How to Clean Urine-Soaked Luggage

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Things You'll Need

  • Towel

  • Black light

  • Chalk

  • Urine-removing product

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Brush

  • Travel-size urine remover


Keep a travel version of the urine-removing product with you when going on trips with your pet.


Avoid using bleach and ammonia together when cleaning your luggage, because the mixture creates toxic fumes.

Urine-soaked luggage is often the result of a pet-related accident. If your household pet smells the urine or scent of other animals on your luggage, he or she may try to mark their territory by urinating on it. The result is an unsightly, smelly mess that can damage expensive luggage. Clean the urine-soaked luggage to avoid long-term damage.

Step 1

Place the luggage on a plastic drop cloth. Keep your pet away from the luggage until you have removed the stain. Pets will often continue to urinate on an object when they smell their own urine.

Step 2

Blot at the luggage with a white towel to remove excess urine. If you are unsure where the urine has reached, plug a black light bulb into a lamp. Urine stains will show up as green under the black light. Mark the areas you need to concentrate on with a piece of chalk.

Step 3

Saturate the luggage with a urine-removing product, and allow it to completely dry. Smell the luggage to see if the product has neutralized the acid in the urine. Repeat if the smell is still evident.

Step 4

Sprinkle baking soda on and inside the luggage; zip it up and shake the bag to get an even coating. Vacuum the bag to remove the baking soda. Continue to step 5 if the smell and stain are still evident.

Step 5

Sprinkle baking soda on the luggage, then add equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and dish washing soap. Use a soft brush to get the mixture into the luggage fibers. Allow to dry, and then vacuum.


Faith McGee

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