4 Great Home Remedies to Get Pet Urine Smell Out of Hardwood

Guilty Looking Dog on Hardwood FloorPets are wonderful, they love us, cuddle us, welcome us home, and offer us much joy.

The best pets are the ones that are well trained. The most important training is potty training; teaching our pets where they should go to the bathroom and where they should not go.

However well trained our pets can be, sometimes they have accidents and we are left with the problem of how to remove the stains and odors from our floors and furniture.

Cleaning pet urine odor out of hardwood flooring can be a huge problem. There are many commercial products on the market that can remove them; however, many of them can be costly.

Sometimes, these cleaners can be a bit harsh or leave unpleasant scents of their own behind. Others just cover up the smell for a while and then it comes back. Many people agree that home remedies work better than the commercial products.

Here is a list of the 4 best home remedies for how to get rid of the pet urine smell from your hardwood.

  1. Vinegar and Water – This seems to be the most popular remedy out there. It is very simple, pour a cup of white vinegar into a bucket of warm water and mop the area thoroughly. Once it dries, the vinegar smell will go away and so will the odor. Now I’ve found a few variations to this one so I want to list them also. Some people believe that essential oils work well to remove the odor of pet urine and recommend adding a few drops of grapefruit oil to the vinegar solution. Other say to use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. More suggestions are to add a teaspoon of dish washing liquid or a teaspoon of baking powder; others say to add both.
  2. Baking Soda – Baking Soda is very good at removing odors, that is why we tend to keep a box in the refrigerator. There are a couple of ways to do this one also. One way says to sprinkle the baking soda over the area and let is sit for several hours or even overnight if the odor is very strong. After that you can mop the baking soda up. Here is where there are different ideas: you can use the vinegar solution from above, you can modify that by adding 1 cup of baking soda to the vinegar solution, or you can vacuum up the baking soda and then mop with water. Now others say the best way to use the baking soda is to use a paste made from one part baking powder and one part water. Spread the paste on the area and let dry; it will become a powder. Vacuum up the powder and the smell will be gone.
  3. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution – Again there are several ways to do this. One way is to just pour the hydrogen peroxide solution onto the area and let it bubble till it stops. Then you can blot it up with paper towels or newspapers. Another way is to soak a cleaning rag in the hydrogen peroxide and clean the area with that. Some people say the best way, and the one that will remove the most stains, is to place paper towels over the area and sprinkle with the peroxide until they are saturated. Cover the paper towels with plastic wrap and tape them to the floor. Leave until the towels dry out and them remove them. If you have black stains from urine this is the best method. You have to be careful with this method because the peroxide will bleach out the wood so it is best to check from time to time and remove before the floors become bleached out. The bleaching is best for black stains because it will remove them. One more way hydrogen peroxide is used is to make a solution of 5 ounces of peroxide, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a half teaspoon of orange dish washing liquid. Add them to a spray bottle and spray over the area. Allow to dry (it will turn to a powder) and vacuum up. Finish be making a solution of 1cup of baking soda and 6 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake them together well and then sprinkle over the area and leave over night. Vacuum it up in the morning.
  4. Bleach – Many people think this is the very best solution, but you have to be very careful because it can bleach out your floors. Just use one part bleach and 1 part water and mop the areas that have the smell.


When working with hydrogen peroxide or bleach be sure to ventilate the area well, wear gloves, a mask and maybe even a ventilator while working with these strong substances. All of these home remedies have been used by many people who swear by them. However, there are also some commercial product by Nature’s Miracle that works wonders. Try them out and see what works best for you.

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