of four, if you don’t know already. Three of those children are boys and one man. All contributing to my inability to get rid of the urine smell myself.

Plus we have a bull dog.  So, who knows half the time where the smell could be coming from.

If you are a parent of a boy I will not go on about the bodily stuff you get to enjoy as that said parent.

Before we get into this – two things: 1) this is DISGUSTING and a little embarrassing; here we are and 2) complete this task before your daily shower.

Get rid of urine smell: MATERIALS

  1. Gloves – at Walmart in the Pharmacy department
  2. Huggies One and Done Baby Wipes /disposable wipes
  3. Screw Driver for your toilet.
  4. Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda (optional)
  5. Plastic Grocery Bag – for used wipes

Be sure to check out the BONUS section below for more solutions!

Note: the above items are in order of importance.  I do not suggest completing this task this without gloves. 

I use Huggies One and Done Baby Wipes because, they hold up to everything.  My kids have been out of diapers for years; they are a staple in my house.

When we get into this you are going to wish you would not have skipped the first two items.  Can the job be done without them?  Yes, but you may never be the same.

Three is also optional, but a step to find hidden urine smells. 

Let’s get started so you understand why.

Backstory:  I was cleaning my bathroom and no matter what I did or how much I cleaned I could not rid my bathroom from the smell of urine.  I got down on my knees, yet again, and started to wipe down the sides of the toilet when I was hit in the face with that awful, pungent smell of urine at the back of the seat cover.


Now I’ve found the issue and I’m here to tell you, if you have boys, 9 to nothing this is where your urine is stagnate too.

First, clean your toilet bowl and seat.

Second, lift the covers at the back of the toilet seat.  They’re generally sturdy, so you shouldn’t be able to break them easily.  Underneath the cover you should find what size screw driver is needed. 

This will be the need for the first screw drier you need.

Third, reach under the toilet where the bottom of the screw should end.  There you should find some type of wing-nut.  Secure the nut with one hand and begin to unscrew the toilet seat.  Now do the other side.

Be sure to check out the BONUS section below for more solutions!

Tip: lay your shower curtain liner on the bathroom floor while completing this task.  Then wash it in the washing machine with vinegar when finished.  This will protect the bathroom floor from potential spill over.  By washing it after you will freshen your bathroom and rid your curtain of urine that may have passed by your youngster in the shower.  Yes, I’ve caught mine aiming for the hole.


Next, Take off the seat.  Lay it in the bathtub.

No lie, my plastic screws were saturated with urine and this strange orange color.

It was all I could do not to chuck.

Then, take the additional parts (e.g., screws, caps, etc.) and place them in the bathtub with the seat.

Fill the tub with just enough water to coat the bottom of the tub and cover the seat. 

Then pour the vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mix over the seat.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Baking Soda over the seat.

Get Rid of Urine Smell the First Time

Let the toilet seat and screws soak in vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.


  1. Take a screw driver, which needs to be narrow (or a butter knife if you bring myself to use a kitchen utensil) for this task.
  2. Cover it with a baby wipe and run it through the back while the seat is off.Get Rid of Urine Smell the First Time
  3. Take a baby wipe and shove it down through the holes with a screwdriver until the wipe is free of urine.Get Rid of Urine Smell the First Time
  4. Reach under the seat where the bottom of the screws were and wipe down thoroughly.
  5. While the seat is in the tub take a small screw driver and cover it with a baby wipe and clean all the screws.  This step was SUPER gross. Next time I will take this apart and soak it in bleach.Get Rid of Urine Smell the First Time
  6. Make a paste with a little water and baking soda.  Line the paste around the toilet base and any grout leading to the toilet.  Then activate it with a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide.  Let stand for five minutes and wipe down with more wipes.

Finally, rinse the seat and additional parts and reassemble your seat. 

Clean your tub (and shower curtain if applicable).  After cleaning the seat, crevasses, surrounding tile, grout, carpet, back and bottom of the toilet you should NOT have a bathroom that smells like urine, no matter how much you clean.

Repeat every quarterly or as needed.

Lastly, spray the ENTIRE bathroom down with Lysol or Clorox Urine Remover to ensure your bathroom is bacteria free considering what you’ve been up to!

Then, take a shower and try to rid yourself of the duty.

Get Rid of Urine: BONUS

If you have carpet surrounding your toilet try using Nature’s MiracleNature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover (as well as the shampoo).

This product is proven to kill urine enzymes/bacteria that creates that pungent smell – on any surface. 

You can also use it in your laundry or to finish up the job and make sure you get any urine you missed! 

I literally use this stuff everywhere if I suspect I smell urine or see a stain (e.g., ferrel cat spray in my garage, etc.)

Please, don’t be shy.  If it worked for you share it below.   Thanks for visiting!


  • Sonya

    Thank you so much yes I have males around 4years 26years omg!!!! It is always a stench I’m so done he works out in the house now there’s this stench of mustk always lingering I’m so done my kitchen a wreck his room is a wreck he became nose blind.any way will purchase products

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