How to Remove Urine Smell From House

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Accidents will happen. Whether it comes from a child, pet or an adult, urine can leave behind a pungent and unpleasant odor that fills your home. If not cleaned properly, the urine will continuously give off an odor that can last for weeks and even months after the initial accident. Many commercial odor eliminators simply mask the smell. Fortunately, there are all-natural options that will remove the urine odor from your home once and for all.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Soft bristled scrub brush
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Vacuum with upholstery attachment
  • Spray bottle
  • Dryer sheets

Remove Urine Odor from Carpet

Blot fresh urine with several paper towels. If the odor is from an old accident, skip this step and move on to Step 2.

Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any lingering urine that may be present in the fibers of your carpet. Wet/dry vacuums are available to rent a local home improvement stores and tool rental centers.

Fill a bucket with 3 cups of cool water and 3 cups of distilled white vinegar. Submerge a soft bristled scrub brush into the mixture. Scrub the carpet with the brush, working the mixture into the carpet fibers.

Blot the area with paper towels to remove the excess mixture. Allow the carpet to air dry.

Apply baking soda liberally over the area of the carpet. Baking soda--like vinegar--is a natural deodorizer that will remove the urine odor without the use of harsh chemicals.

Rinse the soft bristled scrub brush clean under cool, running water. Pour 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap into a small container. Apply the mixture on the area. Scrub the mixture and baking soda into the carpet with the scrub brush. Allow the carpet to dry.

Remove the residue from the carpet with your vacuum. You can also use this process to remove the urine odor from upholstered furniture.

Remove Urine Odor from a Mattress

Remove all bedding from the mattress and launder it as you normally would.

Blot fresh urine with several paper towels. If the odor is from an old accident, skip this step and move on to Step 3.

Add undiluted white vinegar to a clean spray bottle. Saturate the mattress with the vinegar. Scrub the vinegar into the mattress using a scrub brush. Blot the mattress with paper towels to remove excess vinegar. Allow the mattress to dry completely.

Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the mattress. Scrub the baking soda into the mattress with a scrub brush. Allow the mattress and baking soda to sit undisturbed for several hours, but preferably overnight.

Attach your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to its hose. Use the upholstery attachment to remove the baking soda from the mattress.

Place several dryer sheets on top of the mattress. Replace the bedding. Dryer sheets will give your bedding a fresh scent. Change the dryer sheets when you wash or replace your bedding.

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