Oops. Kitty had a little accident. For whatever reason she didn’t make it to the litter box and left a bit of a mess. You have cleaned the mess, and there is no visible sign of the mishap. However, the smell still lingers. The last thing you want is a pee smell hanging over the room. If you have company, they will certainly be uncomfortable. But you will be just as uncomfortable alone. No one likes that odor. But what do you do?
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can take care of the odor. Let’s look at some ways to get rid of the terrible pee smell that just doesn’t want to go away.
6. Soak it up
If you are fortunate enough to have found the stain before it dries, soak as much of it up as you can. (It may seem obvious, but we’ll say it anyway – whatever you used to soak it up goes immediately into the garbage can.)
The acid in vinegar can neutralize the bacteria left behind. A mix of 3 parts water and 1 part white vinegar can do wonders. Put that mix in a spray bottle and spray the stain. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Use an old hand towel or paper towel to dab the stain. Repeat the process until the spot is dry.
4. Hydrogen peroxide
Ideal for use after the vinegar treatment, put hydrogen peroxide on the surface of the smell and let it sit for 5 minutes.
3. Baking soda
The sodium bicarbonate ingredient is an excellent deodorizer. Let it sit on the stain for 30 minutes and then vacuum.
If you go this route, make sure the detergent has no ammonia in it. After all, that’s the smell you are trying to get rid of. You do want detergents with enzymes, as they also act as deodorizers.
1. Extracting wet vac
After trying the other methods, use this to make sure you have removed everything. Do not use steam cleaners; those will force the odor deeper into the carpet.
But what if the cat didn’t pee on the carpet? Mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into 2 cups of cool water. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the affected surface. If there is any lingering odor, sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit for 30 minutes.
If the accident occurred on an article of clothing, rinse the stain with cool water before putting the clothing into the washing machine. If there is still a lingering odor, add a cup of baking soda or a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar or an enzyme-based cleaner and wash it again.
If your furry friend repeats this adventure a few times, it might be a good idea to schedule a trip to the vet, just to make sure the cat is not getting sick.
Cleaning up accidents is one of those things that goes along with having a pet. But just because the little friend leaves a mess behind doesn’t mean it has to stick around. Use any of these remedies and get rid of that terrible lingering odor and make your home feel like home once again.