How to get stool smell off of your hands..?

  1. I just started working my first job as an LPN for a Home Health Agency. I have one client who I take care of in the mornings before I go to my full time office job. This client has paralysis and requires a bowel program each morning in which I have to stimulate the rectum manually, administer enemas and digitally remove stool.

    I obviously have gloves on when doing this, and I've washed my hands a zillion times. I have also used 4 different types of hand sanitizer--so I KNOW my hands are clean. But my fingers STILL smell like stool!!! How do I get this off of my hands? I really don't think its in just lingering in my nose because my other hand does not smell like this and I can only smell it when I bring "the fingers" to my nose.

    Any advice from seasoned nurses????
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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   nightmare
    An old trick.First wash your hands in cold water then hot,it does work.
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    Never mind...
  5. by   Keepstanding
    after washing thoroughly, then apply a scented hand cream. hope it helps :spin:
  6. by   sirI
    Minted toothpaste works every time. Wash first cold then hot and rub with toothpaste, rinse.
  7. by   bethin
    I use lemon juice.
  8. by   racing-mom4
    2 of you have said cold 1st then hot. I never heard of such a thing....

    Cant belive Iam typing this, "but Hey I cant wait to try it!!! "

    Bring on the poo!!!
  9. by   RN2B123
    sounds wierd but i use a metal spoon when i chop garlic when cooking at home. if you run your hands under water and rub your hands all over with the metal, it reacts with it and removes the smell. maybe it would work with stool lol

    gotta love nursing! one of our awesome perks lol
  10. by   DA314
    sounds wierd but i use a metal spoon when i chop garlic when cooking at home. if you run your hands under water and rub your hands all over with the metal, it reacts with it and removes the smell. maybe it would work with stool lol
    If you try this, I would recommend marking this spoon as your poo-spoon so you don't accidentally wash it and use it to eat! Ick!
  11. by   gentlegiver
    ok, this is tried and true, I even use it on pt's after a BM. Shaving Cream, doesn't have to be scented, just wash hands with shaving cream first, rinse then use soap & water. Works every time!
  12. by   justme1972
    Buy salt...keep it in your bag...work up a paste with a little water.

    Gets raw fish odor off..should work for stool.
  13. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from gentlegiver
    ok, this is tried and true, I even use it on pt's after a BM. Shaving Cream, doesn't have to be scented, just wash hands with shaving cream first, rinse then use soap & water. Works every time!
    ah gentle, i was just going to post about the shaving cream.
    works like a dream.
    some of our aides use it during pericare.

    leslie
  14. by   BSN2010
    agreed- shaving cream works the best to cut smell!

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