Natural Ways to Eliminate Pet Odor From Your Floors

September 25, 2010

I have some sad news I am going to share with you.

I’m putting my cat to sleep today.

She is almost 18 and has cancer. It’s time. It’s still awful.

Over the last couple years, and last couple weeks in particular, my cat used half my house as her litter box. I try to use green products in my home, and I have found a natural way to treat floors under such circumstances.

Not only is it important to remove pet odors for better living conditions, but if you are trying to sell your home, it’s imperative to make it as fresh as possible.

To remove pet odor from cat urine naturally, grab the vinegar.

For hardwood and linoleum floors:

*Mix three parts warm water with one part white vinegar.

*Saturate the spot using an old rag or an extraneous sock.

*Dry the area completely.

*Repeat. Some people claim that adding a few drops of Listerine Mouthwash to your water-vinegar solution will help eliminate the odors even more.

For carpeted floors:

*Mix the same 3:1 solutions of warm water and white vinegar.

*After drying the area, sprinkle some baking soda over it.

*Mix three-fourths of a cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution along with one teaspoon of dish detergent and apply over the baking soda.

*Use a brush to work the mixture into the carpet.


Got that smell on your clothes? Add about a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar to the wash with your laundry detergent.

Live in a small place with a healthy cat, but don’t like the smell of the litter box? Add one cup of baking soda to the kitty litter and it should help keep odors at bay.

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Since we are talking animals today, I would like to mention that Joyce, the sole elephant at Brookfield Zoo, is back home.


Joyce had lived at Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari in New Jersey before she was brought to Chicago to be a companion to Christy, a 28-year-old elephant that was alone at the zoo last year.

Within months of Joyce’s arrival, however, Christy died.

An elephant’s home is with other elephants. They live in herds like families and aren’t satisfied with just one friend. Elephants do not belong in Chicago zoos.

Naturally I would rather see Joyce go somewhere like the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee than an amusement park, but at least she joined a herd of seven elephants there.

I hope she feels like she is home.

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I’m so sorry about your cat. We had to do that last year. My heart goes out to you.


I completely agree with you about no elephants in Chicago zoos. Sorry about your cat, too.


I’m sorry to hear about your cat. I am going to try the baking soda in the litter box solution. We live in a small apartment and the whole place smells like cat pee. Thanks for the tip!


Thank you for all your sweet messages!


My sympathies on your kitty. Thanks for all of the great tips, I’m definitely going to try the baking soda in the litter in our VERY small place!

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