Remove cat pee smell permanently

We currently have one rescue kitten left at our house and the Bengal is not very happy about it! First she peed in the kittens bed. Then she 'marked' the cardboard box the kitten had been playing in. Finally she graduated to spraying anywhere she could smell the kitten. I absolutely can't stand the smell of cat urine so I did my best to clean up all these messes. I literally tried everything to get rid of the cat odor in my house.

I first started cleaning it up with the rug scrubber filled with pet stain & odor remover. That wasn't strong enough so I bought enzymatic pet odor sprays from the pet store. I also tried white vinegar and I tried essential oils. No matter what I used, it only removed the cat pee smell for a few days and then I could smell the cat pee again. I spent way too much money on this stuff! I was completely convinced that nothing but the strongest, most potent, specially made formulas would work.

I was wrong. 
homemade cat odor remover

I soon found out, I had the solution in my cabinet the whole time....and it wasn't chemical laden crap from the pet store!

Peroxide, baking soda and dish soap. Sound familiar? These are the 3 ingredients in my Best Skunk Spray Remover EVER! recipe. The proportions are a little different, but it works just as well to remove cat urine smell as it does for skunk spray! It's a lot more natural then all the artificial chemicals I was spraying in my house, plus it works better than all the other sprays and cleaners I had bought!

Remove cat urine smell permanently! 


You'll need:
Spray bottle
Bottle of peroxide 16 oz
1 Tbs baking soda
Dish soap, just a small squirt

Pour it all into the spray bottle, replace the cap and shake to mix.

To use on fresh cat urine:
Blot wet spot with paper towels until no more moisture can be absorbed. Spray with solution till saturated. Let sit until dry. Do not blot the solution up. Once dry, vacuum or brush away any powdery residue. That's it!

If the spot of cat pee is already dry when you find it then skip the blotting and get right to spraying the solution on the urine spot.

the best cat spray remover

The best part about this solution is that it still removes the cat urine smell even if you already used something else on the urine spot!

Many commercial pet urine removers say that they will not work on old stains or stains that have been treated with other cleaners. I have used this solution to treat stains that have been previously treated with 3 different commercial solutions and it has worked perfectly every time!

Now on to the tricky part....finding exactly where the cat has sprayed. I went to walmart and bought an LED blacklight flashlight. It was under $10. Cat urine glows under blacklight!

A puddle of cat pee will look sort of like orange neon. A spot on fabric or carpet will look more like a glowy white stain. It'll glow so you'll know when you see it. Once you've found the spot, treat as mentioned above. So simple.

LED blacklight flashlight for pet stains

I have used this solution on everything...carpet, couch, pet bed and even a pair of boots and it has not left any stains or discoloration. However, I recommend a patch test if it's a particularly important surface that your cleaning.

I have not tried this on dog urine stains, but I have no reason to believe it wouldn't work to remove any type of pet odor. If you try it, let me know!

The only downside I have found is that if you don't use all the solution right away and try to use it in a few days, it doesn't seem to work as well. So mix it up fresh each time you need it. At under $1 worth of supplies though, it's inexpensive to mix up any time you need it.

This homemade pet odor remover has really helped to rid my house of pet odor...which is awesome because youngest son really wants to keep this kitten!

Want more posts on caring for cats naturally? Click here for my other posts on cat care and catnip!

~L

Related reading:
Article on PetMd about why cats spray.
Humane Society article on what to do if you cat starts marking their territory.

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24 comments:

  1. Probably the reason it only works when you use it immediately is because peroxide is not stable, especially if you put it in a bottle that allows light in. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I'm definitely going to try it.

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    1. Yeah, I found that out the hard way. At least it's cheap to make more!

      ~L

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    2. Will this solution also remove the stains? Thanks so much for sharing!

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    3. Yes, this has worked to remove the stains from cat pee also....however if the spot was already treated with another product and that discolored the fabric or carpet, then it only removes the smell.

      Hope that helps!
      Lisa

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    4. I should have thought about using this. I knew it for skunk smell but didn't think about it for cat urine. The only other thing I have found that completely gets ride of it is bleach but that is way harsher than this. Neat!

