But I had a pee-related problem, I needed a solution, and I found one worth sharing. I’m a giver, what can I say. One of them is a five year old son whom I affectionately refer to as Bucket Head. My favorite Bucket Head post, «Aw Nuts.
But what you might not know about this curly headed cherub of a boy is that Bucket Head has terrible aim when he pees. I don’t know if he gets distracted or he just doesn’t give a hoot, but that child sure makes a mess every time he takes a whiz. So inside he stays and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to remove the toilet seat and scrape the dried boy pee off the back of my toilets. It really bums me out. Well the other day, while using said powder room, I noticed a horrible smell. See what I did there?
So I did what I usually do, and I Googled. And I found a potential solution! I have used her cleaning tips a number of times and I actually met her at the Haven conference last month. I followed her directions to the letter and it worked! I used one lemon, it was plenty. Apply the paste liberally to all the places around the toilet that get a lot of over-spray, especially the base of the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Then spray it with white vinegar and wipe it down with a damp rag. She also suggested spraying white vinegar on the other surfaces surrounding the toilet and then wiping that with a damp rag too. I had to take that one step further because of the wainscoting and I used an old toothbrush with the vinegar to get all the caked-on pee out of the grooves. It really didn’t take that long. I might do this more often. So I have that going for me.
Please tell her I said hello! Vinegar works for cat pee? I have a very pissy cat. I will be trying this concoction soon. That was a fun conversation with the preschool director and teacher. He thinks the walls are his canvas.
He hasn’t figured out how to write his name yet, but I’m sure it’s coming. And then HE goes in and complains about the smell. They hate the smell, yet they can’t seem to make the connection that THEY are the source of it. Next time I decorate, no bead-board, yellow high gloss walls, and a wall sized urinal. My 10 year old gets distracted, I’m guessing, and his aim is where he’s looking. My 12 year old is pretty good now, so maybe there is light at the end of the yellow tunnel. Z is only two and still refusing to even hold his own damn member so pee is pretty much all down the side of the toilet, sometimes the front of his shorts, and occasionally the tips of his shoes, from the windowwwwwwww to the waaaaaaaaalls, till the sweat drops down his.
I shall arm thyself for fivedom. The smells just get worse the older they get. This is why I refuse to even go into the boy’s bathroom at my house, it scares me. We have a housekeeper who I adore and always try to make sure there’s nothing gross for them to clean but I just can’t bring myself to go in there. I truly do love a good cleaning tip! Even better if I never have to use it myself, but alas, our housekeeper’s name is Leslie and she really sucks. I clean all the time anyway but they come every two weeks and do the big stuff to keep things caught up. I don’t think my poor husband could live with me if we didn’t have someone help me clean, I’m a bit OCD when it comes to cleanliness. And with that, you’ve just ruined your chances of ever being invited to my house for a pound-cake-off. Because you would die if you saw how I live. And I really like you, and don’t want you to die. No worries, I’d just clean up. I do it everywhere without even thinking so I’m a great party guest. I have 4 girls instead of boys so no boy bathroom smells to deal with.