The Best Cleaner for Pet Urine Odor


Removing odor from a pet's urine stain is as important as removing the stain itself, cautions the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW). The urine scent attracts animals to the spot to urinate on instinct. PAW recommends a neutralizing product with safe bacteria or nontoxic enzymes that digest the residue. It suggests Oxy-Clean Simple Solution, Odor Ban or Nature's Miracle. PAW indicates home ingredients like baking soda, club soda, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, lemon juice and cornstarch can be effective in neutralizing pet urine odor.


Cleaner Preparation

Commercial Cleaners

  • Commercial carpet cleaning companies can be successful at cleaning up urine stains and odors. However, How To Clean Things notes that commercial carpet cleaners often rely on chemical solutions that contain perchloroethylene and naphthalene -- both toxic chemicals -- to remove the stain and odor. If you select a commercial company, inquire about the products they use and non-toxic or organic alternatives they provide.

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