Easy and Effective Ways to Get a Pee Smell Out of Any Couch
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Easy and Effective Ways to Get a Pee Smell Out of Any Couch

January 18, 2024 at 9:02 PM PST

If your pup or tot leaves little gifts for you around the house in the form of couch stains, then you’ll be giving a sigh of relief with these super easy and breezy tips to get the pee smell out of couch material. Pet parents, moms and dads rejoice! We’ve got you covered from couch top to bottom with this guide to stain removal and odor elimination. We know that getting the pee smell out of a couch can be quite the chore, since the proteins in urine allow it to permeate through fabric and leave a not-so-sweet scent.

Whether your fur baby or human baby had an accident, we have the tools to help you get that urine odor out of your upholstery.  With a little patience and elbow grease, your couch will be as good as new.

How To Remove a Pee Stain

Act fast! The longer you leave a stain, the tougher it is to remove. So get moving with these stain removal tools, tips, and techniques.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish soap (Dawn or Palmolive recommended)
  • Mouthwash (Listerine recommended)
  • Coffee
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • White cloths or rags
  • Vacuum
  • Container
Before you get started, make sure to check the label on your couch before applying water or any chemicals. Most household cleaners will recommend testing the product on a small portion of the intended surface. For heavy-duty stains, you’ll need these additional tools like and enzyme cleaner (DIY or store-bought) and an upholstery machine and spray cleaner. Be sure to follow the directions provided with the product! Dry-clean only and delicate fabrics require special care, so seek additional assistance if necessary.

Ready, Set, Blot!

If you’re good to go, then get started with the following guide and tips. If you’re not sure if you’re well-equipped to tackle the project, then you’ll need to contact a cleaning professional for assistance.

How To Get the Pee Smell Out of Couch

Using Baking Soda

Tip: Depending on the type of couch, you’ll need to remove any cushions and toss them in your washing machine with one cup of baking soda in the load in order to eliminate odors.
  1. Blot the urine with a paper towel to remove as much of the liquid as you possibly can.
  2. Combine 2 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Pour the 2:1 solution into the spray bottle.
  3. Spray the stained area.
  4. Use a white cloth or rag to work the solution into the stained area.
  5. Repeat the above step until the urine is completely absorbed by the white cloth or rag.
  6. Pour a cup of baking soda over the stained area and allow the baking soda to sit for approximately 4 hours. If possible, wait overnight for best results.
  7. Use a vacuum to remove the baking soda.

Using Mouthwash (Listerine)

Tip: Listerine kills the germs found in your mouth and the germs found in urine as well. Plus, the minty scent is a pleasant relief.
  1. Blot most of the urine using paper towels.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of Listerine and fill spray bottle with water.
  3. Spray stained area and blot with dry cloth or rag.
  4. Repeat previous step until stain is completely absorbed.
  5. Air-dry couch by an open window or door. If possible, allow sunlight to dry couch.

Sunlight is a natural way to eliminate any bacteria that remains after cleaning your couch. If possible, allow your couch to dry in a sunny area, but you must beware as the sun’s rays could lighten your couch (depending on the color and material).

How To Get the Pee Smell Out of a White Couch

Using Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Dish Soap

Tip: Blot the spot! This guide will make sure you won’t regret buying a white couch as long as you put 100% into blotting that pesky pee stain.
  1. Blot most of the urine with paper towels.
  2. Combine one cup of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and a tablespoon of dish liquid in a container.
  3. Apply solution in container to stained area and allow it to sit for approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Use white cloth to dry area and use damp white cloth to wipe the area clean.
  5. Air-dry couch by an open window or door. Allow sunlight to dry couch if weather permits.

How To Get the Pee Smell Out of a Leather Couch

Using Dish Soap and Coffee Grounds

Tip: Leather’s tough to tackle when it comes to stain removal since you’ll have to be super careful to not damage the material. Keep coffee grounds in a sustainable container to use for future odor removal once you’ve cleaned your couch.
  1. Using a white cloth or rag, blot most of the urine.
  2. Mix a couple of drops of dish soap into a container of warm water and stir until soapy with tons of suds.
  3. Dip white cloth or rag into soapy water and scrub stained area.
  4. Combine 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar in a container. Dunk the white cloth or rag into the 1:1 solution and wring out as well as you can.
  5. Wipe down the stained area and allow it to sit for approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Place coffee grounds in container beside couch stain overnight to absorb any residual odor.



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