4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cat Smell in the House
Battling cat smell (or litter box smell) is a common problem cat owners have at home. Here are four natural ways to quickly get rid of the cat smell in the house.
How to Get Rid of Cat Smell in the House
1. Run a HEPA Air Purifier
A HEPA air purifier, such as the Coway Air Purifier, is a worthwhile investment for all cat owners. It will help with managing the cat smell by trapping cat hair and microscopic cat dander that floats around in the air. This unit is a must-have for people who struggle with allergies.
The HEPA air purifiers may unfortunately not do much to eliminate the smell of cat urine. Ammonia is generally the primary culprit of cat urine smell. You will need air purifiers, such as the Catit Magic Blue Purifier, to absorb and retain the ammonia.
2. Sprinkle Baking Soda on Carpets
Baking soda is a naturally-occurring mineral that has odor-fighting properties. Dust the carpet with a generous amount of baking soda then use a stiff brush to work the powder into the base of the carpet. Let the powder sit in the carpet for a couple of hours.
Once a few hours have passed, use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to clear away all the baking soda. Keep your cat in a separate room while this work is being done. Baking soda can be dangerous to pets if they ingest a huge amount of it.
3. Wipe Surfaces with White Vinegar
White distilled vinegar contains a compound called acetic acid that can eliminate the bacteria that produces bad household odor.
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water, dip an old rag or sponge into the vinegar solution, then wipe all the floors and surfaces with the rag or sponge.
4. Use an Enzyme Cleaner
Use an enzyme cleaner, such as Life Miracle’s cleaner concentrate, to safely remove the cat odor. Like vinegar, these non-toxic cleaning solutions break down the raw materials that create the odor. They can be used on carpets, upholstery furniture, and hard surfaces.
In addition to the above steps, make sure you vacuum your home on a regular basis and wash the cat bedding on a regular basis.