Remove Cat Urine Odor with Natural Ingredients

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You can remove cat urine odor from your apartment with natural and inexpensive ingredients following a simple method. You probably already have everything you need to eliminate odors from cat urine in your cupboard.

Remove Cat Urine Odor Naturally

Eliminate odors from cat pee with the following tools and ingredients:

  • Paper towels
  • Hand towel or cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Vacuum
  • Hair dryer or fan (optional)
  • Baking soda
  • Cold water
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Warm water

Blot and Rinse the Stain

As soon as your notice the cat urine stain, blot–don’t scrub–the stain carefully with paper towels. (If the stain is already dry, you can skip that step.) Cover the stain with cold water. Blot the stain again.

Use a Mixture of Vinegar and Water

You can remove cat urine odor using a natural solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water. Soak your hand towel or cloth with the vinegar and water mixture, and rub the stain in a circular motion. Repeat a second time. Allow to dry or use the hair dryer or fan to speed the process.

Use Baking Soda and a Brush

Baking soda is a natural odor-fighter and when used regularly, it can make carpets, upholstery and drapes smell fresh. Once the stained area has dried, pour a large amount of baking soda over the area until it is completely covered. Use your scrub brush to work the soda into the fibers in a circular motion.

Vacuum and Wet Vacuum if Necessary

After you have worked the baking soda into the stained area(s), you should vacuum up the baking soda, as this will help the baking soda’s odor-fighting properties work into fibers and remove the excess. If this hasn’t helped you remove cat urine odor entirely, repeat the baking soda process. If this still doesn’t work, consider using a wet vacuum with plain water or soap to thoroughly wash your carpets, drapes or upholstery.

Another Option

Because cat urine contains bacteria that is difficult to remove entirely with natural household cleaning products, you should consider purchasing a commercial cat odor remover made of entirely natural ingredients when it comes to particularly stubborn or pervasive cat urine stains. These ingredients will target the enzymes present in cat urine better than vinegar and baking soda alone.

Get to the Root of the Problem

While you work on removing the cat pee stain(s), be sure to search for the root of your cat’s problem. Your cat may be peeing outside of its litter due to a dirty litter box, stress, being unfixed or another underlying medical problem. If cleaning the litter box does not solve the problem, bring your cat to the vet for an examination.

Using natural ingredients to remove cat urine odor can be just as or nearly as effective as using a commercial odor eliminating product. Catching a stain shortly after your cat has urinated increases your chances of success. If you have to resort to a commercial cleanser, there are a number of all-natural options that will help you get your apartment smelling fresh again.

3 Responses to “Remove Cat Urine Odor with Natural Ingredients”

  1. August 19, 2012 at 9:47 am, Chris said:

    Thanks for the info! I also want to share some advice based on my experience.

    There are two steps in eliminating urine odor. 1. Locate the urine / urine residue. 2. Treat it with an effective urine odor neutralizer. Both steps can be challenging.

    First locating the urine. Uv lights and moisture sensors can help you find exactly where the urine is at. UV lights show where it is at on the surface and the moisture sensor helps determine where it is at below the surface. Usually you end up doing some guessing. When you know where the urine is you then need to treat it with a good urine odor neutralizer. There are a few good ones. If you use one with enzymes you will need to keep the area damp for 4-40 hours. The enzymes need time to digest and break down the urine molecules. If the enzymes do not get to the urine or if they dry out and go dormant before they have finished digesting then you won’t get rid of all the odor. There are other good odor neutralizers that do not use enzymes. There are oxidizers and chemical neutralizers that are just as effective as enzymes at removing the smell but do not take as long to work. They still need to come in contact with the urine though. So if you use a good product and use it according to its directions and get it to the urine you will eliminate the odor. An excellent odor neutralizer that works immediately on contact is “Severe Urine Neutralizer SUN” from Amazon or from They also have enzyme and oxidizer odor removers but they are more difficult to use.


  2. March 04, 2013 at 11:21 am, PetLuvR said:

    This is a great outline for using household remedies to remove the smell of cat pee.

    Chris’s explanation above is excellent as well. The only problem with S.U.N. is that it’s pretty strong stuff and can be harmful to your pets. If you don’t have animals and are trying to get rid of smells from stray cats, it might be a good option. But, I’d be very concerned about using it in a household with other pets.


  3. April 03, 2013 at 11:14 am, Matt Ringer said:

    Cat Urine, consists of three, chemical parts the urea, which makes the urine sticky and allows the other two parts to create odors. Urochrome gives the urine its ugly yellow color that stains carpets, furniture the walls. The third part is made up of Uric Acid; the uric acid in the urine consists of salts and crystals that give off the extremely pungent odor that vaporizes and turns into an invisible gas. An all-natural paint additive has been developed. Air-ReNu, turns any newly painted wall surface, into an effective and permanent air purification system, no electricity or filters required.


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