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I found with the Swiffer that you use a bottle of their cleaning liquid, the cleaner leaves a sticky residue on the floor. An Aunt suggested saving the bottle and putting a small hole in the bottom then put vinegar and water in the bottle using a cork to close the hole up. Vinegar kills germs. I have a recipe for water, vinegar and ammonia.
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I was shopping yesterday and almost bought the XL swiffer wet pads--didn't b/c I didn't want to buy the accompanying larger mop head. They're probably relatively cheap at Costco, but I've not looked.

I have a lot of old towels that are torn and/or cut into smaller usable sizes. I have, in the past, bought cleaning supplies at the local janitorial supply place. (Puppy training). Then after using the bigger towels, I'd finish up with a weak bleach solution, if the floor is safe for it. Then everything goes in the wash on HOT with a bleach soaking option. THEN I run the washer empty. (I used this on my FIL's messes---so I do know my stuff.)

No matter how hard you try to 'train' your aging LO, you will have accidents. Even my 69 yo, relatively healthy DH has problems hitting the toilet--and I have finally learned to make HIM clean up after himself. He's done it ONCE since I blew up at him. He's 6'5" tall and there's a LOT of backsplash. He also has a tender tummy and vomits a lot. I told him HAD to make an effort to make it to the toilet, or minimally, a garbage can. I don't know why he thinks 'I' am so much better at cleaning bodily fluids!
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Thank you all!
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You could buy any replaceable-cloth floor mop, if you don't already have one, and use the attached spray bottle with disinfectant solution in it. Rubbermaid, O-Cedar, and Swiffer all make these types of mops and they're not expensive. You can get a couple extra cloth mop replacement pads and they're washable.
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I love my swifter for messes here ( pet at this point) and they make a disinfectant type spray for it? You just change the pad once your done.
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You're better off dressing your mother in Depends to ward off this type of incident than to have to clean it all up afterward. Get her on a toileting schedule as well so she's assisted in the bathroom every few hours to again ward off accidents happening on the floor.

If there's an issue in the wee hours of the morning, dress her in an anti strip jumpsuit with a Depends and a liner inside of it; she won't be able to remove the sleep suit and soil herself, the bed or the floor. They are available on Amazon, search Alzheimers anti-strip jumpsuits. Also look for Medline chucks which are very large disposable pads for the bed so you won't have to do laundry every day.

Hopefully, these floor messes will be cut down a bit, for your sake, b/c it's a difficult position for you to be in. Sending you a hug.
GOOD LUCK!!
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Is this what we all have to look forward to as we age? Unable to control our bowels and urinating and defecating anywhere? I dont think many people get those wonderful fancy free golden years they show on tv. People have tons of issues and their bodies just keep going. I don't get it. This isn't fun for the children who are caregivers either and then if they have cdiff you have worry about contaminating every member of the family. Whatever created us must really hate us to play such a sick joke on us all.
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lealonnie1 May 25, 2021
Which is why there are Assisted Living & Memory Care ALs popping up like flowers on every other street corner across the USA. So we don't have to put our children and family members through such a thing if we lose control of our bodies and/or our minds when we get old. There are also Skilled Nursing Facilities with Medicaid to consider, and assisted suicide in the states that allow it.
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Basic good old soap and water as you would clean any floor with. Unless you are dealing with C-Diff this is cleanup much like any other. Any industrial floor cleaner in spray bottle and good mop you can wash in machine.
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