How to remove urine odors from bathroom floors: a 98p home hack that works as a remedy

The smell of urine on bathroom floors can be bothersome and strong, especially around toilets. Even using the most powerful cleaning products doesn’t always completely remove the smell but instead masks it temporarily. With this in mind, fans of the cleaning sensation Ms. Hinch shared their tricks for removing unpleasant urine odors from bathroom floors.

Ms. Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, is a cleaning and lifestyle influencer with over 4.5 million followers on Instagram.

In recent years, her fans have taken to social media groups to share their cleaning tips.

In one of these groups, Facebook user Beverley Foster asked, “Hey, can anyone give me some advice on how to get rid of the smell of urine from the bathroom floor next to the toilet please?”

The post received over 100 comments but the most common response was to use shaving foam.

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“Shaving foam works,” said Angela Ross. Wendy Brooke agreed and replied, “Shaving foam, bad smell.”

Claire Elizabeth Barocco wrote: “I had this problem myself this week so I tried shaving foam.

“I only left it on for 30 minutes but it made a noticeable difference.”

Elaine Saunders commented, “I’ve read previously that if you put on shaving foam, let it sit for a while and then wash it off. This removes the smell.”

Sarah Day said: Someone said shaving foam. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then clean, I’ve never tried it.”

Chloe Rashby writes, “Shaving foam seems to work, I brush my teeth every day through jerky teeth with anything that tickles my fancy.”

Susan Stead suggested: “Shaving foam, not gel. One cheap foam.”

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Jackie Clavey commented, “Shaving foam. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes and then wash it off.”

“Shaving foam, scrub thoroughly, leave overnight and wash off treatment,” said Nikki Bryan.

Shaving foam can be found in most homes but for those who don’t have it, it can be found in local supermarkets.

Gillette Standard Sensitive Shaving Foam costs 98p from Superdrug.

Boots Shaving Foam 250ml costs £1. Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Foam is available from Wilko for £1.65.

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Gillette Shave Foam Regular is also available for £1 from The Range.

Other suggestions for removing foul-smelling urine from bathroom floors included using a steam cleaner, baking soda, mustard powder, vinegar, and lemon juice.

Fiona Kessack-Morison said: “I’ve found a portable steam cleaner that works well. You need to clean what’s under the toilet bowl as it rests on the tiles as well as around it.

“The smell is hiding where you can’t see it. The cleaners will remove some of the smell/urine off the floor but it will hide it and it will come back if you don’t go deep into the root cause.”

Lizzie Evans replied: Baking soda absorbs odors.

Gemma Smallwood commented, “The mustard powder gets rid of odors!” Gil Young wrote: “Vinegar – it will dispel the smell.”

Jacqueline Sullivan suggested: “Fill half a spray bottle with cold water, a quarter of lemon juice, and a quarter of a sprayer of white vinegar.

“Leave it to dry. The vinegar smell will soon be gone. So will any other unpleasant odors – disinfectants as well as deodorizers.”

Mel Cardiff replied: “Bleach or Zoflora and leave it on the floor for a while.”