My male cat had an accident and peed in his carrier while in my car. The car now reeks of the odor and car fresheners just aren't doing much to help. Can anyone recommend what I can use to rid my car of the stench? Thanks.
Bonnie from Tuckerton, NJ
I've had a problem with my male cat spraying for a while now and an effective way to get rid of the smell is Arm and Hammer pet odor spray. It's in a yellow spray bottle, and really works. Baking soda does wonders also. Just sprinkle it where the urine is and let it sit for a day or so then vacuum it up. It should get rid of the smell. It's very inexpensive too, only a few dollars for the spray and a dollar or so for the baking soda. I usually have the best luck finding the spray at Walmart, anyway I hope you take my advice and try it out. (04/29/2008)
Here's a great recipe for cleaning and permanently removing cat urine, other pet stains, and odors:
To clean up pet urine:
Start by first cleaning the area with a vinegar-water solution: Use 2 -3 parts water mixed with 1 part vinegar. (It's easiest to put this mixture in a well marked spray bottle.) Clean and blot, with a white towel or white rag.
*** A side note: Never use ammonia to clean up cat or dog urine. Because cats and dogs will be attracted right back to that same spot to go again, since all urine is so strong in ammonia, this "fools the pets nose".
Next: and this is the most important step:
Buy "OUT!" brand pet odor neutralizer at Walmart, it works by "eating" organic stains and odors by using "good bacteria and enzymes" it cost only $4.79. You can use any brand of pet odor and stain remover as long as it says "Cleans with Enzymes" on the bottle.
The main trick is to keep the "OUT!" wet so the good bacteria and enzymes stay "alive" by covering the area with plastic wrap or an unused plastic garbage bag. Do not blow dry area as this will kill the good bacteria that "eat" the stain and smell. "Out!" smells like yummy vanilla, which is nice.
The second day: Repeat the application of the "OUT!" product and re-cover with plastic.
The third day: Pour plain old drugstore hydrogen peroxide on the area and let it fizz and bubble up anything that's left. Do this and I can bet your pet urine smell will disappear.
Be careful to pre-test the carpet in a discreet area before using the hydrogen peroxide, just to make sure the carpet won't fade. I've use peroxide many, many times to clean spots on my carpet and upholstery and it's never hurt my carpet, upholstery or any clothes fabric.
Peroxide works to remove any organic stain (that means it will remove grape juice which is natural, but not grape Jell-O or grape Kool-aid which is artificial, anyway, you get the idea.) Peroxide will also remove blood, coffee, and hot chocolate. Peroxide is a totally amazing stain remover. It works by using oxygen to "fizz out" the stain. Simple, but effective. * Do "not" use the stronger peroxide that women bleach their hair with. Use the cheap 59 cents peroxide that is sold in grocery and drug store's "first-aid" aisle.
Make sure to do the above steps in the exact order I suggested, because if you use the peroxide before the "OUT!" then the peroxide may kill the good bacteria and enzymes. Also, If you don't have the time, you can skip the vinegar step. But if you really want to make sure you get out all of the odor and stain, then follow all the above steps because they are all important. Any one of the steps posted above will work, but all together, they work even better. (04/30/2008)
I have cat spray in the car. All I used was Nature's Miracle and it worked. I used it two days in a row. (05/01/2008)
I had this this terrible cat that constantly would mark his territory. He sprayed urine on the cushion of the sofa. I used a combination of carpet deodorizer (powder) for pets and baking soda, and let it sit there for about a week, and then vacuumed, and then reapplied it, waited and vacuumed again. By the third time I couldn't smell it at all. (10/02/2008)
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