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A Tip for Clean Bathrooms

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Our bathrooms have been smelling like urine.

I’ve been chalking it up to a little boy that doesn’t have the greatest aim, but I couldn’t figure out why my bathrooms were smelling – even after I mopped the floors and cleaned the outside (and inside) of the toilets.

I checked the wall for diapers – but it was empty.

So I decided to declare battle on my bathrooms. I stripped them bare. I mixed up a big bucket of cleaning solution, and I started washing everything. The ceiling. The walls. The cabinets. Everything.

I saved the toilets for very last. Because mixed in with my cleaning solution smell – was the unmistakable smell of urine.

And when I grabbed the toilet brush in the first bathroom to give the toilet a good scrubbing, I found my problem.

Apparently, my little boy doesn’t have poor aim – he has perfect aim.

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When I lifted the brush – the toilet brush holder was filled nearly to the brim with urine. A quick check in the other bathrooms confirmed that the culprit was the same – all three of my toilet brush holders were full of urine.

So – my tip for a clean bathroom is this:

If your bathroom smells like urine, stop cleaning your toilets with urine-soaked toilet brushes.

The end.

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  1. ChrissyK

    October 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Way too funny… a funny story that I see myself facing within the next few years. I have 3 children and have been spoiled by my first born being a prim and proper little girl, who likes being clean and everything that goes with it. My next two… are little boys and ready or not… the urine on my bathroom floor will happen. Pray for me. :O)

  2. Artsy VaVa

    October 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    That is too funny!!! Boys will be boys!

  3. Red Boot Pearl

    October 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hey at least you solved the problem…I'm starting to feel really good about having two little girls in a row.

  4. Shannon

    October 27, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I just bought new toilet scrubbers and holders for my bathrooms and I just thought you were going to say you had to do the same. OMG, I have a boy, but he never pulled that particular stunt. Hang in there mom!! lol

  5. Abby

    October 27, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Hilarious! You are a very talented writer. I love your blog!

    Your newest follower,
    (come take a look if you like)

  6. cheapcraftymama

    October 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Ha ha! My boy is 14 months so I will watch out for that in a few years!

  7. Michele

    October 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    So funny. At least your bathroom is spic and span. Glad you found the source.


    November 1, 2011 at 12:57 am

    That is HILAROUS! I shared a room with a baby brother that pee'd in our registers at night. When the air would kick on …or even worse…the heat….it was AWFUL! We couldn't tell where the smell was coming from until they began to rust! AWFUL! I found you through Skip to My Lou and would love for my readers to meet you! Please share this at my "Meet Me Monday" linky party, they would love to meet you! Love, Me

  9. Anonymous

    November 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I have a similar problem – my tiny little guest bathroom always smells BAD – my boys aren't peeing in the toilet brush (LOL what WON'T those monkeys get up to, bless their hearts!) but I think I finally beat the problem by wiping down the walls (from floor to toilet seat height) when I clean the bathroom. Their aim doesn't improve when they're in their 20's *ahem* !!!

    There should be a rule – sit inside, stand outside – OR ELSE! LOL!

  10. Crystal

    November 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I have five boys. I am learning that boys are strangly competitive when it comes to peeing. That is all I am saying!

    Great tip and I am so glad you linked it up to my mommy soluition meme. It was one of the top clicked submissions from last week.

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  11. Margo

    November 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Oh my word, what a funny story! I have two boys, and thought I was clicking over here to hear how I could help keep the bathroom clean!

  12. Meandering momma

    November 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Love it!! No little boys at home anymore- but big ones still come and go- Switching to disposable scrubbers!

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  16. Karrie

    July 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Ha! Now that’s a creative place to pee!

  17. VenusGenetrix

    October 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Ewww, grosssss! Why???? lol

  18. Amanda

    January 25, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I worked in a small grocery store and if you closed…you had the fun job of cleaning the bathrooms. WELL….GROWN MEN would pee in the toilet brush holder. What’s wrong with people? Seriously. Gag.

  19. charlotte

    March 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    so this is funny (gross but funny) however I was trying to get to our permanent marker article before I slather toothpaste on my walls like an idiot lol…it seems a lot of your posts don’t go where they are supposed to! 🙁

  20. Cindy

    April 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I totaly have to agree. Still have’t found the article about removing the marker with toothpaste? Have been round and round still don’t see it. Please don’t waste our time.

  21. Anna Luther

    April 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I can assure you that I’m not trying to waste anyone’s time! Just having a little tech problem while I update my site. Here’s the post you’re looking for…

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  23. Yavapai County

    July 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  24. mary e shelton

    January 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I was looking for your suggestion for getting permament marker off of furnature…it is white board marker.

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