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How To Get Rid of Dog and Cat Urine Odor The All Natural Way

When Accidents Happen


Many of us are blessed to have animals to brighten our lives!  They bring us so much joy don’t they? But what happens when an accident occurs?

You know what I mean, your puppy is potty training and pees on the carpet or your cat is getting old and misses the kitty litter.  How do you get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way?

Stick aroundI am about to tell you how!  But firsthere is our story.

Here Is Our Story


A few years ago we had a cat, Mason.  We just LOVED Mason!  I mean how cute is Mason right?

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How To Get Rid of Dog and Cat Urine The Natural Way

Unfortunately, Mason was getting very old, 17 years in this picture.  With age, sometimes cats begin to have kidney problems and oftentimes have a hard time squatting and pee standing up rather then squatting. This leads to the cat spraying urine on the wall behind the litter and oftentimes on the sides of the litter.

Well….have you ever tried to get cat urine out of carpet or hardwood floors before?  Oh my gosh, it is nearly impossible.

I tried everything under the sun to try to get rid of these smells but it wasn’t until I tried to get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way that I finally tackled my problem!

And then Gemma came alongPUPPY….need I say more?  Puppy and Pee go hand and hand don’t they? With these two adorable pictures are you wanting to run out and get a fuzzy animal yet?

How To Get Rid of Pet Urine

So with an aging cat and a new puppy, you could imagine that we experimented a LOT with getting urine out of carpets and floors.

I think I have finally perfected the PERFECT formula to get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way!

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How To Get Rid of Dog and Cat Urine Odors The All Natural Way


So what is this formula you ask?  Would you believe me if I told you it has only 4 ingredients?  Better yet, you most likely already have these 4 ingredients in your home already!

Here is what you are going to need:

Depending on the size of area you are treating you might need to double or triple this recipe.  Only make what you are going to use.

Safety Note:  Dispose any leftover formula, do not leave it in the spray bottle.

Although this is a natural formula, you are mixing together items that could have a reaction if left to sit. Be safe and properly dispose the leftovers if any.

As with any product, ALWAYS test a small section of the carpet, hard wood floors or furniture to make sure that this formula doesn’t react negatively with your items.

We used this formula on wood, carpets and linoleum floors and had no issues with any of them…but always check to be on the safe side!

The Formula


Now that we have the ingredients and safety all taken care of, lets dive into this simple formula.

Pour the following ingredients into a spray bottle:

  • 5 oz hydrogen peroxide
  • 1  tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp dishwasher orange soap (something about the orange scent help break up the urine smell), or for best results use 3 drops of wild orange essential oil (You Can Buy Here)

When all of the ingredients have been added, gentle shake the bottle.  Now simply generously spray the effected area with this solution and allow to completely dry.  It will become powder-like once the formula dries.

Once it dries vacuum up the powder.  If the smell is still there, then repeat this step again and add the extra step included below.

Final Application To Purify The Area


If you want to take this formula one step further, be sure to purify the area.  To do:

  • Add 6 drops of Cleansing Blend Essential Oil or Lemon Essential Oil (You Can Buy Here) to 1 cup of baking soda and place into a container and shake until well combined.
  • Sprinkle on the dry affected area and leave on for several hours or overnight.
  • Vacuum up and you will be good to go!

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That’s It, How Easy Was That?


That is it!  Easy right?  Who knew it was so easy to get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way!  

As always I am here if you should have any questions!  Feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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143 thoughts on “Get Rid of Dog and Cat Urine Odors The All Natural Way!”

  1. phoenixx1414 says:

    What about cat urine on cement basement walls/floor? It is so porous. Do you think this will work?

    1. hallecottis says:

      phoenixx1414 yes I do think it will work.  I pulled up some old carpet and had to get hard floors underneath and it worked great!

  2. mikezielonka says:

    Halle McCulloch Cottis  My finance spilled milk in the trunk of my jeep and it stinks.  Would this work on the fabric that lines the trunk in my jeep?

    1. hallecottis says:

      mikezielonka Halle McCulloch Cottis Try it Mike…It just might.

  3. KellyPorter says:

    Thank you sooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. hallecottis says:

      KellyPorter You’re welcome.  Let us know how it works!

  4. valle2 says:

    Our investor group is involved in buying and rejuvenating foreclosure homes; most of the properties have been unoccupied for a year or more. Stale air, smoking and pet odors can get quite bad. Selling a house with odor problems takes longer and affects the resale value. Painting the interior does not remove all odors as the odors are embedded in the walls, carpets, carpet pads and duct work. A painting contractor mentioned a product called, Air-ReNu a paint additive, turns any painted wall surface, into a permanent air, purification system no electricity or filters required. We now use, Air-ReNu on every interior paint job. Has anyone else used this product?

    1. hallecottis says:

      valle2 Interesting. I have not heard of this.  Will do some research…thanks

    2. Mandy says:

      Have you tried kilz under the paint and or an ozone machine??? I know when showing our cars we always used an ozone machine in my hubbys as he smokes. No one ever knew. We had a house fire and they use kilz on the studs that weren’t being replaced. Then they put 3 ozone machines in the house for the week. Seems to have done the trick. I would start with the ozone first. Just don’t have anyone in the house while running the ozone as it could kill them.

