It’s driving me crazy. What will get cat smell out of carpet? We moved in with my mother. She can keep the cats but this stink has got to go.
Michelle Beatty, Edison, NJ
I hear you. The strong odor of urine is not pleasant even if you love animals. But I can tell you how to get cat smell out of carpet with homemade cleaners.
To begin cleaning, it’s best if you can target stained spots with a commercial enzyme cleaner. It gets rid of the odor right from the start.
Look for pee stains, or use an ultraviolet light to find the marks. Then tackle them with the enzyme cleaner before you shampoo the carpet.
It’s also possible to mix your own enzyme cleaner, but it takes three months to ferment. If you’re curious, check out the recipe at this link: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-get-cat-urine-smell-out-of-carpet/
Of course, you can also clean urine with baking soda and vinegar. Once you blend a cup of white vinegar with a cup of water, spray the spot. Then coat it with baking soda and cover it with a towel. Allow it to sit for a day, then vacuum and rinse well with cold water.
Some pet owners also like to use dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda to remove smelly urine from carpets. But check your rug for colorfastness first in a place out of sight.
Once you’ve cleaned the carpet, you can keep pets from marking it again. Mix a tablespoon of rosemary oil with half a cup of rubbing alcohol. Then add the equivalent of a bar of Castile soap. Spray that on areas where you don’t want the cats to urinate. Then remember to renew it regularly.
I hope these tips help you remove the odor and make your new home more comfortable.