How to Remove Cat Urine from a Couch!! That Works!


That Smell that seems to never go Away!

Cat urine emits a particularly offensive kind of smell, it is a strong and persistent smell that seems like you will never be able to get rid of it. This smell seems to permeate all areas of your home even though the cat might just have peed on a section of the couch.

Using white vinegar is the most popular way of removing the smell of cat urine from a couch. You can also use some bi-carb soda to help remove the smell also.

You most probably cringe every time you have guests over as even when you have cleaned your house thoroughly, it always seems as if the smell of cat pee just lingers. Sometimes, it is only you that can smell it because you know it is there, but who wants to be in an embarrassing situation that your guests mention something or ask whether you have a cat as a pet?

Fortunately, some soiled fabrics can easily be washed in the washing machine as they are loose covers or throws on your couch. The problem comes in when the fabric is a part of the couch. Here are some tips and methods to rid your home of the odour and to stop your cat from urinating in an area that is not his designated sandbox.

First Understand Why Your Cat Is Peeing On The Couch?

If your cat is urinating on your couch or carpet or any other upholstered furniture and not in its litterbox there is usually a good reason. Your cat is trying to tell you that his litterbox is not clean or that it is located in an area that does not suit him. If you have recently changed the brand of litter beans or crystals, your cat might not like the replacement product. Your cat could even be telling you that his bedding is not clean. There is always a reason and it is advisable that you find the reason else the problem will persist.

Is Your Cat Sick?

A sick cat might urinate outside his litterbox as he may have a urinary tract infection or kidney stones. If this is the case, it is important to take it seriously and take your cat to the vet.

Non-Sterilized Cats Peeing On The Couch

If your cat has not been sterilized, he will tend to urinate frequently in your house to mark his territory or to attract female cats. If this is the case, have your cat sterilized before cleaning and removing the odour otherwise you will experience the same problem over and over again.

Will Cat Urine Smell Ever Go Away?

Removing the smell of cat urine is not difficult and you can neutralize the odour. Yes, you can ensure that there isn’t even a hint of the smell left on your couch or anywhere in your home. The quicker you take action the better and it is important to use the right products. 

What Products Not To Use To Remove Cat Urine From A Couch!

At all times avoid chemicals. Chemicals are toxic to your pets and to you and your children. If your, cat is urinating in a certain place it is because this place suits him and he will return to the same place time and again. It is therefore necessary to avoid cleaning this area with any toxic products.

Never use bleach as this tends to make the cat indulge. Therefore if you clean the area with bleach the cat will seek this newly disinfected area and soil it again.

A very important step is to not clean the cat pee out of the couch in front of your cat. He might decide this is a good way to gain your attention and make a game out of it without realizing that this is not the behaviour that you want from him.

What Are The Best Products To Use To Remove Cat Urine From Your Couch?

Yes, white vinegar can neutralize the cat urine odor!

How to proceed?

Using thick paper towels, clean the urine that is left on the surface of the couch. If your cat has urinated on a washable fabric such as a pillow, linen, quilt, or cover, wipe the fabric and wash it at a minimum of 40 ° C, 60 ° C if the fabric can withstand it. To wash more fragile or delicate fabrics use soda crystals.

On the other hand, if your pet has urinated on a mattress, a sofa, or a non-machine washable carpet, you will have to act very quickly to avoid allowing time for the smell to penetrate and for the diffusion of the bacteria in the urine to develop.

Here are effective products and tried and tested methods:

Instructions To Remove Cat Urine Odour.

White vinegar is a staple in most households and can be used to disinfect your entire house and is especially effective in neutralizing the odor left by cat urine.

  • Dilute two tablespoons white vinegar in 5 teaspoons of sparkling water and pour this mixture over the urine-stained area of the couch.
  • Let the product penetrate into the fabric for at least 15 minutes, this will immediately eliminate the odor.
  • White vinegar can be used alone, diluting it will reduce the odour and will not reduce its effectiveness!
  • You can also pour two tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of white vinegar.
  • Mixing these two ecological products in a vaporizer, you can spread the mixture in the soiled area and around the soiled area to get rid of odors that have already penetrated into the upholstery.

Extra Tips

  • Sprinkle the mixture (placed on the carpet), with baking soda and let act about 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, you must suck up the bicarbonate with a vacuum cleaner or brush it off.
  • White vinegar neutralizes and removes the smell of cat urine and disinfects while the bicarbonate cleans the area thoroughly.

How Do You Get Cat Smell Out Of A Couch?

Put baking soda into a shaker container, liberally shake the baking soda all over the couch covers, cushions, seats, sides, and back of the couch. Use the back of a feather duster and beat the baking soda on the surface to ensure that the granules can penetrate the fabric on the couch.

Leave the baking soda to penetrate the fabric of the couch for anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes. Once you are certain the baking soda, which is an eco-friendly cleaning agent has penetrated the fabric to your satisfaction, brush off the baking soda remaining on the fabric or use a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery attachment and vacuum up the left-over baking soda on the couch.

Can You Use Essential Oils To Remove The Odour Of Cat Urine?

First, blot up all excess urine, then spray the mixture over the cat urine this will help disseminate any lingering smell of cat urine. The essential oils can work well when you combine them with white vinegar. This mixture will keep the stain from setting and neutralize the odor. This will also remove the lingering smell from the rest of your house.

Some essential oils are dangerous for cats and you must be sure you know which oils are safe to use around your cat and which are not. Some essential oils can cause allergic reactions, neurological issues, and sometimes, even death, even when they are only diffused in a room.

Essential oils contain phenols, d-limonene, and ketones that are not processed well by cat’s bodies.

Some essential oils to avoid having near cats are listed below. These have high levels of phenols, d-limonene, and/or ketones and can cause issues.

Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca)

Lavender Oil

Cinnamon Oil

Clove Oil

Mint Oils (wintergreen and peppermint)

Citrus Oils

Pennyroyal Oil

Thyme Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

Ylang Ylang Oil

Sweet Birch Oil

Oregano Oil

This is not a comprehensive list so research any essential oil that you want to use around your cat. If you are unsure of which essential oil to use, discuss it with your veterinarian. Never feed a cat essential oils or put them directly on the cat and never apply essential oils directly onto the skin or fur of your cat. The allergic reaction caused to the skin of the cat will cause it to itch and the cat will scratch with its claws, sometimes until it bleeds.

These are essential oils that are safe to use on your cat in a diluted form:

Clary Sage





Combine these oils into a mixture made from the following ingredients. Use 1 cup white vinegar and 10-20 drops of any one oil or a mix of the oils above. Then use it as a room freshening spray and spray over the cleaned and dried urine spot to help remove the smell.

What Are Other Solutions Against Cat Urine?

One of my favourite products is urineFREE. This is an eco-Friendly powerful odour and stain remover. The essential ingredients are formulated with bio enzymes that consume the bacteria that is formed by the crystalised urine, which are responsible for the smell and leave your couch and home clean and odor free.

Whether the stains are old or new, urineFREE works well on hard or soft surfaces and removes the stain. You can read more about the product here: https://www.urinefree.com.au/

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