  5. mahoneydarlene says:


    1. hallecottis says:

      mahoneydarlene How old is the cat?  Have you tried spaying straight vinegar around the perimeter of the box.  That might help keep the cat from going there.

    2. JoyceHering says:

      mahoneydarlene Try a different kind of litter, especially if the poor cat has been declawed. I quit using clay litter altogether and now use fine pine shavings. They are lighter to dispose of, break down quicker, dont hold or create ammonia and I have 17 indoor cats who had no hesitation about using the litter box. Also, is your litter box too high sided? I changed to flatter pans that go under a rabbit cage. easy to clean, easier in and out for kittens or aged cats. I got my pans and my shavings at the local farm supply store, like farm N Fleet or Tractor Supply. Shavings are only $4.99 a bale and with only 1 cat that should last you several weeks!

  6. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    I also had an aging cat who missed the litter. Cat Urine is nearly impossible to get rid of and this formula got rid of it in one application!

  7. Liz Sauer Sisky says:

    Do you have a formula for stopping the need for eliminating pet urine odors? Lol potty training is the worst part of having a puppy!

  8. Mandy Haver Lopez says:

    Is that a brittany spaniel?

  9. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Sure is Mandy! She is such a great dog!

  10. Mandy Haver Lopez says:

    :) I miss our Brittany! They are such great dogs!

  11. NettySheehan says:

    Thank you , I will try this .

  12. valle2 says:

    Airborne toxins from a litter box can be a real threat to your health.
    Cleaning the litter box, here are several suggestions.
    1. Wear a breathing face mask when cleaning the litter box. Every time you scoop out the waste; you are also releasing odors and toxins into the air, as you lean over the box, you’re inhaling the fumes, also spray the litter with water prior to cleaning, help keep dust down.
    2. Change the litter box outside, and this will help keep odors and toxins outside rather than inside your home. We resolved ongoing odor problems with a product call One application and the house will continue, to smell fresh and clean.

  13. sunrunner36 says:

    definitely going to try this.  Since I have helped local dog rescue groups, my house isn’t the most pleasant smelling. So glad this will get rid of it so we can have company (people) again.

  14. Kim says:

    My cat just peed on my VERY expensive meditation pillow that is beaded/lacy/etc. It’s been years since she peed on anything. It used to be my couch cushions and I would submerge them in something I bought from Petsmart. Now I’m in Germany and so no access to a Petsmart needless to say. I’m not sure just spraying this pillow is going to remove the odor. Any ideas?

  15. AngelCrisp says:

    I don’t have orange scented, just the blue dawn, do you think it would still work?

    1. Kim says:

      @AngelCrisp The article mentioned something about the orange scent is what really does the trick. I personally never buy products like Dawn or Ajax or Palmolive, but I did go out and buy a bottle of the orange stuff JUST for this. And b/c I’m in Germany at the mercy of the offerings of the BX, I could only get an enormous bottle for this which will require only 1/2 tsp or so. I’d go get the orange stuff.

  16. mikezielonka says:

    Lisa Dodd check this out!  This is the post I was telling you about! :)

  17. justjan says:

    I have not tried this one, so today I am going to…and I will be back when I find out if it works !!! Thank you…justjan

  18. Lisa Hostetler says:

    We recently had a foster dog that we had to house train. She found a forever home last week, so this week I will be trying this out for sure. Thanks!

  19. Jason says:

    do you mix this with water?

  20. KerryjoMay says:

    Help me pleeeeeeeaaaassssse – I’ve recently purchased a pair of expensive shoes and my cat pee’d IN them – the smell is awful – I cannot put my foot in one of them – yuck!  I’ve managed to get the smell off of the putside of one shoe, but the inside of the shoe smells REALLY BAD – any ideas

  21. AMac says:

    Use an organic natural product called Freshana. It literally is a miracle worker on pet odors and urine. I swear by it.

  22. Pauline says:

    Peroxide on the carpet? Doesn’t it bleach the carpet? Pauline

  23. Cheryl and Gracie says:

    OMG! Thank you for saving mw and my relationship with my new puppy. I discovered that she has been peeing IN MY BED! I was horrified and so upset by it. I used the over the counter remedy that I thought was a sure thing but the odor was still there so I went online. I discovered your link and tried it . ONE TIME and the smell is gone. Not only that but it has a nice clean smell. I can’t thank you enough!

  24. Mdtnlp says:

    I have 4 cats and 3 suddenly refuse to use the litter box they have decided my daughters room was a suitable substitute, obviously I’m less than thrilled, especially where my daughter is an asthmatic. I constantly clean the litter box my one little guy does use it. I’ve tried different litters I’ve taken them to the vet there is not medical reason why they are doing this. I tried this mixture and you can still smell cat pee maybe I did it wrong? I’m desperate to get rid of the smell my daughter hasn’t been able to use her room in a long while my next step is replacing the rug I’d like to avoid that if possible any suggestions?

    1. David Rose says:

      The sad truth is nearly all companies that manufacture products to remove urine and odors have no idea that their products do not work. Those that do know, have shown that they do not care about the truth or are concerned with the negative health factors their products create.

      If they did test their products under a high-powered microscope they would see their organic based product actually rolls off dried urine, pulls the moisture out of the urine or just dissolve’s fresh urine. Once the liquid evaporates dried urine inorganic components return and becomes more difficult to remove. Most enzyme formulas become food for bacteria mold and mildew growth under the carpet.

      You might be asking yourself how can this be? Thousands of store buyers and millions upon millions of pet owners trust their purchased products and recommend them daily. Can they all be wrong?

      The answer is yes. The store owner and customers want to believe their urine issues are gone. And thus the cleanup category grows and grows each year as the pet industry continues to buy and sell these products.

      How can this have happened? The answer lies in how the modern day cleanup category began and pet urine being water soluble.

      1957: Odormute begins selling a pack of manmade powdered organic enzymes for urine removal. Directions say to mix and use within one hour.

      1960’s: Proctor and Gamble invests in R & D testing “Enzymes” for use in their products. After nearly ten years they determined this digester inspired from nature does not work. Enzymes do not target urine components and remove them.

      1978: The founder of The Brampton Company (Simple Solution) sold a concentrated product when mixed by the pet owner with water claimed it would remove pet urine. He determined that ready to use enzyme products could not be effective.

      1980’s: Nature’s Miracle founder Joe Weiss came out with a ready to use product (RTU) using a stock organic enzyme formula packaged by Venus Laboratories. This occurred after the founder’s wife used her husbands drain cleaning enzyme based classroom cleaner to treat a cat urine accident in their carpet. When her husband came home, she told him what she did. Two weeks later Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor remover was born. At pet trade shows the Weiss family sold this new untested product to pet supply buyers for pet stores. The Weiss’s claimed that “Nature made it work” and “It works when other products fail.” and sold millions of bottles. The formula only works on organic compounds in urine and leaves inorganic compounds that it cannot remove.

      The Brampton Company attempted to convince its pet store buyers that a ready to use enzyme product did not work. Few listened and believed the fresh sales pitch from Nature’s Miracle. Brampton Company was forced to come out with their own enzyme based ready to use product after their market share nearly vanished.

      1985: The future founder of Life’s Great Products, discovers that his daughters puppy would not housebreak because it smelled the marking scent in urine under the carpet. He purchased stain and odor removers from local pet stores and determined none worked and created mold and mildew and horrible odors inside the carpet. He spends the next seven years searching for something that removes pet urine and does not cause mold and mildew issues. He finally creates a blend of organic and inorganic digesters that target the five components he discovers are in urine and cat spray. The products are verified under a microscope total cleanup of urine results in the cleanup category and by pet owners given the product by Veterinarians to solve pet urine related issues.

      1994: Life’s Great Products, introduces Dumb Cat Anti-Marking and Cat Spray Remover to local pet stores. Pet owners find that cats that stopped using the litter box returned after treating areas with the product. Poop-Off Bird Poop Remover arrives and Poop-Off Superior for dogs. The only products in the cleanup category proven under a microscope to remove urine and safely dissolve bird droppings.

      2003, Nature’s Miracle is sold to Eight and One. The new company cancels production with Venus Laboratories and adds their own organic enzyme based liquid to the products and slowly changed the labeling to reflect the product worked in two minutes. Their formula was similar to the original Venus Laboratory stock formula. For twenty-seven years under the original company the product instructions said to leave the product on the treated areas and keep wet for two weeks.

      2015, Under a microscope test show every product currently made by the new Nature’s Miracle Corporation fails to remove inorganic urine issues in any form. Today, there are more than fifty products for urine treatment made by Nature’s Miracle. Tens of thousands of other products from numerous companies using the same enzyme formula are sold and containing other active ingredients like orange oil, Oxy, color safe bleach, fat digesting bacteria, organic digesting bacteria, yeast, oils, solvents, detergents, soaps, chemical mixtures and more crazy concoctions. These companies all work on the belief that they have loyal customers that swear by how effective their product is. Every company guarantees their products to be the best available. Under a microscope none remove urine or the five inorganic components in urine.

      They are all wrong in their promotion of their products. All they need to do is have a private lab or science department at a university test their products under a microscope to see that they are wrong. More than 99.9% of the products sold in the pet cleanup category “Do Not Work!”

  25. Vinnie Valles says:

    Concerned about cat urine odours? There is a permanent solution that continuously improves and maintains healthy indoor air quality and removes pet and smoking odors, Air-ReNu a paint additive that only requires one application, works 7/24/365 and will last for 10-12 years.

  26. Stain Begone says:

    What about pet urine stains? It sounds like this will work on the odor, but what about the stains? My son, his wife, their two daughters, and their two dogs moved in with me for about six months. I was not aware that the dogs were peeing everywhere. I have nice yellow stains all over my carpet. I would love to find something that will get the stains out!

  27. Myrna says:

    I have a new puppy never had a pet before . I need help . I can’t stand the smell . Please help .

