How to Wash Out Cat Urine

Finding cat urine in the house is an unpleasant surprise for any pet owner. Often, trying to get the urine out of items such as carpets and rugs proves difficult. Many commercial cleaners designed for urine removal leave smells and stains behind. Not only is this an unsightly mess, it encourages your cat to come back and urinate in the same spot. However, there is an effective way to wash out cat urine with a few inexpensive household items.

Cat owners often find it difficult to wash out urine.
  1. Blot up the mess. You want to make sure that you remove as much of the urine as possible before starting to clean. Using an old rag or paper towels, go over the spot several times, until you cannot take up any more urine.
  2. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water. Pour this solution over the stained area, making sure that it seeps down deep into the carpet or fabric. Then, blot up the moisture as much as possible.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda over the spot. Use about a handful to completely cover the area.
  4. Mix the hydrogen peroxide with the liquid dish soap. Use a quarter cup of peroxide with a teaspoon of soap. Pour the mixture over the baking soda and work it into the stain using a brush. Allow the spot to dry completely.
  5. Vacuum the area. This will pull up all of the baking soda and take the odor with it.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • Scrubbing brush


  • If you have a wet vacuum, you might want to use it to take the moisture out of the carpet before adding the baking soda.
  • If you do not have any hydrogen peroxide on hand, try a laundry stain spray. Check the bottle's label for the prefix "Oxy." This is usually an indicator that the product contains hydrogen peroxide.
  • This recipe works on most fabric surfaces that might become soiled, such as sofas or chairs. Be sure to test a small corner of the soiled area with the peroxide to make sure it does not remove its color.

About the Author

Heather Mckinney has been writing for over 23 years. She has a published piece in the University Archives detailing the history of an independently owned student newspaper. Mckinney holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from University of Texas at San Antonio.

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