Can You Get Cat Urine Odor Out of Your Carpet?
When a cat pees on the rugs, carpets or furnishings inside your home, it can leave a very unpleasant and disgusting odor that’s extremely difficult to get rid of. Unfortunately for you, this offensive urine odor stimulates the cat to urinate in that area again which makes your problem even worse. But once you’ve managed to remove the odor permanently your kitty will no longer keep going back to the same spot to pee.
Fortunately for you, there’s an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of the disgusting cat pee odor which you can readily prepare in your kitchen. This homemade recipe is guaranteed to clean and deodorize your carpet and rugs without burning a hole in your pocketbook. All you need to pay for are the ingredients, which you may already have in your kitchen. Best of all, this homemade recipe is non-toxic and will pose no danger to your family and pets.
These are the ingredients that you’ll need for the homemade cat pee odor remover:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Dishwashing detergent
- 3 % hydrogen peroxide solution
Here are the steps you need to do to get rid of the cat pee odor once and for all:
- If the cat has already urinated on the carpet, first absorb as much of the cat urine using paper towels or an old towel. Place clean paper towels over the cat pee area and tread on them so as to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Repeat this step with dry towels until no more moisture can be absorbed.
- Next, wet the area with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Make sure you use enough of the solution to penetrate the fibers deep down. Allow it to almost dry. You can speed up the drying process by blotting with paper towels as described in Step #1. If you own a wet and dry vacuum extractor use that device to remove excess moisture.
- Then apply a liberal amount of baking soda over the affected area and drizzle it with a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent (not caustic detergent that you put in a dishwasher). Work it in with a scrubbing brush or your fingers (be sure to wear rubber gloves) to dissolve the baking soda and work it down into the carpet. Allow it to dry and then vacuum.
This homemade recipe works on a two-fold principle:
- The acidity of the vinegar will neutralize the ammonia that’s present in the cat urine; and
- Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer capable of killing bacteria which are mainly responsible for the offensive urine odor. Baking soda is a well-known deodorizer which absorbs odors. Sprinkle it liberally on your carpet monthly then vacuum to keep your carpet smelling fresh all the time.
Some words of caution: Bear in mind never to use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet. One of the ingredients of urine is ammonia and your cat may well be encouraged to pee on the same spot if it detects the odor of this chemical. Several household cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to read the label.
Finally, if you don’t have hydrogen peroxide on hand, you could substitute it in an emergency for a spray laundry stain remover. Check the label on the bottle. If it says “Oxy” anywhere on the label then it most likely contains hydrogen peroxide.