Cheap Pet Odour Remover Recipe


Crochet Crowd, Mikey

How to Make Cheap Pet Odour Remover and Smell Minty Fresh at the End

Some of you may have guessed by now, Daniel and I are doing a very thorough cleaning of the house. This prompted me to think about our home remedies of cleaning supplies we use.

Don’t worry though, I’m not going to turn my blog into a cleaning idea blog. My goal is to share some of my tips that help me save money and are extremely effective.

We have one cat that would prefer not to use the box. Honestly, it is extremely frustrating as we all know cat urine odour sticks around. What is causing the order is the bacteria. We tried chemicals but you know what, we go through too much of it and it seems to come back.

So our secret recipe is using Mouthwash as it kills the bacteria, germs and your house can smell minty fresh at the end.

Here’s The Recipe

  1. 25% Listerine or Scope
  2. 75% Water
  3. Add to a spray bottle and shake.
  4. You have an instant pet odour remover.

Suggestion though, you may want to choose mouthwash that is clear. The dye from the coloured mouthwashes might stain.

For carpets & furniture, be sure to do a test swatch first to ensure it won’t stain or ruin your fabrics.

We have been using this on ceramic tile floors and also plywood floors that are in our basement. Luckily for us, our cat hasn’t messed on our good wood floors. I would do a test sample before attempting that on our floors to ensure the Listerine / Scope and water will not damage the surface.

We go through a lot of this formula. If a bottle of Listerine is about $5. It will divide 4 times for a formula. Essentially, you have pet odour remover for $1.25 per bottle!

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I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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26 Responses to Cheap Pet Odour Remover Recipe

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  2. Laura A says:

    Can’t wait to try this, as we’ve tried just about everything else. I’ve tried the awesome cleaner mentioned above,and have not had success with permanent removal of cat odors. Enzyme based cleaners seem to work the best, but Listerine works as a home remedy for a number of other things, so I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. Thanks Mikey!
    ps. for things that can go in the washing machine, I’ve recently discovered Prowash Activewear 2x liquid detergent, (designed to wash sweaty sports clothes, etc.) and it works better than anything I’ve ever used for cat urine odors.

  3. KerryCan says:

    I guess everyone knows that this inappropriate peeing can be a sign of a urinary tract infection, right? Your cat might be in a lot of pain . . .

  4. Shirley V. says:

    Thanks for the tip. I have a large, 12 year-old female that uses the box for “solids”, but prefers to pee under my dining room table. I will definitely be trying this.

  5. litbby says:

    I have a question t those with cat & litter box troubles, has the cat been de-clawed? If so u need to get a VERY fine litter. The coarse litter hurt their paws that’s one reason for them to go elsewhere.

  6. Poppy says:

    Great idea!
    May I ask what your cat to litter box ratio is?

  7. Kelly Scott says:

    Get a black light and shine it over surfaces to reveal where cats/dogs have eliminated. A black light is available in a small, inexpensive size. Only enzymatic cleaner will remove the pheromone smell that an animal can, but you cannot detect.

  8. Dany Measures says:

    Great idea. I will give it a try. I have been using a drizzle of Harpic lime scale remover that I use for the toilet and swishing it around the litter tray. Wait until you see the white bubbles disappear, then add really warm water and leave to stand for an hour. Terrific.

  9. Donna Feica says:

    hmmmm wonder how it would freshen yarn that’s been sitting a long time? If it’s clear mouthwash, it wouldn’t stain it, right?

    • Marie-Jose says:

      If I was to try this on yarn…I would do a test first…specially if the mouthwash is colored…Wouldn’t want a white yarn turn into a greenish…blueish…red ish..yarn :O

  10. Marie-Jose says:

    wow this is indeed a great tip…i have a cat that likes to *mark* whats her’s… tried many products but none worked…this one is so simple…it just might do the trick 😀 Never stop giving us tips plzzz…. Saving money is what thing we all have in common I’m sure….as well as crochet 😉

  11. Laura Ludovici says:

    Thanks for this — I have one male rogue cat (neutered) who seems to like to go in the corner of my livingroom. I am going to be trying this ASAP!

  12. Birdie says:

    I used to use Zero Odor but it’s expensive. Then I tried vinegar. That works too but not quite as well as mouthwash. I’ve been using mouthwash for a couple of years now. No more stinky dog foot odor. For accidents, just pour on the spot, rub it in with a broom and lay newspaper over it to soak it up.

  13. xloz68x says:

    Reblogged this on Loz's Little Crochets and commented:
    Great idea

  14. Viki says:

    Mikey, you can turn this into a sub-category of cleaning tips. I don’t think anyone would mind and who knows what everyone would share . . . thanks for this one…

  15. Cecilia says:

    Do you think it would work on Dog odors as well? I have a little “old man” that marks at times.

  16. Amanda S. says:

    I’ll have to try this in my basement. Had 3 cats 2 years ago and I can still smell them!

  17. Lorraine says:

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I lived with a toy poodle for a while & occasionally she would have an accident. Since I lived in a complex where there were cleanliness inspections I had to find a less expensive solution to cleaning her oops. White vinegar & water half & half works wonders. This mixture is also great for inside the car, camper etc. I use it for lots of things including my hair. It’s so shiny & clean. Just had to say…

  18. Sharon Jeffries says:

    Thank you for this idea. I am going to try it. I have a one year old yorkiepoo that I can not get housebroke, so I need something.

  19. Sue Long says:

    my daughter brings her dog over and it never fails, she will go on my floor! grrrr

  20. TEllington says:

    I pick up a lot of tips watching the show My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet. It seems my cat has to have the litter box cleaned every day or she will find a corner in the house. I also changed the brand of cat litter I was using. Those are two tips I picked up watching the show and it has helped. Thanks for the Scope tip!

  21. Roxanne says:

    Thank you, I’m going to try this. I also have a cat that prefers not to use the box. My carpets are ruined but I can’t afford to replace them right now, so at least I can try to get rid of the odor.

  22. Sandy says:

    I must give this a try! My neutered “gentleman” cat sometimes forgets his manners and spray-marks a territory. This is the reason all my yarn is in plastic see-through containers. Thanks, Mikey!

  23. Tricia Crow says:

    I use what’s called “awesome” cleaner… no scent left and it gets rid of cat odors… we have a momma cat that likes to annoy us at times… and this stuff you can use on everything.. http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/html/Products_Degreaser.html

  24. Karen DeKok says:

    Thank you! I have two cats that like a certain corner of our gym room!

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