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So my dad wets his trousers on a regular basis. When I put them in the machine I put a washing capsule, softener and add baking soda too but they still come out smelling of urine. I set the machine at 40 and with a pre soak. Not sure what else I can do. Any advice welcome 🇬🇧

Sometimes, you just have to toss the offending smelling pants. Mom has some of her 'faves' but they smelled so awful. And nothing could get the smell out. She does her own laundry, about the last 'personal' chore she can do. She uses the tiniest amount of detergent and then basically bakes her clothes dry. The smell is integral to the fabric.

As a last ditch effort, (she is nose blind to any smells) I suggested she treat herself to some new slacks--IDK if she did.

I also have been buying her muu-muus which look so much nicer and they wash up better. All she has to do is pull this over her head. She wasn't wearing blouses or shirts anymore unless she was going out, so she just wore pants and one of those sleeveless housecoats. Not a good look when you have 'our' upper arms. Muu-muus look nicer and are easier when it comes time to go to the toilet.
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DaizyMae Jan 17, 2022
I use a splash if OdoBan in the washer for anything that is soiled by urine, feces, etc. I also use it if we have been ill. It removes the odor from things unused to throw away and also sanitizes as it is a disinfectant. It's about $10 a gallon, can be shipped to you through Walmart.com and probably Amazon. It has saved me many articles of clothing, bedding, etc. I out it in the bleach reservoir.
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There is one benefit to masks - I chew up a bunch of mints, put on the mask and clean up. Silly but it works!
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When the urine soaks through the pants spray them with some OxyClean and rinse them out. Then when you do the load of laundry they will not smell or have stains. Make sure to set the machine on a double rinse too.
I had a client who was mostly bedbound but she liked to be dressed. She would crap and pee through her diaper and pants every single day. I would take off her pants, rinse them in the sink, then spray with OxyClean and leave them until I did a wash. It worked every time.
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I answered earlier but I just wanted to mention that I used a product called My Pet Peed for DH Aunts little dog who became incontinent as he aged. He’s gone now so I forgot about this product when I answered. It really works not only for pet waste but also for humans.

The reason I switched to just plain vinegar after I no longer needed it for the dog, is because the vinegar is less expensive and also works and the pee was only on the pants, pjs, bed pads. Things that went into the washer and not onto the floor or furniture or car seat or wheelchair etc.

The My Pet Peed product requires spraying and leaving to dry. No rinsing. When the stain is sprayed, there is a bad odor because the product releases the odor from the stain as it dissipates. Then it’s gone. The product itself has no odor. It can be used on all surfaces.

The vinegar smells like vinegar so if that’s offensive in the laundry room, you might want to try My Pet Peed. I personally don’t mind the smell of vinegar and it also works.
If my incontinent loved one were leaving pee and/or poop on anything not going in the washer, I would use the My Pet Peed.
They give a money back guarantee.
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It’s not about the type of soap or washing machine setting.
Does he wear pull-ups or diapers? He’s incontinent, so he can’t wear regular underwear. & needs to be reminded &/or taken to bathroom. He’s needing help in bathroom too. He will have #2 in trousers soon…get him in disposable pull-ups or diapers Hugs 🤗
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karenchaya Jan 2, 2022
I have incontinence and I can attest to the fact that my "diapers" PLUS extra pads don't always keep clothing from being soaked with urine. Not as much, but yes. Soaked.
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2 scoops of OXYclean w/ tide hygiene on hot water wash works the best for me.
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I have used two different products.

When my daughter was in cloth diapers, I put Borax in the diaper pail water. In the summer months I line dried the diapers, they always smelled fresh.

