home bathroom products? cleaners, air fresheners, exhaust fans, etc.

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br4d
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   Posted 6/19/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
while im sure that most of us [myself included] have supportive and understanding loved ones, i'd like to think i'm not the only person on this board that still likes to be considerate of the others in their household that are unfortunately forced to use the same facilities as us!

after i finish my 'business' i always go back and clean up the toilet bowl, underside of the seat, and any other areas that may have received collateral damage. i have D pretty much all the time so there's always a cleanup process that i follow so that the others don't feel like they're entering a battle zone.

i'd like to find an automatic toilet bowl cleaner that actually works, as well as an effective and pleasant air freshener to use.

i've also been doing a considerable amount of shopping for new bathroom exhaust fans. i hate that most of the ones that move the most air make the least amount of noise! i want mine loud and powerful to mask the sound and remove the noxious fumes.

any good/bad experiences, recommendations, etc... post em up here!

TIA. :)
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   Posted 6/19/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
This may sound weird, but some people take a book of matches and after they go, they strike a match, the sulpher in the air gets rid of the smell pronto. I have in both my bathrooms disinfecting wipes so I can clean under too. Not nice if a guy has to lift it up and see that.

br4d
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, i have clorox disinfecting wipes in each bathroom in my house.

the matches thing has been around for a long time, but it does in fact work. i remember seeing people say 'ugh, somebody light a match!' when someone farts.
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one bathroom that I pretty much don't worry about (it's the master one) I clean it regularly, but not every time and smell dissipates. The other two bathrooms, however, I use I use toilet gel with bleach. Flush, squeeze in a crap load (pun intended), let sit for 10-15, scrub with cleany wand thing and flush again. I also like Softscrub with bleach, stuff’s hardcore. Sometimes I let it soak overnight for ultimate shine.

I also just use standard Lysol air freshener- I think citrus ones work the best, the perfumy ones just make it smell like florwery poop! My exhaust fans only do well for covering noise and removing steam from the shower- I wish they helped with smell, but they don’t. I don’t really care anyway, my fiancée knows my poo-burden and understands, besides, his poo doesn’t smell like roses either. Poo is smelly and annoying, disease or no. Don’t be too hard on yourself for it.
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bwrmom
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Your thread made me laugh just a little because my husband and I talk about it a lot. he is amzed that I can always tell the difference between normal bay day pooh and crohn's pooh when in a flare it is undeniable. Although he does not clean it up for himself that's my job (in sickness and health right) The wipes are great for quick jobs and comet that i leave in for 10 min and ev ery few days soak it with bleach

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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
bwrmom said...
Your thread made me laugh just a little because my husband and I talk about it a lot. he is amzed that I can always tell the difference between normal bay day pooh and crohn's pooh when in a flare it is undeniable. Although he does not clean it up for himself that's my job (in sickness and health right) The wipes are great for quick jobs and comet that i leave in for 10 min and ev ery few days soak it with bleach
Yeah I heard a nurse say once,, when someone has crohns and they go poo, it has an unmistakable smell.  I guess it is true especially if I am flaring. Had crohns for 30 years so I guess I am used to it.  As for the husband he is a major carnivore and wow, I am greatful for the window next to the top of the toilet. Yeah TMI.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I go through about three cans of Fabreze and one can of Lysol a week! Thinking about purchasing stock in the Fabreze company. I also go in and bleach my toilet often. Like you, I have been looking at exhaust fans at Home Deopt. I want one with super power!

Ain't the crohnie balonie smell so darn sweet! devil Ya sure cannot mistake it.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
This is an interesting thread. I can't say the 'match' thing ever worked for me--I would really need to light a bonfire!! Don't any of you use decorative scented candles or incense? As for the exhaust fan I'm not sure of a noisy brand. Boy, aren't crohnies a bunch of clean toilet freaks?! :)

br4d
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
i had a feeling this thread would get some laughs and attention. :)

i dunno where else i can ask these types of questions with the kind of sympathy and understanding that you all most certainly have!

my fiance and i are looking for a fan that moves the most air and makes the most noise. apparently, according to home depot the 'ideal' bathroom fan moves the most air and makes the least amount of noise-- but not for crohnies! we did manage to find one that maxed out the air flow gauge, and about 3/4 of the way up the noise gauge. woo!

i agree that the cirtus air fresheners tend to do a better job than the flowery ones. we have one of those square glass solid air freshener things in the powder room. it does a decent job when coupled with febreeze. :)

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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Geeez, do you make house calls ??? I have a little whatsit in the toilet tank . The water that fills the bowl goes through a cartridge that contains cleaners and fresheners. The cleaner only goes in the bowl. Not one of those drop it in the tank things. They eat up the working parts in the tank . I got this at Lowes. My wife keeps fresh poperie (spl) and we have one of those plug in ozone type air purifiers and it works really well. I dont think they make a vent loud enough but you can keep a radio in the bathroom and pump up the volume as needed. See if you can find tuba or sousaphone music . I live in a two story house so I can go upstairs when we have company. Also a perk of upstairs, I find that,,,stink rises...
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kam#7
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Too funny -

I just moved into a very very old house that does NOT have exhaust fans in the bathrooms. I am trying to figure out something that I can use to mask the noise while we figure out how to install the fans.

