A smelly toilet and I will high pressure hose that place

In my next house I want a toilet that I don’t have to clean, one which I can spray – like with a high pressure hose. I want a drain behind the toilet so when I am spraying the water runs in to it. Do you know what it’s like to live with 4 males?? Do you know how hard it is to keep the toilets clean? Not one person cares about how/where they wee. They either go to the toilet on the run (ie. they are too busy to lift the lid or look where they are pointing it), they never flush, or the little kids’ excuse was “my doodle was stiff and I couldn’t wee in the water.”

There is a constant smell of urine lurking in my house. No matter how much I yell, these boys do not make it a priority to learn how to wee ‘correctly’.

So, I pray someone invents (or I might just have to!) and drain behind the toilet so I can head in to that smelly place and blast soapy water through there…

Happy Thursday people! Amie is coming over today so we’ll be on twitter throughout the day 🙂


  • Cathy

    Lol I wrote a post about this very thing last week because I know exactly what it’s like to live with 4 boys!!

  • Brismod

    I hear you. Oh do I hear you! Yours in sympathy. xx

  • Kek

    I have no solutions for you. We renovated the bathroom in our old place, and I made my husband rip out the floorboards around the toilet and replace them because we could NOT get rid of the urine smell, even after bleach, caustic chemicals and I don’t know what else. New floor, new tiles, new toilet…and three months later it smelled exactly the same. 🙁

    It hasn’t got much better and none of them are little kids any more. It’s my regular Saturday rant, which (obviously) none of them pay any attention to.


  • Terese

    Yep know where you are coming from. I had one less boy in the house though. Didn’t make any difference. Cleaning the loo became their job when they got older. Still didn’t make a difference….T

  • Natalie Power

    I hear you, male husband, male 5yo and male 18mo. Male husband is ok, have trained him, but male 5yo? Where do I start.

    Love the drain behind the toilet idea. Who says the drain has to go in the middle of the floor? Talk about design innovation! How about when you design your new bathroom/toilet, you put the drain behind the toilet, not in front of it as is the norm so you can just hose out the area. I will talk to my plumber FIL to see if it is possible lol.

  • Lady Daa Doo

    I only live with one male and thats bad enough! I can only imagine what it must be like with 4 males!

  • Jodi Jacobs

    Ha this is what they had in india with no toilet paper u all know the rest….lucky we packed plenty of tissues!!!!

  • A-M

    Oh I hear you, loud and clear. Boys! A-M xx

  • debbie

    lol…so can relate. Have you tried the wee targets? My mum put me on to them after she got sick of having to clean up after 14 men at a road works camp. They are literally little wee targets that get stuck inside the toliet bowl and it changes colour when they hit it. We tried them they worked intially for training but you know they are boys so when we do our next reno I get a toliet all to myself and NO ONE is using it. xxD

    • Katrina (author)

      Hi Debbie, Yes I have tried these. I taught my first child how to use these, but it didn’t help long term. They are just lazy. he is almost 10 and is so so lazy!!

  • Sam-O

    I have the same problem. I am installing a urinal, industrial fan/deodorising unit and a self closing door in the male bathroom in our next house. Yep I said the male bathroom.

    I am going back to the arrangement we had before children where I have my own bathroom. The early childhood nurses had raised eyebrows when I had just had baby number 1 and I told the husband that the thing he was looking for was in HIS bathroom.

    Boys are pigs.

  • Niki

    I KNOW, RIGHT. I have 5 males in this house & I have all but given up. I cringe if someone other than us ask to use the toilet in our house. My ensuite toilet is meant to be a Male free zone, but I can’t tell you how many times I have sat on a puddle of wee in the middle of the night.
    I will be your first customer for the full installation if you invent a system.

    • Katrina (author)

      Ok, I’m making one. I’m doing it!

  • Jo

    Or, you could be like me, with two daughters. So every time someone doesn’t aim straight, we know EXACTLY who it is …. “DADDY !!!!” At least with five males in the house, there is always someone else to blame. Think of my poor husband!

  • julienne

    After years of trying to train I solved the problem by teaching the oldest member of the house how to clean the toilet (took forever before he understood there was more than just inside!!)
    In no time he had the boys in line!
    Of course you could just build a urinal outside!!!!!!

    • Katrina (author)

      I’m going to have do that!

  • Rozalicious

    It’s all the sneaky places the urine can get to! Like the teeny gap between the lid and the toilet bowl. Even the new flash minimalist toilets have places to hide urine! I swear it leeches into the tiles and wall and smells just in spite of us! I have 2 sons and 2 daughters and us girls are always blaming Daddy and the boys for stinking up the place. I DO (sometimes) feel sorry for the little fellas when the try so hard to aim but their little anatomy is all squished up and can’t make straight wee.

    • Katrina (author)

      Squished up or stiff from the morning thingy!? LOL!

  • Hayley

    Oh, it’s foul. The only way I found to get rid of the smell is to unscrew the lid and clean under it. I do it once a month or more often if it is really smelly. If you’ve never done this, arm yourself with Rubber gloves and some powerful cleaning spray!

  • Karen

    I know exactly how you feel. I grew up with three younger brothers who had a hard time aiming correctly, too. I had to share with them, mum was lucky – she only had to share with dad… *heavy sighs*

    In my own home, we have four girls to two males, but do you know how often my son puts the seat down _after_ going??

    Think you can guess. :\

  • Jode

    I know exactly what you are talking about! Boys or Men it doesn’t matter! Going out in sympathy with you totally! x Jode

  • Louise

    Yep, same at our house!! Four boys to two girls but glad I get to use the ensuite. I race straight to the toilet to check it out when visitors arrive but no amount of cleaning seems to get rid of that horrid smell. I’ll have to get my partner to read these blog and comments because he thinks it’s just our loo that stinks. Thanks guys 🙂

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