Keep yourself clean. Follow good hygiene and maintain body cleanliness. Be sure to put on fresh undergarments daily. Wash yourself thoroughly after every incontinence episode.
Use odor-reducing incontinence products. If you wear adult diapers or incontinence pads, make sure to read the package to see if the product contains odor-reducing materials. The odor reducer should not be a perfume that covers up smell, but a substance that keeps odor from forming in the first place.
Wash urine collection devices thoroughly. Disinfect reusable parts with commercial cleansers or with a solution containing one part white vinegar and two parts water. Don’t bother with bleach, which is harsh and does not dissolve urine crystals as well as vinegar.
Wash bedsheets and clothing often. Use either white vinegar or baking soda as a laundry detergent booster, as both products are effective in getting odor out of fabric. However, don’t use both at the same time. When using white vinegar, you should put your clothes through an extra cold water rinse or two. Wash soiled clothes and sheets as soon as possible, and be sure to store them in an airtight container in the meantime.
Use an air freshener. Choose a freshener that eliminates odor rather than filling the air with a thick perfume scent. Potpourri or incense are two good options.
Find previously soiled areas using a black light. If you have a persistent odor problem in a particular room, use a black light to illuminate all surfaces in the room. Urine will glow under black light, and once detected can be cleaned.
As a care-giver, wear disposable gloves to protect your hands when changing pads or washing the person’s buttocks or between their legs. Also wash your hands after handling soiled pads and garments, even if wearing gloves.
Dispose of used pads by wrapping in a plastic bag and placing in the garbage bin. If reusable continence products are being used, rinse off the bowel motion in the toilet before soaking and washing.
Consider the easiest way to clean the floors and chairs. Plastic-backed towels can be used around the chairs and beds to protect carpet and rugs.