Urine odor in clothes is a common problem, especially for those with small children. Fortunately, all you need to rid fabric of these smells is a neutralizer. Although such neutralizers do come in synthetic chemical form, cheap and natural neutralizers are probably sitting in your cupboard right now.
Choosing A Neutralizer
There are a number of natural products that can neutralize urine odor in fabric. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a very effective odor remover, especially when combined with water to form a paste. Hydrogen peroxide, which is sometimes used to treat water for odors, can also be an effective and natural chemical for fighting urine odors in clothing. Finally, white vinegar, which some use to naturally eliminate body odor, is also a natural odor-removing option for urine stains.
Applying A Neutralizer
If using the hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar method, simply apply a small portion of the liquid directly to the stain or affected area prior to putting the soiled article in the wash. Allow the chemical to soak into the fabric and let it sit for about an hour. Then wash normally.
If using baking soda, coming a quarter of a cup of the powder with about a tablespoond of water to create a paste. Apply this paste to the stain or affected area and allow it to sit for about an hour. Prior to putting the article in the wash, wipe the affected area with a damp cloth or towel to rid the fabric of any baking soda residue.
You can also combine treatments, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, to form a stronger neutralizer. However, avoid combining baking soda and vinegar, which can create a bubbly mess.
Preventing Urine Odors In Clothes
Of course, the best way to rid clothing of urine odors is to ensure that the clothes stay urine-free in the first place.
If the clothes are stained with animal urine, such as from a pet, be sure to put clothing in an area that your dog or cat cannot reach. For dogs, it may be best to put clothing on a shelf. Since cats can climb, you may want to put clothes in a hamper with a lid or in a closet with the door closed.
For children who soil themselves, purchase a book on potty training or speak with your child's pediatrician about techniques to employ to ensure your child uses the restroom. Pay attention to your child if he or she seems fidgety and appears to need to use the bathroom. Do not allow your child drink an hour before bed, and ensure that he or she uses the restroom prior to going to sleep.
For three years, Etch Tabor worked as the technology and online editor at "InsideCounsel" magazine, a national publication for in-house counsel. He currently is a full-time freelance writer, specializing in legal, technology and comedy writing. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism.