5 “Green” Steps to Removing Cat Smells from Carpet & Bedding

Cats tend to not smell as bad as dogs do, but sometimes they roll in something, get too dirty, and end up smelling bad. Usually, a good brushing and maybe a wipe down with a damp towel can take care of a smelly or dirty cat. However, sometimes it’s not that simple.

My cats tend to jump out of the litter box and walk around the house with damp paws. Little paws that were just standing in urinated litter. YUCK! My carpet has had small spots that smell like a dirty litter box and vacuuming those areas wasn’t enough to remove the smells.

I’ve used pet cleaners like Nature’s Miracle to clean floors but I also like to use items that are “green.” The lingering smells from dirty paws on the carpet aren’t really “stains.”

Here’s how I remove the odors:

  1. Dilute white vinegar with water in a 3:1 ratio in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the areas where the smells are strongest.
  3. Let it sit and dry. It does make the house smell like vinegar but not too strongly since it is diluted.
  4. Once dry, I sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and let that sit for several minutes.
  5. Vacuum

On the hardwood and tiled floors, cleaning up is a little easier. I spray the vinegar solution on the floor and then take a rag or damp mop and clean up the floor. To clean my bedding, because sometimes the cats jump right on the bed after using the litter box, I throw some baking soda into the washing machine along with detergent and use warm or hot water. If your cat’s bedding smells, baking soda works great on removing the smells. Simply sprinkle some on the bed, let it sit, and then vacuum it up. If the outer shell is removable, toss it in the wash.

One of my friends has a cat that urinates outside the box now and then. I asked her what she does to clean up the spots, she told that she pours baking soda on the spots on the carpet where the cat has urinated, lets it sit, and then vacuums. For tougher stains or ones that she missed, she will use vinegar and water on the stain, saturate the area and blot it up with a towel.

Baking soda also works great for removing smells from other fabrics like couches and is good for the environment, non-toxic, and cheap.

What “green” methods do you use to get rid of cat smells in your house?

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2 thoughts on “5 “Green” Steps to Removing Cat Smells from Carpet & Bedding

  1. Thanks for your helpful article. I have been doing this for years, and it seems to work. Vinegar is great for cleaning almost anything.

  2. Start at the root of the problem which is typically the litter box. You need to keep fresh litter in it and keep it clean. If you don’t clean daily then try an automatic litter box like the Litter Robot. They will cost a little extra however it’s a great investment and sure does beat cleaning up smells.