How to Get Cat Pee Smell Out of Clothes
We love our furry babies, but if you think straight, you will comprehend that they are like humans in every way. The only difference is they are unversed in the way we humans lead our life, whereas we have a set of etiquettes, but isn’t it fair? Because nature hasn’t built them like us. Our furry babies sometimes pass water anywhere but the litter box. Cat pee stinks a lot but let’s not stray away from how to get rid of that stinky odor if your furry friend has urinated on your clothes.
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Things That You Should Avoid While Treating Cat Pee Stench
- Do not put the stinking clothes in your washing machine without treating the stain. It would make the entire garment stink.
- Avoid heat-induced drying, it will set the stain, and you will end up with an everlasting stench. It will be much more difficult for you to get rid of the odor afterwards. Instead, use air drying. It might take some time, but that will produce the best results.
- Never make the mistake of using bleach for something that contains ammonia, in this case, urine. It can produce harmful gases that can lead to respiratory problems.
- Do not use hot water, similar to why you should not use heat drying. Setting the strain would be the worst thing to happen, and this could not be reversed.
Treating Cat Pee Odour Like A Boss
Segregation, To Prevent It From Spreading Further
The first thing one should do is separate the clothes the cat has peed upon from the unaffected clothes. The reason is cross-contamination, which may spread the stench to the unaffected garments.
Assimilating The Excess
Try absorbing the excess urine from the clothes with something disposable so that it does not spill over to other garments. Avoid scrubbing as it could induce the urine to set on the clothes, which will make it hard to get rid of the stench.
Straight Out Of The Pantry (Home Remedies)
- The next step is pretreating the stain by making a paste out of the water and baking soda and then applying it to the stain. Baking soda has the ability to neutralize the uric acid present in the pee and prevent it from further contamination.
- You can soak the pee stain in vinegar to disintegrate the chemicals present in the urine. Although vinegar is safe to use, you can also dilute it with water in a 50:50 ratio to avoid damaging the fabric. You can always test it on a small piece of the same material to ensure it’s safe to use.
- Hydrogen peroxide could work wonders as well. It doesn’t cost much and is safe to use as well. Make sure to dilute it with water in a 50:50 ratio, apply the liquid to the stain and then put it in direct sunlight. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and rinse it off with cold water subsequently.
- To derive the best results from a home remedy, try mixing table salt, vinegar and borax in a 1:1:1 ratio. Apply the mixture and let it sit for a couple of minutes then rinse it with cold water subsequently.
Super Solutions From The Supermarket
If it’s feasible for you to get hold of an enzyme-based solution that is specifically formulated to get rid of odors from your clothes. They are very convenient to use and do not harm the fabric. If you are someone who has to deal with similar problems quite often then getting a treatment solution would make your job easy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How to ensure there are no more pee strains?
A. You can use UV rays or backlight in the dark to see if the strains are glowing. If there are strains left, they will glow and you can then treat them with the methods stated above.
Q. Can we use solutions that have ammonium in them?
A. You should avoid using a solution that has ammonium in it because it’s the same compound present in cat urine, it would attract your furry friends, and they could commit the same deed again.
Q. What to do if the stain has dried?
A. Dried stain means the urine has stayed long enough to set on the clothes, and now you should try removing as much odor as possible by using a cold-water detergent. The enzyme-based detergents are effective at eating away the contaminating bacteria and preventing them from lingering.
Q. What if all the methods stated above fail to produce a result?
A. You might not be able to fully remove it on the first try but if progress has been made then doing it all over again could be a wise choice. And if nothing helps, just get rid of the stains and put a fragrance of your choice on it to overpower the foul smell, which is at least better than throwing the cloth away.
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