  28. Myrna says:

    How do I get rid of poop smell . Please help :(

  29. Myrna says:

    How do I get rid of dog poop smell please help .

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Let the dog poop outside and be sure to clean up after your pet and properly dispose of its waste.

  30. Mark gariglil says:

    Hi, can’t wait to try this!
    Question, what strength peroxide?
    It come in lots of different strengths.
    Can you tell me what %/vol peroxide you use???

    Thanks for sharing this x

  31. Regina says:

    About an hour ago me and hubby came from church and….sniff sniff…there’s this slight puppy pee odor which made me panic… i always clean, and wash, and vacuum…do everything to make house smell nice, but today i hit the bad reality. i began searching online for way to get rid of urine smell from carpet and truly hope it’ll work. i know that these ingredients do wonders separately, just depends what you’re cleaning. will let you know how it will work within few days, before Christmas. i am about to cry, lol.

  32. Kaylin Jessica says:

    Do you think I could apply this overan entire carpetted area to get rid of the ‘corn chip’ or ‘wet dog’ smell some previous renters left behind in the house we are about to move into? Its been closed up for a little more than a month and the smell is pretty strong from all the dogs they had.

  33. joanne says:

    do i add water ?

  34. Thelma Souders says:

    I have a safe that has a mildew odor. I guess not the safe but all my papers do. What can i do to get rid of the odor. I took everything out of the safe and left it air drying. I finally had to put it back but the papers still had an odor. Please help!

  35. Bev says:

    My car was broken into and the thieves left the door open. A cat got in and sprayed or peed. I think it’s on the leather seats. I have removed the mats and it still stinks. Any suggestions??

  36. Chelsea says:

    My puppy is currently enclosed in my dining room at night, as we do nto have a good enough yard to enclose her in, until we move on the weekend. If I want to apply this method to the whole dining room, would I just increase the measurements and mop it on, or can I mix it with water to make it go a bit further, or should I spray the entire dining room?

  37. michael says:

    Our whole bedroom smells to high heaven from our eleven year old Beagle, who just decided that her four long walks a day just weren’t cutting it. So in the middle of the night she found herself a little “watering hole”…our lovely brand new carpet. We have tried steam cleaning it, but it actually made it worse. I hope this works because we feel like we’re sleeping in a barn. Question: Can I triple the dosage and spray down the entire carpet? Also, how does it turn into a powder? How long will that take?
    Thank you for any answer’s that you can provide, Mike

  38. Autumn says:

    Can this be used in hard floors? Possibly laundry? Also I’m not even sure where the smell of cat urine is coming from in my home directly, can I just make this in a mop bucket and clean all my floors?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I’d try it on a small spot first and then go from there.

  39. Lee says:

    The peroxide in this mixture worries me. Hydrogen Peroxide normally bleaches anything it comes in contact with… so I can’t imagine using this on a carpet or good oriental rug. Can anyone say this really has worked, and NOT bleached or changed the color of the item?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I would try it in a small spot before using it on the whole rug. I used 3% Hydrogen Peroxide with no issues.

  40. Dinah says:

    I have 2 male cats, one is fixed and the other is not. Just recently the one who is NOT fixed has started “spraying”. I first noticed the odor in my walk-in closet. The smell is so bad it almost knocks you down. Since then I have noticed that he seems to be “spraying” everywhere and on anything. The girls backpacks, towels sitting on the floor in the bathroom, homework papers sitting on the floor anywhere, etc. My bedroom smelt sooooooo bad last night that I could hardly sleep. It keeps getting worse and worse with each new day. I am seriously considering getting rid of the cat. BUT that certainly WONT get rid of the odor.

    HELP !!!!!!!!!!

    1. Kim says:

      Get your cat fixed. This is a typical behavior of un-fixed male cats.

      1. Jenepher says:

        I had my male cat fixed early – he sprayed throughout his adult life. I don’t really think that has anything to do with it.

  41. Karen says:

    Thank you for this… I’m going to try it this afternoon. I have a cat who is just shy of 17. We also have 2 more inside and 5 that ate indoor outdoor… I do not want any of them picking up in this habit.

  42. Silva says:

    How long does it take to dry into powder?

  43. Beverley says:

    To make it even more natural, could I use Dr. Bronners castille soap (citrus scented) or unscented and use orange essential oil?

  44. Jessica says:

    We got the keys to our house on Jan. 10 and we’ve yet to move in. The house was disgusting and the smell even worse. We’ve painted walls, cabinets and had the carpet cleaned, but there is still a smell. I think they had pets. I’m losing my mind with the smell. I really hope this works.

    1. Deb Kolb says:

      Jessica – add Listerine to the solution. See my post a couple down from yours.

  45. Teresa Lyle says:

    We adopted 3 younger cats from our animal shelter two months ago. We moved out bed out to clean…and found dried up cat poo in our nice cream colored carpet. I was able to get the dried poo up and outnow the smell is strong. I googled how to get cat smells out of carpet..and yours popped up. Got it all mixed up and sprayed it in the areas… now waiting for final results. It was so easy and simple to mix.. knowing most of the ingredients are right in your kitchen!!!