I have had cats all my life and if one of them pees on clothing I do a soak cycle with ammonia, it always gets the smell out.
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I use VINEGAR in with the wash and use DOUBLE detergent. Then, I do the wash cycle again with GOOD SMELLING liquid fabric softener. In the dryer, I use good smelling fabric softener sheets.
It works, even with soiled underwear, but with poop,you do have to wash it off in the sink or toilet so you don't contaminate the washing machine.
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answry Jan 2, 2022
I guess I'm just crazy or not a very good caregiver because poop pants and shirts go straight to the trash. Thankfully those incidents didn't/don't happen very often. My stomach can't handle episodes that don't make it to the toilet where I can flush and spray, flush and spray.
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Buy and enzyme spray cleaner designed for bedding / furniture and use that. The only way to get fid of the smells is do get rid of the left behind molecules of the urine. You will find plenty listed on Amazon, either as a spray on or a soak, even for animals - it is the enzyme for breaking it down that you need.
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Could try any of the products in the pet department for urine stains.
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If possible (and I know it's not possible for most people especially this time of year), dry clothes outside in the sun. The sun will kill all odors.

For my mother, every morning her pants are wet despite wearing 1 pull up plus 2 insert pads. I take off her pants and immediately soak them in hot water in a basin, not washing machine. I don't use soap or anything else, just very hot water. After soaking for 15 minutes or so, I rinse again in clean hot water, then hang dry in the sun for at least a day or two if sun isn't hot enough. Then voila, no smell of any kind.
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answry Jan 2, 2022
I've re-tested the one pull-up again since this post and it didn't work for us. Interesting you don't have to use any soaps.
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Spray the wet area with white vinegar as soon as he removes the clothes. I use a plastic spray bottle. Works great for DH aunts clothing. Laundry as usual. I think I got this tip on the forum. If you smell the urine odor when the clothes are in the dryer, you didn’t use enough vinegar or didn’t get it all covered. I stop the dryer, respray and rewash. If the odor is released in the dryer, the clothes aren’t clean. If the clothes smell of vinegar after laundered, do a second rinse.

Note. Aunt wears disposable underwear. She breaks through during the night and her pads and pjs are what is being treated.
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answry Jan 2, 2022
I put the degreaser down for now and back to the white vinegar. Doing a good job as the watered-down degreaser. But now I remember why I quit using vinegar so much including for cooking odor (like I did today). Family whines about the scent.
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Hayleypee: Clorox has a whole host of products designed to get the urine odor out of clothing. However, perhaps you'd want to attempt to eliminate this problem by determining why your father is soaking through his clothing, e.g. perhaps he could see his PCP and his urologist and/or your father could wear protection in the form of Depends/an adult diaper.
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Borax works well as a laundry booster. You can alsodo a pre-soak with it or double strength oxiclean.
I personally think that the capsules seem not to clean as well as liquid, but that could be my machine. If this is a regular thing for him then switch him to incontinence briefs.. Just remove the underwear from the home. If he's already in incontinence briefs then it's time to get a heavier version and see if you can get him on a bathroom schedule. You've ruled out a UTI, right?. Good luck!
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Hi! Have you tried a 1/4 cup of pinesol in with your regular detergent? I have the same circumstance, and it works great!
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Go to the pet dept at the grocers. Get Nature’s Miracle or something similar. Works on rugs etc. fairly well. I also use OxyClean
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Maybe your dad is a bit dehydrated. The elderly often get dehydrated easily. Make sure he drinks plenty of fluids daily, unless he is on a fluid restriction. You can also add cranberry juice, diet if he can't take the sugar, or there is also cranberry tablets. Cranberry is great if he may have a UTI.
Both UTIs and dehydration cause urine to become concentrated and smelly.
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Use 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster, Powder in the wash, and 1/2 cup of vinegar in the extra rinse cycle. Works great.
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Incontinence underwear and disposable incontinence pads where he sits or under him when he sleeps are the best prevention. Good luck with the other cleaning suggestions. All the best to you both!
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MaddieMae Dec 27, 2021
We changed my mom to incontinence products and told her it was new underwear. It went smoothly. I just have to be careful not to toss the used ones in her presence as she thinks I’m throwing out her underpants. Her lingerie drawer now has Depends in place of underpants.
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My father in law’s AL asked for Gain detergent
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Nature’s Miracle, available in pet stores or online, works wonders.
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That happens when you convert a regular home into a nursing home. It's admirable what some people do to care for their sick old-relatives. My deepest respects to those caring souls. I certainly won't let my daughters go through that.
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BurntCaregiver Jan 5, 2022
You're a great parent and your daughters will thank you. God bless.
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Has Dad tried wearing diapers or a pad to help with the urine?

