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Had Enough Frustration? Here’s How to Get Cat Pee Smell Out of Clothes

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ats are adorable creatures. These animals can melt your stress away when they sit on your lap or look at you with their irresistible eyes for some cuddle time.

Cats are adorable creatures. These animals can melt your stress away when they sit on your lap or look at you with their irresistible eyes for some cuddle time.

As much as I love these creatures, it can’t be denied that cats also have a naughty side. I had to learn how to get cat pee smell out of clothes when they developed the habit of urinating outside their box.

From one cat owner to another, I know how frustrating it is when your adorable cats decide to make your laundry their new litter box. As I couldn’t drive my cats out without hating myself, I learned a few tricks on how to remove cat pee smell out of the laundry.

Here’s a step by step guide on how to do the laundry when your cat’s pee is all over it.

What You’ll Need

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  • Distilled White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • ​Mild Detergent
  • ​Enzyme Cleaners (optional)
  • Hot Water


Step by Step Instructions

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Step 1: Determine How Old the Cat Pee Stain Is


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While there is no cat pee stain age detector, you will know when the accident is recent if the clothes are still wet. In this case, you can skip this step and proceed to Step 2.

If the pee has already dried up, the best way to lift the stain and get rid of the smell is to douse the clothes first in baking soda.

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and it can help you get rid of any unwanted smell in your house. Since this is a natural air freshener, you can also use it on your carpet but be sure to check for fabric compatibility.

Place all the stained clothes in a basket and pour baking soda over it. This helps in deodorizing and cleaning your clothes but do not use it on silk and wool. Leave the baking soda on for half a day or longer.


Step 2: Wash Your Clothes Using Hot Water


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Throw in your soiled clothes into the washing machine and pour your laundry detergent together with one cup of vinegar for each load.

Vinegar is a popular homemade solution for treating carpets and clothes with pee stains. Since vinegar is acidic, it can neutralize the smell of ammonia in urine which is alkaline. Aside from being safe to use, it can also kill bacteria.

Be sure to use hot water for your laundry. For most clothes that are moderately soiled, using warm water with a temperature of about 32 degrees Celsius or 90 degrees Fahrenheit is considered ideal since it prevents color fading and fabric shrinking. But for seriously soiled clothes, as in this case, you may use hot water.


Step 3: Check the Smell of Your Clothes


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When cat pee has dried up or if the vinegar solution was unable to fully neutralize the smell of your cat’s pee, you may use an enzyme cleaner.

Enzyme cleaners belong to a wide category of odor removers which includes chemical and bacterial removers. But, it’s recommended to use an enzyme cleaner since it could break down cat urine and get rid of the smell.

However, the effectiveness of the cleaner would depend on the properties of the product you chose.

There are enzyme cleaners that can be used with your detergent but some should be applied before doing the laundry. So, check the instructions on how to use the product first.


Step 4: Hang the Clothes to Dry


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Since you used hot water in your laundry, you need to hang the clothes to dry. This will prevent fabric shrinkage.

A Word of Caution

Before cleaning your laundry, examine the labels and make sure that it does not contain ammonia. Cat pee has a similar scent and it may attract them to pee in your clothes again.

Final Thoughts

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That concludes our quick tutorial on removing the smell of cat pee on your clothes. While we have presented cool tips to remove the smell, try to pick up soiled clothes off the floor to avoid future accidents.

If your cat is constantly having issues controlling its pee, be sure to consult your vet as your feline friend might be having health problems.

For those of us who own pet cats, dealing with all sort of issues such as cat pee comes up. Getting assaulted by the strong smell of pee is not something you have to live with just because you want to keep kitty. Hopefully, these tips will work out for you too.

If you know other cat lovers who could use this article, be sure to share this with them. And, if you have other suggestions or special methods for removing the smell of your cat’s pee on clothes and rugs, be sure to leave a comment below.

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