how to reduce the smell? - page 3

Prior to posting this question l have tried doing a search in the various forums that l beleive may cover this topic - I basically want to know what you as nurses do to reduce the urine and other... Read More

  1. by   prmenrs
    I read something recently--if a foley bag is smelly, add 10cc of H2O2--or you just change it, also.

    I'd be willing to bet that if you have a nursing school lobrary that has OLD nsg texts, there might be a hint or 2 in them.

    For stinky stoma bags, you can try putting some vanilla extract on a cotton ball.
  2. by   RyanRN
    "------Well, there was no identifyable C-Diff runny stool smell. I was disappointed :-( ----" -

    So sorry you were disappointed Mario, ewwwwww!!! LOL. Hate to disagree but you will, in time my friend, be able to smell that smell and disinguish it from all others. Just like the ever-pleasant, hard not to notice GI BLEEDER.

    We have this little machine where I work, it plugs in next to the patients beds who smell up the unit. It emits almost no odor yet somehow works to eliminate the distastefuls aromas that abound.
    I'll check out the name of it and be back with it asap.
  3. by   deespoohbear
    We actually had a skunk spray the outside of the ER doors one morning. Man, did that stink. Our small county hospital stunk for a couple of days. Yuck.

    I really have a hard time with some of the air freshners that our used in our facility. With my asthma sometimes it can be overpowering. I like the idea of the vinegar and water in a spritzer bottle. Vinegar is good stuff!! I am suprised the hospitals haven't tried that method since it would be cheaper.
    Doesn't administration always go the cheap route?
  4. by   Tookie
    Thank you again for all your contirbutions - purplemania where you worked certainly sounded quite an interesting approach - do you know if they still do this this way?

    Thanks again Tookie
  5. by   kittyw
    Speaking of odor ... I have 4 cats in my apt and since I've gotten these ionic air filters there's been no cat litter box smell in my place. They work wonders, are silent, & take up very little space (now I have the bigger units in my apt but they make some smaller ones for smaller spaces -- imagine that! )
  6. by   night owl
    That white vinegar is also good if your pet has an accident on the carpet...Takes away any odors that are left behind.
  7. by   OrthoNutter
    Originally posted by kittyw
    I've heard (but haven't tried it) that putting mouthwash in the bath water cuts the urine smell.
    Maybe but would you want to put your bits in it??? I know what that stuff does to my
  8. by   nursegoodguy
    Be sure all soiled linens etc are bagged in the room before they are taken through the hall.
    Keep all soiled linen carts emptied and off the hall.
    Fresh air is nice, (I have never worked in a facility that allowed windows open though r/t airconditioning) We have some very nice citrus smelling sprays and wow do they ever work!
    Have mattresses cleaned with a diluted bleach solution, or whatever your faciltiy uses, and turned weekly. The most important factor, make sure everyone is inserviced on how to keep odors down and carry through with it!
  9. by   yazisizzit
    What do I do about bad smells?

    Well, as a respectable male Nurse. I shower from head to toe...

    ...once a week!
  10. by   P_RN
    I know that placing saucers with vinegar in them around a room will remove smoke odor from a room. Put in the washer vinegar will take odors from clothes.

    In the newspaper, Heloise, often has hints about vinegar.

    The mouthwash in the basin would only be like 60cc in 5 gallons of water.
  11. by   Nurse Hag
    In someone's non medical mind they put carpet in all the res apartments. We it sounds ok but we have several who may I say dribble on the way to the bathroom even with incont. products. So the carpet by their beds are just gross. To make it worse they will not let us open windows to get fresh are in. So we have had some high to moderate sucess with placing baking soda boxes ( the kind for you refrig/freezer) in places the res can not see. At least now it does not knock you over before you get to the apartment. We have tried to shampoo the carpet with some sucess. We tried pure vanilla in a med cup, but for my money baking soda is the answer. We replace it every 3 weeks. Hope this helps
  12. by   researchrabbit
    Sort of the same problem...I keep rescuing dogs (it's as though one of them has written on my house "this lady will take you in!").. anyway, I find 3/4 vinegar to 1/4 lemon juice works wonders for the smell...
  13. by   rebelwaclause
    Vinegar was a whole new foul sent to deal with, to me. Was there something I was doing wrong? ie not dilluting enought water or something?