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Easy Ways To Eliminate Cat Urine Odor


Easy Ways To Eliminate Cat Urine Odor
Easy Ways To Eliminate Cat Urine Odor


Easy Ways To Eliminate Cat Urine Odor

Why does cat urine smell so bad? The answer is ammonia. Cat urine contains ammonia, which causes the pungent, strong and unpleasant odor that we all can’t stand. It seems like an almost impossible task to take on this “behemoth” smell and foul odor, but today I would like to show you 5 easy ways to help eliminate or at the very least “control” the stench.


The old standby: Vinegar and baking soda.

This is a highly debated method to end the odor of cat urine, but it is also probably the most common and cheapest option. I personally have used this method with mixed results. Depending on the situation and how bad the smell is, vinegar and baking soda can be a very useful and powerful tool to help end the odor for good, or at least put a big “dent” in the problem. The baking soda is used as a sort of neutralizer to contain the ammonia smell, and can very often absorb most of the odor, leaving a fresh clean scent.


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How to Remove Cat Urine Smell:

Cat urine has a very distinctive and unique odor. Even people that don’t own cats are pretty familiar with it. It’s one of those pungent odors that can easily overpower your guests right as they walk inside the door. Eliminating cat urine and odor is not always that easy, especially if you don’t have the right tools and information. We would like to help make that task easier here in this article.


If the cat pee has been allowed to dry inside the carpet pad or furniture stuffing, the odor can be foul and it can be next to impossible to get rid of.


Getting immediately to the source of the odor as fast as possible is the key to removing cat urine smell.


1. Make sure to dry the affected area: 

If the urine happens to be inside an article of furniture, mattress or carpet, you will first want to blot up as much of it as possible. Try to use paper towels or cleaned white rags, and press them firmly onto the urine so you can absorb as much as you can. Always wear gloves to avoid getting the smell of cat urine on your hands. Depending on the size of your cat’s bladder, you might have to use a lot of paper towels and many rags. Continue to blot the affected area until there is no more liquid coming up on the paper towel or rag.


If you have an article of furniture and the cover on the cushion can be removed and washed, take it off and wash it per instructions. Immediately blot up the liquid from the padding underneath.


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2. Saturate the entire affected area with vinegar:

Carefully saturate (but do not flood) the affected area with plain white vinegar. Occasionally, water can be mixed with the vinegar, but water that is poured inside a mattress or furniture stuffing might trigger mold growth if it is not entirely blotted up and allowed to completely dry. Vinegar helps to kill the bacteria inside of the cat urine. If you do not use enough vinegar or happen to use a water/vinegar mixture, the initial urine odor at the start will immediately go away, but it may quickly come right back because you will not be able to soak up as much of the cat urine that still happens to be affecting the area.


Vinegar is used as an antiviral agent and mild disinfectant, along with being a natural deodorizer.

  • Slowly pour white distilled vinegar over the affected area.
  • Begin with ¼ cup of the vinegar an cover the urine soaked area entirely.
  • Start the process of blotting again with a fresh, clean towel and continue to blot until dried up.
  • Remember to blot, but do not use rubbing to avoid damaging the carpet fibers or fabric.
  • Let the affected area dry overnight entirely.


3. On the dry carpet, add the baking soda

While baking soda more than likely will be much more effective on carpet than it would on a mattress or article of furniture, it will no doubt help in every case. Baking soda happens to be a fantastic solution to help neutralize the urine odor. Liberally sprinkle a healthy amount of baking soda over the dried carpet stain and allow it to stand for a minimum of twenty-four hours, and then vacuum the remainder after that period of time has expired.


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4. If for some reason additional stain removal happens to be needed:

The smell and cat urine stain should be almost entirely gone by now, but if you still happen to have an odor/stain, you may consider to try removing it with a good mixture of baking soda and peroxide.


  • Swirl approximately ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide with about 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid/dish soap.
  • Pour solution directly onto the stain and let it stand for about 20 minutes or so.
  • Now using a soft brush, for example, soft bristle brush or toothbrush, gently scrub in for a few minutes.
  • Immediately blot dry with a clean towel.
  • Vacuum out.


Use An Enzymatic Commercial Grade Cleaner:

Cat urine happens to have more protein inside of it than human or dog urine. An enzymatic commercial grade cleaner that breaks up the protein can easily also work to remove feline urine/odor. However, these products can sometimes be expensive and may not be any better at removing cat urine odors or stains than baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.


How do I get cat urine smell out of clothes? 

Some people say Oxyclean is a great way to clean out the smell of cat urine in your clothes. Another method is to use the enzymatic cleaner. Spray the affected area and give it a few minutes to work, then proceed with a normal wash cycle. Also, the old standby vinegar and baking soda has worked for some. Try different methods and determine what works best for you.


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How do I get cat urine smell out of my bed?

1. Soak up as much of the cat urine from the mattress as you can using paper towels or a wet/dry vac.


2. Use white vinegar to neutralize the odor.


3. Eliminate the cat urine odor using peroxide and baking soda.


The ingredients/items you need:

  • Regular white vinegar.
  • Baking soda.
  • Peroxide (3%).
  • Mild dishwashing soap.

Step by step instructions on how to thoroughly clean cat urine smells from your sofa or mattress:


Continuously apply firm pressure by standing on top of the paper towels or clean rags.


Step 1. If the urine happens to be relatively recent, soak up as much of it as possible using sponges, paper towels or clean rags. Apply plenty of firm pressure to reach the dampness deep down inside the mattress/sofa material. Stand directly on top of the paper towels/rags for extra pressure if at all necessary. If you happen to own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, attempt to extract as much of the moisture as possible. If the cat urine has dried, proceed next to step two.


Step 2. Swirl a solution of half vinegar and half water in some type of container. Pour a moderate amount of this mixed solution over the affected area of cat urine. Begin dabbing (as described earlier) to soak up the premade solution. Or you can easily use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner if you happen to have one available.


Step 3. Sprinkle a healthy handful of baking soda over the affected area.


Step 4. Swirl 1/4 cup of 3% (10 Vol) peroxide along with just about a teaspoon of mild dish soap and lightly drizzle the solution over the exact area where you have sprinkled the baking soda and just slowly work it in using your fingers or some type of soft brush. Allow approximately 20 minutes for the mixed solution to do the work and then begin soaking up again with towels/sponge or use wet/dry vacuum.


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Step 5. The cleaned mattress section must now be allowed to dry out completely. A great indication of dryness is when the baking soda happens to feel completely dried out. Next, vacuum up the dried baking soda completely. The baking soda will absorb the cat urine and odor. (Use a bristled brush to help loosen up some of the baking soda if at all necessary)


  • If you happen to live in a sunny/warm climate you might be able to place the mattress/sofa out under the sun to dry out. You may also assist and expedite the process of drying by using a heater or fan of some type. Another fantastic idea is to go ahead and use a hair dryer.

  • To help deter your cat from urinating again on the bed, you may purchase a tarp made for mattresses and drape it right over the bed. Your cat typically will not like the feel of it very much and hopefully it can discourage him/her from urinating on the mattress. If it does not happen to discourage your cat, then at least it will save your mattress and bed linen from the pungent, awful smell of cat urine.


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