Urine Odor in Bathroom

drevaAugust 21, 2006

This is embarrassing, but what do you do to get rid of a faint urine odor around the toilet bowl? I've scrubbed around the seat, the lid, the base, etc....and there's still just the faintest hint of an odor.

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Spritz the whole darn thing with bleach and water in a spray bottle. Let sit a few minutes and wipe with a paper towel.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 2:30AM
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If you don't have caulking around the base of the toilet and have little boys or even elderly users, some urine can get under the toilet. You can just pull the toilet loose and clean under there if the odor remains after a blitz cleaning. Then caulk.

If your toilet is two pieces with a tank and bottom, urine can get caught inbetween the two parts. You can take the tank off and clean that. Another hiding place is behind the toilet where the floor and baseboard meet. Urine can get in between that area if it isn't caulked.

It may just be hiding in an unreachable place so the odor lingers even though you clean.


    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 2:58AM
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I had this problem. Discovered that the caulking around the toilet base was old and cracking. I replaced it and it solved the problem. Maybe the smell was coming from the underneath the base (wax ring??). Regardless, a good epoxy caulk worked.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 12:25PM
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we had caulk around the base and a plumber came in one day and removed it. (?). He was doing other work for us; he didn't just randomly show up. LOL!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2006 at 8:36PM
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I use Odor Mute. It's a product sold in pet stores for animal urine odor, but works on any odor. One time a cat went in my bathroom and "sprayed" somewhere in the bathroom around the toilet. I couldn't detect exactly where so I mixed up some Odor Mute in a spray bottle and saturated walls, floor and all crevices in and around toilet bowl. The smell was gone. Then I went in and wiped the excess off of everything. This stuff is very safe. You can even use it on lawns. Very inexpensive also. I buy it at KV Vet Supply on-line. It's pretty popular, but I don't know of any local retailer who sells it because I've never really looked for it locally.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 1:16PM
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I had that problem. Cleaning the toilet thoroughly didn't help, but cleaning the floor sure did!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 7:41PM
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I had that and it turned out the wax seal around the toilet was leaking....a good cleaning when the toilet was out....replacing the wax seal and the problem was solved.
Linda C

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 10:49AM
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I have heard from plumbers that they do not advocate caulking around the base of toilets because of a concern that the caulk will conceal any leaks that might develop.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 12:51AM
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Thanks to everyone for the tips and advice. I think I figured it out. I do think it's the floor and the baseboards (hmmmm....do you think someone's missing the bowl???) I got down there with gloves and really cleaned the area around the toilet, including the walls, floor and baseboards. Seems better now.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2007 at 5:01PM
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Cleaning a bathroom sometimes means removing urine odor from tile and grout. To do this in an efficient manner means getting to the root of the problem.. The newest technology for cleaning bathroom tiles uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product like PAWS - Pet Accident Washup Solution on the area, allow to sit for 10 minutes and then wipe clean. Baking soda will also neutralize the smell of urine from in between your bathroom tiles. Make a paste of baking soda and water and clean with a toothbrush. Let site for about 30 minutes and wipe with a damp sponge. If the odor persists, repeat until the odor is gone.

Here is a link that might be useful: www.ring4van.com

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 10:49AM
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I live in the boonies with water pressure issues so I maintain the cabin rule: if it's yellow let it mellow...well, it is NOT mellow. I shook a couple tablespoons of sodium bicard, aka baking soda in the looh and wahla...no more smell. I didn't want to do chlorine on the off chance I'd create a toxic gas one gets mixing ammonia and bleach. I'll try cleaning with baking soda now in places I don't like smells.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 1:52PM
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Check the walls and floor.... don't ask me how I know (gag).

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 4:11PM
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