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Neutralizing Cat Odors

Neutralizing Cat Odors

The odor of cat urine is one of the strongest and most unpleasant smells ever. And itís so difficult to get rid of: one pet mistake on a carpet or sofa can ruin it forever–unless you know the secret.

Find out how to get rid of that awful odor quickly, easily and naturally!

1. First, use water with soap or detergent to dilute and remove as much of the urine as possible. Rinse area well.

2. Next, apply straight white vinegar to the area (you may want to make sure this will not affect the color of your rug or furniture by doing a spot-test first.) Rub in well and allow to dry until area is just damp. Be sure to wait until the vinegar is nearly dry before applying the baking soda.

3. Apply baking soda liberally to the damp area and allow to dry completely. (If baking soda gets too wet, it will make a gloppy mess that is hard to vacuum. Once it then dries it can stick to the fabric of a carpet and be hard to fully rinse off, although it should eventually.)

4. When dry, vacuum thoroughly.

Read more: Pets, Everyday Pet Care

By the cat-loving staff at Care2.

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8:48AM PST on Jan 29, 2015

Being a painting contractor, we run into a lot of homes, rentals with pet and tobacco smoke odor problems. Painting the inside walls will not remove the odors as they are impregnated in the drywall, carpet, upholstery and drapes making the home harder to sell, or rent looks good smells badly. If you have to repaint, the inside walls add the Ionic Paint Additive, one treatment will remain effective for 8-12 years

6:45PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Thank you

6:33PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Thank you

1:11PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

WORST advice ever. Vinegar has some of the same chemical compounds as cat urine. Because of this, if the cat smells the vinegar, it will be there. Sorry, but the basking powder won't hide this from your cat. FAIL.

Use something like Genesis 950 and clean it right the first time.

11:10PM PDT on May 25, 2013


10:52AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:36PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

In the Netherlands there is a new product available, that simply by spraying in the air and onthe stinking surface, eliminates all cat urine odor. It's called ZHERO Air Cleaner, and we are very happy about it, because it is 100 % biological, and it has no odor of its own. It takes som 20 minutes before it works, at first you will notice a light vinegar smell. Sorry but the website is in dutch, but they have english text on the bottle.

3:42PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you! If any of my precious kitties has an accident, I will know what to do.

5:09PM PST on Dec 23, 2012


11:39AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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