Home remedies for getting rid of cat urine smell

Updated November 21, 2016

Perhaps you own a cat (or cats) and are determined not to have a home that smells like your beloved pets. Perhaps you had a cat and are now trying desperately to remove the smell from your home. Or perhaps you have a new home with that familiar cat urine odour, and are now faced with the task of removing it. Whatever the reason, cat urine odours are foul smelling and need to be eliminated. Thankfully, you can do so effectively using simple home remedies.


Add gerber daisies or spider plants to your home. Grown in pots, these easy to care for plants require only a little sunshine and some water. The benefit of these plants is that they absorb ammonia, acting as a natural air freshener in your home.

Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda

Use an old towel or paper towels to soak up as much of the cat urine as you can. Discard these items once clean up is done to avoid more cat urine smell problems. After the urine is soaked up, pour 80 ml (1/3 cup) vinegar combined with 160 ml (2/3 cup) water and a squirt of washing up liquid. Soak up this mixture with a rag until the spot is dry. Finally, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the spot and allow it to sit for 24 hours. Vacuum up the bicarbonate of soda and fluff up the carpet for an odour free floor.


Hydrogen peroxide is a good way to break down any bacteria that may cause cat urine odour. Simply apply peroxide directly to any urine stained areas, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Be careful, though, peroxide may discolour fabrics, paint or carpet.


Listerine mouthwash is another popular remedy for cat urine odour removal. Add a few drops to the vinegar/water mixture. Also, try diluting Listerine with warm water and apply it directly to the stained area. The alcohol in Listerine helps remove any odour.

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