How to Eliminate the Urine Smell in the Bathroom

How to get rid of that nasty urine smell in the bathroom!

If you’ve got boys, then you just may be like me and have an underlying funk smell in the bathroom.  And what can be discouraging is that no matter how much you scrub, that nasty smell may go away for a few hours, but then return by the end of the day. I got fed up with it enough to do some research to figure out a solution that will work!  What I found is something that leaves the bathroom looking AND smelling clean! If you have a smelly pee odor in your bathroom, you’ll want to get started on this today!

What I love even more about this is that it only takes a few basic (and natural) ingredients AND it’s friendly on your budget!  Easy peasy!

Deep Cleaning Toilet Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • White Vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Measuring Cup

Deep Clean Toilet Paste

  • Use a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice into a bowl
  • Add baking soda to the lemon juice to make a paste. The paste should not be runny, but more like a thick cake batter consistency.
  • For this next step, if you’re feeling a little squirmish about it, use some rubber gloves!
  • Rub the paste along all areas that have spray or noticeable buildup including the seat, along the bottom of the toilet where it meets the floor, along the back of the toilet, tank, and underneath the rim of the stool area. Allow to set for 15 minutes.

Deep Clean Toilet Tank

  • Remove the lid to the toilet tank and add 1/2 cup vinegar to the water. Allow to sit for 15 minutes as well. The funky smell in your bathroom can actually sit and permeate the tank of the toilet so don’t skip this step.

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  • While the baking soda and lemon paste is setting, clean all areas around the toilet: walls, cupboards, sink, and bathtub. You can use a spoonful of the lemon paste to clean with a washcloth.
  • If your toilet is next to a bathtub with shower curtain, toss the shower curtain in the washer and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle to freshen that up as well. After giving everything a good scrub you should notice a difference in the smell already. It’s amazing to me how far and WHERE there seems to be urine in the bathroom….leave no wall unscrubbed or tile unwashed. 🙂
  • After 15 minutes, flush the toilet to wash out the water from the tank. Flush 2-3 times, then add in another 1/2 cup of vinegar and allow to sit while you are finishing up the cleaning process. If there is visible build up along the tank walls you’ll need to scrub down the tank….but please make sure to wear a pair of gloves!

Deep Clean Toilet Srub

  • Next, grab a toothbrush, pour vinegar over it, then scrub at the areas where the baking soda & lemon paste is around the toilet. Scrub all areas well with the toothbrush, then pour small amounts of the vinegar over the paste and wipe away with a washcloth. If you see a residue build up along the water line in the toilet bowl, a pumice stone is a great way to scrub it off. I use this one and feel like it is very effective.
  • Flush the toilet another 2-3 times to once again flush out the vinegar in the tank.

Deep Clean Toil Finished

Once all of those steps are done, you will not only have a sparkling clean toilet, the bathroom will be smelling MUCH better!

 

How to Eliminate the Urine Smell in the Bathroom

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How to Eliminate the Urine Smell in the Bathroom

Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice from 1 lemon
  • White Vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Measuring Cup

Instructions

  1. Use a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice into a bowl

  2. Add baking soda to the lemon juice to make a paste. (The paste should not be runny, but more like a thick cake batter consistency.)

  3. Rub the paste along all areas that have spray or noticeable buildup. Allow to set for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove the lid to the toilet tank and add 1/2 cup vinegar to the water. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

  5. While the baking soda and lemon paste is setting, clean all areas around the toilet: walls, cupboards, sink, and bathtub. Use a spoonful of the lemon paste to clean with a washcloth.

  6. If your toilet is next to a bathtub with shower curtain, toss the shower curtain in the washer and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle to freshen that up as well.

  7. After the 15 minutes, flush the toilet to wash out the water from the tank 2-3 times.

  8. Then add in another 1/2 cup of vinegar and allow to sit while you are finishing up the cleaning process.

  9. Scrub along the tank walls.

  10. Pour vinegar over a toothbrush, then scrub at the areas where the baking soda & lemon paste is around the toilet. Scrub all areas well with the toothbrush, then pour small amounts of the vinegar over the paste and wipe away with a washcloth.

  11. A pumice stone is a great way to scrub off the toilet bowl ring.

  12. Flush the toilet another 2-3 times to once again flush out the vinegar in the tank.
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Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 8oz – $3.73

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How to get rid of that yucky urine smell in the bathroom

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Comments

  • Anita

    Great idea!! I have 2 small boys and I soooooo needed this advice. As soon as I get off work I am going to the store to buy what I need. Question do you do this deep scrub once a week or more than once a week?