  46. Deb Kolb says:

    For pets, I add a little Listerine to your cleaning solution – probably 2 tsp to the recipe above. As I understand, the ingredient that kills the germs in your mouth will help kill the enzymes in the urine that entices your pet to go again in the same spot. This has worked for me.
    It also works on other items, I actually added the above ingredients along with Listerine to my detergent in my washing machine to save a bath mat. I used apple cider vinegar in the rinse, hung it in the sun to dry, shook it out, washed again as I normally would, ran a second rinse, dried. I’m an odor-phobe, so I took the rug, put it in the dryer with a wet towel on hot, stuck my head in the dryer for ANY lingering pet odor, I swear you couldn’t smell anything!
    BTW – your exact recipe above is what I spray on the stinky armpits of my sons workout & sport clothes before washing as usual.

  47. Michelle McCallister says:

    Hey Halle! Great article! Just found your website. Love it and the tips! Have you heard or used a product called Freshana Organic Solutions for urine problems? Thought I would pass it along to you to look at. I don’t always love mixing up my own concoctions. lol. Again, love the site!

  48. Anne dungey says:

    Will this formula with hydrogen peroxide bleach the carpet

  49. Sabrina says:

    Can i substitute dish soap with dry citrus dish washer soap or. with apple flavored dish soap?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      yep sure can!

  50. Jenepher says:

    Wondering if you’re supposed to add this mixture to water? If so, how much water? I need enough liquid to get down to the padding under the carpet…seems like only 5 oz of straight peroxide plus these other ingredients wouldn’t be enough liquid…? Thanks!

  51. ken says:

    Am just moving into a new house and the dog urine smell is bad its in every room no carpet. I think its on the walls and everything whats my best bet with this. I live in uk so most cleaning products Iv seen are from the U.S.

    Any help would be great

  52. jasmine pincott says:

    My mother in-law has a rug that is black and a dark colour will the peroxide stain the carpet

  53. helen silk says:

    Can I use this product on cat urine on my mattress

  54. Ang says:

    Thanks for this post. I have a puppy and 4 kids 6 and under. Lets just say its pee city in my house right now!! I know this will work for the kids pee messes too. THANKS!

  55. Jenepher says:

    I have a large, greyhound who is only a year old, but when she pees, it is a lot. I found a spot that she apparently likes to go on when she doesn’t want to bother waking me up to go out. I soak up the pee, and have tried various carpet cleaners, enzyme based, etc…and even bought a carpet shampooer. Nothing removes the smell, and she will still go there sometimes too. It has been a continual cycle. I tried this mixture…twice…no luck. Still smells. And the carpet is a slightly lighter shade of beige too…which is not cool because I live in an apartment.

    If anyone else has a suggestion for something else to use, I am desperate.

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  57. Sara says:

    How ridiculous! Bleach will always ruin a carpet and, think of your little cat licking the bleach off its paws! White vinegar also has a mild bleaching effect.
    Kitty lovers, all you need to do is mix a half cup of biological washing powder in warm water and clean the area. If you give it a bit of welly, as in give the carpet fibres a good scrub with a dishcloth. It will go.

  58. marilyn says:

    I just rented a place for next winter and it will be closed up for the summer. There an awful urine smell in carpet. I don,t have a vacumn cleaner. Can I use this formula then just leave it?

  59. paula says:

    just got rid of my sons cat which has been peeing on my linoleum floor, against the wall, where the pee goes under the floor molding.. i have sprayed vinegar and water, but u can still smell it when u walk in my door. that smell has got to go!! i am having a baby shower here in 5 days and i have really got to get that smell gone..pleeeeease help!! thank you.

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      You might need to lift the linoleum to treat under it. Try using the wild orange essential oil recommended in this post for best results.

  60. Rosa says:

    Hi, I don’t have accesos to essential oils where I live. Do you think Orange essence (the one you use in cooking) will work? Thanks!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I am not familiar with the “cooking” orange essence. You certainly could try…

  61. Kelley says:

    Thank you! I’ve been applying this solution for a week and it has truly worked! Today I’m heading to the local health food store to pick up the lemon essential oil for the final purifying step. I’m excited to have the room back to normal! 😀

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      So glad to hear that it worked for you! I know how you feel about reclaiming a healthy smelling room. Feels Great!

  62. Katie says:

    My little kitty has started spraying! He sprayed all over my beautiful, suede couch. I have tried Nature’s Miracle and also OUT!, along with spraying it with white vinegar. Nothing is working! I’m a poor college kid who doesn’t want to have to replace this lovely couch. Do you think this would work on a couch? Luckily little kitty is getting fixed next week, so hopefully this will stop and I will have a famously nice-smelling apartment once again!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I do think it would work but be sure to test a small spot to make sure it doesn’t harm the suede.

  63. Amanda Martinez says:

    This is an awesome page! I am going to try this asap as we have a puppy who has an attitude problem lol. Terrible 4 months stage lol. You have a knack for sales with your wording and detail. Very awesome! Thank you!!!

  64. Amanda Martinez says:

    Any tips for a fluffy sofa by chance?

