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30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #16 Update (And help! What do I do about the boy bathroom smell?!)

During the month of April, I’m encouraging my readers to participate in a 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge (read more here, if you missed my announcement about this challenge last week). Every week day morning at 9 a.m., I’ll post the daily project and every evening around 6 p.m. EST, I’ll post an update and link-up.


I ended up only getting the kids’ bathroom floors and baseboards done today.

Because it was really, really icky!

Yikes!

As I was cleaning the baseboards, I noticed that we now have a lovely boy bathroom smell in our kids’ bathroom… oh joy! Now I know what all you moms of boys have been talking about for so long. And I’d love to hear your best tips and tricks for dealing with this. Because it’s a whole new territory for me. 🙂

Join in the Chatter

::Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post on linky below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the , just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

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Other posts in the 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge series

  1. Join us for the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge in April!
  2. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #1
  3. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Day #1 Update
  4. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #2
  5. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #2 Update
  6. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #3
  7. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #3 Update
  8. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #4
  9. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Day #4 Update
  10. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #5-7
  11. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #5 Update
  12. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #8
  13. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #8 Update
  14. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #9
  15. 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #9 Update
  16. 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #10
  17. 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #10 Update
  18. 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #11
  19. 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #11 Update
  20. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Projects #12-14
  21. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #12-14 Update
  22. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #15
  23. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #15 Update
  24. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #16
  25. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #16 Update (And help! What do I do about the boy bathroom smell?!)
  26. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #17
  27. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #17 Update
  28. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #18
  29. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #18 Update
  30. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #19
  31. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #19 Update
  32. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Projects #20-22
  33. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #20-22 Update
  34. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #23
  35. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #23 Update
  36. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #24
  37. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #24 Update
  38. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #25
  39. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #25 Update
  40. 30 Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #26
  41. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #29
  42. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #29 Update
  43. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #30
  44. 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #30 Update

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123 Comments

  • Cynthia says:

    I don’t have boys but my sister does. She uses pet urine spray. Waits a while then wipes it all with bleach water. Seems to work.

  • Angi says:

    My 5 year old still misses a lot. A think he misses more now than he did when he was 3 because he is always in a hurry now.
    We tried getting him to sit down, but it is not always as easy as some people make it seem. My son refused to potty train sitting down. He knew his dad stood and if could not stand he would not go on the potty. The choice was to let him stand and get him out of diapers or force him to sit and probably go another year without potty training.
    I agree with the idea of letting him clean it up himself when he is done, but caution that not all boys are great cleaners and more tends to get on their hands than the cloth or toilet paper. I always go in and clean the light switch and the faucet as soon as he is done because I know if he cleaned urine there will be urine on everything he touched before he washed his hands. I am “a bit” of a germaphobe. The idea of letting him clean it himself turns my stomach, but I know it needs to be done and hope it teaches him a lesson in time. I still go in after him and clean the area with sanitizing wipes or bleach and then the same with the faucets and everything I think he may have touched.
    I also have a 3 year old girl who makes more, or at least as much of a mess as my son. Obviously she sits, but somehow this girl pees like a boy standing up. She cannot pee straight down to save her life. It goes out through the gap between the actual toilet and the seat itself.
    I not only have to clean the back of the toilet area and the walls because of my boy, I also have to clean the front of the toilet area and the tub in front of the toilet because of my girl. The joys of being a mom!!! 🙂

  • melinda says:

    mix baking soda and fresh squeezed lemon juice in to a paste and apply on and around toilet, and let it sit a bit. Then spray with peroxide and it will fizz. let that sit a bit too, and then wipe up. works really well to get rid of boy smell. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      That’s a good idea. We’ve had a spray bottle with a tiny bit of bleach diluted in water and we’ve used that and it takes away the smell, but man, with a husband and two little boys, my bathroom reeks!!!

  • amanda says:

    my daughter and son share a bathroom. After the smell problem appeared for us, my husband had a talk with my son about proper aim and all that. And, we started making him clean it up. The problem has mostly cleared up. And his sister will usually rat him out (ahem, of course I mean, inform me!) if something needs to be taken care of!

  • Angela says:

    Hey Crystal. I have 4 boys and know ALL about the smell! I make them wash the bathrooms and I do a deep clean every once in a GREAT while. If they are going to stink it up, the can clean it up.

  • jess says:

    I have 4 boys and one girl. First of all, I let her use my bathroom/shower, lol. Second the boys clean their bathroom every day. It had to be approved by me or dad before wet call it done. I’ve always wanted to get vinyl target decals. I’ve read studies that when used in men’s public restrooms decals reduced spillage by 80%. So I think that will help with the smell. My son’s have to wipe down the entire toilet, not just the seat and floor.

  • Shelly says:

    I wash the walls, floors and baseboards every time I clean the bathrooms (with two little boys and two grown boys).

  • Lesli says:

    I have 4 boys…3 are using the bathroom! All I can say is DISINFECTANT WIPES!!!

