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Combating Odors During Holiday Get-Togethers

Sarah Jenkins

The holidays are here and that means that for most of us, we’ll be attending at least one or two social gatherings in the next few weeks.  Whether it’s a company holiday party or a festive lunch over at your in-laws, there will be much time for merry-making.  That is, unless you are dealing with odor-issues from incontinence.  Luckily there are many easy ways you can manage this embarrassing side-effect that will have you enjoying the festivities until the last bite of fruitcake has been eaten.

1.  Reduce The Smell:  It makes sense that if your urine doesn’t smell, you’ll drastically reduce the chance of an odor if/when you have a leak.  Simple things like changing your diet (asparagus=out; cranberry juice=in), drinking more water to dilute your urine, and getting checked for an infection (which can sometimes cause urine to have a strong odor) all help alleviate smell.

2. Maintain Good Hygiene:  Keeping yourself clean is half the battle.  If you have an accident, change your clothes immediately and wash yourself well.  The same goes for any urine collection devices.  Make sure that you are completely cleansing any reusable parts appropriately. 

3.  Find Products Designed To Help:  Some absorbent products actually contain odor-reducing materials that can help keep odor from leaks at bay. 

4.  Cleanse Your Space:  If you’re hosting the party, you may need to think about more than just your clothes.  Wash your bed sheets often (and as soon as possible after an accident) using white vinegar, baking soda, or even ammonia as a booster (never combine them though!).  Invest in an air freshener to eliminate smell, and always clean up any leaks from other surfaces in your home as soon as they happen.

Follow these tips and you’ll be ready to hit the party circuit in style – and odor free!

We want to hear from you!  What other tips do you have for managing incontinence-related odors?  Share them in the comments below!