How to Get Rid of Cat Odor

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How to Get Rid of Cat Odor
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Things You'll Need

  • White Vinegar

  • Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Baking Soda

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

  • Brush

  • Vacuum Cleaner

  • Old rags or cloths

How to Get Rid of Cat Odor. Cat odors can be off-putting to you and your guest. Fortunately, you can use many common household items to banish these aromas without having to buy expensive cleaners. Follow these steps.


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Step 1

Reach for the vinegar. Unfortunately, the most common source of cat odor is from cat urine which can settle into hardwood flooring. One of the most tried and true solutions is a 3:1 mixture of warm water and white vinegar.

Step 2

Saturate the spot thoroughly using an old rag or cloth with the white vinegar and water solution. Dry the area completely and repeat the process. This will save your hardwood and linoleum floors and remove that foul stench that Tabby left behind.


Step 3

Save your carpet too! You can use a similar method to rid your carpet of cat odors but it will take a little extra effort. Apply the white vinegar/water mixture as previously described.

Step 4

After drying the area, sprinkle some baking soda over it and mix in 3/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution along with one teaspoon of a quality dish detergent. Apply this over the baking soda. Use a brush (that you will discard) to work it all into the carpet. Then vacuum it up when done.


Step 5

Ugh! Get that smell out of clothing! If heavy duty laundry detergents fail to eliminate the odors from your clothes, try applying a small amount of apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup or less) along with your laundry detergent. Your clothes will smell apple fresh and that nasty odor will be gone for good!