How to Get Pet Odors Out of Laundry Using Vinegar


Odors from pet hair or pet accidents, such as urine, transfer and linger on clothing items even after the laundry has been washed. Such odors are particularly annoying for the non-pet owner who simply made brief contact with a pet belonging to a friend or family member. Taking the stinky laundry items to a professional cleaner is a costly and unnecessary step, as utilizing one household liquid during the cleaning process eliminates the pet odors.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Dryer
  • Scented dryer sheets
  • Place the laundry covered in pet odors into the washing machine. Mixing this laundry with other non-smelly clothes items is fine.

  • Pour the normal amount of laundry detergent (powder or liquid) into the machine.

  • Pour 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar into the machine.

  • Run the machine on the "Gentle" cycle. Then, place the laundry into the dryer.

  • Place two scented fabric softener sheets into the dryer. Dry the clothes as normal (for example, "Tumble Dry" on medium heat).

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