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Chelly
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Ok, so I have a question? Ostomy support garments that we wear tp keep things in place like tytex corsinol or stealth belts etc... how can we get the barnyard smell out of them? I have about 8 of these things and wear a clean one everyday. However, I wash them.sll together once or twice a week depending on how often I might need t change it. 

Anyhow when I wash them and even do a 2nd washing and double rinse they still have this horrible smell. It also stinks up the washer and dryer for about the next 2 loads of laundry. I tried adding bleach and even lysol laundry sanitizer

 Anyone else have this issue? My other clothing I have no problems with. Im.chalking it up to when emptying some stool might be getting on my gloves or hands and transferring to the material. 


   
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VeganOstomy
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For my ostomy garments, I use an enzyme-based cleaner made for athletic apparel, which also seems to hold onto odor. A soak in this stuff tends to do a great job.

Once you've done the soak, future washings should be easier without needing to soak.

The one I'm using is called "Rockin' Green Active Wear". Amazon.com doesn't seem to have it in stock, but I believe this brand can be found in brick-and-mortar stores as well.

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 LK
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@veganostomy  ...good to know! I was wondering if a soak in a baking soda bath or good sprinkle of it on the fabric would work too...? It dissolves well in water. 

Eric your such a cool guy doing VO! I'm so grateful to have found you. THANK YOU SIR!!  Do you keep a page of "working Tips" anywhere for things like this? 

Linda


   
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VeganOstomy
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Posted by: @dlkfiretruck

I was wondering if a soak in a baking soda bath or good sprinkle of it on the fabric would work too...? It dissolves well in water. 

Those might work well as cleaners, but as far as cleaning synthetic fabric (especially athletic and technical apparel), I haven't found anything that works better than enzyme-based detergent.

If you end up trying baking soda, let us know how it goes!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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Chelly
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  1. @veganostomy thanks for that. I have seen that soap online before but never purchased. This is getting frustrating because it puts the barnyard smell into my next few load of cloths. Smelling up the washer and dryer. I live in an apartment again and am paranoid that the same thing is going to happen here.  I was bullied over my ostomy at the last place due to the neighbor in my building. Had the whole complex treating me badly. 

I'm also finding that backsplash can get onto our shoes. I empty standing and really feel it would be a bigger mess if I try sitting or kneeling. I also feel some of the splash gets onto the bathroom floor. It's really a struggle. I was never so worried about it before as I never had anxiety issues until that neighbor did me in with all that abuse and embarrassment. 

I'm one of the cleanest people you'd ever meet and I'm struggling with these smells. 

What brought this up is at an office I clean a lady left a sticky note on her desk. It said you smell and had a drawing of a peice of poop. I dont see how me just going in to vacume, empty trash and wipe a desk this could happen. Mind you I've never even seen  or been around her. As the office is closed when I'm there. I keep hand soap on my cart and wash them frequently. I have gloves on as well. Unless by coincidence a co worker left that for her as a practical joke. 

I'm starting to get depressed about it.


   
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Chelly
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This is the note I found on the desk. If it was for me then I guess I should appreciate someone telling me in a nice way. 


   
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Hi Chelly, Take a deep breath and a step back. This is something that is really affecting your confidence. You know that you’re clean and tidy and any one encouraging or carrying out this type of behaviour is a bully. Report to someone in a position to help and don’t be made to feel conscious. 👍👍

ileostomy 31st August 1994 for Crohns


   
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Chelly
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@john68 hi,

I thought about ot but then thought it might make things worse and to just ignore it. I work for a company that works for this building so would only be able to report to my boss and not hers.  Because I'm not sure of its for me but it seems 99% sure during to my ostomy. I kind of wonder if a co worker doesn't know this person because some flip shifts and do see the workers. There was one who was constantly messing with my restroom bag like taking my gloves and wipes out.. when I reported that there was no sympathy. It may not have been for me bit yes it really has me down. I had to leave my last apartment mostly because of it. Now im.thinking jobs too?? 


   
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Kirsten
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Hi Chelly,

Are you sure this is about you? Maybe the note was meant for the lady at the desk? 

