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How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in Clothes

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If your cat mistook your laundry for a litter box there’s no need to panic. You don’t have to throw the clothes out and buy new ones. It is possible to get rid of cat urine smells and stains out of the clothes. Take this cat urine smell removal advice from an experienced cat owner.

Use the Washing Machine

Start filling up the washing machine with water. Any water temperature is fine, use the water temperature you normally would for the clothes affected. Add a large scoop of powdered detergent. Some find powdered laundry detergent works better than liquid. If you have a front load washer then go ahead and put the clothes in first.

Use Oxyclean or F.O.N.

Now add a full scoop of powdered Oxyclean or use Feline Odor Neutralizer according to the label instructions. Let the washer fill up about a ¼ of the way so the oxyclean or F.O.N. start to dissolve in the water.

Soak

Load the clothes into the wash and let it fill up with water. If you have a top load washing machine then let the clothes soak for about 15 minutes before washing. If you have a soak option on your front loader washing machine, then use it.

Wash

Set the washer to wash on the heavy duty cycle. Hopefully your cat didn’t get to your delicates. The heavy duty cycle will work best.

Don’t Dry Yet

When the load is done washing, smell your clothes before putting them in the dryer. If they smell clean then go ahead and dry them as normal. If they still have a cat urine smell, then repeat the wash cycle a second time to get rid of the cat urine smell.

Tips

To prevent your cat from peeing on your clothes do not leave them where your cat can get to them. Keep the laundry off the floor in a laundry basket and use a laundry hamper lid.

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