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Colostomy bag odor

Posted by drfields24 , on Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:45 am

Hello everyone it's me again. I just wanted to share with you all something I tried. Going into my 3rd my bag really 😷 stinks so as I'm going to change it the next day because the adhesive itches so bad I out of the clear blue took the febreeze and sprayed on the back and front and low and behold can you believe it pretty much killed the smell. Have any of you tried this? I'm sitting here now and the bag is not stinking. Wow. Let me know if any one tried this🙂

Reply by Bill, on Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:11 am

That sounds like a great idea!   Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes


Reply by Mrs.A, on Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:15 pm

Hi drfields,

Yes, I do the fabreeze often, I sometimes use my favorite perfume as well. I suppose since fabreeze was meant for fabric is why it last longer than perfumes.

Reply by mdq58, on Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:42 pm

Try M9 it's worked well for me, especially if used regularly.  For me if I feel itching, it usually means output is sleeping beneath the skin barrier and I need to change, ....



Reply by NotDeadYet, on Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:14 am

Hmm. I'm highly allergic to fabreeze.  And lots of perfumes.  If you have a smell issue, the disguise is often worse than the smell.  And really, if you haven't fixed the "smell issue", then what's really happeneing is that people around you smell a smelly bag AND the cover-up perfume, which is often more undesireable than you realize.  It's the old thing where someone wears their favorite aftershave to the office and half the staff go home with migraines.

A clean, fresh bag should be odorless.

When you empty the bag, and if you clean around the mouth well, the smell will reside in the bathroom, not on you.

If your bag starts to smell in and of itself, you might be dealing with a broken or compromised seal, and the best fix is to change the bag and figure out why that happened in the first place.  My bag used to smell after 36 hours. So now I change it after 24 hours.

As for itchy adhesive--I find that with a little patience, that goes away.


Reply by Mrs.A, on Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:49 pm

A clean fresh bag better be odorless!! It when it gets a bit used that we need to do what we can to keep it smelling as fresh as we can. That can be a challenge when you have to make your supplies last till the new ones are approved and on their way to you.

Reply by drfields24 , on Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:52 pm

Hello Mrs. A I clearly understand that info. I'm stating that every 3rd day is when I change but that evening I wanted to wait until the next day and I was saying febreeze worked until then. And it does calm smell down in a positive way. I get my supplies from the Va so my supplies are not only free but I can always get them whenever I need them. I'm very thankful. I'm allergic to any kind of adhesive and it really irritates by the 3rd day. Sometimes more than others. There's not a bag without adhesive on it. Have a good day.

Reply by Mrs.A, on Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi drfields,

I understand, it's always great when we can get an extra day out of our supplies and not have any odors. I like fabreeze myself and almost always rinse out my pouch after emptying even if it's just with water. I also like essential oils and like using myrrh in my pouch to help keep an empty pouch odor free. Some essential oils are quite strong and can be great to put into a small spray bottle mixed with water to mist the air to overpower and lingering unpleasent scent as well.


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