I know I’ve been talking (or gushing) about my essential oils lately, but wow, they are really incredible! I’ve found they are my go-to when cleaning the house, especially when I have to remove cat urine smell from my carpets and clothing. **Updated 8/7/17: please read new information for treating leather at bottom of post!
How to Remove Cat Urine Smell Naturally
This summer has been a difficult one for us pet-wise. We have struggled with cat urine all around the house, something we’ve never really had to deal with before. My 6 year old kept finding puddles in her room, or she would go to put some clothes on and they would reek of cat pee. YUCK! Poor kid.
We finally started closing the door to her bedroom, but the cats just moved on to the master bedroom. We treated the old cat when we realized he was a definite culprit and made him more comfortable, though the vet warned he may be cured of his UTI he is still old. Sigh.
Then, the big, fat, hairy siamese cat started peeing behind the toilet in the bathroom. Yes, at least he was nice enough to restrict it to the bathroom, but he was mean. He was in so much pain he was lashing out at the other cats and us. He sometimes goes through periods like that when the seasons change, but this didn’t end.
We just couldn’t live with him like that and realized it was not normal. So in her went to the vet. You should have seen me trying to get an angry, aggressive 16 pound siamese into a cat carrier! We opted to get injections for him rather than the pills, needless to say.
In the mean time, we had to put my old kitty down, which broke my heart. I loved him so much and it’s hard when I realize he’s really gone.
To make a long story short, we took the third and youngest cat in to be tested when we found him peeing in the dining room. He actually had the worst case of UTI but barely let on that he was sick! Poor kitty.
We have changed the cat’s food and are paying more attention to their litter box. It was really hard with three cats to keep it clean, especially when we have three little kids at home. So my dear husband, NO more than two cats…EVER!
Now where there is cat urine there is smell. Gross. It’s as if the walls of our house are permeable, the urine smell just getting everywhere. I am not a fan of sprays or shampoo that just mask the smell – I want something that is actually going to take care of it. So I always turn to my essential oils!
Best Ways to Get Rid of that Smell
When I find areas of carpet that smell of cat urine but are old and dry, I mix some baking soda with a few drops of lavender and sprinkle liberally. Then I let it sit for a few hours or overnight before vacuuming. The lavender and baking soda actually absorb the odor rather than just masking it. If you work the baking soda into the carpet when you apply it, the mixture will work even better.
I use a cup of vinegar with a few drops of lavender oil when washing clothes that have cat pee on them.
- Air Freshener
I LOVE using a diffuser to freshen the air! It also acts as a humidifier so even better! I add a few drops of whatever oil or blend I decide and then it diffuses for hours.
I found this really great recipe for treating leather over at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. Add the following ingredients to a spray bottle:
- 5 oz hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 drops of orange essential oil (You Can Buy Here)
When all of the ingredients have been added, gently shake the bottle. Now simply generously spray the affected area with this solution and allow to completely dry. It will become powder-like once the formula dries. Once it dries vacuum up the powder.
If the smell is still there, then sprinkle a few drops of 100% pure Orange Essential Oil on the spot and gently rub into the leather with your fingers. Wipe dry and let sit. Enjoy your urine-free couch!
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Do you know how to remove cat urine smell naturally with different methods? Let me know!