Bathing & Hygiene Top Tips: How to Eliminate Stains and Odors


The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for getting rid of stubborn stains and odors.

Removing Stubborn Odors and Stains

“They make products for cleaning urine that contain special enzymes, such as Urine-Kleen, or you can use something like Nature’s Miracle that is sold in pet shops.” –vstefans

“Vinegar helps. I soak soiled items in vinegar, take them out while wet, hang them on a clothes line outside and hope for rain. Some things I can leave until nature removes the smell, but some I just keep washing.” –1healthyangel

“I wash soiled items in the hottest water I can, soak them in an oxy-based cleanser and baking soda solution, and rinse with vinegar. It sometimes takes two to three washings, but the smells all come out.” –Carlen

“Iodine scrub will neutralize smells in one washing. Use about one tablespoon in the washer. Usually iodine (one brand name is Betadine) wash is in the first aid section of just about any drug store. It’s dark red and the advertised use is to clean wounds.” –pamstegma and sandwich42plus

“I use baking soda laundry detergent pods, add some grapefruit juice in with it and wash soiled items on a warm cycle. It seems to take the smell out.” –Kenneth08

“In the facility where I work, the staff uses a product called Periwash to control the smell of urine. It works well.” –JackieMiller

“Borax and washing soda: 50/50 mix. Works every time for any kind of nasty odor. I use it on my dad’s bedding every day.” –Katiekate

“When I was washing my mom’s clothes (she was in a long-term care facility), members of the AgingCare Forum recommended 20-Mule Team Borax, which did help.” –freqflyer

“I have found that apple cider vinegar works better than white vinegar.” –BoovieD

“We use OdorBan with eucalyptus scent. The nursing home by us uses it, too. It works fabulously. You can get the spray one at Walmart and the gallon size at Sam’s club. It smells wonderful and fresh. I put a half cup in the laundry and we spray it on the furniture and Mom’s mattress. It is a deodorizer and disinfectant.” –Flmother

“Use Morrisons non-bio laundry liquid. I mix that with a tea cup of baking soda crystals, and then I put white vinegar in the fabric softener drawer. The smell has gone, much to my relief.” –SmellFree

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