Sunlight and a light breeze can be very effective at removing and neutralizing odor. Machine wash again if smell persists. But this time an add an enzymatic cleaner, which is a biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning agent and helps to break down and eliminate odors. Enzymatic cleaners are available at pet supply stores, home supply stores and big-box stores like Walmart.
Do not dilute the vinegar. Spray all surface areas and crevices of the toilet equally. Then, let the vinegar soak for a few minutes. Using a clean rag or paper towel, wipe down ever nook and cranny of the toilet. Dampen a fresh rag and re-wipe. Get a new, unused rag and wipe the entire toilet again to rinse off any remaining vinegar.
This will help remove any traces of urine — which may be harboring an unpleasant scent — not only from the toilet but from the surrounding surfaces. After all, we all know spills sometimes happen! Clean the toilet and surrounding region regularly. Keeping up your cleaning regimen will help ensure urine stains don’t build up on the toilet and, in this way, make your bathroom fresh and clean. Use a fabric odor eliminator. These odor eliminators come in spray bottles that you spray over your furniture until damp and then let air dry. Using fabric odor eliminators will give your fabric a nice, fresh scent.
However, they generally mask rather than treat and fully remove bad scents and stains. Consider this only as a temporary solution. Make and apply a homemade remedy. There are several different options that require ingredients you probably already have in your home. Remember to do a test patch with any solution before applying it to the whole stained area — you don’t want your furniture to get discolored in any way, which is always a potential risk when applying any solution to it. Use baking soda and peroxide solution.
Mix together 16 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Apply onto urine stain until soaked. Leave on until completely dry. If a white residue appears, vacuum or brush off. Make a 50-50 water and vinegar solution. Combine equal parts warm water and distilled white vinegar.
Soak a clean cloth or rag with the solution, and then rub the stain in a circular motion. You should do this at least twice. Then, allow the spot to dry. You can use a hair dryer or fan to help it dry a little quicker. If the odor is still there, you could risk spraying the spot with straight vinegar. At this point, the persistence of the smell suggests that the urine has worked its way into the fabric’s fibers, so spray enough vinegar to do the same. Dampen the stain and then blot with a dry rag.
Baking soda is a natural odor-fighter. Pour a large amount of baking soda — don’t be skimpy here! Use a scrub brush to push the baking soda into the fabric’s fibers in a circular motion. Once the baking soda has been sufficiently worked into the fabric, vacuum up the baking soda. This will aid the soda’s natural odor-fighting properties get into fibers and also remove the excess powder. You may want to do this twice if the urine smell lingers or is especially strong. Purchase and use a commercial urine cleaner. Look for enzymatic cleaners in particular. Enzymatic cleaners break down the urine stain and the odor-causing molecules. They contain bacteria-producing agents that facilitate the growth of bacteria that in turn breaks down the urine. The best-known brands are marketed for pet urine, but can also be used for human urine. These include Simple Solution, Nature’s Miracle, Urine Off, and Complete Pet Stain and Odor Remover from 8in1. Follow any and all instructions on the product. This method is the least labor intensive, but on the other hand does require purchasing a commercial product. Hire a carpet or upholstery-cleaning company.