How to get rid of cat odor
Just because you have an indoor cat doesn’t mean you have to live with cat odors. Cat odors are generally caused from the litter box or from accidents occurring outside the litter box. These odors emitted are offensive to both you and your guests. If you have multiple cats, the odors can become overwhelming.
Commercial products are helpful in helping control cat odors but some tend to mask the odors rather than remove them from your home. These simple steps will remove the cat odors and leave your home smelling fresh and clean.
Clean the litter box frequently. Scoopers only remove waste from the box, they don’t remove odors. If the litter box is the cause of the offensive odors, then change the litter in the litter box more frequently. Once a week, the litter box should be sanitized with hot water and vinegar.
Clean with vinegar. Accidents that occur outside of the litter box can create horrible odors on walls, floors, and carpets. Some cleaners contain fragrances that only cover the odor for a limited time. Vinegar will eliminate and remove the odors. Using an old rag, scrub floors and carpets with white vinegar. If your cat has sprayed urine on the walls, they will also need a thorough cleaning with vinegar.
Deep cleaning carpets. To clean down inside carpet fibers, mix a very small amount of vinegar with water and allow it to sit on the spot for a few minutes. Use an old rag to soak up any excess liquid. Sprinkle the area with corn starch and allow to set. The corn starch will soak up any liquid left behind including cat urine. As the corn starch dries, it will turn a shade of yellow. Once dried vacuum up the corn startch. Sprinkle the area with baking soda to help eliminate any additional odors that may linger.
For any other areas that are affected by cat odors including clothing, vinegar is the solution. A small amount of vinegar added to your laundry when washing will remove odors including those left behind by your cat.
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