  65. Sue says:

    When I use this formula on my carpet and hardwood floors, do I have to keep my dogs away from it or is it safe for them? They usually sleep at night in my room and that is where the rug is. It says to leave overnight and I want to know if I have to keep my pets away from the room I am treating? Please advise.

    Thank you! :)

  66. Kelsey says:

    I love this formula, and am working on it right now. The problem I’m having is extreme foaming when I combine the vinegar and baking soda. I looked through the comments and no one else mentioned this so I feel like I might be missing something obvious here. Do you pre mix the ingredients in a large bowl and wait for the foam to go down before pouring it in the spray bottle? I can’t add all the vinegar because the foam comes out over the top of the bottle and gets everywhere. I’m frustrated!

  67. Jamie says:

    How do you dispose of it after?

  68. wacko says:

    Why is everyone over complicating such a simple formula.
    However, as a chemist I can tell you the following

    1- Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) Will indeed bleach and remove colour for most carpets and fabrics. BE CAREFUL! I certainly wouldn’t be applying this concoction to my carpet

    2- This formula will not dissolve the non-soluble uric acid crystals. These crystals are the reason that the smell of urine ligers on.

    This is a simple “cleaning” formula… it is not a solution

  69. Tasia says:

    What is purify?

  70. sandi says:

    this works great!

  71. Cheryl says:

    Still confused on whether this is for hardwood floors as well as carpet?

  72. latisha mccaslin says:

    What about a whole carpet? I had a male min pin that’s sprayed absolutely eberything and now I had to get rode of him( other reason) but I have a cocker spaniel and he doesnt spray as bad but it still smells like piss everywhere!!

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  74. Linda says:

    How about getting rid of the smell in the yard……the yellow spots. the smell is sooooo strong !

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  78. Bethany says:

    I poured everything in a measuring cup in order, as listed. I got a tiny bit of foaming, but nothing that created an issue. I stirred up the mixture and poured into a spray bottle! Hope that it works as well as everyone says it does :)

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  80. Nicole skinner says:

    If you could email your response back to me that would be great:) so my question is, do I have to use orange scented dish soap or essential oil or can I use lemon essential oil I have on hand? I’m using this on a wood shelf and on part of a wall that is painted…

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I have not tested it with lemon, but you could try it on a small spot and see how it works.

  81. Nicole skinner says:

    Thank you for getting back to me:) ill get the orange smell. Only other question is does it have to be the exact brand you call for since I can’t find it in a nearby store and need it tomorrow or can I pick up just any orange essential oil at a health food store?

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  84. Ingit says:

    Hi! Made a bad mistake and the door to the “bathroom” was accidentally shut all night. Came home today, and….yup, #1 on the living room floor, and #2 on the bedroom floor. Luckily??? both are hard wood floors. Cleaned up with some household cleaner, but can still smell it. SO……gonna try your formula! wish me luck

  85. Mike says:

    was just wondering if you did research on the air renu paint additive? I read up online about it and it seems great? but that doesn’t help to much…my girlfriend and I just moved into a house with a real nasty smell, we’ve had the carpets professionally done, our ducts cleaned, all the fans on and windows open with minimal results. Our carpet cleaners are coming back free of charge because they said they could retify the smell as it hadnt seeped through the carpets and that they could not detect any urine stains. With all that being said I’m guessing painting the house might be our final option. Hopefully you’ve researched and even more hopefully its the real deal!

  86. Tesa Jordan says:

    I was wondering, will this formula also repel the cat from returning to that area? He has urinated just outside his litter box and saturated the wood floor.. at this time, I can’t relocate the box, so if its going to be a repellent for him entering the litter box, this may not be my best solution right now…?

  87. Karen Martin says:

    I don’t like the smell of orange essential oil. Will lavender work in the recipe for removing dog /cat urine smell?

  88. Emily says:

    My cat about 7. I got him from a friend who had one cat and he was just fine. They had a friend move in that has 3 cats but kept them in her closed room. They did not come out. Seemed shortly after he started urinating all over (it is a large 3 story home) I do have 2 of my own cats so i took him in and introduced him slowly. He used the litter box just fine. I have him for 2 month and he is going pee on carpet and furniture. I have little boxes all over and clean them everyday. I will definitely try this but will this help him to stop completely? I did retrain by putting him in own room for a few days and he used litter box each time. He has been checked by vet and is fine. I would never get rid of him. As soon as you walk in you smell urine. Would anxiety for him make him stop? I’m desperate any other information would be truly appreciated. Thank you in advance for any suggestions. Em

  89. Betty says:

    I have a 4 year old Maltese Terrier mix he paper trained easy because he hates rain and snow. Over the last year he has been using the papers less and the floor more so we have been trying to get him to go outside he does good if the weather is good but if not he won’t go outside he will hold it until he comes in and then go inside. Sometimes he goes on the papers good for several times then he goes elsewhere and my floor is starting to smell. Any ideas on how to get the smell out of my house and also how to better get him to go where he is suppose to

  90. June Huston says:

    I’m so glad I found this post! i have a big problem with my cat urine odor :( I’ll try some of the solutions I read here.

