How to Get Rid of the Smell of Urine

Whether you have young children or are taking care of a loved one, urine smell may be something you’ve tried to get rid of in your home with little success. Thankfully, this common problem has many solutions.

Why Does Urine Have Such a Strong Smell?

Urine or pee and bubble in white flush bowl toilet in restroom

Urine smells strongly due to the uric acid, which is waste produced by the kidneys. When it is absorbed by a substance and remains for a period of time, bacteria can invade, causing the urine smell to intensify.

These aren’t the only causes of strong-smelling urine. Some foods can cause a stronger smell. For example, asparagus is well known as an intensifier of urine smell. Pharmaceutical products, as well as vitamins and other supplements, can also contribute to urine with a stronger smell.

Certain medical conditions, such as cystitis, metabolic disorder, or diabetes can also cause a person to have stronger-smelling urine.

Clean Up Accidents Immediately

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It may seem obvious, but before trying any method to get rid of pee smell, it’s important to eliminate as much as you possibly can. Because urine is a liquid, it can penetrate various hard and soft surfaces very quickly.

As soon as you know that an accident has occurred, use paper towels or disposable rags to absorb the standing liquid. Reusable rags can also work. Once everything has been absorbed, place soiled paper towels or disposable rags in a single bag and place outside.

If you’re using reusable rags, these can also be placed in their own bag and sealed until washing. This will reduce the amount of odor released into your home while you go through the steps below.

Kitty litter is also a great way to both soak up liquid and remove odors. Just sprinkle liberally over the affected area and scoop into a bag.

Sanitize

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Disposable disinfecting wipes will both sanitize the area and eliminate urine odor. Use these after cleaning. You can also run a steam cleaner over the area to kill bacteria.

Treat

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Drying and sanitizing the area are both very effective first steps but, in order to eliminate urine odor, the area must be thoroughly treated. There are several ways to accomplish this.

Vinegar and Water

Mix a 1:1 solution of distilled white vinegar or cleaning vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray over the affected area and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Then wipe or blot with a paper towel or rag. Repeat these steps until the odor and any staining is gone.

Baking Soda Solution

Baking soda, peroxide, and dish detergent can make a powerful solution for eliminating urine stains and odors. Mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with two drops of dish detergent and three tablespoons of baking soda, put into a spray bottle, and shake to mix well.

 

Spray the solution on the affected area and allow to sit for up to 20 minutes before scrubbing the area, repeating if necessary.

Baking Soda by Itself

If you’re treating urine smell on carpeting or upholstery, you can sprinkle baking soda on the surface and leave it to sit for as long as possible. Then vacuum the spot. You can repeat this as many times as you like until the odor is gone.

Shampooer

Carpet and upholstery shampooers offer a very effective means of eliminating urine smells. The machine can be passed over the affected area multiple times to remove all of the odor-causing liquid from furniture, carpeting, and even mattresses.

Borax and Washing Soda

Clothing and bedding affected by urine staining and odors can be washed in warm water with laundry detergent, borax, and washing soda. Borax will help to break down the urine, while washing soda helps remove the urine from fabrics and gives materials a clean scent. A cup of vinegar will offer more odor-busting power and also act as a mild brightener.

Enzymatic Products

Enzymatic cleaners work by attaching themselves to uric acid, breaking it down and then absorbing any remaining odor and bacteria that cause it. Simply spray cleaner onto and around the spot and wipe to remove.

Eliminating Urine Smell from the Air

A woman cleans a bathroom toilet with a scrub brush

Even though you may have been able to get rid of the urine smell in your carpet, bedding, or another area, the smell can still linger in your home. So how can you remove it?

Essential Oils

Many essential oils can help freshen the air in your home. Lavender, orange, and lemon used alone or as a blend are just a few of many oils that can eliminate urine smell from the air in your home.

Odor-Eliminating Spray

There are also several sprays on the market that can remove urine smell from the air. Some products are of medical grade and can be more powerful than consumer products to remove persistent urine odors from the air.

All of the above can effectively remove the urine odor from surfaces and the air in your home, but you may have to try more than one and repeat the steps many times until the smell is gone.

Chlorine Dioxide (Cl02)

Cl02, or chlorine dioxide, is a harmless gas that can be used to get rid of lingering smells safely. How does this occur? Cl02 molecules remove electrons from urine molecules because of their opposing electrical charge. When chlorine dioxide meets air, it reacts with oxygen and destroys odor-causing molecules.

Cl02 has been a very popular way to deodorize very large areas like factories and warehouses. This is because of its release method. Until now, there was only one way to release this gas—all at once in a very large amount, simply because its release could not be controlled.

Eliminate Urine Smell Forever

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Biocide Systems has researched and developed a chlorine dioxide product that you can use right in your own home to get rid of urine smell forever the first time you use it.

Room Shocker puts all the power of chlorine dioxide in your hands. This product is not an air freshener; it is a proven, safe, and effective way to eliminate urine odors for good.

Once activated, Room Shocker gets to work right away. Cl02 molecules are released and penetrate every surface and corner to seek out and destroy odor molecules.

You may wonder about the safety of releasing this gas into your home. You’ll be happy to know that once it’s done its work, chlorine dioxide gas degrades into saline solution, which is completely harmless to you, your family, and your belongings.

Now you can get the power of Cl02 to remove urine smells from multiple rooms in your home. Our Home Cleanup Bundle 4-Pack gives you four rooms-worth of odor eliminating power! Instead of covering up odors or repeating endless steps, just activate all four at the same time, and you will enjoy an incredible 1600 square feet of complete odor elimination!

Homeowners and caregivers choose Room Shocker because it’s completely non-toxic and environmentally safe when used according to instructions. They also love our product because it’s fast. Room Shocker only needs a minimum of four hours to get rid of urine smells, but you can treat any room for up to 24 hours for an extra punch.

Caring for a child or a loved one doesn’t have to mean urine smells will be difficult to remove. You won’t have to work at trying to eliminate smells when you choose the Home Cleanup Bundle!

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