Asked on Jan 03, 2016

Removing cat urine

LilMiss Synn
by LilMiss Synn
Any solution out there for removing cat urine from clothing after it has dried? I've tried pretty much everything from vinegar to Tide and I can't get it out. I'll take any suggestion that anyone has :)
  17 answers
  • Phyllis Ittas Phyllis Ittas on Jan 03, 2016
    My daughter brought her boots and a hockey bag up that her male cat had gone in - no he is not fixed and it smells to high heaven !!! Well, I have been using Fabreeze in both - helped a little. So I got some new Bounce sheets and sprayed them - It seems to be working ! Anyone else have any good ideas ?????
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    • PorrPaiger PorrPaiger on Oct 15, 2019

      One of my 2 cats (both neutered males) had taken to painting all of my walls, furniture, and anything else he could reach. I was horrified when I got a UV light. He never did that in all of the 9 years I've had him and didn't when I got him a buddy (they love each other and did so right away) but when a strange black cat started showing up outside both of my cats went nuts and the older one (9) started his wall painting, as well as the curtains out in the kitty room. I couldn't keep up with it.

      My cats are indoor cats so it's not like the stray is actually going to get in here but they both hate him (and he is neighbor's cats hate him too). I've tried cleaning with a pet urine enzyme and then spraying some "No More Spraying" but that hasn't worked. He's a sneaky little bugger too; he waits until he thinks I'm not looking and then does it. He's learned that the minute I see him backing his butt up to something he gets yelled at.

      It wasn't until I found "Cat Spraying No More" that I was able to finally get rid of this tiresome behavior.

      Now my house doesn't smell like a litter box anymore :)

      Here's a link the their site if you're interested in checking it out:

      I hope you guys don't mind me sharing this. Cheers!

  • Shannon Spoto Shannon Spoto on Jan 03, 2016
    baking soda and vinegar, let sit for at least 1 hour, put a couple drops of extra concentrate Dawn! Scrub well, remove all of the mixture with a shop vac, dry and sprinkle baking soda on area, and rub into carpet. Do not vac up baking soda right away.
  • Valeriemitchell Valeriemitchell on Jan 03, 2016
    A tote, clothing. Shake cat litter under & over the clothing. Do the same with the bag. leave overnight & launder.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 03, 2016
    If the above mentioned did not work try using natures miracle found in most pet stores.
  • Camaro1952 Camaro1952 on Jan 03, 2016
    I bought a pet urine remover forom walmart. I don't remember the brand but it was the least expensive one. It worked! and I found it also removed underarm sweat stains on clothing. Good luck.
  • LilMiss Synn LilMiss Synn on Jan 03, 2016
    Thank you all sooo much! I'm going to go down the list and hopefully some of these great ideas will work. My darling brat of a cat picked the two most expensive pieces of clothing I own one of them being my warmest winter jacket! I will keep you updated! Thanks again!
  • Libby Wick Libby Wick on Jan 03, 2016
    Cat urine is an organic substance and the only lasting way to really get rid of the smell is to break down the organic matter. That means using an enzyme based cleaner, e.g., bio washing powder. The organic matter spreads into the fabric much further than just the area which appears wet or stained. So the enzymatic cleaner has to be applied to a much larger area than you might think. Also,different enzymes work on different organic matter, cleaner made for cleaning kitchens will not work on pet odours, vomit, faeces, etc. There's a good list here, hope it helps:
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 03, 2016
    Not to sound mean but unless it's a special piece that was expensive I pers would consider replacement. After trying so many solutions you may be losing the integrity of the fabric
  • Sue Sue on Jan 03, 2016
    Try Dawn dish soap and hydrogen peroxide mixed in spray bottle. Squirt this on, leave it to soak in alillte while, scrub lightly and dry with a towel. I also sprinkle a little baking soda on after its dry and give it an hour then brush or vacuum it off.
  • Ranger Ranger on Jan 03, 2016
    Mix baking soda with water to make a good paste. Put all over the stain and leave to dry fully. Then launder as usual. Works on carpets and furniture too. Best of luck. 04/01/2016
  • Ranger Ranger on Jan 03, 2016
    Perhaps your household insurance would cover the expensive items?
  • Mary ann clark Mary ann clark on Jan 03, 2016
    a product called "Natures Miracle" works REALLY well !! its found at all the major pet supply stores. I have gotten the smell out of duffle bags, carpet, shoes, kitties have separation anxieties if left alone for more than 24 hours so if my petsitter isn't available, I make sure I have enough just in case. If the stain is old, it might take a couple of treatments.
  • Aqu2769889 Aqu2769889 on Jan 04, 2016
    I QT of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide you get in any supermarket or drug store, add to your small load wash during rinse cycle,let it agitate a bit to mix well, then turn the machine off and let it sit for about 1hr, then start your machine again to finish the wash, repeat again if it has not totally neutralized the odor. I have used the 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on my oriental silk rugs then used paper towels to mope dry with out any damage to the rug. Totally neutralizes pet urine and they never go back to the same spot again
  • Ducky Ducky on Jan 04, 2016
    One cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar in the wash.
  • Mary Mary on Jan 05, 2016
    Oxiclean! Nothing better...!
  • Phyllis Ittas Phyllis Ittas on Jan 14, 2016
    I used Fabreze Anibacterial Spray inside some boots (removed insole) and a hockey bag. Sprayed the inside of the boots, both sides of insoles - all of the inside of the big hockey bag. Waited a day and re-applied to all items. Now they smell good with no lingering odors !!!
  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 15, 2022

    Hello, hope this helps you out. Use your washing machine to wash the stained clothes, preferably with an enzyme detergent. Afterwards, air dry your clothes. Some recommend adding one pound of baking soda to the wash or to run a cycle with a cup of white vinegar and no detergent, then run a second cycle with regular detergent.