How to get rid of the smell of cat urine is a question that has plagued cat owners for years. As much as we love our cats, the pungent, ammonia-like smell of their urine is not nearly as pleasant to live with.
Some say the only way to get rid of this smell is to get rid of the cat and throw away everything it has peed on. This is not true. We know firsthand that there are other solutions.
The odor can be a nuisance that needs to be gotten rid of, but there are safe and natural methods you can try that have proven to be particularly effective.
The most effective way to get rid of odor
An oxygen whitener (we use Molly's Suds Oxygen Whitener) is a great natural and environmentally friendly product for removing urine and even fecal odors from an area. Molly's Suds Oxygen Whitener is made of sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate, which is safe for most fabrics.
As with all cleaning products, it is recommended to test in an inconspicuous area.
First, sponge (don't scrub) as much urine as possible. Remember that furniture cushions and carpet padding tend to absorb a lot of the urine, so you'll need to apply pressure. Next, mix a spoonful of Molly's Suds Oxygen Bleach with about two quarts of warm water. The water must be warm to dissolve and activate the oxygen bleach.
Soak the area and leave for 10 minutes to allow the product to penetrate the problem area. Vacuum or blot up excess liquid until no more moisture can be extracted. To be safe, re-saturate the areas with a second treatment.
Once again, vacuum or blot up excess liquid until no more moisture can be extracted.
Allow the area or item to dry completely, then sprinkle with Zeolite Carpet Powder and let sit for about 8 hours. Then vacuum the area.
If you can still detect and order, you will want to repeat the process. This is especially important because the smell of urine attracts the cat to keep urinating in the same place.
To break this habit, you must eliminate all signs of the ammonia odor that the urine leaves behind.
Several years ago, our daughter and her cat came home for a while. Our cats decided they needed to mark everything somehow. What a mess!
There was one area where I knew we would have to replace the tile grout. The cats decided that was where they belonged and all three continued to pee on it.
We mixed Molly's Suds with hot water and poured it over the grout and let it sit for about a half hour. We did this 4 times. Then, after rinsing it off and drying it, we sprinkled the zeolite powder over the area and let it sit for a few days.
After vacuuming, we sprayed the ODRX odor control spray. The smell finally disappeared. We placed a large potted plant over the area to keep the cats away.
One of the simplest and easiest solutions is a solution of two parts water to one part white vinegar. After mopping up as much urine as possible, soak the stain with the water and vinegar solution and let it sit until it dries.
You will need to repeat the process as many times as necessary (sometimes 8 or 9 times) until the odor is eliminated.
Baking soda also works sometimes. Simply blot up the urine, sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit overnight. Then vacuum it up the next day. You can also use this method after applying the vinegar and water mixture to thoroughly remove odors.
Worst Case Scenario
For areas that have been repeatedly exposed to urine and feces over a long period of time, cleaning will need to be more extreme, such as removing carpeting/upholstery, replacing flooring, grouting, etc.
Yes, sometimes you have to throw everything away and start over.
Daily pet odor control
Personally, when it comes to eliminating cat urine odors naturally, we've found that one of the most effective weapons is the odor control product Zeolite. Zeolite is a form of volcanic mineral that is naturally designed to trap odor-causing ions, literally removing the odor from the air permanently.
Not only is it effective, but it's also perfectly safe for you, your family and your pets.
We offer products containing zeolite in powder or rock form, both of which can be equally effective depending on the situation. Everything from carpets and rugs to litter boxes can be made odor-free with zeolite, a safe and all-natural product.
We keep a 2-pound bag of zeolite rock in the laundry room where the cat's litter box is located.
Not only does zeolite answer the question of how to get rid of cat urine odor, but it can be very cost effective.
Zeolite rocks are naturally recharged, so you can use the product for years. Once the odor has been completely absorbed, simply expose the Zeolite to the sun for six hours and it's ready to use again, simple as that.
You can also equip yourself with one of our air purifiers that all contain a highly effective carbon filter to stop bad odors.
No matter how much you love your cats, no one likes the pungent smell of their urine. Don't continue to suffer in silence, try one of these all-natural methods to eliminate the smell from your home and make living with your four-legged friends a much more pleasant experience for everyone.
We wish you the best of health