How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odor How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odor

Can you ever get rid of cat urine odor? It is possible to eliminate that awful scent.

Cat urine odor is one of the most offensive you'll ever encounter. When your cat decides to mark his territory by urinating somewhere other than the litter box, the ammonia smell will linger indefinitely. Cat urine dries into crystals and continues to give off odor until you get rid of it. Your cat will return to this spot to urinate repeatedly as long as the scent persists.


To remove cat urine odor from clothing, add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to the wash. The odor will be gone and your clothes will smell fresh.


Mix 3 parts warm water and 1 part white vinegar. Thoroughly saturate the area with the solution and dry it completely. Repeat the process. Vinegar will neutralize the ammonia and eliminate the odor.


  • Step 1 - Absorb the Urine

Cat urine odor is more difficult to remove from carpets. It saturates the carpet all the way through to the floor. If the urine is fresh, blot it firmly and repeatedly with absorbent towels. Don't rub because that will cause the urine to spread. Continue until no more urine can be absorbed.

  • Step 2 - Neutralize the Ammonia

Mix a solution of half warm water and half white vinegar. Pour enough of the solution on the area to make sure it reaches the bottom fibers. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then absorb the vinegar and water the same way you did the urine, using towels, until it's dry.

  • Step 3 - Deodorize

Sprinkle baking soda to cover the entire area. Mix 3/4 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp. dish detergent. Test this solution on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn't cause discoloration of the carpet. If it does, use water instead of peroxide. Sprinkle the solution on the baking soda and use a brush to scrub the carpet. Allow to dry completely, then vacuum up the powder. If there is any remaining scent, repeat steps 2 and 3.

Upholstery and Mattresses

Use the same procedure as for cleaning carpets to get rid of cat urine odors in upholstery and mattresses.

Extra Tips

Cat urine smells can be very stubborn. If you still have odors after your best efforts to get rid of them, try sprinkling coffee dry coffee grounds on the area overnight to absorb the smell.

Charcoal is a natural odor absorbent. Use regular charcoal, not the kind that is pretreated for instant lighting. Put these charcoal briquettes in small baskets and place them in out of the way places in the affected rooms. Put them behind the couch, under the bed, in a closet or anywhere the offensive odor of cat urine persists. Replace the charcoal weekly as needed.

These methods will get rid of cat urine odor without having to get rid of the cat.

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