Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Here Comes the Humidity

I am one of three girls. My poor dad. I really had no idea what it would be like to be living with all men. I lived in college with all women. Even in grad school, there were no men around. I never lived with my husband until we were married. I was in for a rude awakening.

My house is pretty clean considering I have two little boys. It gets messy but it isn't dirty. At least I like to think that it is clean. But this week as the humidity rolls in, I am starting to wonder. The smells that are coming from my bathroom would stop any mom in her tracks.

How can my boys miss the toilet every time they pee?

Seriously, I could mop daily and it would still be dirty. Even once I do mop, I know that I will still smell the urine oozing from the bathroom. It hides. It lurks. It won't quit.

If you live with only women or girls, you have no idea. You will think that you do. You will tell me that little girls don't always get it right. I remember. I lived with my two little sisters. I hear you. But boys are so messy in the bathroom.

My oldest son is pretty good at hitting the mark except in the middle of the night. It is my littlest boy. He can't pee straight to save his life. I have lectured. I have made him clean it up. I have nearly cried. But, he is just a messy little guy.

I have looked online for tricks. I have tried to find the magic formula to make my bathrooms smell cleaner. My friends and my sister talk about it. There has to be someone out there with a solution. I haven't had much luck. The only one I can come up with to share is my own. I pour floor cleaner (not watered down) around the toilet. I let it ooze into the spaces around the toilet for a minute or so. I then soak it up with a paper towel. You will be surprised with all of the urine that comes out. Be sure to go back a little later. Some oozes out and it looks pretty gross.

Do you know any tricks so that your bathroom doesn't smell like a barn? Any tips that I am missing? Help!


Anonymous said...

If there's a penis in the house, there will be pee on the floor, the wall, the cabinets, the magazines you leave near the toilet and anything else w/in a 10 foot radius. I grew up with three brothers, but I swear to you, I don't remember them being as "sloppy" as my hubbie. You're right, since the humidity has hit, there are smells arrising that I just don't remember. My one daughter was so skeeved to even go into the bathroom the other day that I had to do a majorly thorough cleaning in order for her to go in there. Even when they sit to take care of business, they still manage to get it all down the front of the toilet and the floor!!! Tell me something, how in the heck can we, as women, stand (in those nasty public restrooms) and manage to hit the toilet and men cannot aim with that little thing to save their lives..?!?!?!?!?!? Do we just need to continue to keep cheerios in the toilets to keep them aiming properly all their lives? ` KP

Krystyn said...

Man...I don't know, but I'm quite thankful right now that I have a girl!!!

Someone Being Me said...

I dread the day I potty train my son. I've found that a mixture of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water works well as a cleaner and helps with smell. Once it dries the vinegar smell goes away. Also, baking soda is good for helping with smells.

Stephanie said...

New to your blog, and this post has me cracking up! I was raised by a single mother and an only child, I've always had girl roomates, and I now have a 5 year old SON! I totally know where you are coming from! I'm reptty lucky most of the time, but that nighttime is awful! lol Good luck and please share when you find an answer! I'll be back soon!

Rhea said...

I can relate to the pee thing. I have two boys and a husband. No one bothers to lift the seat for some reason, so they end up dribbling on the seat...and guess who ends up sitting in it?!! GROSS. Just clean up after themselves, you know?

The older son is good about his aim, but like you said, not at night. The younger one has horrible aim and is a mess...and of course, they have to always use my bathroom...

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