How do I get rid of the smell of cat urine in carpet? The carpet has already been steam cleaned, but the smell still lingers.
By Susan from Fort Scott, KS
April 21, 2011
Whatever, you do not use heat on the area that smells like urine. the heat will only make the smell worse. I learned it the hard way!
April 22, 2011
Try Natures Miracle from a pet store. Also you can get carpet cleaning solution for pet odors. It does work.
April 22, 2011
Try mixing cup water, 2 tbsps of baking soda & 1/4 cup of white vinegar together in a spray bottle. Spray on the stain & rub with a cloth to remove excess moisture, do not use disinfectants as it leaves a lingering small of ammonia which will encourage the cat to keep peeing there. I have been told steaming may set the smell into the carpet, give this mixture a try.
April 18, 2014
Oddly enough I've searching for weeks for a home remedy, no chemical type solution for this problem. I've tried several suggestions found all over the place on the web... Some listed mouthwash, others peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, etc. So, fed up with so many options I filled a spray bottle with an entire bottle of peroxide and whitening mouthwash, sprayed away and violá, stink and stain GONE! No residue, no carpet discoloration, no damage to padding... After several fails it was nice to finally see results. Good luck!
Does anyone know of any home remedies for getting cat urine smell out of carpet?
Denise from MO
Plain old white vinegar really works. My kitty just got over a UTI and was desperately trying to find a spot that didn't hurt her when she peed so she used my area rug, 2 papasan chairs and the dog bed. I soaked everything in vinegar, including the carpet. Of course I was lucky enough I could just pick up the corner and make sure everything was gotten. Any way, just pour enough vinegar on the spot to saturate it and then blot up the excess. You might have to do it a few times to completely get the odor, and it'll smell faintly of cleaner for a time afterward, but that's better than the alternative I think.
Also, cat's don't like vinegar so the cat will be less apt to mark the same place again even if they still can smell something. (10/17/2007)
On a similar previous post, somebody suggested OUT, available at Wal-Mart. My cat was shut in a room and pooped on the carpet. No urine. But I could still smell the spot even after a couple of vinegar treatments. The OUT worked. I love to use vinegar whenever I can, but sometimes you just need the commercial stuff. (10/18/2007)
I saw this remedy on another website:
Use a bleach, water, Dawn mixture and scrub the bottom and top of the carpet and let dry. Flip carpet and padding back into it's original spot. If it starts to smell again, cut the padding out where it's stained and repeat the bleaching steps above. And if it still starts to smell again, cut the carpet out and replace with new carpet. (04/22/2008)
I have a recipe that consists of 8oz of peroxide and 3 drops of dish soap. Good luck. (05/15/2009)
My 5 year old cat has just started peeing and pooping inside, in only one spot. She's never done this before. I've used the mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the odor to try stop her and also have sprinkled cayenne pepper over the area.
None of these seem to be working. Her situation hasn't changed at all and she is a very happy, well looked after cat. I would like some homemade recipes to try to stop this problem. The room is going to be my daughter's room, so I don't want any chemicals to be used. Please help.
By amy101 from New Zealand
No cayenne pepper. It burns their eyes and, as a vet assistant, I have seen cats actually claw their eyes out to stop the hurting. Cats don't like the smell of citrus fruits, try spraying the area with a strong citrus scented spray, such as "Orange Glow". (07/24/2009)
I just discovered that washing with an orange oil based soap, then spraying with diluted rubbing alcohol and lemon oil, does a good job. I would, however, try putting a litter box in the chosen spot and then gradually moving it away. (07/27/2009)
I found a product called "Out Natural Spot and Odor Remover" that uses enzymes to kill the odor. I tried 2 other pet products that didn't work. This one did. I poured the product on the area and scrubbed it in with a nylon scrub brush, blotting off the excess with paper towels.
Regarding someone's advice to put the cat box there and gradually move it away. Don't do it.
I moved my cat's freshly cleaned box into the guest room for 7 hours while the plumber worked in the laundry room. After putting it back to it's normals place, the cat immediately started peeing exactly where the box had been in the guest room. The cat is 17 years old and never gone away from his box other than outside. (10/27/2009)
You can also use mouthwash, such as Scope, to get rid of the odour. (10/27/2009)
I have a pair of suede boots that my cat peed on. I want to know if I can clean them with something to remove the odor? Thanks.
By Carol from Mayfield, KY
Anti-Icky Poo. Just do a Google search for it. My friend had a cat that would go on her leather furniture, and the new cats don't even sniff there like there is a scent.
