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I’ve heard charcoal can absorb the order. I remember years ago when I was a homecare nurse colostomy patients were given deodorizing drops to put in the colostomy bag to help with the odor as well.
Maybe call a DME company or somewhere in your neighborhood that sells colostomy supplies and inquire about those colostomy bag deodorizers. They come with a dropper; I remember counting 10 drops! Lol.
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LovingMom1 Nov 16, 2019
Thank you, Shane! Great suggestions!
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Hi Loving, I line the commode with scented 4 gallon trash bags and toss so no scrubbing. I’ve also used kitty litter and baking soda inside the bags. All worked great and much better than emptying and scrubbing
IMO. Your Dad is a wonderful man.
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There are commode bucket liners out there but I so not know where they are purchased. You can also try some kitty litter in thenlined bucket. Used coffee ground can be added
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LovingMom1 Nov 10, 2019
Used coffee grounds! Thank you, that's one I hadn't thought of. Commode bucket liners sound super helpful. Thank you.
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Dear Ahmijoy,
Thank you for your advice on constant, meticulous scrubbing! That's got to help!
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Ahmijoy Nov 11, 2019
Thanks! When things were at their worst with hubby, before he realized he needed to start wearing incontinence products, our home was for sale. He used a small half bath with no window. Ugh! I spent more time cleaning that bathroom than the whole house!
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Are u talking about a toilet or a bedside commode. First, empty it every time its used, of course. Clean it with bleach water. 10 parts water to 1 part bleach will kill germs. Maybe put a little water and vinegar in the bottom. Wipe down Commode with Clorox wipes. They have lids, keep them shut. To get the smell out of the room put sm bowls of vinegar about. Actually, I put one on the shelf in the bathroom with the door open and it even got rid of the smell.
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LovingMom1 Nov 9, 2019
Thank you for your considerate response, JoAnn! I am talking about a wheelchair commode -- hypothetically. My mom has not walked or stood for several years now & is either in a wheelchair or in bed. My dad has expressed "burnout" at wheeling her into the bathroom during the day, then attaching her to the ceiling lift, then having it lift her to the toilet, etc. several times a day. We have a night-time caregiver 5 nights a week, while my mom sleeps wearing a diaper, to decrease labor intensity. So, to ease my dad's day labor, the idea of a wheelchair commode popped in. They are for sale in several brands with different bells & whistles. The obvious question would then be, how to minimize/eradicate smell. It appears that one can buy bags with absorbant pads inside to line the commode for easy removal of contents later. Since reading this forum, have learned of various other ideas too -- like using kitty litter in the commode too, getting an excellent air cleaner/ionizer, adding listerine to the commode. Thank you for your perspective on how to clean the commode & about the vinegar bowls!
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Scrub, scrub, scrub. When my husband lost his “aim” both with urine and feces, I scrubbed multiple times a day. Toilets have a lot of crevices and rims where dirt tends to accumulate. I did not over use bleach. It can ruin floors. Also, check the “seal” where the toilet meets the floor. If it is compromised, smells can come up from there. Use plug-ins and sprays in the bathroom.
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