I'd like to know how I can get rid of adult urine smell from my home

by Rei23736438
My husbands mother is staying with us and wears diaoers and she smells very bad and the room she is in and washroom she uses basically my house plz help I ave tried all disinfectants Lysol u name it spent a lot for this smell
  16 answers
  • First you all need help. Contact her primary care physician to see if they can assist and discuss her hygiene issues. Next contact your local senior center and any senior organization you can find and ask for assistance. Even though she may be in adult diapers, she should not smell and the house should not smell either. Chances are she needs someone to come in daily, and it would help you too.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 23, 2017

    Start with open boxes of baking soda,keep the windows open and a fan circulating,Use dried coffee grounds,deactivated charchol,using sprays mask the odor they will not get rid of them.

  • Barbara Bates-Davis Barbara Bates-Davis on May 23, 2017

    Try white vinegar mixed with water.

    • Rei23736438 Rei23736438 on May 23, 2017

      I have tried vinegar spraying on Bread I read that and keep trying works little bit

  • Tammy Tammy on May 23, 2017

    I agree with Naomie. Most adult hygiene products trap oder so it should not be an issue. Your mother in law probably needs help bathing, which should be happening daily. If a full bath or shower is to much for her daily, than a sponge bath every morning or evening should be the minimum. Make sure she is receiving fresh laundered clothes every day or if she has had a leak. Mix baking soda and essential oils together and rub them into her mattress, let sit, and than vacuum well. After put a waterproof mattress cover on and there are pads that can be placed under her while she is in bed. It is also helpful to place these on her chair. If there is carpet in her bedroom I would have it professionally cleaned as well as any upolstry. You might want to invest in a diaper genie. Above all approach this with respect and compassion. Believe she knows this is a problem and could be very embarrassed by it.

    • Rei23736438 Rei23736438 on May 23, 2017

      thank u Tammy I will try what u have said the next thing is she poops in the diaper and then goes and sits on toilet then I clean it and tell her she did this she denies and blames my puppies and I walk my puppies 4 times a day plus have mats around the house anyway she is lazy won't clean herself properly and won't change her clothes daily or everyte She leaks I am stressed out about this my son says daily that outhouses don't even smell like this she is lazy to take a bath daily she will change her diaper and then come sit in the living room on a patio plastic chair I bought for her I sorry for telling u all this I just need help getting the smell out

  • Sharon Sharon on May 23, 2017

    As a caregiver, first if her urine is that strong....she could have an undiagnosed UTI. Call the doctor. I gave my mom cranberry pills each morning to cut down on UTIs. Cider Vinegar pills also work.

    When you wash her items, add 1/2 c of 20 Mule Team Laundry Borax to the wash, then add 1/2c in first rinse, and then just rinse.

    For the room smell, I have found Frebreeze in the pump spra y bottle works the best on odors, they also have little plug-ins you can leave on all the time.

    If she has problems getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, put a bedside commode next to her bed, put a couple inches of water in it with a splash of bleach. You can check and see if your town has a medical equipment loan program to get one.

    Bedding .... you should have two changes of bedding. Buy some Chucks at the supermarket right next to the Depends. and place one underneath her, plastic side down. I agree, clean the bed if soiled and dry using a fan on top, put a waterproof mattress cover on and buy some large waterproof pad to put under the sheet (I buy those at http://www.drleonards.com/waterproof-bed-pads/22867.cfm

    Hygiene... sometimes seniors are afraid of falls in the bathroom, or can't get in a tub. If you have a tub, get a transfer bench that fits over the edge of the tub, you sit down, then swing your legs over. Also have some grab bars installed. I would also get a handheld shower so she can bath sitting down (very easy to install, buy some plumbers teflon tape). If some clothing still has odor, spray down with Frebreeze, you can also get the generic at Dollar Tree.

