Removing the Smell of Cat Urine

cat using a litter box
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 30-50
What You'll Need
Apple cider vinegar
Ammonia-free detergent
Baking soda
Hydrogen peroxide

Having a cat can be a wonderful experience until you have to get rid of the smell of cat urine. It is an unpleasant chore and an even more embarrassing situation. There are many products on the market today that claim to work miracles and, unfortunately, many are inaccurate. Cat urine consists of three parts which include the color, the smell, and the stain. Products generally work on one or two but rarely all three. This article will show you how to deal with the cat urine problem as a whole.

Step 1 - Stay Clean

The very first thing to consider is prevention. Cats are very picky animals and will let you know when they are not happy. They typically do this by peeing on your carpet, on a backpack or on your favorite pair of shoes. If your feline friend has not been guilty of making messes before consider cleaning the litter box. Cats do not like to use cat boxes that are full of urine or feces. Keep the box clean and they may not have a need to mess any longer. Also ensure the cat doesn’t suffer from a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection.

Step 2 - Cleaning Concrete and Hardwood Floors

cat laying on a hardwood floor

Many people won't use bleach because of its reaction to ammonia which is found in cat urine. You can use this method if you are very careful about it. Use a detergent (which does not contain ammonia) to scrub down the area where the cat sprayed urine. Wash the area you just cleaned with fresh water in order to get rid of any residue. When you are done you will have to repeat all of these actions. Fill a spray bottle with 10 parts water to one part bleach and spray the area lightly with the mixture. Let it set for 30 minutes before wiping off with a damp towel.

Step 3 - Removing Urine Odor from Clothing

Nothing is more embarrassing than having your clothing smell like urine. This can also be used with rugs and bedding. Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to your regular laundry detergent. This will remove the urine scent completely without harming your bedding or clothing.

Step 4 - Removing Cat Urine Odor from Carpet

cat laying on carpeted floor

The first thing to battling this mess is by removing as much urine as possible. Use paper towels or rags to do this. Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar to three cups of water. Pour this mixture on the spot where the cat left its mark. You want the area soaked with it. Let it set for about 30 minutes before blotting it up as you did with the cat urine. Allow the area to dry then sprinkle with baking soda. Mix 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of dish detergent. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on to the baking soda. Rub this in with the brush. When it is dry you can vacuum it up. If odor still remains when you are done then repeat the process.