If you share your home with two, three, or four or more young boys, then you are likely already familiar with the odor coming from the hall bathroom also known as "boy bathroom smell".
If you don't live with small boys, then you might wonder what the difference is between "normal bathroom smell" and "boy bathroom smell". Well, the difference is simple. When you have boys in your home, you can clean your toilets every day, even multiple times a day, and your bathroom will still smell like a service station or bus station restroom. No joke. It's hard to believe it unless you have experienced it for yourself.
Thankfully, there is a way to combat boy bathroom smell, and the good news is that it is easy and requires no expensive toxic chemicals. You probably already have everything you need on hand.
You will need:
- Lemon juice*
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
*Do not use lemon juice on hard wood floors.
Make a thick paste out of baking soda and lemon juice. Using a damp rag, spread the paste around the base of your toilet. Wipe the mixture all over the toilet, and on top of and underneath the toilet seat. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes or so.
Place some white vinegar in an empty clean spray bottle and spray the vinegar everywhere that you applied the baking soda paste. The vinegar will react with the baking soda mixture and it will start to fizzle. When it is finished fizzling, wipe all around the toilet with a clean damp rag.
If you have any hard to reach areas, like around where the lid is attached to the toilet, then try using an old toothbrush and vinegar to get it really clean. Hopefully once you get this area really clean you won't have to clean it every time.
One of the reasons that the boy bathroom smell is so hard to get rid of is because little boys, who often miss the potty in the middle of the night, may have sprayed all over the side of your bathroom cupboard, the wall, the garbage can, or anywhere that is near the toilet. Yes, even the shower curtain needs to be washed occasionally! When you clean the toilet, make sure to clean any areas that are near the toilet. If you have a fabric cover on your toilet seat and/or a mat on the floor, make sure to wash them too when you clean the toilet.
Unfortunately, even using this cleaning method you will need to do a thorough cleaning a minimum of once a week, maybe even twice. It all depends on how often you have guests stop by and need to use the bathroom. Hopefully you have a separate bathroom that guests can use. If not, then you will need to clean more often to keep the smell at bay...but it is possible to keep the odors at bay by following this simple cleaning strategy.
Yes it would be nice if boys had better aim when they went to the bathroom, or heaven forbid they would actually clean the toilets themselves once in awhile. At least if you are going to be the one to clean the toilet you can actually be successful at removing that lingering smell.
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