Some men with Parkinson's disease have very poor aim when urinating. This can be a sensitive subject, such that asking the person with Parkinson's to implement one of these ideas is not an option (and neither is installing a urinal).

The result: a recurring puddle on the floor next to the toilet, that soaks into the grout. It's unpleasant to have to clean it every evening, and the smell doesn't really go away.

Apparently one can buy disposable floor mats for this purpose, and I ordered one to try, but

  1. they are very expensive. I am on a budget, and this will be a long-term problem so the cost will add up, and
  2. I would prefer something whose shape and size I can customize (the puddle is always in the same spot).

What can I put in that spot to make this recurring puddle less smelly and easier to clean without breaking the bank?

  • Some towels you wash? – paparazzo Jun 16 '16 at 11:36
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    Could you ask the individual to sit? Does the individual know this is happening and is apathetic? – Stan Jun 16 '16 at 22:51
  • @Stan That's the first answer to the question I linked to in my post, where I said "This can be a sensitive subject, such that asking the person with Parkinson's to implement one of these ideas is not an option" – ff524 Jun 16 '16 at 22:52
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    Leave a few tablespoons full of Baking Soda where the liquid pools to neutralize the uric acid. Periodically, bleach to disinfect. When the question arises, involve a psychologist. – Stan Jun 16 '16 at 23:06

Most stores that sell restroom accessories (local to me, J.C. Penney, Target or Kmart, as examples) have small horseshoe shaped rugs, made to fit around the base of a toilet stool. These will soak up the misses as well as the disposable pads, and are washable.

Couple that with applying a sealant to the flooring around the commode, to keep the urine that gets through the rug from soaking into the grout, and you should be covered without spending a mint on disposable absorbents.

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    Seems like those would get smelly pretty quickly, though. I don't really want to do laundry every evening, either. – ff524 Jun 16 '16 at 13:07
  • Get a half dozen or so of the rugs (under $5 each, last I looked) and an airtight hamper for them only. Wash them once a week. – Zeiss Ikon Jun 16 '16 at 13:15

Use cat litter. Seriously. It's great at soaking up liquids and absorbing odours.

Now I can understand that the person would feel offended, so you could try putting it in pillow case, and after disposing of the litter washing it like regular pee-soaked cloth.

Disclaimer : above techniques untested.


I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier.

I am a private pilot. I fly alone most of the time. I'm the only pilot aboard all of the time. When I have to pee, I cannot just get up and go to a restroom - there's none in a small plane. It's impractical to land to use a restroom which might be far away or in a big crowded airport. I can't just pull over into a rest area.

When I first asked about the issue, I was introduced to a "Pilot's Comfort Station" which comes packaged for the great relief of either male or female pilots.

Spruce Aircraft supplies Pilot's Comfort Station

These are for big boys and girls. They are not expensive. They can be cleaned easily. They can be re-used before emptying. They can be sealed against spills due to tipping. They don't take up much space. They can be carried into a bedroom. They are odour free when used according to instructions. There are no consumable expenses. They come in any colour. They can be ordered discreetly online. They will be delivered in plain packaging.

They are also called a portable urinal.

  • Long distance truckers also use them. Being stuck in city traffic with a full "tank" will make a convert of the owner of a strong bladder. – Stan Jun 30 '16 at 21:48

You can try using the disposable Under Pads, referred to as "chucks" in hospitals and doctor's offices:

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They are lightweight, absorbant, and disposable.

GoToMedSupply.com has them listed at a 10-pack for $1.86. Tena, maker of adult incontinence products, offers a free trial kit.

See other options here.

Hope this is helpful!


There are many urination devices (or stand-to-pee devices) for women and transmen, you might want to take it for ideas. A tube can be used to aid the water flow. If it's long and hard enough, the low end can stabilize, or you can add more weight at the end. It can also be personalized so that it makes them feel funny and meaningful.

This article does not answer this question, but I find it useful: Practical Pointers for Parkinson's Disease

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