Any ideas? Running water does not help and without an exhaust fan, we have NO sound barriers. Help!

Kristin
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br4d
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
kam#7 said...
Too funny -

I just moved into a very very old house that does NOT have exhaust fans in the bathrooms. I am trying to figure out something that I can use to mask the noise while we figure out how to install the fans.

Any ideas? Running water does not help and without an exhaust fan, we have NO sound barriers. Help!

Kristin


im glad i could contribute such a humorous but clearly much-needed thread!

are there windows in these bathrooms? you could get one of those fans that goes in the window to either blow fresh air in or blow the noxious fumes out!

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   Posted 6/20/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, this may sound silly but does anyone keep a white noise machine in the bathroom? I don't know how loud those things can go but maybe it would help. My house is 100+yrs. and does not have a fan either--it sucks--and the window is old too and a major pain in the butt to open or close. Plus, I would hate to put a fan in the window b/c the bathroom is the one room where even with a closed vent the heat/ac blast in there. I guess that's why I'm an incense/scented candle junky.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I light candles and keep a radio in the bathroom. I only use one bathroom in the house and everyone else pretty much uses the other one. I always need in there and they know I have issues with useing unfamilier bathrooms my house or not...LOL .... Kind of suches having that issue with this disease.
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   Posted 6/20/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
i have gotten much better with going in unfamiliar and public places but am getting better somewhat. i'm able to go at my workplace but i've found a somewhat secluded one. i used to work at best buy and NEVER went there except the private one for the car audio installers. :)
.:brad:. 23 year old male from PA.

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   Posted 6/21/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, since we are in the bathroom, I read a study that you should keep your tooth brushes farthest away from the toilet as bacteria is in the air when you flush it...and it could go on you-know-where! Mine are 5 ft away and put the lid down asap! Not taking chances.

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   Posted 6/21/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My SIL took had to take a microbiology class (for hygienist school) and they said toothbrushes should be at least 6ft. away or more than likely it will have fecal matter on it. Obviously, a good argument for using toothbrush covers!

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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually keep my tooth brush in my bedroom and I only flush with the lid in the down position after I saw a thing on "how clean is your house" (those 2 British ladies who go into horribly dirty houses) oh it was so sicking. I use the yankee candle true bliss reed diffuser and I replace it every month. Matches and candles during emergencies.
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   Posted 6/21/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Now I have to watch out for my tooth brush. Is this why I wake up with a crappy taste in my mouth. Talk about morning breath...I keep mine in the cabinet..I have enough problems.
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   Posted 6/24/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
What do you guys think are the best products to get rid of those "hard to get rid of" STAINS? I got some on the underneath of my toilet lid that won't go away even with an SOS pad! I'm about ready to just buy a new toilet seat cover...

There are odor exterminator candles out there...I bought mine at a salon - MANGO DELIGHT. That along with the match goes a long way. :)
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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Getting to them immediately is the best prevention, but I have been so sick that I bought a new toilet lid. I also have a high velocity shop fan in my bathroom.
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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I would be afraid of lighting a match after I go! May self ignite myself!

My solution to the toxic waste smell is to flush as soon as the first round is dispursed and sometimes during the first dispursement to drown out the sound as well. Then I use an anti-bacterial spray that kills the bacteria in the air and follow up with anti-bacterial wipes around and under the seat, rim & lid if necessary.
I tried some of the M9 drops, but I didn't find them very helpful in my case.

Speaking along these lines, I was in a Walmart in a military town recently. They actually had good toilet paper and anti-bacterial spray in every single stall! How COOL is that!
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br4d
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
my brother-in-law's mother came home from somewhere in the south with this little bottle of stuff called poop-pourri. you're supposed to spray it directly into the bowl before you go and it masks the odor. i just asked him if he tried it yet and he said no, but i suppose it's worth a shot!

www.poopourri.net :)
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I've used Just A Drop for quite awhile. It works fairly well, but there is really no magic answer to this dilemma.
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