  91. Sonya says:

    Thanks for this. Our cat peed in the bathroom and we could not get the smell out, but this did the trick! I just orange hand cleaner (the kind with pumice) and the smell was gone in one spray!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Glad it worked for you! :)

  92. Becky says:

    I’m just getting ready to try your formula on our NEW rug. Can you tell me what percentage of hydrogen peroxide you use please? I don’t want a big white match on my red rug!!!:)

  93. Courtney says:

    I’m really nervous about using essential oils…I thought they are harmful to cats….?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Hey Courtney,

      I talk about this issue in my latest essential oils book. You can download a free copy here:

      If you do decide to use essential oils be sure to use therapeutic grade oils.

  94. Olivia says:

    Just googled this and came across your article, thanks for the handy tips. Our poor dog has recently had an ‘accident’ and the whole house stinks!

  95. Melanie says:

    oh dear..hopefully this will help, as I am just about desperate with 2 19 year old cats, one of whom is very geriatric and short of putting him to sleep I am at a loss…
    cleaning every couple of hours and keeping him confined in an area of the house where he has, litter, bed and food/water readily accessible without having to much to much.
    I have started the discussion of the long au revoire with my children, who are heart broken already over his very quickly worsening bodily condition. I will do the right thing if the vet tells me that my friend is in pain.
    However, I don’t believe in that as he has brought us much love an joy and no pet should ever just have to leave when inconveniencing his/her owner in the first place!!
    So unless he is suffering, I will take care of him. Just need to find a way to minimize messes and make life livable for him.
    I’ll try this and will post an update here. Thank you!

  96. Thanks so much for these natural options! I have a little puppy and I really need a solution!

  97. The best thing I’ve found to permanently remove cat urine is to use Listerine. It soaks down in the fibers, killing all the living bacteria. You may have to repeat it twice, but it has worked for me. Plus, it smells really good. First begin by blotting up any urine on the carpet. You can either spray or pour it directly on the urine spot. Let it dry and there you go. Cat urine odor gone.

  98. Anna says:

    My puppy rolled around in cat urine, will this be safe to wash the puppy in? If not do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you,


  99. yvette says:

    Please help me my six month old dog pees and poops everywhere he afraid of potty pads and goes outside but comes back inside to do everything what should i do.

  100. kate says:

    I didn’t have hydrogen peroxide handy, so I just made a solution of water, white vinegar (about equal parts), baking soda, dish soap, and orange extract.

    I had cat who had been peeing in a couple places on our wall to wall carpet for years. We kept shampooing and treating the carpet and it really didn’t smell bad. But when we recently took up the carpet and pad, we discovered that the wood floor underneath was soaked in cat urine, to the point that some of the boards were rotting and the whole area reeked!

    I down some of the above solution, just wiped it on generously with a rag, left it for about ten minutes and wiped it up and about 90% of the odor was gone. Given how bad the situation was, with urine soaked in to the boards for years, this was nothing short of miraculous! Cleaned the floor pretty well and did not take off the finish in the areas where there was any finish left. So I am doing it again and leaving it on longer to see if the remaining smell will improve, but this was a great tip!

  101. Janeth says:

    Help!!! We just rented a place while we build our home. We’ll they had a cat and a dog that used to pee here and it stinks!! We are also very allergic to cats and dogs and are very itchy! Please help we already moved in :(

  102. renee says:

    Can you use this mixture in a rug shampooer

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I’m not sure. I would call the 1-800 number on your shampooer and ask them.

  103. tomi says:

    what items/ingredients can I use to put into my hose and spray outside where I have a dog run that my dogs pee and poop in? please write back as I am anxious to know.

  104. Raquel says:

    Hi, I have been using this method for about a month now. We moved into a new townhouse, and my dog marked a few times practically in every room in the house. I have managed to get out all stains and even the smell in the house except for our bedroom. It still smells like pee. I have scrubbed the walls, and smelled each inch of my floor to try to figure out where its coming from. How do I get rid of this?

  105. Frances says:

    My daughter brought her cat home with her (after graduating from college) and with it, the cat found a corner in our carpeted family room where she used it to urinate in. Unfortunatley, I have an exceptional ability to pick up any minute odour, and as you know cat urine is not a hidden odour. I scoured the internet for remedies and I found this recipe. I applied it once, the smell (to me) was there but 90% better. I applied a second time and I would say it was 99% gone. It could be even be 100% but my nose just knows. Anyways, I applied a 3rd coat this monrning and once it dries I will be applying the Purifying technique. Thank you so much for this post. Great help. It will be interesting to see how long it will last (ie if it is permanent elimination or if the odour will come back). But in the interim, I have passed this onto many. Thanks – you really don’t know how much this has helped. I was litterally going to replace the carpet once the cats leaves should I not have find a remedy.

  106. Tanya says:

    I used this on a couch that a cat peed on …. Amazing, seriously the best. It is a similar recipe to what we use to wash the dog or cat that gets sprayed by a skunk. Thank you than you thank you. I truly thought ot was heading for the curb.

  107. Elyse says:

    Does the hydrogen peroxide stain dark coloured tiles?