  • Njf22383152 Njf22383152 on May 23, 2017

    Check with her doctor there may be a nurse for seniors to come and help he bathe

  • Kathryn Sanderson Kathryn Sanderson on May 23, 2017

    Oh, wow, this must be so hard to live with! I also agree with Naomie, and with Tammy. I don't have any better advice to offer than what they said. I hope you can find some help because this is a lot to handle in your home.

  • Bulldog Bulldog on May 23, 2017

    Call a janitorial supply company and get a industrial deodorizer

  • Rei23736438 Rei23736438 on May 23, 2017

    this is my first time asking any questions on here I would like to say Thank you all for your advice and suggestions

  • Judy Judy on May 23, 2017

    In this case, any carpets, will hold the smell, as well as sheets, bedspreads, and clothes. I would suggest the sprayers, that are on a timer, (you can set the timing to go off, for fresh air) and this may help also. Lysol is the best, as well as Pine Sol. AS you clean the bathroom, put the Pine sol in the waste basket, then when you are done, wipe out the waste basket, and the FRESH SMELL OF PINE SOL, WILL STILL BE IN THE WASTE BASKET, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT USING IT. IF YOU HAVE 2 BATHROOMS, JUST ROTATE WASTE BASKETS, AND THIS WILL KEEP THE HOME REFRESHED TOO. Bless you, for I know this is a real task. Judy.

  • Tammy Tammy on May 23, 2017

    I'm sorry for both of you. You are not equipped to care for her and it is a shame her son refuses to see this. Is there other family you can ask for help? If you don'tfeel this is an option please reach out to her doctor and they may be able to help you figure out a solution. Until than check with her insurance or the state to at least get a nurse to come in a couple times a week to help bathe her. At this point she may well be better off in a care facility, as I can't believe there is any one in your home that is happy, and none of you deserve that. God bless you all

  • Judy Arden Judy Arden on May 23, 2017

    There are some great suggestions here. I take of my 90 year old mother who is blind and has dementia. Having help come in to bathe her is a blessing for both of us and has made both of our lives easier. Please talk to her Dr. - she may not be lazy but she may be suffering from some dementia. Many times dementia makes them unable to know right from wrong, makes them unable to properly care for themselves and leaves you feeling frustrated by the situation. Dementia effects each person differently but you really need to discuss this matter with her Dr. A UTI makes my normally sane mother become a raving lunatic with whom you can not even talk to. Been where you are and understand so much of what you are going through. Best wishes to you all.

  • Sylvia Sylvia on May 24, 2017

    I don't know if this will work but go in pet section at Walmart or wherever and get the pet stain and odor remover you might have to spray everyday. God bless you for caring for your Mother in Law. also call a senior care facility and see what they use. Good Luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 08, 2017

    Lots of good suggestions already. I have some too.

    First, buy the vinyl bed protectors that completely encase the mattress and box spring too. You slide the mattress into the vinyl bag and zip it up. Same for box spring. Doing this will Protect your bed, and lots of time cleaning if she has an accident. They are pretty inexpensive but worth their weight in Gold!

    Also, baking soda in the wash helps eliminate odors in the bedding and clothes.

    If she suffers from Dementia, she is probably embarrassed or not aware of how she smells and is afraid to ask for help. This is probably what is happening because you stated that she gets upset or blames the puppies.

    My mother had Alzheimer's and used to hide her poop in her bedroom. A different place every time. It was very gross playing find the poop!!! It is also a very difficult to deal with.

    Play music to help with her moods. If she is sad, play upbeat music. If she is agitated, soft or classical Disney type music. Music worked for my Moms moods better than Antidepressants.

    God Bless for you taking care of her. Not everyone can be a Caretaker. I wish you luck and I will pray for you. You have already earned your Angel Wings!!!

    If you have any questions, I would be happy to share my ideas and experiences on how to handle any situation that you need advise on.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 23, 2023

    All too often the caretaker becomes worn down and worn out before the person needing the actual care. Please, get some help, if you haven't already. There are resources around you, visit the senior centers for information, they have a wealth of periodicals that are up to date.