Honestly, I'm not sure how a smell would be noticeable by anyone unless we have a leak. I work in a tiny office with one to three other people at a time. I mean it is TINY! - about 8' by 12', weighted doors, no windows, very poor air circulation and definitely no air filtration! I'm there 12 hours at a time (sometimes with few or no breaks) and share with at least one other person that entire 12 hours. No one has ever mentioned a smell. I've asked colleagues if they could notice a smell, and no one ever has. One time I had a defective seal between the bag and appliance and I noticed a slight odor that alerted me to the tiny leak. Otherwise, never! Do you have a bag with a filter that isn't working well? A leaky connection?

I've never seen any splash-back out of the toilet area - a tiny speck on the seat perhaps, but not enough to cause any smell. I sit backwards on the bowl to empty, so the output exits the bag very close to the water (tissue in the bowl to reduce splash). The further from the bowl, the bigger the splash. I think I would freak out if I got any splashing on my clothes or shoes!

I use a deodorant in my pouch, so there's hardly any smell when I empty anyway. I leave the office if I need to burp my bag of course.

It sounds like you've had some bullying in the past, which might put anyone on guard. I'm sorry that happened to you. I hope you can get to the bottom of the "barnyard" situation and get your confidence back!


   
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Hi Chelly, Now Kirsten has really put that so well 👌 . Don’t be doing anything rash!

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Chelly
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@kirsten hi, thank you for all of that. I was hoping it was meant for her. Yes bullied in the worst way. It split me and my husband up but we have reconciled as of recent. It was so traumatic and every little thing with smell I'm freaking out. 

As for emptying any other way I can't as I runse and would make a big huge mess. I do use m9 drops. My bathroom does smell after I shower and have to diligently bleach spray after. 

I was never this way until.that bully episode took place but I thought I was getting better about it until that note on that desk. I thought, could it be my clothing? My shoes? Or was someine playing a joke on her. 

I've always worn this thing with pride until last April when I was bullied by a whole apartment complex all the way up to June.in the end my husband had had enough and took it out on me. I wish i could just let this smell thing go and forget about it but it's hard. 

I don't have a filter and use a one peice with a clip. I do smell the support garments though. They do smell. 


   
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BigMike322
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I'm so sorry you had to go through that.  It sounds like you go above and beyond to be clean and presentable.  


   
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Chelly
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@bigmike322 I do and I'm a cleaner. I do clean for a living and my home I clean meticulously and especially even more so after the ordeal. I'm funny about my cloths smelling clean as well. My body the same. 

Im.glad to report that I got sent to a new building which is a medical office. I highly doubt anyone there will be so cruel.as they are used to this.  Im.happy with the change and funny thing is that it was not for that reason. As I never said anythin to the bosses about that note. . It was God looking out for me.

This will put my mind at ease for now..a new place. I'm so thankful. 

Still though I need to get the stench out of my support garments. I need to get that rockin soap Eric was speaking of and soak. 

 


   
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GoatHerder
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@chelly Odoban works great for me, it's an enzyme based product I just put a slash in the washer, or spray the garment directly.

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
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Chelly
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@goatherder hi, I've tried it before on clothing and I must be allergic to the essential.oils in it. They make different scents but all of them bother me. Skinwise and sinus wise


   
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GoatHerder
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@chelly Oh darn, sorry. I'm allergic to about everything but it doesn't seem to bother me.

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
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Chelly
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@goatherder I'm allergic to almost everything too! I wish I could handle odoban.  I love the smell it just gets my sinus going. 

I just purchased tide oxi odor and it has a really fresh scent. I'm going to try this in the interim until I can order that rockin greem


   
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Cat momma
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That's a pretty mean thing to do.... leaving a note like that! That would make me pretty vengeful, to be honest. I'm pretty easy going, but I can be very petty if necessary... Spray Chanel no. 5 (or any pungeant perfume) liberally on the carpet. See if he or she (sound like a 'she' to me) dares to complain again...

Incontinent in a better way, since 12 July 2023


   
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LLNorth
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It would be interesting, if there was a security camera, to be able to see who left the note. They might not have intended for you. Mean, for sure.

Colostomy 4/30/18.
I love the smell of coffee in the morning. It smells like .... victory.


   
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Chelly
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@cat-momma it is a her as i see her girly things in the office. But they switched me to another project outside of that place. But not for that reason but God works in mysterious ways as we say. I kind of think it was meant for me and I suspected a sewer rat on the midst may have started it all. A co worker . Like I said I've never even stood next to this women or even ever seem her for that matters so that alone tells me a co worker knows this women and started some kind of crap.


   
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