Clean & Remove Cat Urine in Carpet – FREE Recipe

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Cat Urine Removal

How to get rid of Cat Urine Smell from Carpets.
Ingredients you need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Dishwashing Detergent (Dish Soap)

Instructions for Cat Urine Removal from carpets

Step 1.

If the cat has recently urinated on the carpet, first absorb as much of the cat urine as possible using paper towels. Place several layers of clean paper towels over the cat urine area and tread on them so as to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Repeat with dry towels until no more moisture can be absorbed.

If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use that instead to remove the excess cat urine.

Areas of cat urine that have dried and previously gone undetected can be found with the aid of a black light. The cat urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. Hand held black lights are quite inexpensive, usually costing between $15 – $25. To save the expense of a black light you can always use your nose to detect the source of the odor. Put your nose down close to the carpet and sniff away.

Step 2.

Next, use a spray bottle to wet the area with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Make sure you use enough of the solution to penetrate the fibers deep down.
After the vinegar treatment dry off the carpet as much as possible. You can assist drying by blotting with paper towels as described above.

If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use that to remove excess moisture.

Step 3.

Apply a handful of baking soda over the affected area. Mix a quarter of a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent (dish soap) and drizzle this solution over the baking soda. Alternatively you can use a spray bottle for the hydrogen peroxide solution.
(Do not use caustic detergent that you put in a dishwasher)

Work it well into the carpet with a soft brush or your fingers. Put on a pair of rubber gloves if you use your fingers.

Allow to dry. You can assist drying with a heater or a fan.

Once completely dry vacuum up the dried baking soda. The baking soda absorbs the odor and urine. Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking soda if necessary.

That’s all there is to it. It’s as simple as that. 1-2-3 cat pee smell gone. It really does work.

Caution: Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide that is higher than 3% strength (10 Vol)
Stronger strengths may bleach a carpet.

If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide on hand you could substitute it for a spray laundry stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says ‘Oxy’ anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide. Preen, Sard, OxiClean etc.

This recipe is for one small area of cat urine. For larger areas you will need to adjust the quantities of ingredients used.

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Caution -Disclaimer

It is highly recommended that you perform a small spot test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with the above recipe.

Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide that is higher in concentrate than 3%. Bleaching may occur on some carpets with a stronger solution. Read the label on the Hydrogen Peroxide carefully. The label will state the strength.
Use only 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.

(In some countries hydrogen peroxide is measured in volume. Use no higher than 10 vol)

Pet Urine may alter the chemical nature of dyes in some carpets causing discoloration, bleaching or dye run.
The picture at right shows how pet urine can bleach colors in some carpets. This carpet has not been treated with the above recipe. The bleaching occurred as a result of pet urine.

Please be aware that the above recipe cannot reverse bleaching which has been caused by pet urine.

pet urine bleaching


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When a cat pees on rugs, carpets or furnishings it can leave a very unpleasant distinctive cat smell that is hard to get rid of. This urine odor stimulates the cat to urinate in that area again thus perpetuating the problem. Once you remove the odor permanently the cat will no longer keep going back to the same spot to re-offend.

The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia and hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer capable of killing bacteria which cause the urine smells. Baking soda is a well known deodorizer which absorbs odors. Sprinkle it on your carpet monthly then vacuum up to keep your carpet smelling fresh all the time.

Important. Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet. One of the ingredients of urine is ammonia and your cat may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area if it detects the smell of ammonia. Many household cleaner cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to read the label.

See also
Clean Cat Urine from a Mattress

Additional Information

If you wish to keep your cat away from certain areas that are at risk from your cat’s urination such as sofas, beds, rooms etc then I recommend a product called SSScat. It is a motion activated spray which delivers a noisy burst of air to frighten your cat away from an area. It is completely safe and harmless. Now watch this video of SSScat in action. You can usually purchase it on ebay.

Often a cat will inappropriately urinate because of a medical condition. If you have problems with a cat not using his litter box please get him checked by a vet. Examination by your vet for lower urinary tract diseases is necessary to rule out medical conditions which could be causing the inappropriate urination problem. For example a painful case of cystitis or urethral blockage may have your cat associating the pain of urination with it’s litter tray and it will therefore avoid it’s litter tray. Read more about Cystitis in Cats

Sadly, feline spraying and inappropriate urination problems are among the most common reasons for pet cats to be euthanised and surrendered to cat shelters

The problem with cat urine soiling on carpets and other porous furnishings is that it is not always detected until it begins to smell. When the cat first urinates it has very little smell but as time goes by and the urine begins to decompose the odor becomes very unpleasant.

Cats Spraying urine is territorial and also stress related Reasons why cats spray urine, prevention and treatment

Cats are fastidious animals and don’t like dirty litter trays. Clean the cat litter trays daily.

Keep Cat Litter trays in a quiet location. How would you like to go to the toilet in a busy thoroughfare?

Diabetes in cats can cause increased urination.

Your cat may be suffering from Feline Stress. Common causes, management and diagnosis of feline stress

Cats do not like to use the toilet near to where they eat. That’s not surprising… neither do we! Move litter boxes away from feeding areas or where their water is placed.

If your cat pees in your potted plant you can deter them by placing some pine cones on top of the soil. Commercial cat repellants are also available. Here are some home remedy tips to try to Stop Cat Peeing in Potted Plants

If you catch your cat urinating on your carpet or floor, gently and quickly move him to the litter tray. Don’t punish him as this may increase his stress. Try to reinforce positive behavior. Punishment only causes more stress.

Neuter or spay kittens at an early age to reduce urine spraying problems

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