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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2015

The base of my toilet smells like urine!

I see lots of posts where people discover the wax seal under their toilet needs replacing. I don' t think there is an issue with the seal. However, I have boys and I think their "misses" are getting on the floor next to the toilet and have made it smell underneath.

There is no caulking around the base of the toilet, it is a relatively new wax sign of leaking, no sewage smell. I've heard mixed things about caulking around the base (that it might mask a leaking seal, etc.).

I'm very careful to gently clean around my toilet...nearly daily! But anyone with little boys knows they will find urine on, under and around their matter what.

I'm wondering if there is a way to disinfect this area, dry it out really well, then caulk it to keep further urine from getting underneath there. Or if caulking it will just cause the smell to fester and ultimately get worse.

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If you are positive it is NOT a leaking wax seal, I would in as far as you can reach with a thin rag with good bathroom liquid (not powder) cleaner on it, sawing it back and forth under the edge to clean the underside of the bottom lip of the toilet and underlying tileor flooring (being carefulnot to hook and tear the exposed edge of any laminte or vinyl/linoleum flooring), then spray in under with lysol spray, paper towel wipe in under the underedge area again and let dry for an hour or two. Then do old-school caulking - caulk all around the base with a good quality bathroom caulk like Dap Tub and Tile - leaving a couple of inch gap at the back to provide a bit of airflow for evaporation, and also so if the wax seal leaks it has a potential way to escape under the toilet and become visible, rather than only go down into the subfloor. Then when you clean the bathroom floor be sure to check for any liquid or buildup of dried deposits at that back point - realizing if you find water or waterspots, check first to be sure it is not drips from the tank mounting bolts or leaking water supply tube causing it.

Another good way to solve this problem, once the boys are say 6 or so - have THEM clean their toilet WHILE you are watching to see it is done right - will give them a bit more respect for your cleaning too as well as probably improving the aim and promoting immediate cleaning up of any misses.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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