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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

Bathroom Smells Like Poop

The accessibility bathroom at work smells absolutely vile. Please suggest to me something that will help, like a particular kind or type of scent neutralizer or diffuser. Additional facts: Single toilet accessibility bathroom in a corporate high-rise office. Bathroom is regularly cleaned by professional staff, and appears clean. It does not appear to be physically vented. (Like, there aren’t any vents in the ceiling or walls of the room.) There are no windows. Clients never see it, so there is no argument about how this is embarrassing to the company and we should fix it before clients are grossed out. Most of the hideous smells are, I’m guessing, due to the combined lack of vents/windows and a years-long buildup from certain people (all old retired-in-place dudes who are the equivalent of former vice presidents/department heads) who don’t have much work, and consequently, take long, luxurious shits in there. Please assume that for workplace hierarchy/cultural reasons, there is nothing I can do to fix their plentiful free time, or to encourage them to, for example, spray something or put something in the toilet that will cover their awful smell. Or take their shits to the men’s bathroom, which is strongly vented and LITERALLY ACROSS THE HALL. There is an air freshener in there now, but it appears to be adding to the miasma. I’m not kidding. I was in the kitchen just now, at least three to four hours after “post-lunch old guy recreational shits” prime time, and one of them came out of it, and you could smell the disgustingness just hanging in the hallway for a good 30 seconds afterwards from the dude just opening the door as he walked out. I estimate that it was 60% fermented poop smells, 40% fermented bathroom “air freshener.” Never mind actually going into the bathroom after one of the old dudes has taken actually taken a full shit. Something like a diffuser that could quietly sit in the corner and counter the foulness would be great. If it just countered the smell rather than putting out smells, that would be fantastic. I am happy to pay out of my own pocket if it means I don’t have to go to the office manager and explain that I’m grossed out by old dude poop. Why do I care? It’s the only private bathroom in the office, and nobody wants to hear me pregnancy vomiting like I’m trying to manifest an Elder God from my upper GI. Also, But it’s not just me and some kind of weird pregnancy nose. I have been doing discreet polling among people in my office who are not pregnant, and the consensus is that it is disgusting. But nobody else is willing to do anything about it/believes that anything can be done about it/believes that office management will do anything about it for a combination of budgetary and cultural reasons. (See comment about old dudes high up in the hierarchy taking shits.) HELP. SPECIFICS WOULD BE GREAT. posted by joyceanmachine to Work & Money (30 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

Bathrooms: you poop in them, and therefore sometimes they smell like poop. There's no real getting around it, unless you want to install some sort of industrial-grade carbon-filtered fan system, which would probably work but honestly? It's poop. We all make it, and it's not like a stinky bathroom is a surprise. (How dare this place where people poop smell like poop?!)
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

Additional facts: Single toilet accessibility bathroom in a corporate high-rise office. Bathroom is regularly cleaned by professional staff, and appears clean. It does not appear to be physically vented. (Like, there aren’t any vents in the ceiling or walls of the room.) There are no windows. Clients never see it, so there is no argument about how this is embarrassing to the company and we should fix it before clients are grossed out. Most of the hideous smells are, I’m guessing, due to the combined lack of vents/windows and a years-long buildup from certain people (all old retired-in-place dudes who are the equivalent of former vice presidents/department heads) who don’t have much work, and consequently, take long, luxurious shits in there. Please assume that for workplace hierarchy/cultural reasons, there is nothing I can do to fix their plentiful free time, or to encourage them to, for example, spray something or put something in the toilet that will cover their awful smell. Or take their shits to the men’s bathroom, which is strongly vented and LITERALLY ACROSS THE HALL. There is an air freshener in there now, but it appears to be adding to the miasma. I’m not kidding. I was in the kitchen just now, at least three to four hours after “post-lunch old guy recreational shits” prime time, and one of them came out of it, and you could smell the disgustingness just hanging in the hallway for a good 30 seconds afterwards from the dude just opening the door as he walked out. I estimate that it was 60% fermented poop smells, 40% fermented bathroom “air freshener.” Never mind actually going into the bathroom after one of the old dudes has taken actually taken a full shit. Something like a diffuser that could quietly sit in the corner and counter the foulness would be great. If it just countered the smell rather than putting out smells, that would be fantastic. I am happy to pay out of my own pocket if it means I don’t have to go to the office manager and explain that I’m grossed out by old dude poop. Why do I care? It’s the only private bathroom in the office, and nobody wants to hear me pregnancy vomiting like I’m trying to manifest an Elder God from my upper GI. Also, But it’s not just me and some kind of weird pregnancy nose. I have been doing discreet polling among people in my office who are not pregnant, and the consensus is that it is disgusting. But nobody else is willing to do anything about it/believes that anything can be done about it/believes that office management will do anything about it for a combination of budgetary and cultural reasons. (See comment about old dudes high up in the hierarchy taking shits.) HELP. SPECIFICS WOULD BE GREAT.
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

I'm not a germphobe at all, so I'm actually not worried about where the particles might finally settle, but I do hate the smell of poop, and those “polluted water vapors” smell like poop. So regardless of how you feel about germs, shutting the toilet bowl can minimize poop smells. Heck, you can even flush the toilet while still sitting down, using your own body to prevent the poop air from circulating. (Although your butt may get wet.)
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

If the bathroom smells particularly bad, use the odor as an excuse to do a couple minutes of cleaning. Take out your cleaning product of choice and take literally two minutes to wipe down the bathroom sink, or clean the bathroom mirror. By the time you're done, the bathroom will smell as much like clean sink as it does like poop … which is better than just smelling like poop.
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

Hi there, If there is anything I hate it is the smell of poop after someone has used the toilet. In my apartment, it is really bad because our toilet door is literally right beside the main outside door to the apartment, so when you come in the first thing you smell is poop. I use to use air freshness but that only masks the smell, it does not take it away completely. But I have finally found the cure. It has been one year plus now and my home is poop-smelling-free! Hahahaha! I buy a bulk if my favourite incense and store then in the cupboard. I always leave the incense box on top of my bathroom window along with a lighter on the side. All one had to do is light it up when they are about to do a number 2. Instantly the smoke engulfs the smell. All you smell is incense. Try it guys. It works like a charm.
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

I don't use any of those products you all mentioned. I like to seat in the toilet and smell my fresh poop. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh poop in the morning. I can seat in my toilet and get the aromatic smell of poop deep into my lungs. If you are suffering from a nagging cold this most certainly will unplug your nasal cavities. Believe me, I have done it. You all should try this before you go to the extremes of disguising something so pure, good and god given.
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Bathroom Smells Like Poop

This is a minor point in the grand scheme of your bathroom smells, but remembering to put the toilet seat down before flushing, especially before flushing a big bowl of poop; otherwise, you create an aerosol effect that may very well spray poop particles all about your bathroom. Which means that the walls around your toilet may very well be covered in shit. Sorry, pals! It’s my job to tell you this stuff. So! Flush with the lid down and consider cleaning the walls around the commode to remove any lingering crap.

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