Remove Pet Urine Odors in Laundry

Please help! I have a senior female dog that is incontinent. Because of this, I am now laundering a load of towels daily that line her dog crate and that have urine on them. To get rid of the urine odor, I have been laundering the washer load of towels with one cup of Biz, which works great, but is expensive. I'm going through boxes of Biz like crazy. Does anyone out there have a suggestion to add to the washing machine to get rid of the urine odor in the towels that would be less expensive? Please provide quantities with suggested additive. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


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December 28, 20200 found this helpful

I had great success with a product called Natures Miracle. You can get it on Amazon.

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December 28, 20200 found this helpful

I feel you should contact the company with your dilemma, often they can send you discount coupons and free product as a valued customer. This will help offset how much you are using. - here is contact-

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December 28, 20201 found this helpful

I can suggest white vinegar, but the one-part-water:one-part-vinegar ratio is for a presoak or spray cleaning. Nevertheless, at less than $3/gallon you might want to try adding 2-3 cups to a hot wash.


Alternatively, The Humane Society recommends:
"Add a one pound box of baking soda to your regular detergent and wash as usual, air drying if possible."

Good luck! I'm glad your dog is in such kind hands.

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December 29, 20200 found this helpful

hi i use vinegar too-even malt if i have nothing else in!you could always put the towels on a rinse cycle first,with the vinegar in,then wash as normal. pam xx

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December 28, 20200 found this helpful

Pet enzyme products are great for small jobs, especially cleaning a sofa or rug area where pets have accidents but would be very expensive to have to use for thick towels on a daily basis.


I contacted a friend who had a very similar problem with an aging dog to see how she handled this problem. She said she contacted Consumer Reports to see if they had suggestions and the following is some of their suggestions.
Each night; load dirty towels in fresh water - use no more water than necessary (if your washer has water settings) - clothes will need to move freely and run one rinse cycle to just rinse out urine - just use water only.
Second; reload the same amount of water but add 4-6 cups of white vinegar (more or less according to the amount of water - too much is better than too little). You can also add 1 cup of baking soda if desired. It will 'foam' with the vinegar but that is okay as they both work well together and you may need both right now but after a few washes you may be able to do this part with just one of these products.

Run machine for a few minutes to mix it well and leave clothes to soak overnight.
Run this load through a rinse and then laundry in hot water and a strong detergent (they recommended Tide). You can also add a cup or so of white vinegar to the wash or rinse water.
Drying: Air dry as much as possible (sunshine) but dryer is okay but try not to use the hottest setting.
Note: They also mentioned using mint Listerine but that is a lot more expensive than white vinegar or baking soda.

This may seem like a lot of extra work but she said it worked for her and it was easier doing this than having the problems she had had in the past.
She also added that she wiped over everything around her dog (especially the bottom of her crate) with 1/1 white vinegar and water and this helped also.


Another suggestion: she purchased cloth (reusable) doggie diapers for her dog to wear when she was not in her crate. I did not think to ask where she found these but I feel sure they are available online or pet stores.

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December 28, 20200 found this helpful

We are in a similar situation and wash smaller loads of towels with hot water, bleach and the detergent from Dollar General--Sun triple clean. It is a purple bottle. We get the detergent when it goes on sale for 2 to 4 cents an ounce--usually 3-4 dollars for 188 ounces. I get my bleach at the dollar store when they have the 64 ounce size for 1.00. If they have the lemon scent, that works the best, but the regular is OK too.

They come out fine and have no urine odor.

In the summer I dry the towels outside and that helps too. I don't have a dryer, but I do know that if you use a dryer it sets the smells (at least I always thought it did) so line dry (inside or out if you can.

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December 30, 20200 found this helpful

1 Cup , Distilled White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Peroxide
1 TBL Spoon of Baking Soda
Mixture works best made right before use. Mix the 2 liquids together and add Baking Soda last. Swirl a little to mix. Do not shake or mix up hard . You want a fizzy effect as you poor or spray on the stain.


Once it has sat about 5 minutes, give it a circular motion scrub w/ whatever you prefer to use. Toothbrushes work best , my opinion. Give one more spray, if no fizz, add a little more baking soda. Now wash as you normally do. HINT: IF STAIN REMAINS AFTER WASH, NEVER DRY.UNTIL STAIN IS GONE. REPEAT MIXTURE

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December 31, 20200 found this helpful

I use Borateem (borax) Follow the directions on the box. It is not cheap but I bet it is cheaper than Biz. It is very effective on urine stain and odor. Walmart usually carries it.

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