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My grandmother can't smell good and my grandad sleeps all day! Only gets up to move from bed to couch to sleep there till he wants to eat. Then she brings his food to him. He pees on himself constantly and lies about it bc he doesn't want to go to bathroom. He has bad kidneys so his urine smells STRONG and bc he won't go to bathroom. The peepads and diapers don't help. Everything she washes smells like urine and she will only wash something once and in hot water because she is stuck in her ways and knows EVERYTHING and she absolutely will not let anyone wash anything bc she KNOWS HOW TO DO IT BEST. What can I use to keep towels, my kids clothes, my work clothes, etc from smelling like strong urine?? I don't want to bathe then dry off with a towel that smells like pee!

Try both Borax and Oxy Clean together. I think there was something a friend uses for her dog... I think she got it at Petco....

Borax and Oxy Clean should work....
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Isthisrealyreal Apr 28, 2019
Cheaper at Target, Kmart or Walmart. Oxy clean can also be purchased at Sam's club.
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Sneak some 20 Team Mule Borax (found in Wal Mart detergent aisle) into washing machine. Depending on machine it may "disappear" underneath washer basin and she will do laundry as normal using her own detergent without a clue. And it has no smell. The Borax is an additive to normal washing detergent to remove odors and boost cleaning. Or simply put it in after washer begins without her knowing. Many nursing homes use it. I know families that do their loved one's laundry themselves. They leave a covered pail with water and Borax to soak soiled clothes in between visits. As a mother of a totally disabled adult living with me since birth- I have found Borax to be the best (myself). We also own a large indoor dog who gets doggy smells and Borax is great for that also. I use Borax to help clean floors, dog bed, etc. It is gritty but warm or hot water dissolves it. Hope this or at least something posted by others help. Best wishes for a fresh smelling and happy life!
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I would do white vinegar wash first. And there is a product called Folex which is for pet stains which I swear by. Lowes, home depot bbb.
It works.
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Ahmijoy Apr 17, 2019
Thanks, Segoline. I’m going to try this as well.
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I couldn't get the built up urine smell out in one wash. If clothes or bedding are urine soaked I need three wash cycles to get them smelling fresh again. I do a full wash cylce of a urine soaked load of laundry with 1/4cup vinegar + 1/4cup baking soda on the long soak cycle. I then wash them again, this time with a double dose of a good liquid laundry soap like Gain for a full regular wash cycle. I then put them through an entire wash cycle with water only to remove any Gain or vinegar that might have stayed in and protect pops sensitive skin. That usually removes the urine smell. I agree with the others that the urine soaked items should be washed separately from the other family items. I guess your bigger challenge will be to get her to let you do the laundry.
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Keep your laundry separate, buy your own detergent, etc. and do your own laundry. Don’t let your clothes, towels, etc. be combined with their’s. Go to the laundromat if you need to. If Grandpa is marinating in pee, do they understand that it can cause infections? Do they know how unsanitary and toxic it can be especially if there are children in the house? Maybe it’s time to find your own place?
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Lysol Laundry Sanitizer, Persil detergent, a good shake of laundry beads that impart a scent, any brand in a whites load on hot water. I ended up buying her cotton clothing that was dye fast or in lighter colors so they could survive multiple hot washes. Her bedding was cotton and washed the same way. An extra rinse helps too.
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Buy your own soaps and pay the water bill. Then you can wash your own things. She can wash hers if she feels it is a job she is supposed to do. Many older people were raised with rules of creating very little waste. You'll never change that mindset. You might buy a gallon of odorban..or odoban...at Sam's. It works pretty good with all odors. Add it to the wash. Also, tell her that everything smells like pee. She may not be able to smell it anymore, but probably wouldn't want others to smell it on her when she's out.
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Do a first rinse only which lasts iabout 15-20 min and add 1/2 cup of cheap white vinegar. Only after this first rinse do you start a real wash with actual laundry detergent. It helps alot because the first wash takes out the urine and neutralizes it somewhat with the vinegar. You have to just try and see if it helps a little. Otherwise you have to seperate your clothes. If she complains about the cost or wasting soap, just dont use soap on your clothes. THey will still turn out clean if you had a little baking soda, some lemon, or some vinegar into the machine. Look online on how to make your own laundry detergent if she wont let you waste the laundry detergent. Old folks are set in their ways and you sometimes have to adapt/..
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I would wash his clothes separate. Wash them with tide with bleach and use fabric softener too !

Hope this helps
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I have a suggestion that we used for a client who was bed-ridden. On the nights that she would require 2 total bed changes( including waterproofpads, the disp. pads, her clothing,etc) we decided to try some of the Nature's Miracle (enzyme cleaner) that we used for her cats 'accidents'. It definitely makes huge difference after we allowed laundry to soak for an hour before running full cycle. Even using it in a hand spay bottle as a pre-wash treatment. I hope it helps you through your situation. Regards, Liz
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I used to soak my dads clothes in a vinegar water bath. Then when it came time to do the wash, I would use:
-arm & hammer powder
-Cup of vinegar
-Twice the amount of laundry soap recommended
-Downy softener
-A laundry smell booster like downy (they are smell good beads you put IN the washer with the clothes
-and if I could get away with it, a small amount of bleach.

Then I would set it on regular wash but with an hour "soak" in the cycle.

Sometimes the pee would stink my washer up so I would follow up the next load of wash with something I needed a crap ton of bleach to wash. Like the dogs beds and blankets. That usually helped get rid of any pee odor.

Hope this helps!
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I use Tide Pods with Oxy. Sometimes I use 2 instead of one. I also noticed mom’s polyester pants seem to be harder to rid the smell. It comes back in the dryer. I buy slacks from goodwill if I can find a good ones, that way they are cheap and if I have too, I throw them out. Mom has Alzheimer’s, it’s such a heart breaking disease. Hope the Tide works for you.
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With granddad you may want to have him drink more water. It delutes the urine smell. Some meds make the urine strong smelling too. I feel for you. My Mom couldn't smell at all. I felt bad when I had to tell her she smelled.
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I used vinegar but soaked a bad item over night. I also suggest that you wash your kids and your clothes separate fro Grandpops. I also suggest that you use a clorox wipe on the tub of the washer. Towels, let soak in vinegar before you wash. May take a couple of times. I found that if the item still has urine in it, the smell will come out in the dryer. So you may want to line dry if you can the first wash or two. If you need to "iron" the clothes, throw them in the dryer with a damp washcloth for a few minutes. Then take them out, wrinkles should be gone.

Someone on the forum recommended an enzyme type product that helps. I know Moms LTC was able to get the smells out.
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You’ve gotten good advice on how to rid the smell. But if you can’t encourage your grandma to do your and your kids laundry any differently, then maybe you should keep your stuff separate and do your own? You could take it to the laundromat if she won’t let you use her machine.
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I had good luck with liquid all fabric bleach - the powders didn't work as well.
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JoAnn29 Mar 30, 2019
Really? Never used them for smells but always liked powder best. Interesting.
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The problem is going to be getting rid of the odors with out washing multiple times since it's been allowed to accumulate, as it were.

My dad had terrible smelling laundry when he came, I used baking soda with my detergent and then vinegar in the rinse, but some things took multiple washes to get rid of the build up.

Someone on here recommended using ammonia and said one wash.

You will have to do some tests to see what works best for your situation.

Could you get mom to soak stuff at least? Or let you do your own laundry?

What ever you end up doing, vinegar will help freshen everything, it kills the enzymes that cause the odor.
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