Stink, Stank, Stunk: My Boys’ Bathroom

I’m a mother to 3 sticky, smelly but loveable boys. Our house always seems to look like it’s been hit by a Cat 5 hurricane. The floors usually have some sort of dirt from their shoes, and their rooms are covered with so many clothes and toys that you can barely see the floor.

However, I can clean those floors by sweeping and mopping. And those bedrooms? They can help pick up their toys and put away their clothes. While I’m always on them to clean up their bedrooms, the one room in the house that can never ever stay clean is … their bathroom.

The dreaded boys bathroom. Y’all, their bathroom. The smell can sometimes knock you out. I’m not kidding. No matter how much I clean the floors, toilet, tub and the WALLS, that funk pee smell forever lingers.

When I have guests over, I pray to sweet baby Jesus that they don’t ask to use their bathroom. You see, their bathroom is the community bathroom as our other bathroom is attached to our master bedroom. So it’s inevitable that someone will use their bathroom. And when they ask where the bathroom is, I cringe and begin apologizing profusely.

I’ve bleached

I’ve Lysoled.

I’ve Febreezed.

I’ve lit candles when guests are over.

I’ve used wall plug ins.

I’ve tried EVERYTHING.

I don’t even want to imagine what happens in my boys bathroom behind closed doors. I’m pretty sure my boys don’t even know where the toilet is and just pee wherever. Walls? Shower curtain? Who knows?! I’m certain that my boys’ bad aims have made their bathroom stink for-ev-er.

The thought of potty training my 18 month old and adding to the bathroom funk smell makes me want to shiver.

While I have many many years left with three boys under my roof, I have to embrace the stank that is their bathroom and move on. Oh, and if you are a guest at my house, try to remember to go to the bathroom before you come over. I’ll keep on spraying that Clorox Bleach and Lysol!

So my fellow Boy Moms, where y’at? Do you have the funk pee lingering smell in your bathroom? How do you handle it?

Mary Olivio
Mary is a caffeine addicted boy mom to Noah, Liam and Luke. This “stay at home” mom can typically been found cruising in her minivan, jamming to Beyonce with a Starbucks in hand on her way to carpool or after school activities. Mary has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2007. She is a founder of Delivering Hope NOLA and the Vanessa Wolff Scholarship Fund at her Alma Mater. Mary is passionate in the local preemie community and has been heavily involved with the March of Dimes since her sons Liam and Luke were born premature.



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