  • Kacy says:

    I didn’t read all the comments, so this may already be here, but I have conquered the boy bathroom smell (at least for a week at a time) with two things. Leave a 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup water mixture somewhere in the room – for us, it’s a high windowsill. Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar (you may add lemon juice if desired) and seal between the toilet and the floor. Once urine gets there, the smell is so hard to conquer! I make a batch of paste and keep it in a tupperware container to use weekly. The paste will harden and I use a knife to get it out, but it absorbs and deodorizes the urine. I wipe down the potty two or three times a week and once a week mop and redo these two things. We can have company over again without worrying about the odor!!

  • cheri says:

    I love BacOut for my boy’s bathroom….spray all around (wall/floor) and on the outside of the toilet, let sit for a few minutes and wipe down with a wet rag….do this once a week or so and it keeps my bathrooms smelling fresh!

    • cheri says:

      I forgot to mention that not only do I have 4 boys and a husband, I also run an in home child care so I have all ages and stages and abilities of boys from just potty-training to grown, so if BacOut works here, it should anywhere!

  • Jenny says:

    I read through ALL the comments and don’t believe I saw these- to PREVENT “pee” grout- go to home improvement store, buy grout sealer- takes a little work, but makes your grout non-porous, so it doesn’t soak up liquid. Paint your bathroom with semi-gloss paint (or kitchen/bath paint). It is wipeable and again, won’t soak up liquid. You can also recolor/reseal your grout with a product that rolls on. Don’t replace your toilet, unless you want to- it is porcelain and won’t hold smells. The smell is coming from the caulk or wax ring around it (or seat area). Watch a you tube video to see how to change the wax ring- it’s a little work, but not bad. Also, clean the floor while the toilet is off the drain.

  • Julie says:

    My motto: you haven’t got it all, until you clean the wall!

  • Linda says:

    So I’m not imagining things. The ‘boy bathroom smell’ is a real thing, huh? Any tips would be great.

  • Christie says:

    I have three boys and had this same problem. My smell was mainly due to them peeing on the back of the toilet and it running down everywhere. I found a product call Flippee Toliet Shield. This has made a HUGE difference in the smell in their bathroom. Just search it online and you will find it. Hope this helps :o)

  • says:

    I have always made my son sit down to potty at the house. He is 10 and I have never had an issue because of this. 🙂

  • shannon says:

    spray bottle with water and vinegar…always helps me take care of any pee smell.

    I recently had someone tell me about a boy trick I had never heard of….put a drop of food coloring in the water and let them aim. Cool things happen when they hit it.

  • says:

    Hi! I have your solution and it is the most effective way to combat that problem. Trust me, it works miracles and you can clean your entire bathroom with it with out any fussy or stinky chemicals smells. Hydrogen Peroxide! It works for everything in the bathroom, except the mirrors, lol. If you ever get a lil mildew on shower curtains, spray it on there. The Hydrogen Peroxide will elimate and sanitize your entire bathroom. Just buy a big bottle from the Dollar Tree and put a squeeze trigger nozzle on it and spray away, wipe up afterwards and your bathroom will be fresh and clean.

  • aimee says:

    So the biggest trick that has worked for me is to use the cleaners designed for dogs and cats. Go to the pet store, i picked up one called natures miracle (about $5) and it has lasted me well over a year. Between boys and their friends, its impossible to make everyone sit down when they go. I’ve found this stuff brings the bathroom back to a neutral scent (and color), no matter how long I have waited between bathroom cleanings. Good luck!

  • CG says:

    In addition to all the cleaning, one way to prevent some of the bathroom residue is to close the lid when flushing. It seems obvious, but loads of UNSEEN gunk and germs can get sprayed back OUT of the toilet into the air, on surfaces, and even onto your toothbrushes. *yikes!* Just saying. 🙂

    This is from one article about it…but there are hundreds out there.

    “If the germs from your own mouth weren’t enough to contaminate your toothbrush, the germs from your toilet certainly are. Research in the 1970s by Charles P. Gerba, PhD, of the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, found that flushing the toilet sends a spray of bacteria- and virus-contaminated water droplets into air. These germs, he found, can float around in the bathroom for at least two hours after each flush before landing on surfaces — including your toothbrush.”

  • says:

    Wow, I found this discussion fascinating! My son will be entering the potting training age soon. I had no idea what little boys could do to a bathroom until I read some of these comments. Lol. I guess we are in for a ride!

    Denise 🙂

  • L.L. says:

    what is a good non-toxic cleaner to use to clean the floor around the toilet? Mine is really gross. I need something that wil totally sanitize it. Help!

  • L.L. says:

    My husband was taught to sit down by his mom (she has 7 boys so it was taught to all of them I am sure). Also, according to our religion men have to sit down. The prob is, my husband refuses too! Is there any way to “train” a grown man to always sit down? I don’t clean as often as I should (It had never occurred to me to clean the wall and vanity before I read the comments lol). Have u ever used bleach?

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