Especially a boy’s bathroom. I know you just cringed because if you have boys you know exactly what I mean.
I have tried everything I could find in the cleaning aisle to get rid of that smell. They would work for all of 20 minutes and then it came back. Now, I really believe the smell never left. I think the cleaners just interfered with my sense of smell and that made me think it smelled better. There is some research on that to back me up. They actually do deaden the nerve endings in nasal passages. (source)
When I started using natural products I made an amazing discovery. Baking soda and vinegar completely remove boy bathroom smells. The vinegar (acetic acid) liquefies the odor-causing urine salts to neutralize its odor and remove stains. I’ll tell you specifically how I do it.
First, because boys are unaware of how to aim anything but bows and arrows, slings, rubber bands, and hunting rifles, you will have to remove the left over evidence caused by this lack of knowledge. I just sprinkle some baking soda over the area and let it soak up the evidence. After a few minutes I sweep it up. At that point I spray my boy-bathroom cleaner on the floor and base of the commode. I let that sit while I clean the rest of the bathroom, about 5-10 minutes. After I am done with the rest of the bathroom I simply wipe it up. That’s it. Really. You thought it was going to involve a bulldozer or tile replacement, didn’t you?
Another tip for you if you have tile is to use an oil to place on the grout. This prevents the urine from penetrating the grout. I just pour some melted coconut oil into a cup and use a paintbrush to put a thin layer on the grout around the commode. I wipe the excess off and it is good for about a month. You’ll know it is working because you’ll see beaded up boy evidence on it from time to time. Be forewarned, this does cause some discoloration on the grout but since the urine does too I don’t care. I’d rather oil discoloration than urine discoloration. I know I could seal it with a commercial product but since I am trying to stay away from that and because there is absolutely no ventilation in the boys’ bathroom, I’m not going to do that.
Homemade Boy-Bathroom Cleaner (can also be used as after shower spray)
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 10 drops of essential oil (I use Thieves oil)
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle. Give a soft shake to combine.
To use simply spray onto affected area. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe clean.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/3 cup Castile soap
- 3 tbsp. washing soda
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 20-30 drops of essential oil ( I use sage and lavender)
Add baking soda into a large, deep bowl. Slowly add vinegar. It will foam up as it reacts. This is a harmless event. Add remaining ingredients into bowl. Mix well. Spoon into a small container.
Before using this solution I spray my all purpose spray over the area I want to clean. This solution helps to break down any hard water residue which will make it easier to clean the soap scum. To use, add a layer to the bathtub or shower. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Scrub off. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.
NOTE: I feel it is important to note here that after using commercial cleaners for several years you will have a build up on your tub or shower. I thought that I was getting my tub clean with those cleaners until I used this homemade solution. The homemade cleaner caused the buildup of residue from the commercial cleaner to come off revealing a clean tub like I had not seen in years! The reason it works so well is because the molecules in soap include a “free end” that is attracted to fat molecules. Soap attaches to soap.
Soap scum is broken down soap molecules which consist of soap and the fat that was used to make it. Soap scum is worse in hard water. To sum it up, if you use soap and fat to clean with then it removes the left over soap and fats. Awesome, right?
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup Castile soap
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 20-25 drops of essential oil ( I use tea tree and any citrus)
Add baking soda into a large, deep bowl. Slowly add vinegar. It will foam up as it reacts. This is a harmless event. Add remaining ingredients into bowl. Mix well. Funnel into a container. I use a BPA free toilet bowl cleaner container from a natural cleaner that I had. I wouldn’t use the commercial ones just because plastics leach chemicals.
To use squirt around the rim of the commode. Allow the solution to work for 5-10 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush. Flush.
Shower head Cleaner
- 1/3 cup of baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
To use, remove your shower head and place inside a large, deep bowl. Add baking soda. Add vinegar. Allow it to foam up and work its magic. Let it sit for an hour or so. Rinse well. Replace shower head and run water through it for a few minutes to remove left over baking soda and vinegar.
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