Removing Urine Odor

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 21, 2013)

Let's face it, when you have children or pets, accidents do happen. The accident could be a knocked-over vase of flowers, broken plates, spilled milk, or even a simple bathroom accident. Instead of going nuts trying to figure out how you can afford some special type of cleaner, use one of these methods. All of these methods work extremely well, while also allowing you to save a bundle.

  • Vinegar and Baking Soda. An old favorite, vinegar can make a great natural cleaner and deodorizer. When mixed with baking soda there is a chemical reaction that can help remove just about all dirt or grime (not to mention odor). Make a paste out of a little water and the baking soda, and rub it into the area that has the urine stain. Once that is done, sprinkle a little distilled white vinegar on the paste. After you are finished, rinse out the area with water and blot up with a clean towel. There might be a slight vinegar smell for a little while, but this is going to remove the urine odor as well as any stain.
  • Mouthwash. While it may not clean the actual stain, it will remove the odor. Create a mixture of water and mouthwash, where you use twice as much water as mouthwash. Spray the mixture onto the area where the urine is and allow it to sit for a couple of hours. Place a couple of newspapers over the wet area and then vacuum the area once it's dry. The area will smell like the mouthwash for a day or two, but you will not smell the urine again.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide. A great way to remove the smell of urine is to pour a little hydrogen peroxide onto the area and simply let it dry. This method totally removes the smell, but has a great risk of discoloring cloth or carpet. Before using this method, make sure you have conducted a little test-run on either an area of the fabric or carpet where you won't easily see any discoloration, or on similar cloth. Allow the peroxide to dry completely on the test area and examine to see if there was any discoloration.
  • Isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is something that can be picked up at any local grocery store (if you don't already have it). Simply pour enough of the alcohol to cover the affected area, and then allow it to dry. Before using this method though, you want to make sure that there will be no adverse interaction between the alcohol and the fabric.

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