    • I only do it as needed….rather than once a week. But I would assume if you do it as a bi-weekly deep clean that would be more than sufficient to help cut the smell. But it really depends on the usage, cleanliness of the kids, and regular cleanings.

  • juliet bumstead

    the best way to prevent urine smells and stains in a bathroom is to not let a man in to use it lol.

    • That’s what I do. No boys or men allowed in the main bathroom…ladies only! If men would clean up after themselves, this would not be necessary, but they don’t.
      If we are going to have a male visitor, my husband has to clean his bathroom before they come.

      • Surrey Mum

        i love this! i have 2 daughters and its my husband that’s the problem. unfortunately we only have 1 toilet in the house which is usual in england! i am fed up of sitting down and having a wet bum, he doesn’t even lift the seat !!!!!!!!

    • Sātra

      Absolutely agree 🤣😂

  • Tina

    Kids grown up and moved away, but the husband, yuck! Just went and found a pool of pee at the back of the lid, yuck again! so using your method of getting the smell away as I tried with commercial sprays and it still lingers, thank you so much for the hints!

  • Jessica

    This is great ! Can you make this paste ahead of time and store it ? And if so how long can you store it for?

    • Jennifer

      Jessica, I doubt the paste can be made ahead. However, you could always squeeze several lemons in advance. In fact, pour the juice into ice cube trays, then pop into freezer bags. As needed, thaw out as many as you might need for the week and refrigerate in a mason jar. This way, the paste is halfway made – and still fresh!

  • Kelly

    What a wonderful idea! Tried this on Friday and the bathroom still smells great! Worked like a charm!

  • Vicky

    Thank you! I’m definitely gonna try this! I’m a Mom to 6 boys. So the bathroom is always my sore spot!

  • Nana

    Tape brown paper bags all around the toilet and toilet area so you can easily see who is making the mess. Time to teach them how to clean a toilet and toilet area!

  • Kim Vincent

    I just tried this today, and there is a noticeable difference in the smell in our guest bathroom. Thanks for the great tip!

  • Rose

    Hello- Do you have to use fresh lemons or can you use lemon juice from a bottle?

    Thank you

  • Linda

    I have a friend that lost his wife when their sons were 7 and 8. He said the first time he had to clean the bathroom he was so disgusted he taught his boys to sit when using the toilet!

  • Amy Miles

    I am going to try this for sure! I wish this article was printer friendly.

  • Laura Miller

    Is this paste ok to put at the base of the toilet with hard wood floors? That was not my design, and trying to figure out how to rid this 1/2 bathroom of the pee smell! I can’t take it anymore. Thanks!

  • Christinr

    My girlfriend has one household rule. Everyone must sit to pee. Her brothers, guy friends, my boys they all listen. So I started implementing the same rule at home. Only problem is…. my husband and we only have one bathroom at home. It’s gross to have to sit and smell dry urine. I told my guys. You want to stand? You clean!! Thank you for your recipe. My husband better get started

  • @laura – I think that would be just fine… but test it out on a small area first. Good luck!

  • Charlie

    I am blessed with 3 boys (12 year old twins…and my 42 year old husband)…..we have 3 bathrooms that all constantly smell like a public men’s urinal (yes I have been desperate enough to have to use the men’s!!). I’ve tried all the products and nothing works so I try to use Jedi mind control to convince myself that the smell isn’t there (told you I live with boys!!). Sadly that doesn’t work either….especially when we have guests!! I’m super excited (as excited as one can be about cleaning urine from every possible part of the bathroom) about trying this lemon, baking soda, white vinegar concoction. “THANK YOU”…..I will report back. To those of you who also live in a male dominant house……wish me luck xx

  • Ha ha – you are so awesome Charlie! Please do let us know how it goes!!! BEST WISHES to you!

  • Nicole

    Oooooooooooo this is a lovely tip thank you, i have two brothers and it’s a nightmare and scary I hate the smell of pee, I have to wear shoes just to use the bathroom, I will be using this tip this weekend thank You…..

  • Rhiana Fontenot

    Can I substitute the lemon juice for lime juice?

  • Mister Linstrum

    Thanks for the deodorizing tips and recipe, I have a cat who occasionally uses the bathroom sink.
    Ladies! Stand BAREFOOTED in front of the toilet like men do and pour a thin stream from a full glass of water held at waist height into the bowl, and the tops of your bare feet will tell you that men’s aim is only part of the problem! I’m 67 but when I was 25 I became responsible for cleaning my own bathroom and I IMMEDIATELY became a sitter at home!

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