How to Remove the Smell of Urine from Clothing

By Mary Smith. Updated: August 12, 2019
How to Remove the Smell of Urine from Clothing

Sometimes it happens that clothes get stained with urine and we don't know how to properly wash them. When this happens, conventional cleaning won't make the smell disappear completely, leaving some traces of it. But don't panic, your clothes are not ruined if they are stained with urine. There are some remedies that will help you get rid of that unpleasant smell. In this oneHOWTO article we give you some tips and tricks on how to remove the smell of urine from clothing.

Steps to follow:

First, fill two thirds of an empty spray bottle with warm water and the remaining third with vinegar. Then, shake the bottle to mix both of the liquids together and spray it onto the stained area until damp. Then put the garment in the washing machine to wash with your usual detergent. After the item of clothing is washed and dried, the stain and odour will have disappeared.

How to Remove the Smell of Urine from Clothing - Step 1

Another effective method to remove the smell of urine from clothing is to use absorbent towels. First purchase the towels, either ones that are moist and contain soap or the normal type. Then, dab them over the area in question. After a few minutes, rinse the item of clothing with water and rub the stain with a cloth or sponge soaked in white vinegar. Leave the garment to dry naturally and, once dry, wash it as you would normally.


Mouthwash is another thing that we can use to remove the smell of urine from clothes. First, we suggest you do a test to make sure this method works correctly. So, test it first on an old cloth that you no longer use. This method involves wetting the stain with mouthwash. Next, leave the clothing to dry and then wash it as you normally would.

How to Remove the Smell of Urine from Clothing - Step 3

Finally, the following method is both comprehensive and effective. First, put the clothes to soak for half an hour, add soap and spread yeast on top to neutralise the smell of urine. After a few minutes, put the clothes in the washing machine with a half cup or a cup of one of the following products, which will remove the odour:

  • Bleach
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Lemon juice

Before proceeding, make sure that you are not allergic to your chosen product. Next, proceed to thoroughly wash the garment with hot water. You may wish to wash it a couple of times to guarantee that your clothes are completely clean. When finished washing, put the clothes in the dryer with some wet towels impregnated with bicarbonate of soda. This way, all signs of foul odour will definitely disappear. When dry, the clothes will be odour-free and all remnants of urine will have been removed.

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I put white vinegar directly on the area where the urine is on the clothing. I wait about 5 to minutes and put it in the wash as normal. That typically works well. Sometimes I soak heavy material like kids jeans in a small tub with vinegar ad some water for 30 minutes and then wash as normal.
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Thank you so much for the extra tips Sam!
This pair of trousers should not be machine washed.
here is the guide to wards care of the garmenrt. which is obviously intended for dirt and stains onthe outside ,
Washing your hunting clothing:

Hunters Jacket - Hunters Trousers - Fleece Jacket - Countryman Jacket, Trousers and all Stealth Fabric

Jack Pyke clothing recommend a hand wash, with a non detergent cleaner with a sponge and rinse thoroughly with clean water. A soft brush may be used to remove stubborn dirt, but it is not recommended to fully immerse the garment in water. Always use tepid water of 30o C or below. Always when cleaning your Jack Pyke hunting clothing, fasten zips and Velcro closures.

Drying your hunting garments:

Simply hang the garment out to dry not using heaters or radiators to ensure a natural drying time. Never fold the garment when wet.

Long term Care for your Jack Pyke hunting clothing:

Never use household cleaners or detergents on any garments as this will leave a water-attracting residue on your hunting clothing.

Commercial outdoor clothing cleaners will help keep your outdoor hunting garments in tip top condition, always read the manufactures label and test a small section first. Using proper cleaners made for the job will protect your hunting clothing and if waterproof clothing, will protect the manufacturer's DWR - Durable Water Repellent protection.

If you have already washed your hunters jacket or any other piece of outdoor clothing with normal household detergent, you may have signs of degrading DWR. Things to look out for if you suspect damage to your clothing are, during long periods of wearing when little or no humidity with high internal garment temperature, condensation could form on the inside of the membrane, producing internal dampness convincing the wearer that the garment is leaking.

This would be due to reduced breath-ability of the fabric, significantly reducing the rapid high wicking effect of the garment & not allowing moisture to pass through the membrane to the outside air.

Things can be put Wright by first washing the garment in clean water to remove all detergents, then use a specialist re-proofing detergent and follow the manufactures instructions.

When completely dry use a spray on proofer such as the Jack Pyke waterproofing spray, again following the manufactures instructions, making sure you pay special attention to all seams, shoulders and elbows of your hunting clothing.

the question I have is please how to remove the smell of urine form the inside of these trousers.

None of those remedies work to get rid of the urine smell in clothes. I've been looking for a remedy for my grandmother's pjs and bedding for years!
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