One of the most distressing aspects of incontinence is the feeling of embarrassment it could cause. While adult incontinence briefs and pads can contain leakage and often have a urine odor remover built in, you might still worry about the odors associated with incontinence, especially since they can linger on your skin.
The best approach to urine odor removal is two part: using a skin cleanser that acts as an odor eliminator and using an additional specific product that’s a urine odor remover.
Body washes alone may not be enough to cleanse thoroughly. And because you may need to use a cleanser many times a day, you want one that is gentle yet formulated to do a effective job. Sensi-Care Perineal Skin Cleanser is a convenient, no-rinse cleanser designed to dissolve bladder and bowel residue while promoting odor elimination and remaining gentle to the skin, with no irritating film. Another choice is Sween Peri-Wash Perineal Cleansing No-Rinse Spray, an antiseptic cleanser and deodorizer with odor control. It re-moisturizes as it cleanses skin for gentle, continued comfort. Look for the words alcohol-free and pH balanced on the label of products you’re considering, and opt for dye- and fragrance-free cleansers to avoid any added irritation to delicate skin.
When choosing an actual odor eliminator, look for formulas that destroy odor rather than masking it—an ordinary room freshener often won’t do the job. One to try is Hex-On® Odor Antagonisthas been used in healthcare facilities for more than 30 years to successfully control airborne odors and leave a fresh linen scent. Its concentrated formula means one spray eliminates odors for hours in an average room. For a citrusy scent, Citrus II Odor Eliminating Air Fragrance is a 100 percent natural citrus product that destroys strong odors instantly—in fact, it kills any airborne odor. It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable, so it’s usually even safe for people with asthma and allergies. Another option is a personal hygiene spray, like Dignity Odor Eliminator, that can be used with clothing, incontinence pads and diapers, linens, ostomy appliances and in trash receptacles.