The smell of cat urine can be extremely persistent and settle. Before you reach for the chemical club, you should try home remedies - they are more environmentally friendly and cheaper.
The unpleasant smell of cat urine is not only annoying, but also very persistent. And because cats generally prefer to use soft surfaces to urinate, it unfortunately often hits the carpet, bed or sofa corner. While many conventional cleaning agents eliminate the strong odor, they also contain harsh chemicals. In the worst case, they not only pollute the environment, but perhaps also the health of humans and animals.
But fortunately, looking into the pantry often helps with a urine mishap: There are a number of home remedies that can help you eliminate the cat urine smell (or kitchen odors) in a natural way.
Cat ruin smells pungent and harsh – why?
Cat urine has a particularly unpleasant and even pungent smell. This is due to the fact that urea and protein are converted to ammonia by the bacteria they contain. It is particularly annoying when the urine is absorbed into fabrics or carpets, leaves stains and settles there.
With home remedies: Gently remove cat urine
If the stain is still fresh, you're in luck: According to Ökotest, it is sufficient to absorb the urine, wash the area with a damp cloth and then neutralize it. For example, do the following:
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Other home remedies that can neutralize the smell of cat urine
The litter box itself sometimes smells strongly of urine, so it should be completely cleaned at least every two weeks. For example, a firm bust, neutral washing-up liquid and warm water are suitable for this purpose. Subsequently, a little baking soda can be added to the bottom before the litter follows. (Symbolic image) © Lightspruch/Imago
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In addition to vinegar or vinegar essence, there are other ways to combat the nasty smell of cat urine:
- Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda or baking soda generously over the affected areas, such as the sofa, and leave it on for a few hours. Then vacuum the powder thoroughly. It effectively absorbs odors and helps to eliminate unpleasant aromas.
- Activated charcoal: Place a few pieces of activated charcoal in a bowl or place them in a cloth bag and place them near the affected areas. The activated carbon absorbs odours and thus ensures a more pleasant indoor air.
- Lemon juice: Mix lemon juice with water and spray the solution generously on the affected areas. Leave it on for some time, then wipe it thoroughly. The lemon juice helps to neutralize the smell and gives a pleasant scent.
Important: Test all strong detergents and products, including vinegar cleaners, on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that they do not permanently stain or damage the fabric or carpet.
This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by editor Anna Heyers before publication.