  108. Tracey says:

    I have several cats that have been peeing in my house for years. I’ve tried everything that I’ve found on-line in an attempt to remove the smells. I would like to try your product but I’m talking about large areas. Will your formula work in a carpet steam shampooer? Do you know if someone has tried and, if so, do you know if it was successful?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I am not sure if it will work in a carpet steam machine. Check the instructions of your machine before trying anything. If you do try it, please let us know how it worked.

  109. Debbie says:

    I love this!! I just treated the dog bedding, kennel, and the wall behind them. There was still a noticeable odor (but greatly improved), so I mixed up another batch and added the lister one to it and re sprayed. Worked wonderfully and the smell is pleasant and clean. Thanks!

  110. Debbie says:

    Sorry. Spell check! Listerine

  111. Jacquelyn says:

    I have done much research on the topic and believe the reason the orange oil works best is because of the enzymes. the mysterious scientific “enzymes” found in store bought odor removers can actually be reproduced using citrus fruit. Another Way to do this is with orange peels.

    There are only two ways to breakdown the odors of urine, biological enzymes or carbon dioxide. Using a mixture of both, which your recipe seems to do, is probably why it works so well!

    Now my turn to try it!

  112. Wendy says:

    Any suggestions on a blend that will deter spraying in va specific area? Can’t wait to try this on my carpets.

  113. Susie says:

    I just moved into a loft apartment that a cat lived in and the tenant wasn’t very clean. All vinyl flooring and carpeting has been replaced, portions of drywall were replaced, walls and floors were painted with kilz prior to new flooring and paint. Everything has been cleaned. Yet there is still an odor that to me smells like cat urine. Is there something I can spray into the air of such a large open space (loft) to help remove the smell? I don’t know where the smell could still be coming from, but it’s there. Thank you.

  114. Manish Tewari says:

    ​Even I was irritated because of this behavior of my male cat “Pogo”. Believe me I TRIED EVERY POSSIBLE WAY available on google to stop this spraying problem. After reading some articles I thought of buying Cat Spray No More product… believe me… It worked just after 4 days!! Pogo is peeing only in his litter box!! 😀 I’m soo happy… Thanks a lot Mandy for suggesting it… 100% satisfied 😀

    For those of you who want to buy it, here’s this link :

    I would suggest you all to give it a try as its cheap and has helped me and many people here…!!

  115. Donna Butler says:

    Thanks for the cleaning receipt! I desperately need some effective cleaning way, so I get rid of the stains my cat leaves at home! Greetings

  116. Larissa says:

    Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white?

  117. Rebecca says:

    Our cat Puffy has been driving the entire family crazy with his spraying everywhere.
    We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house…some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.)
    Thank you.

  118. John Boyd says:

    Once a cat sprays it becomes a habit. Neutering sometimes helps, but once the habit is established you get it. Now you want help. Dumb Cat Anti-Marking and Cat Spray Remover is the only product proven to remove cat spray. Cat spray is very hard to remove and when you believe it is gone, the scent is still found by the cat that sprays.

    You have to find the invisible cat spray to know where to treat. There are plenty of led black light now on the market. Call your pet store or look online. Only purchase a LED variety. Tube black lights are great to glow a poster, a little tough to use around a home as you have to hold them two inches above the ground. A Led black light is used standing.

    Urine and Cat Spray are substances that are some of the hardest to remove. You can believe home remedies work or not, it’s really up to you. If they really worked like the folks on this website believe, then why would anybody buy something from a pet shop, or online?

    Once urine and cat spray dry out, they create odors because of the nitrogen that they produce. Cat’s tend to have high nitrogen that creates the strong smell. Dogs and cats with small or failing kidney’s can create very intense stink. There are over thirteen-thousand products made for urine and thousands of home remedies. All have followings and five star reviews. You have to wait five to six months for any product to prove it has worked. This is because of the makeup of urine and cat spray. Billions of tiny sponges attached around the inorganic material in urine. Once it dries out, it converts into different smells.

    Nature creates this process because of natures need for animals to find their homes, habitats etc.. Enzymes in nature do not get rid of urine. Only rain dissolves it. Ah, this is why home remedies and commercial products seem to work. They contain water and water dissolves urine. But not cat spray. Cat spray is a sticky mucous and when it dries, it’s like concrete. Re-wet it and it’s back and worse than fresh.

    Dumb Cat is the only commercial product that is formulated to remove cat spray. You have to get rid of the spray first if you want any chance of changing your spraying cat’s behavior. Nothing works instantly to remove urine or cat spray. You apply any product and make sure the pet is not able to return to the treated areas for seven to ten days. Then, if you removed the marking scent the cat will react. If they keep spraying, then you have not fixed the scent issue. Any product must reach the scent issue. If you just spray or pour a few ounces of product and there is two pints of spray to remove, it’s unlikely you will get results.

    Most products get five star reviews hours or days after use. One star products, with five star reviews because most humans assume results. It’s the water in the product that demonstrate temporary results. Five or six months later the smell is still there. The human does not smell it because they get used to smells with hours or days. It’s funny how many folks rave about tobacco removal products. The smell of tobacco is still in the house or car. “No it is not!” I do not smell tobacco as they light up!

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