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!

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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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  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.

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


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

  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.