My almost-three-year-old is on the brink of mastering potty training! Over the last year, my son has gone from showing some interest in using the toilet to happily washing his hands after he flushes all on his own. Wow! It's hard to believe that was only a year ago. In some ways, these developmental milestones have flown by. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating much of the time. Nowadays, I take several changes of clothes and undies with me - instead of just a few diapers and wipes. While he learned how to use the bathroom, my toddler had a lot of "accidents". No part of my house made it out unsullied; he peed on the rug, the couch, every pair of pajamas, and even my bed. But our potty training adventure is one year deep and I'm proud to say the house doesn't reek of toddler urine. Here's how.
Enzyme-Based Laundry Additive Tackles Pee Stains In Clothes
Potty training inevitably means you're going to be doing a lot more laundry! When your tot has an accident, you might end up peeling their wet clothes off of them in the middle of a playground. Make sure those clothes get clean again by washing them with a good detergent and an enzyme-based laundry additive. Biz is my personal favorite - it's inexpensive and works extremely effectively on biological stains. In general, enzymatic cleaners are best suited for biological stains - anything involving food, grass, mud, blood, poop, or pee. The Biz will work by neutralizing the pee so that it doesn't linger and attract stinky bacteria.
Shaving Cream Cleans Toilets That Smell Like Pee
Ok, this is a cleaning hack I picked up in a huge mom group. It's AMAZING! You'll need a can of good old-fashioned shaving cream. No gel - Barbasol original (or its knockoff) will work perfectly! Spray the foam everywhere on and around your toilet. Cover the area where the toilet meets the floor in foam, make sure you saturate the screws that hold on the toilet seat. Get foam into the nooks and crannies and then let it sit for an hour. After that hour, wipe up the foam and enjoy your fresh bathroom. No gross smelly toilets in your house!
Clean Potty Training Accidents With Kids & Pets
"Kids & Pets" is another enzyme-based cleaner. It's used for, well, messes made by kids and pets. Because it's an enzyme, it destroys odor left behind by pee, poop, puke, or whatever dead animal your dog or toddler drags into the house. It's my go-to for any accident on furniture, rugs/carpets, or blankets. For items that can't be washed, you'll want to thoroughly saturate the item and let it sit for a while before blotting up excess liquid. If you can wash the item in your machine, use Kids & Pets as a pre-treatment. You can find this cleaner and other effective options at your local pet store! Proptip: Invest in a carpet cleaner if you have carpeting in your home. If you've already noticed a urine odor, this is the only way to go.
Follow Directions To Wash Your Car Seat
This should go without saying, but it's really important to follow the instructions for your car seat. It might be fine to wash your car seat in hot water with detergent, but double check! Best practice would be to avoid laundry additives with a car seat. The materials aren't so absorbent that you should need that extra cleaning boost anyway! Sometimes a good airing out will do wonders to help dispel that peed-in stench that can linger.
May the odds be ever in your favor and may your carpet cleaner be effective! While I can't give you a magic trick to make potty training happen faster, I can help you deal with the mess it leaves behind. You don't have to deal with a house that smells like pee while your toddler learns to use the bathroom like a big kid! Use my suggestions to keep your home clean - even when your kid has ten potty training accidents a day.