Top 10 Ways to Get the Smell Of Urine Out of the House

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Keeping a house clean can be a lot of work. Incontinence can add additional stress in terms of odors and leakage. According to Everyday Health, people with incontinence tend to drink less liquid, causing their urine to become very concentrated and strong-smelling. Bladder and urinary tract infections are quite common as well and can cause urine to smell.

With certain kinds of incontinence, individuals are not able to get to the restroom quickly enough and may experience leakage during the day and especially at night.

Top 10 Ways to Control Odor

Whether it is the smell of fresh urine or an old one, driving the smell away is important. Here are some tips to maintaining a healthy environment:

1. Practice Good Hygiene - Personal hygiene is extremely important! Practicing good personal hygiene can be vital in preventing infections and controlling odors. According to The Ultimate Caregiving Expert, caregivers and loved ones should implement the following while trying to maintain an odor-free home:

  • Wash hands with soap and water often

  • Use gloves when appropriate

  • Use hand sanitizers

  • Cover mouths and noses while sneezing and coughing

  • Clean all utensils and dishes before and after cooking

  • Take appropriate measures to keep areas pest- and insect-free

  • Make use of proper methods to store food

  • Minimize the use of leftover food. Cook appropriate quantities and always feed fresh food to the person with incontinence

2. Clean With a Towel or Paper Towel - It is always best to clean urine as soon as possible. Wipe the area until no urine remains. Even old newspapers can be used to soak up urine. Make sure the area is completely dry. If a towel is used, place immediately after cleaning up in a plastic garbage bag.

3. Use Soap and Water - Once the entire area is dry, use soap and water or high-quality personal cleaning wipes to thoroughly clean the area.

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4. Use a Sanitizing Liquid - A sanitizing liquid can be helpful during cleaning. You can purchase or make one.

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5. Use a Black Light - A black light can be used to better see any stains that might have been missed during the cleaning process. While using the black light, mark the areas of stain with chalk to better see them.

6. Use a Wet Vac with Lukewarm Water - You should always avoid using hot liquids directly on carpet and other surfaces. Using lukewarm water and a wet vac/steam cleaner on affected areas is ideal for large leaks and spills. Many stores offer rental options.

7. Mix Baking Soda, Peroxide and Dish Detergent - Make a solution of baking soda, peroxide and any dish detergent. The combination of the three is powerful enough to drive away even the strongest of urine smells. Mix together 8 fl oz. of peroxide, with 3 tbsp. of baking soda and a few drops of dish detergent. Spray the mixture onto the affected area and allow it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes. After, brush/rub the area down. 

8. Homemade Spray with Essential Oil - If you prefer more natural cleaning methods, another homemade solution to remove the smell of urine from carpets and floors is to mix together 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. vinegar, ½ tsp. of orange essential oil and about 5 oz. of hydrogen peroxide. Spray the prepared mixture onto any affected areas. Let it dry completely. If powder remnants are visible after drying, clean them up with a vacuum cleaner. If the smell of the urine still persists, repeat.

9. Vinegar - This is another good product to drive away strong urine smells. Directly spray undiluted vinegar on the urine-stained area. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes before brushing/rubbing.

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10. Commercial Urine Cleaners - Most commercial urine cleaners have powerful enzymes in them. They are extremely helpful in removing strong urine odors and the toughest of stains. The enzymes work on stains by breaking down the odor-causing molecules. 

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According to Ultimate Caregiving Expert's website, "A healthy environment is imperative for your loved ones, no matter where they are staying ... the place they are going to spend their lives, need to be clean, safe and free from any form of dirt, that can attract bacteria and other disease-causing organisms."

About Guest Co-Author Tena Scallan

Tena Scallan is a passionate professional, business owner, and published author with over 25 years of experience in the health care industry. Tena has dedicated her life’s work to working in hospitals, running her own in-home caregiving agency, and providing coaching and guidance for family caregivers. Tena firmly believes that both home and lifestyle can be preserved by in-home compassionate caregiving in the face of aging or illness. Check out her caregiving site, Ultimate Caregiving Expert, for a list of resources and helpful information.

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