Many moms of boys can relate to the fact that not all pee ends up in the toilet bowl. A little splash here and there can result in urine odor even after the tidiest of cleanings.
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1. The Toilet Seat
The toilet seat is one of the most common places that lingers urine odor. It is not surprising since individuals who lack toilet etiquette often touch it. The toilet seat is also a gathering spot for bacteria and other unwanted organisms.
The good news is that fixing this smelly issue is as simple as cleaning the toilet seat. However, it is important to remember that the whole job should be done properly. To clean the toilet seat and bowl, use water and a brush to scrub all nooks and crannies. Also, check the area under the lid and around the hinges where pee may fall or drip.
You should also clean any rugs or bathmats that are located in the immediate vicinity of the toilet. Urine spills and puddles can get trapped in the tiny gaps and crevices and cause the bathroom to smell.
In addition, you should also be sure to remove and wash the toilet wax ring on a regular basis. The old wax ring can become squished and trap pee. Besides being unpleasant to touch, the squished wax ring can also leave a bad smell behind.
Another reason the toilet smells like pee is because of a spill or puddle collected under the lid. This is particularly common for boys who tend to forget that they are supposed to lower the toilet lid before they pee. This causes splashes and drops that may stain the toilet seat or anything else nearby.
It is also possible that the toilet tank does not completely flush after each use. This may be a sign of an old, low-flow toilet that is failing to completely remove waste. A newer, high-efficiency toilet should be able to flush more thoroughly and eliminate the pee smell.
If you have a hard time getting rid of that stinky pee smell, then it is probably time to take the toilet seat off and do a thorough cleaning. This should include the nooks and crannies on the underside of the lid, the toilet hinges, and the area under the lid and on the rim of the toilet bowl.
2. The Floor
There’s a good chance that your boy’s bathroom has a lingering smell of pee on the floor. This is especially true if there are stains. It doesn’t matter if they are on hard tile or fabric; even a few pee droplets left behind can create a stink. It’s a good idea to wipe the floor every time you’re there.
Start by scrubbing the area with a toilet brush. This will get the bulk of the pee smell off. You can also use a wet mop or bucket of water and vinegar to clean the area. Make sure to get around the base of the toilet, in the cracks and crevices, and any upright surface near the toilet, like a cabinet panel. If there are stains, use a weak bleach solution to wipe them down. Just don’t saturate the area with bleach, as this can lead to damage to your flooring.
When you’re done cleaning, add a little bit of vinegar to the area. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer that can neutralize urine smell in minutes. You can use it straight or add it to a spray bottle with just enough water to form a paste. This mixture is great for scrubbing away the lingering smell of pee on the bathroom floor.
Another way to eliminate the odor is by using a toilet deodorizer. These are specially designed to remove urine odors and are available in a variety of scents.
It’s a good idea to keep one of these in your boy’s bathroom as it will help eliminate the odor whenever you need to. It will be particularly useful when guests come over, and you don’t want your house to smell like a men’s room. You can buy these deodorizers online or at a local store. If you’re not sure where to find them, ask your local hardware store to point you in the right direction. They’ll probably be happy to help. You can also get some of these products in bulk, which is an affordable option for big households.
3. The Walls
A common reason a bathroom smells like pee is because of urine residue that is left behind on surfaces. If urine is not cleaned up quickly it can cause the odor to linger even after the surface has been scrubbed and disinfected. This is especially true if the odor is trapped under floor tile and grout or on certain fabrics, such as rugs or towels.
Another reason a bathroom can smell like pee is that the urine has penetrated through the toilet’s plumbing and into the walls or flooring. This is particularly common with older toilets and in bathrooms with poor ventilation. The resulting odor can be very difficult to get rid of.
Finally, a bathroom can smell like pee because of the presence of mildew and mold. Mildew and mold can give off a strong, foul odor that is often mistaken for urine. It is important to regularly wipe down all surfaces and to use a deodorizer in the bathroom to keep it smelling fresh.
If your boys’ bathroom always smells like pee, it may be time to call in the professionals. A plumber can examine your toilet and plumbing to see if any issues need to be addressed. They can also recommend a long-term solution that will prevent future problems.
Another great tip I heard from a fellow mom of boys is to wash the walls in the bathroom when you clean the floors and commode. Boys can have some pretty bad aim, and even though you think you got everything, there is a chance that pee will end up on the wall or in the corner of the room where you didn’t see it.
4. The Flush System
There are a few reasons why your bathroom might smell like pee. It could be from poor sanitation, clogged drains, or a toilet leak that has not been fixed. But it might also be from urine that has gotten on your linens, walls, or trash cans. Urine stains are not hard to come by in bathrooms, and they can make your entire room smell like pee.
Fortunately, the solution is easy. If you find that your bathroom smells like pee, simply clean all the surfaces that are close to your toilet. This includes everything from the shower curtain, laundry baskets, and even trash cans. This should eliminate any lingering pee odors in your bathroom and leave it smelling fresh.
Another reason your bathroom may smell like pee is a malfunctioning flush system. Every toilet should be able to completely flush urine, but sometimes the system isn’t powerful enough to do so. This means that urine is often left in the bowl after each flush, which will cause your bathroom to smell like pee.
When you flush your toilet, water is pumped into the tank and up to a domed chamber inside the cistern. This chamber is covered by a perforated disc, which is joined to a rod attached to the flush lever. Pressing the lever raises the disc, causing water to flow past it and into the vertical pipe that leads to the flush valve.
As the water level in the cistern drops, the tank’s float device (usually a float ball or a float cup) follows it downward. This activates the fill valve, which sends a thin jet of water into the overflow tube, refilling the empty bowl with standing water.
It is also important to regularly clean your toilet flush system, as it can build up with mineral deposits and gunk. If you notice a bad smell, remove the lid from your toilet tank and pour in about four cups of vinegar. Allow the tank to soak for about an hour, and then scrub down the surface with a sponge or brush. Then, rinse the tank and refill it.