How to eliminate cat pee smell?

eliminate cat pee smell

Cat owners often face the difficult task of having scoured every segment of the known internet in order to find an effective method to eliminate pee smells.

Well, it’s not so hard.

Here, I’m going to present a few solid cat urine odor removal techniques that happen to work.

How to eliminate cat pee smell

The more urine content that you manage to remove directly, the more effective and faster the following steps become.

So, the best course of action is to first remove the urine from the carpet, furniture, or the place that’s not your kitty’s litter box.

For that, the usual recommendations include washing with water, using absorbent paper towels, etc. For hard surfaces like floor, parts of wall, metal or glass surfaces, etc., you should wipe it down with a home cleaner mixed with some water. Use a wet piece of cloth for this.

Also, the faster you’re in getting rid of the puddle, the better – especially in the case of fabrics. 

Now, without further ado, let’s see what you can do after that or if the odor has set in and dried.

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1. Washing and dry cleaning

The quickest way to get rid of cat urine smell from clothes, drapes, linens, etc. is to get them washed and dry cleaned as soon as possible.

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Note that the longer you let the urine stay on fabrics such as these, the more the odor will set in, making it very hard to get rid of the smell later on.

If you cannot get it dry cleaned, you can try a home remedy as well. For example, it’s considered pretty effective to mix detergent with some baking soda (or use a detergent that has baking soda in it) for fabrics with urine odor.

2. Wet vacuum cleaners can extract a large part of the odor

Vacuum cleaners filled with cool water can help you out with great efficiency. Just keep them away from your curious cats!

The mechanism of a wet vacuum cleaner is simple. It sprays water (preferably cool and clean) onto the fabric (let’s say a carpet on which your cat has urinated and now the annoying smell is beginning to set in) and then sucks in the dirty water, along with the urine and its odor.

Do a couple of runs and you will be good to go.

However, a steam cleaner is a big no-no. Steam will not only be relatively less effective but also make the smell settle in more firmly in the fabric to the point that it becomes impossible to get rid of it even with more severe techniques.

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3. Using enzymatic cleaners is your next best bet

Sometimes, I recommend people to go directly for the enzymatic cleaners. It’s a fast and effective way and works most of the time with immediate results.

However, I mostly recommend it because people sometimes lack vacuum cleaners, baking soda, and other essentials (like some nearby places where they can get their carpets, blankets, or bedsheets dry cleaned).

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Still, the point stands. Enzymatic cleaners decrease the likelihood of any leftover cat urine odor as well, thus being 100% effective.

Enzymatic cleaners are specifically designed to get rid of pet odors (and stains) and are usually meant to be used alone. These solutions directly attack and sort of consume the odor. In fact, if you keep a powerful enzymatic cleaner in your home, you won’t need to do anything else to get rid of the urine odor.

These usually come in sprays and I highly recommend you read the directions for usage and not diverge from them.

4. Baking soda is an effective deodorizing and cleaning agent 

Baking soda is a very effective chemical for getting rid of odors because it absorbs them. Usually, baking soda is a follow-up to other techniques. Let’s take a simple example.

Your cat has urinated on the carpet. Now, once you’ve cleaned the puddle, washed the carpet, and let it dry, you can sprinkle baking soda on the affected area so that the odor is completely eliminated from the fabric.

You’re supposed to leave the baking soda there for about an hour or two before vacuuming it.

In fact, baking soda is so effective that it can be mixed with certain natural ingredients to take care of the deodorizing without the necessity of any other chemical, product, or cleaning technique (besides the normal washing and drying).

A few such mixtures include ingredients like crushed and dried herbs like lavender and rosemary, ground cloves, cinnamon, etc. When mixed with baking soda and let to sit on the fabric for a good amount of time, they will take out the smell very effectively.

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Yes, it’s a time-consuming way but a very effective one, nevertheless. And pretty cheap too, in case your naughty cat loves to soil your favorite fabrics!

Cats might soil it again!

Cleaning cat urine and getting rid of the odor is only half of the battle. The other half is making sure it doesn’t happen in the future. Sure, better training or a more appropriate litter box placement might be the solution for you but cat owners often forget one very simple fact: cats can smell much better than humans.

Even Persians and Himalayans, who have very short noses, have highly active senses of smell. So, if you’ve cleaned your cat’s urine according to your level of smell, your cat might still find that place to be a litter box. And it will soil it again.

That’s why you should not settle for simple methods and always aim for 100% cleaning methods like enzymatic cleaners, for example.

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