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She is in ritz of n homes. I am there everyday but even after I wash them they still smell??

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My wife is incontinent but never has odor. She never had odor in our normal years. Now she is fully ambulatory with severe dementia and can not clean herself. Cotton panties. Polyester is an irritant and holds moisture and bacteria. Polyester is created with toxic resins that may not get processed out before it becomes clothing, especially if manufactured in countries with less regulation. I cringe when I see advertising touting that polyester wicks moisture away from the skin. It is plastic. It does not absorb or breathe. It is torture.
Also I clean my wife well with each toileting or panty change. I keep a supply of wash cloths near the sink. I soak one with warm water, reach between her legs while she is standing, grab a corner and pull it through front to back. I use a fresh cloth for center and the groin channel. Cotton panties. I can feel the polyester irritant in material if I press to my lips. I found a disposable panty that doesn't irritate and have been using those since 2011. Say no to polyester.
I also stand her in the shower and spray her underside often. It takes a moment.
Note that she is a wildcat, resistive, combative, and remembers her Aikido moves all the while I am doing these things.
Cotton panties. Nylon is not processed with the same as polyester, but it doesn't breathe either.
100% Cotton bed sheets also, no blends.
We found the 'heat rash' that plagued our children was caused by polyester clothing and bedding.
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If they smell of urine, i would recommend going to a pet store and buying a bottle of an enzymatic product specially made to neutralize urine odors. I think the one we use is called Nature's Miracle. Spray or soak the crotch with this stuff before laundering.
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All great advice! Keep in mind polyester holds on to odors more than natural fabrics like cotton.
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For washing, try OderBan, available from Home Depot. This stuff really works and it is $10/gallon, which will lasts a long time because you only need a small amount in each load of wash. I am recommending the original product, not the type for laundering. Available on Amazon, but more expensive.
I would suggest laundering her undergarments separately in hot water. You can also try vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener. If you are using fabric softener liquid or sheets, then I suggest that you stop using those products.
Good luck
In a pinch, you can use Febreze for pets.
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Urine and other body fluids, should be washed out in cold water. Hot water sets them in. 100% white cotton you can see if the stain is gone. Then wash in hot water with bleach. Some nylons and polyesters seem to hold onto smells. Make sure they are stain free and smell free before u machine dry them. Run a few white towels and some bleach threw the washer, sometimes water sits in the bottom, and can get smelly. Wipe out the dryer, sometimes plastic gets burned into the drum, and when it gets hot it smells. Also remember diet can change the smell of urine. Then there are medical conditions that can make the urine smell real bad. might be time to go to the doc and have them check her out and do urine tests. this might be a health problem.
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If you are taking all of your parents clothing from the NH and doing their laundry 100% of the time, these are great ideas.

But if their laundry is being done by the facility the only real option to getting clean & freshly-fresh smelling clothes is to replace their clothing often. The NH & AL use industrial machines & detergents & hot water & high heat drying.. Everbody's stuff & funk gets washed with others. Had I known I would have stockpiled dusters, undies, camisoles, etc in advance of moms ever entering a NH!
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If you could insert a tendon her panties that would help. She is obviously staying wet to some degree. This tens will absorb quite a bit and remove it and change it a couple of times a day. She may be risking a uti. I got my mom to use it by telling it looks like I've reached the age when I laugh or whatever I get a little leak. And doctor told me it's normal but to use these. Repeat it often enough. Daily if we'd be then put one on her panties. Did the trick for me. She feels like one of her daughters now
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Bonnie, are you talking about Tena pads the bladder control maxi pads? If so I thinking this mom should be wearing a depends type diaper if leakage is a problem. You could also do like we did with mom and put a pad inside the depends that way when she wet she could change the pad without getting totally undressed, it worked great. Once the clothes get wet and have been washed and DRYED several times the smell can get set in. It's the dryer that does the most to set it in. If you get mom new pants try and launder them as others have suggested and hang to dry. Baking soda ia great for getting smells out also, but you need to let clothes soak about 45 min before completing wash cycle. Some of the pants may be beyond help if the smell is set in from to many washes. Hope the best.
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Use Oxi clean it really works, but run them thru a rinse cycle on cold first, it truly works.
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Even though it seems contradictory we used about 1/2 cup of ammonia to the wash water for my mothers things. Worked very time.
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