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How to Remove Pet Urine from Soiled Laundry

So, your pet has had a little accident, and now something smells bad. At Rattle & Hum Laundry Co., this is a situation we see on a daily basis. Dogs and cats are equally capable of peeing on clothes or sheets from time to time. What can you do to remove the stain, and even more importantly, the unpleasant odor?

The first thing you’ll need to understand is why pet urine smells bad in the first place. The answer is uric acid, which is found in urine. To remove pet urine from soiled laundry, you need to break down the uric acid. There’s more than one way to get this done.

Baking Soda and Warm Water

According to the makers of Tide detergent, the most effective way to break down the uric acid is by soaking the stained item in a mixture of baking soda and warm water for fifteen minutes, rinsing it thoroughly, then putting it in the washing machine right away.

Laundry Detergent and Vinegar

Another method to remove pet urine from soiled laundry is to begin with a cold-water rinse under a faucet, aiming the water directly at the stain. Then wash the item on the hottest recommended washing machine setting, using detergent along with one cup of white distilled vinegar. For old or stubborn stains, soak the item overnight in a mixture of two cups white distilled vinegar to one gallon of cool water before washing.

Best Detergents for Urine Stains

The best laundry detergents to remove pet urine from soiled laundry include Tide and Persil, but you can also find special detergents designed specifically for removing dog urine, including Alpha Tech Pet and Nature’s Miracle.

If you need to remove pet urine from soiled laundry, Rattle & Hum Laundry Co. can help! Follow the advice given above and then bring your item in to Rattle & Hum Laundry Co. to wash and dry, or just bring it straight in and have Rattle & Hum Laundry Co. clean it for you!


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