Instead of pre soaking, I would try doing a quick wash first then wash again using extra soap.
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Let the clothes run two full regular wash cycles using the cold water setting no hot water. I have tried a few different washing powders for my top load washing machine but keep coming back to Arm and Hammer with Oxyclean. Homemade washing powder recipes found online are also great but it is just so much easier to grab from the shelf. 

My challenge is one wet pair of pants a day. I always know, in the morning, to expect a wet pair of pants so I'm going to try only one pair of incontinence underwear overnight (we use tranquility). So since it does not make sense to wash one pair per day (hubby told me I was going to blow the washing machine up – I just don’t like to let them set) I've resulted to spraying the pants with either a degreaser that has been watered down or just sprinkle the pair with baking soda until I have enough to make a cycle (hence the two full wash cycle).

I use the air-only side to dry the clothes and then finish off in a low heat setting when I am standing right there to take them out quickly. Hopefully, the tips on your post help but if you need to go further because these suggestions are not working, yes use the search function located to the top right of the page.
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Cathleen63 Dec 27, 2021
Oxyclean also has a spray which works great for something you can’t wash right away. I used a small laundry bucket with a lid which made my mother laugh as it reminded her of what she used for cloth diapers.

Bless you all, you are all doing the best for your loved one. We just lost my father to dementia with Lewy Bodies a month ago. He was home with us except the last 18 days. He needed too much medication then and home care was unable to handle him.

Wether your loved one is home or a memory care or hospital the only thing you need to do is what is best for your loved one AND you. It is a very tough and blessed journey. 😘
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White Vinegar in the wash - just dump some in with the detergent - works well.
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Use a very short cycle and wash with detergent in cold water followed by a regular cycle with detergent in hot water and add an extra rinse if your machine has it. I personally have found Tide (I use the one without scent) to be much better than other detergents. BTW, I have a front loading machine. Most have the option to increase the amount of water which I do unless it is a very small load.
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NaySquared Dec 27, 2021
I agree, Tide Free & Clear is great. I add a cup of baking soda per load, too.
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If it’s a front loading machine, unfortunately they don’t use a lot of water either during an actual cycle.

For any soiled items I cold rinse first, sometimes twice with odour / antibacterial removal (without other clothes in there for maximum water), followed by normal cycle (can add other clothes at that point). I find lavender softener the best counteractive scent.

Also has he had a urine test?
Urine can smell extremely potent if there’s an infection! I know Mums urine smell hideous when she’s getting a UTI and those times her clothes / surroundings smell worse until the antibiotics take over.
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try putting feminine pad liners to soak up urine. He wont even know its there. Cheap at drugstores
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Anytime we have any clothes that have been soiled due to incontinence, I add a capful of Odoban directly into the washer. You won't be disappointed.
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This is going to sound stupid, but bear with me. I don't know how well it would do with human urine, but my one cat had a habit of urinating on our bath mats or towels left on the bathroom floor. After much trial and error, I found that running them through a rinse cycle of COLD water and then washing them in COLD water (with the baking soda and detergent) eliminated the smell. Previously, when I used warm or hot water, it seemed to actually enhance the odor. It could be worth a try.
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Cappuccino42 Dec 27, 2021
I do the same, except I first run a cold rinse with clothes antibacterial / odour removal liquid AND then I wash a normal cycle with detergent and softener. I also find lavender softener is best for countering.
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