Ostomy Odour

What causes it, foods that control it and products that help.

So those of us with ostomies face a challenge and that challenge is, how to cope with the smell that Satan himself would steer clear of.

Having an ostomy is life saving and gives us a better quality of life but do you find yourself avoiding certain foods due to the unearthly stench these foods cause?

Do you worry about what people will think entering the bathroom after you?

I have been testing ostomy deodorisers now for a while. This post will be listing sprays & drops I have been either using or testing over the last 6 months.

So what foods cause ostomy odour?

Below is a lists of foods that cause odour along with those that can help to neutralise the smell coming out .


So what can you use to help with the smells if trying to control it with diet doesn’t help?

Here are a few I have tried and tested, with my honest opinions on those

OstoMist Spray

The ostomist comes in 5 different scents. It can be sprayed directly into the pouch or into the air to neutralise the odour. It gets rid of the odour rather than mask it which is brilliant. I have to say my favourite is the Blackberry. These can be used in urostomies as well as ileostomy & colostomy bags. I find that 2-3 sprays directly into the bag lasts me all day.  I rate these an impressive 7/10

OstoMist Drops

I hadn’t previously tried the drops so for me they are a complete game changer. These come in 3 scents and they are in a dripper bottle so easy to apply into the stoma bag. I love the Gardenia and Jasmine ones and found that only need to use once a day to help control the odour coming out. I just place 1-2 drops into the pouch. These can be used in any type of ostomy appliance. I rate these  8/10

 Pelican Deo-Mint

These are an essential part of my routine. I take this little bottle everywhere with me. It fits into even the smallest of going out evening bags and I can’t fault it. It eliminates odour both in and out of the pouch and leaves a minty smell behind. For me they are the best product I have used. It’s easy to spray into the pouch and is discreet in my bag on my travels. You can’t smell it through the pouch and it has just made life easier and I don’t have to worry about binging on Garlic or seafood as this covers and neutralises the smell. These can also be used in urostomies . I rate these a 10/10

Tips for those that may not wish to use Deodorisers

I have been running polls across social media to see what others use to eliminate odour

Here are a few of the things that were mentioned

  • Mint Tic tacs
  • Trebor strong mints
  • Peppermint tea
  • Peppermint tablets
  • Polos
  • Essential oils
  • Bleach/peroxide
  • Charcoal

Personally for me I am not too sure about some of the above mentioned as I would be worried that the products would compromise the pouch. Best advice would be to ask your stoma nurse or try samples of the deodorisers rather than putting bleach into ones appliance.

The polls also revealed as to how many do and don’t use deodorisers. I was quite surprised with the results.

Out of 201 people who took part across social media

Do – 41% 

Don’t – 59%

For any of you wishing to find out more or to order these products please click on the links above.

Many thanks for reading

Louise X

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