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. Plus we have a bull dog. Who knows half the time where the smell could come 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. Now, if you don’t have any males in your house I do not know how your Bathroom Smells Like Urine No Matter How Much You Clean, but feel free to read on (and give me some feedback and how it came to be)!
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.
Here is what you are going to need if want to get rid of urine smell:
- Gloves (I also found these at Walmart in the Pharmacy department next to the diabetic testing items.)
- Huggies One and Done Baby Wipes
- Multipule Sized Screw Drivers
- Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda (optional)
- Plastic Grocery Bag (for used wipes – you WILL fill it up)
- Be sure to check out the BONUS section below for more solutions!
Note: the above items are in order of importance. Do not try to do this without gloves, please! 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; you will never be the same!
Three is not optional. 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.
Get Rid of Urine Smell once and for all.
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. That is going to be the size of 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.
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.
Now, if you can’t Get Rid of Urine Smell No Matter How Much You Clean here is why!
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; I could not bring myself to put my head any where near the toilet!
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. Then pour the vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mix over the seat. Sprinkle a generous amount of Baking Soda over the seat.
Consequently, I swapped to toilet seats in my house during this madness because of coloring issues. Really it’s because I’m a miser. I bought a cheap toilet seat and it began to discolor almost immediately. So, I let that soak in vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda and moved it to another bathroom that is used less frequently. Below is a before-and-after with a visual of the amounts used.
If you still can’t get rid of urine smell – DO THIS TOO!
- Take the second screw driver, which needs to be narrow. A butter knife would work great for this; I just couldn’t bring myself to use a kitchen utensil to clean urine in my bathroom. Right?
- Cover it with a baby wipe and run it through the back while the seat is off.
- Take a baby wipe and shove it down through the holes with a screwdriver until the wipe is free of urine.
- Reach under the seat where the bottom of the screws were and wipe down thoroughly.
- 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 was SUPER gross. I’m sure some of the yellow and orange I saw was rust. That’s what I’m telling myself. Next time I will take this apart and soak it in bleach.
- 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. Wash 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 three months or as needed.
Lastly, spray the ENTIRE bathroom down with Lysol to ensure it is bacteria free considering what you’ve been up to!
Take a shower and try to rid yourself of the duty.
If you have carpet surrounding your toilet try using Nature’s Miracle. Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover (as well as the shampoo) is proven to kill urine enzymes/bacteria that creates that pungent smell – on any surface. You can use it in your laundry or to finish up the job and make sure you get any urine you missed! Dude, I literally use this stuff everywhere if I suspect I smell urine (e.g., cat spray in my garage, etc.)
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