Homemade Pet Urine Odor Removal for Laundry


When pet urine comes into contact with clothing, it can leave behind an unbearable odor that seems nearly impossible to remove. There are a few retail products designed specifically for removing pet and human urine stains and odors, but these may be too expensive for your budget. Several inexpensive elements that you may already have on hand will remove the odor and leave your clothes smelling fresh again.


  • Vinegar is a natural deodorizer that breaks down the ammonia found in pet urine. When clothes come into contact with pet urine, you can use vinegar in two ways. Try soaking the items in a bath of one gallon of cold water and one cup of distilled white vinegar. Do not use hot water, which can permanently set in the odor. Alternately, simply run the clothing through the laundry cycle on a cold-water wash, adding your normal laundry detergent as well as two cups of distilled white vinegar. This will eliminate the odor and also kill any bacteria that have developed on the stained clothing.

Baking Soda

  • Baking soda is another natural element that deodorizes pet urine. The easiest way to use baking soda is to simply add two cups of it to your laundry cycle, washing with cold water and your normal laundry detergent. You can also soak your clothing items in a bath of one gallon of cold water mixed with one cup of baking soda. Let soak for a few hours, then launder. For added deodorizing, add baking soda to the wash cycle as well.


  • Ammonia is another common household item that will eliminate pet urine odor from laundry. Ammonia cleans, disinfects and deodorizes, removing the scent and any bacteria associated with the urine. Soak the garments in a cold water bath with one-half cup of ammonia to one gallon of cold water. Let soak for a few hours, then launder in a cold-water wash. Alternately, add all the stained items to the washing machine with your usual laundry detergent, and add one cup of ammonia.

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