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 Post subject: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:03 pm 
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My two kitties are very rebelous urinaters these days! They will only pee on soft things though; towels, laundry, rugs etc. I use anti-icky poo on the carpets and floors but I don't know how to get stink out of my laundry! I use vinegar in my laundry and rinse everything numerous times. All my towels and rags are starting to smell like a litterbox...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:11 pm 
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I started having the same problem when I moved to a house with carpeting. I've always lived in apartments with wood floors so I never had a problem before. One of my cats went in the corner of a carpeted room a couple of times so (as gross as it sounds) we set up a pee corner. I put down a heavy duty garbage bag with a wee wee pad on top and then a towel on top of that. I have a rotation of a few old towels that I wash and reuse. It seems to be working well for us, despite being a pain in the behind. She hasn't peed anywhere else since. That could possibly work for you? Maybe?

Peeing on my laundry wouldn't fly but I use laundry baskets with lids on them. That could be another solution for you too, possibly. Or possibly trying a different kitty litter?

As far as getting the chemical warfare that is cat urine out of fabrics, I've found that Woolite Pet Stain Remover with Oxygen works incredibly well. http://www.woolitecarpet.com/Products/product.asp?product_id=PetTrigger&variant_id=&Action+Key=FAQ&%23=Detail&cookie_test=1 I've only used it on carpet but it may work on clothes. We use All Detergent-Free & Clear on the towels and I don't notice the smell after they're washed.

I don't know, I'm just trying to offer up suggestions in hopes that something works for you because I know how much it sucks.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:40 am 
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Vinegar has always worked for me. Something about it neutralizes the urine. just put some in the wash with your clothes.

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:54 pm 
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I'm surprised vinegar isn't working for you; it always works great for us! How much are you putting in? 1 cup per load of laundry does the trick for us--in addition to the normal laundry detergent. I've tried it a couple times with 1/2 cup amounts, and a smell lingered. Good luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:27 pm 
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OxiClean or some other oxygen-cleaner is my go-to for stinky pet stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:53 am 
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I will try upping the vinegar and see if that helps. Does anyone know if I can put oxy clean and vinegar in at the same time?
Thanks guys, there is nothing worse then clean laundry that smells like a litter box!

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:43 pm 
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I have mixed Oxyclean and vinegar together in the wash and found it to work well.

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:15 am 
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I just discovered that my kitty peed all over my clean white laundry :( I think it happened 2 days ago when she accidentally got locked in our bedroom, fail on my part. I hope vinegar will do the trick since it has had a few days to set in...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:25 am 
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Not to be a negative nancy or anything, but I've never had success getting the cat pee smell out of anything, no matter what I've tried! I just always throw the stuff away, including a whole couch a few months ago.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:04 pm 
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Yeah that's what I wanted to say too! Vinegar helps a bit but I don't try unless it's something important. Have a clean start! Nothing worse than thinking you've got a coat clean, wearing it then catching a whiff in public!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:21 pm 
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laundry baskets with lids!! what a fantastic idea that never occured to me, ever.

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I can't really afford to throw away all my laundry :( I am just going to keep washing it until the smell goes away...crosses fingers.

Does anyone know if you can put Natures Miracle in the wash?

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:30 am 
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I can't really afford to throw away all my laundry :( I am just going to keep washing it until the smell goes away...crosses fingers.

Does anyone know if you can put Natures Miracle in the wash?


Maybe spot treat instead of just pouring some in the wash. Just spray some on the clothes before putting them in the wash. I do this with vinegar too. I just spray the clothes, I don't pour it in the wash directly. I can't say why though. I feel like spraying makes a difference somehow.

I don't know what Nature's Miracle would do to colors/images on clothes though... Can't see it being bad but I don't want your stuff to get ruined!

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I couldn't find my bottle of Nature's Miracle (later found it in my car from when Wiley peed in there), so washed with detergent & bleach, then did another cycle with detergent & 1 cup white vinegar. Both cycles were hot water. The clothes seem to be fine. SO HAPPY! My favorite shirt was in there.

I guess I have to be more diligent about not leaving clean laundry around anymore...and not accidentally locking kitty in the bedroom >.<

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Hmm, maybe I should try with hot water... I always use cold? I also need to be diligent about putting my laundry in more inaccesible places. Unfortunately they often pee on rugs, towels, and animal bedding. It is very rarely on my clothes mostly my linens. I just had to throw out my futon and I am hoping to save everything else!
I was wondering if I could put anti-icky poo in the wash?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:07 pm 
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Try pre-soakinng in vinegar for about an hour before you wash.

That seemed to get rid of the pee from a friend of mines bag- when one of our shelter cats sprayed on it.

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove cat urine smell from laundry?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:47 am 
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I have had had good luck with miracle clean in the past. For tough smells, treat the area, let it sit, but don't let it dry out - cover with plastic, or put in a plastic bag - make sure there isn't any ink on the plastic, as it could transfer.


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