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    5. Yes, it is almost the same exact thing as the skunk remover except that recipe uses a bit more dish soap. Both of them work great though for removing unwanted animal odors!

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  2. Doesn't the peroxide damage/discolor furnitures and carpets?

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  3. I haven't had a problem with discoloration and I've used it on several carpets, a couce and even the cat wheel. *sigh* If a surface is dirty the peroxide and dish soap combination would remove some dirt and it would appear different from being cleaner, but I don't believe it would damage any surfaces.

    ~L

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  4. LAST NIGHT MY CAT PEED ON A PARQUET FLOOR IN THE NEW APPARTEMENT I JUST MOVED INTO. I'M WORRIED THAT THE CLEANING MIXTURE YOU RECOMMEND MIGHT BLEACH THE WOOD. HAS ANYONE TRIED IT ON PALE WOODEN FLOORS?

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  5. I have used it on wood and not had a problem with discoloration. Just to be safe, try it on a small out of the way spot first. Good luck!

    Lisa

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  6. Is there a reason you don't rinse or blot the area after cleaning?

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    1. I let it air dry so the solution has time to work. Rising or blotting would stop the cleaning action. It takes a few minutes for the smell to be gone completely. Once dry you can vacuum over it if it seems powdery (that's the baking soda) but it usually just dries up completely without any residue.

      Lisa

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  7. How do u get a cat to stop peeing in the same place that u cleaned up after her? I can’t get her to stop peeing on the floor. Does anyone know what I can do? Please help.

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    1. If cleaning the area thoroughly does not work try blocking it off for a little while. A basket placed over it, a blanket on top of it...anything so she can't actually get to that spot. If she just pees somewhere else, she may need to see a doctor to rule out a urinary infection.

      Hope that helps!
      Lisa

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  8. I just tried this on my carpet and the smell is gone! At least to me (can't vouch for the cat). We'll see if it stains the carpet. But even if it doesn't I seriously don't care as long as it doesn't smell like cat pee.

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    1. I'm so glad that the cat smell is gone from your carpet! I have used this solution to remove cat pee smell from different surfaces and have not had a discoloration problem yet. If it was going to cause discoloration you'd know by now. Glad that it worked for you!

      Lisa

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  9. We have 2 geriatric cats with kidney disease. One cat peed in her bed a couple of days ago. I immediately rinsed the area with hot water, but wasn't sure how to proceed. It's machine washable, but based on past experience when the other cat peed on a bathroom rug a couple of times, and even a direct application of liquid detergent and a couple of machine washings didn't completely remove the smell, I thought I should try something else. I had some success putting the rug outside on a breezy day to dry, and most of the smell was gone. How would you recommend using your recipe in conjunction with machine washing?

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    1. I would completely saturate the cat urine stain with the peroxide, baking soda, dish soap solution. Let it air dry...it will probably take a whole day. Once dry, you can rewash the cat bed or just vacuum out the baking soda residue and it should be fine. Good luck!

      Lisa

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  10. I decided to try your recipe. I cannot thank you enough!!!! Not a single thing that I have ever used in the past completely eradicated cat urine smell. This eradicated it completely. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Elaine in PA

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    1. That is awesome! I'm so glad to hear that the cat smell is gone from your house! Thanks for letting me know!

      Lisa

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  11. Wow! I had no idea! It seems that often the simplest solution ends up being the best. Cat pee has got to be the WORST smell on the planet! I don't have an issue with it right now, but we now have two young kittens plus our 3 year old cat. There is bound to be some cat pee that ends up in the wrong place in the future! I will pin this so I can come back to it then! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Oh, I agree, cat pee is horrible! Unfortunately it is a sometimes an occurance of having cats. I'm glad I found a solution to the smell, just can't believe I went through so many expensive store bought cleaners that didn't work first!

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  12. Boy, do I wish I had this recipe when I was in college! My roomate had three cats. Although I don't have cats, I do have a dog. I will try this for doggy pee!

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    1. This recipe also works to remove dog pee smell too! If you already used a chemical spray on the urine spot then it might take 2 applications to work though....but it will work!

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