Controlling Urine Odors While Managing Urinary Incontinence

For those who experience urinary incontinence, controlling urine odors can be a real pain. You already have enough to worry about with a leaky bladder; smelling like urine only leads to even more embarrassment. Fortunately there are simple strategies to stay fresh:

Find the right size and style of protection

To start off, you want to make sure that you are wearing the right protection. Choosing the correct size helps prevent the diaper from leaking and you from smelling. The adult diaper or brief you use should fit you snugly – not too tight and not too loose. Measure your hips, waist, and legs to ensure a proper fit.

Protective undergarments also come in various styles and absorbencies, so it’s important to test out your options when looking for the right incontinence production. Incontinence pads and male guards are ideal for light protection, while adult diapers and briefs are better for heavy incontinence and adult bedwetting. A gender-specific product, such as Tena Men Protective Underwear or Depend Underwear for Women, might offer a better fit, depending on your needs. Make sure to use absorbent products with standing leg guards and odor control protection to help you stay dry and fresh.

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Change often and maintain personal hygiene

After you’ve found the right size and style of incontinence protection, keep extras on hand, so you’ll always stay protected. Be sure to change soon after soiling to not only avoid the lingering smell of urine, but also prevent the development of pressure sores. Disposable adult wipes are convenient when changing in public restrooms because they help keep you clean and odor-free.

Use an adult diaper pail

When discarding your soiled incontinence supplies into a regular trash can at home, the smell can travel throughout the whole room – especially if the trash isn’t taken out regularly. Instead, consider using an adult diaper pail, such as the popular Akord Disposal System, that is specially designed to keep urine and fecal odors from seeping out. This type of pail is similar to baby diaper pails, only larger to fit at least 10 adult briefs.

Wash bedding and clothing regularly

Try to wash your bedding and clothing as soon as soiling occurs. If laundry cannot be done as soon as you’d like, store the soiled items in an airtight container. Waterproof mattress covers have multiple layers that wick moisture away, effectively keeping you and the bed dry. There are even water proof bed pads that have use special ingredients that remove odor-causing bacteria.

Stay hydrated

When people experience bladder control problems, they may think that limiting fluids will lead to fewer accidents. However, drinking less causes your urine to become highly concentrated and in turn, have a very strong odor. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day can help prevent your urine from becoming concentrated. Cranberry juice is another option.

Check for urinary tract infections

Smelly urine can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Elderly adults, especially those with weak bladder muscles and who experience urinary incontinence, are more prone to getting UTIs. Frequent urination and burning sensations while urinating are also symptoms of UTIs. See a doctor to make sure you’re free from any infections.


Medication, such as Derifil and Nullo, may help reduce odors associated with urinary and fecal incontinence. These deodorizing tablets are taken orally and can take up to two weeks to produce results.

Nancy Pham

Nancy Pham is a passionate health blogger who focuses on urinary incontinence issues. She is a blogger at National Incontinence, a major supplier of incontinence products.

One thought on “Controlling Urine Odors While Managing Urinary Incontinence

  • April 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Our family was recently blessed by a new addition to our family. Prior to Brody’s arrival, we repainted his room and added Air-ReNu to the paint. We have no odors in the room from the diaper pail and his freedom of expression(poop). Air-ReNu cleanses the air of all airborne impurities and odors. Infants are significantly more vulnerable to poor indoor air quality.


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