How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Odor

Written by jamie conrad
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Cats choose to urinate outside of their litter box for a variety of reasons, including the box being dirty. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that nothing can stink up a home like cat urine. Commercial products to remove cat-urine odour are available, but the odour is just as easily neutralised and eliminated with simple household products you probably already have on hand. With a little effort and quick action on your part, the odour of cat urine can be a thing of the past.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Paper towels
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Scrub brush (optional)

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    Eliminating Cat-Urine Odor

  1. 1

    Using paper towels, absorb as much of the urine as possible from the affected area (if you have not already done this). Discard the used paper towels.

  2. 2

    Dilute one part water with one part vinegar and saturate the urine-stained area once more, then absorb the vinegar mixture with paper towels. Discard used paper towels.

  3. 3

    Combine equal parts cornstarch, baking soda and vinegar to form a paste. Apply this to the area you are cleaning, and work it in using paper towels or a scrub brush.

  4. 4

    Again, absorb any remaining moisture from the stain using paper towels. Discard the used paper towels.

  5. 5

    Vacuum the spot to remove any baking soda/cornstarch residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Paper towels are handy for mopping up liquids, but you can substitute them with old towels you can throw into the washing machine. A scrub brush is not necessary, but it is very helpful for making sure the cleaning ingredients are thoroughly worked into the area being cleaned. Make as much or as little of the cleaning mixtures as you need for various cleaning jobs. If the cat urinated on a hard surface, simply dilute the cornstarch/baking soda/vinegar paste into a liquid using some water, apply it to the area using paper towels, and wipe the urine smell away.
  • Make sure to use white vinegar only; other vinegars may stain surfaces.

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