I just used it on a listing of mine that had a really, really bad kitty odor, and that is all gone now. Good luck. (11/30/2009)
A few months ago, I had a male cat spray my front door and screen. I was really angry, that smell is pretty bad. I had recently been using vinegar for things. So what I did was make the solution of 2/3rds white vinegar and 1/3rd water, then added some Dawn Simple Pleasures dish soap Apple and Pear, which smells wonderful (about 2 tsp, I think). I sprayed this all over where it was and wiped down with a wet cloth, then sprayed again and let dry. It works so well, the cats avoid my front porch and it deodorized so well and left a really nice smell behind. (11/30/2009)
By c t
I found this site when I had a similar problem. It has tips on different things for cleaning stuff. The categories are listed at bottom of the page. Tipking.Co.Uk
Hope this helps. Also, I was told that fresh orange peel repels cats, too. (11/30/2009)
I would throw them in the washer with Woolite and delicate cycle. Since they are already ruined, you sure don't have much to lose. Stuff them with newspaper to shape them for drying. You may have to use a suede brush on them when they dry. I washed an ottoman pillow yesterday that said spot clean only on the tag. It came out better than new. I never pay attention to conventional instructions and I usually take the easy way out. I haven't lost much over the years.
Sandy from /Pittsburgh (12/05/2009)
I can't get the cat urine smell out of laundry room. I removed the flooring and scrubbed the walls. It is stronger smelling when it is damp and cold outside. Any help would be appreciated.
By Donna from Sacramento, CA
Now that you have stripped the flooring, paint the floor with Kilz brand sealant paint. It will seal the odor in. Leave the floor as is or replace flooring after painting.
We did this in a 1300 sq. ft. apartment we once rented. We tore out the carpet and padding and threw it away. We painted the wood underneath with the Kilz and the owner had new carpet and padding laid.
The previous apartment renter had several cats and as the story goes, she didn't keep the litter boxes clean for them, so as fastidious cats will do, they found another place to urinate.
My advice for all cat lovers is keep a self cleaning litter box for them. (12/30/2009)
Try Scope mouthwash full-strength on the floor and let it soak in. (12/30/2009)
What can I use to get rid of cat urine smells?
By Jennie from HI
White vinegar, in solution or straight if the odor is very strong and long lasting. Leave it to dry and neutralize the odor, which is largely alkaline. Vinegar is acid, so will bring spot back to neutral, all things going well.
Otherwise use an enzyme solution. Someone here used the enzymes for cesspools because it was less expensive, but still worked. I'm going to do that the next time I need to neutralize anything. (07/25/2010)
My kitty cat Shnookums (aka Mr.Choop and Big Spenda) has kidney failure and for some reason decided that my decorative pillow was the *perfect* place to go pee. I stripped off the pillow sham and tossed the pillow. I took the pillow sham along with my comforter to the dry cleaners (they're both dry clean only) and the woman said that most likely nothing they did would be able to get rid of the odor, but they'll try anyways.
When I get the pillow sham back what can I use on it if the odor is still there? He peed on the backside of the pillow on the plain black cotton side.
So any tips that are color-safe and don't require using a washing machine?
By Jennie from Tempe, AZ
I have used Febreze Spray. It is a bit expensive however worth the price. (11/05/2010)
One of the few products that works is Natures Miracle. They have a line of remedies that takes care of skunk smell, urine, and feces removal. I have used it to remove not only the smell, but the stain also. It is available at any pet store. There are copy cat (excuse the pun) brands, but they don't work as well and are a waste of money. (11/05/2010)
My older cat has been urinating on my bathroom rug. I have washed it several times, but can't seem to get the urine smell out. Is there anything that I can make at home to remove the odor. I know you can buy stuff, but it is rather expensive.
By Rose from Malvern, PA
I would keep the rug off the floor because you may never get rid of the smell as far as the cat's nose goes. Try adding vinegar to the wash. (01/19/2011)
Get a large bottle of hydrogen peroxide at K-mart or Walmart. The last I paid for a large bottle was 1.29. Soak the rug for 20 minutes, then wash it by itself with detergent and 1/2 cup vinegar.
I buy a product called Odoban. I have seen it at Walmart, but I purchase the gallon size and dilute it at home. It saves money doing it this way, but it sanitizes and doesn't just mask odors. You can spray it on after you have cleaned the carpet, let it dry and maybe reapply if needed. I know I have purchased the gallon size at Home Depot and at Sam's. Good luck! (01/19/2011)
Borax is the only way I know to really get rid of cat urine odor. A large box costs about $2.50. I use about 1/3 cup in my front loader and wash as usual. Even the cats can't find the spot afterwards. (01/19/2011)