How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odor in Your House
Cats are wonderful. Cat pee stinks. Here’s how you get rid of kitty urine smells:
How to Get Rid of Cat Litter Odors
Destroy Odor Compounds with NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer
Of all the methods on the market for controlling kitty litter smells, our deodorizer is the best. It doesn’t try to catch odors like baking soda or charcoal (slow & ineffective), cover them with perfumes, or break them down (again, slow & ineffective) with enzymes.
Our kitty litter deodorizer simply destroys odor causing compounds at the molecular level. Sprinkle it across the surface of your cat’s litter (after scooping any solid waste) and you’ll be creating an odor-fighting barrier that will keep your home smelling fresh.
NonScents Litter Deodorizer is designed for use with conventional clumping or non-clumping litter. If you’re using a non-traditional litter (gel, newspaper, litter pads, wood shavings, etc), our Pet Odor Remover Spray will work better.
Absorb Odors with Baking Soda or Charcoal
Baking soda, zeolite sand, and activated charcoal are often used in deodorizing products to capture odor bearing molecules in their extremely porous surfaces (think of them working like nets). Baking soda can also react with some components of cat pee to neutralize them. Unfortunately, both of these effects are relatively weak.
While our litter deodorizer is made with a zeolite base, the zeolite is serving as a carrier for our odor-fighting coating, not the sole odor control element itself.
Absorb Urine with Wood Chips or Clumping Litter
Rather than trapping odor compounds indirectly, some products try to absorb the urine itself, along with some of its odor causing compounds. That can work, to a point, but it’s easy for that sort of system to get overwhelmed if you’re not cleaning the litter box frequently, plus urine on the surface of whatever the absorbing substance is will continue to smell.
Clumping litter doesn’t do a lot to control odor itself, but the idea is that it makes it easy for you to remove much of the urine from the box.
Overpower Odors with Fragrances
A lot of kitty litter products bring their own powerful (ostensibly more pleasant) odors into your home in an attempt to overpower the scent of cat pee.
How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odor on the Carpet, Couch, Pillows, Clothes, etc
Did one of your cats have an accident outside of the litter box? Their sensitive noses mean that the stain not only smells bad to you, but it serves as a marker of a place to go to the bathroom again in future.
If you want to get rid of cat pee (or poop, or barf) odors on your carpet, couch, or various other places around your house, here are the most commonly used methods:
Destroy Odor Compounds - NonScents Pet Odor Remover Spray
Our pet odor removal spray is the right tool for the job, because it attacks the compounds that make cat pee & poop smell at the molecular level. It’s fast and incredibly effective, but still safe for you and your pets. Just clean up the mess, soak the area with the spray, wait 30 minutes, and then dry up any remaining liquid in the spot.
The spray will even continue to protect that same spot from bad odors for weeks afterwards!
If you already have some of our Cat Litter Deodorizer handy, you can also sprinkle some on the affected area (after cleaning), let it sit for a while, then vacuum it up. It’ll not only work on the odor at the spot, it’ll help deodorize your vacuum too!
Neutralize Bad Odors – Vinegar
Vinegar’s acidic nature reacts with some of the odor-causing compounds (alkaline salts) that develop in drying cat pee. It breaks them down, helping with the smell. Unfortunately they aren’t the only component of cat pee’s odor.
Absorb Bad Odors – Baking Soda
Baking soda is often used to absorb bad odors, capturing them as if in a net. Unfortunately it’s slow, passive, and not very effective. Baking soda also reacts with some compounds in cat pee, which also helps…but ultimately it doesn’t do enough of the job.
Break Down Bad Odors – Enzymatic Sprays
Enzymatic sprays make bold claims about being able to take out odors completely, but in practice they don’t actually work that well. Enzymes are slow to act, sensitive to their environment, require the stain to be fresh, and don’t break down everything.
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