Clean bathrooms are a clear representation of how we maintain our house. However, cleaning a bathroom is not everything you should look after.
It is very undesirable to use a bathroom with a sewage or urine smell even if it is clean. This may be due to several reasons, which may be considered as of secondary concern.
In any case, it is most frustrating and embarrassing, especially when you have a guest coming over and they want to use your bathroom.
That is a point when you can’t excuse them by saying that the bathrooms are out of order, so you keep your fingers crossed, thinking that they might not notice the stench in your bathroom.
So, let’s keep away the false hope and take some action to ensure a tidy, fresh-smelling bathroom.
What Do You Think Causes Such Urine Odor?
It is nothing to be ashamed of; urine stench can be due to many health factors.
It can be because of high blood sugar, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. And in case you have pets, there are chances that they have been marking their territory by peeing in the bathrooms.
Since you don’t see them doing it, it is needless to say that urine odor build-up can be because of that.
How Do Odors Build Up?
Pipelines and fittings laid in the foundation of the house need to be kept in a routine check.
They are not for drainage purposes but have a lot to do with how hygienic our bathrooms are.
If we look into problems that might be causing the urine smell to be retained in the toilets, these might be some of the causes.
Later we will discuss how to address each problem with at-home help. In case the problems prevail, it means that it is time to call in professionals.
Some of the main causes are:
Water Has Evaporated:
The toilet is a P-Pipe structure which is mostly called the P-trap. It is a vessel-like structure that keeps the water in the toilet bowl. It is filled with water.
Let’s say if you went out of town, and the weather was scorching hot. You left your radiator temperature set to warm.
The internal heating could evaporate the water in P-trap.
Solution: You can flush the toilet multiple times until the smell fades away. If you think that flushing will not create such a water flux, you can take a bucket of water and fill it with water.
Pour the water bucket in the toilet bowl once with force (you might want to wear gloves, so the toilet water doesn’t get on your hands).
Flush afterward and feel a clear difference of stench fading away from your bathrooms.
Tank Water Might Be Dirty:
Since the toilet bowl has holes that lead directly to the toilet tank, there are chances that the pee odors or articles may be latched to areas where there is less water supply or odor emitted has traveled to the water tank.
In such a case, the tank might need immediate care.
Solution: Fortunately, cleaning the water tank is not a difficult task. It is as easy as cleaning the toilet bowl. All you would need is vinegar.
Vinegar, as discussed and approved by scientific researchers, serves the purpose of disinfectant and deodorizer. It not only gives that fresh feel to your bathrooms but helps to keep away the unwanted odors.
Turn off the water supply and add vinegar to a spray bottle. Spray at the walls of the water tank and leave it for ten minutes. Turn the water supply on and let the water fill the vinegar sprayed tank.
Once it does, flush the toilet and see if the odor has faded away. You can repeat this multiple times until the desired result is achieved.
If you feel that there is pesky odor build-up in your bathrooms and the flush is working fine, it might be that the drainage has a minor blockage, which is causing the toilet to not flush properly.
Solutions: There are two ways to unclog drainage or pipes; First, you can use a snake drain to clear the unwanted blockage that might be creating hindrance.
Secondly, you can use a drain opener, the chemical salt poured over drainage areas, mainly basin and showers drain.
It decomposes any matter that might be creating the blockage. After the power does its job, you can pour clean running water for the powder to go down the drainage into the sewerage system. The farther it goes, the better.
Wax Seal Might Be Leaking:
Toilets are well-equipped. All toilets have a wax seal underneath the toilet. Wax seals sometimes are displaced or become loose with time, which causes nasty leakages.
Hence, the water from the toilet bowl leaks from the wax seal, may it be pee or just the water in the vessel. This creates that nasty urinated odor as well.
Solution: This is a problem that will require an expert’s help.
You should call in the plumber to have the wax seal repaired or replaced, so it saves the toilet from nasty leakages.
Bacteria live and multiply at places we can’t even imagine. Due to its microscopic structure, it is very hard to determine its growth.
Just because you can’t see it, you can still figure out that you have foul bacteria growth in your bathrooms, especially your toilet bowls.
These bacteria are the main cause for producing the foul stench in the flush valve, which causes the odor build-up.
Solution: To get rid of the foul smell, you can use fabric bleach. Bleach has chlorine concentration, and chlorine acts as a strong disinfectant to kill the bacteria.
It can cause a strong chlorine odor build-up in the bathroom, but it is temporary. Bleach will do wonders to your toilet.
To have a longer effect in the bathroom, you should put a little amount of toilet bleach in the water tank so that every time it flushes, the bleach will wash away any unwanted microorganism build up in the flush valve.
Plus, it will add that clear, disinfected feel to the bathroom as well.
Other items can be used on routine proposes to keep your bathrooms clean:
You can use lemon spray on your toilet bowls every day. Urine odor is neutralized when treated with acid.
Baking soda used with vinegar has been proven to have extraordinary benefits of cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the toilet smell like urine?
The urine smell is retained in the toilet bowl due to many causes, some of which are urine odor evaporating towards the toilet or leakage in the wax seal of the toilets.
These problems can be addressed on your own, but you should take a professional in the loop if the problems prevail.
What can you use in your bathroom to get rid of the urine smell quickly?
If you have a shaving cream lying around in your room, you can spray the shaving cream over the toilet seat and the toilet valve and leave it for 10 min (minimum).
Take a toilet cleaner brush and scrub the cream. Wash the surface with clean running water.
How can I get rid of the urine smell with bleach?
Fabric Bleach can serve the purpose of deodorizer. Pouring a little bleach in the flush tank can help get rid of the sewage scent settled in the toilet.
Also, cleaning the toilet bowl with bleach will help.
Can baking soda help in removing the urine smell?
Baking soda or baking powder, when used with vinegar, produces extraordinary results.
When used together, they are an effective duo of surface cleaner and also a powerful deodorizer. However, it is advised to use baking soda sparingly over the toilet bowl and spray vinegar on it and leave it for a while.
When it turns into a paste, scrub it off using a toilet brush and flush the toilet multiple times until the odor is removed. You can repeat the step multiple times.
Going through these causes and their possible solutions, we realize that bathrooms are possibly the areas that require high maintenance.
If not looked after as required, it can cause different problems like the ones we discussed above. There are many other supplies available in the household supplies stores that are specifically made to deal with problems of urine odors.
Urine odors are not only a cause of extreme discomfort but can be a potential threat to health because of the germ growth in the bathrooms.
It is best advised to address these problems with the utmost attention.