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How to Remove Urine Smell

Pets can be a great addition to your home, but accidents happen. If you need to know how to remove the smell of urine, read on for helpful tips!

The majority of cat owners eventually encounter the sharp smell of cat urine. There are a variety of reasons your pet commits these ‘crimes’: kittens need time to get used to peeing in a designated area and adult male cats mark their territory. Even the most disciplined cats will leave you an unpleasant surprise if they find that the litter box has not been cleaned!

It is not easy to remove urine odour, but there are solutions that can help. The unpleasant smell of urine can be remedied using some of the tips and techniques below, so read on! 

How to Remove Urine Smell

To choose the most effective cleaner for eradicating urine odour and stains, it is important to understand the three main components of urine: urea, urochrome, and uric acid. The majority of cleaners focus on the first two elements, removing the sticky urea and yellow-ish colour pigment of urochrome. However, crystals of uric acid are not soluble in water and often simply dry out. After repeated contact with liquid, the odour returns and gets twice as strong!

A ‘puddle’ on the carpet requires immediate action, since once cat urine soaks in, it leaves a strong odour and your pet might decide that this ‘aromatic’ corner is his or her new permanent toilet. Below is a recipe for removing the urine odour for good. 

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odour 

  • Dissolve vinegar in water, in proportions 1:3
  • Apply it to the surface
  • Let the liquid to soak and dry or pat the stain with a towel
  • Sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda
  • Dissolve a tablespoon of washing up liquid in 100ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Rub into the surface of soda
  • Let the stain dry completely
  • Remove the dry soda with a clean sponge, or use a vacuum cleaner
  • Apply a natural scent to the area to discourage your cat from returning to the area. Citrus and tea tree oil are good bets.

Before you apply these homemade solutions to a stain, make sure you spot test them in a discreet area first! 

How NOT to Remove Cat Urine Odour:

Despite common advice, it is not a good idea to clean your carpets using cleaners that contain chlorine. Despite the disinfecting effect, it is important to remember that chlorine is highly toxic and can harm your pet.

Secondly, perfumes, which are often used to lessen the smell of cat urine, do not resolve the problem and may result in a mixed smell that is even worse than before! Cat noses are much more sensitive than ours, so a small amount is enough.

We hope that the solutions above help to remove the smell of cat urine in your home! If you are still experiencing foul odours, don’t hesitate to seek out professional help. Additionally, if your cat is urinating outside of its litter box on a regular basis, you may need to ask your veterinarian for advice.

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Act quickly when it comes to the unpleasant smell of urine. Cat urine is especially potent, so once you’ve read this article, get to work!

Key Steps:

  • Remove urine smell on wipe-able surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner like Jif Antibacterial Spray. This will kill 99% of bacteria and also clean your surfaces at the same time, helping to eliminate urine odour.
  • Always follow the instructions on your cleaning product’s label carefully.

Safety Warning


Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.