The bathroom can be a smelly place. Especially bathrooms in homes with kids. And because most little boys I know have bad aim, short attention spans and terrible hygiene, bathrooms in a home with little boys are the absolute worst.
At my house, it really seems like the more I try to cover up the pee smell – with candles, air fresheners, or scented soaps – the worse it gets. And, in the end, I really just ended up with ‘ocean breeze urine smell’ wafting out into the hallway. Yuck.
So, how did I get rid of the ‘boy smell’ for good (without getting rid of the boys).
- I banished the bathroom rugs
I no longer have any rugs in my bathroom. Period. Nothing cute around the toilet. No padding to stand on when I’m fixing my hair in the morning. Everything is gone. Instead, I have a single bathmat draped over the side of the bathtub. We lay it on the floor when we take a shower and pick it up when we’re done. And, because it doesn’t have a rubber backer, I can (and do) wash it every single week when I wash the bathroom towels.
I got rid of our extra mirrors
In our old house, we had a full length mirror that hung inside the bathroom door. I loved being able to see what my outfit really looked like each morning, so I bought a full length mirror for the bathroom in our new house, too. BIG MISTAKE. My little boy, who loves to make funny faces in the mirror, was always distracted by his own reflection. So you can probably guess what happened… pee. All over the floor.
I don’t store things near the toilet.
I used to keep a magazine rack, a cute basket for my hair dryer, and a small bin full of bath toys on the floor between the toilet and the vanity. But I don’t anymore. Why? Because they were peed on, peed on and peed on. The worst part? Nobody told me. I could smell urine every single time I walked into the bathroom. It drove me crazy. I cleaned the toilet, I mopped the floor, I changed the garbage and I could still smell it. And then I figured out why… and I got rid of them. For good. (Now I store bath tub toys in the bathtub).
I clean the toilet… everyday
Before you dismiss this one – think about it. Why is there a pee smell in your bathroom? Where does the pee belong? Where does it (sometimes) end up? What happens if you don’t clean it up? I think I’ve made my point.
One of the seven things I do everyday to help keep my house clean is cleaning the bathroom each morning. I give the toilet a quick scrub and then I quickly wipe down the outside rim, the actual outside of the toilet and the floor around the toilet. It takes less than two minutes, and it makes such a big difference.
- I use a toilet tank drop in to keep our toilet smelling fresh
Even though I clean the toilet everyday, I still swear by the Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner drop-ins for the tank. They help make the toilet easier to clean, and they help to deodorize. Which, for us, is essential since nine times out of ten The Goose walks out of the bathroom not having flushed the toilet.
Making these few small changes has made a world of difference. My bathroom is neater, less cluttered, and I got rid of the boy smell once and for all.