Oh no! Your cat has peed on your sofa or rug. Before you reach for the Windex or bleach, consider these other cleaning solutions for a natural remedy without the harsh chemicals.
White vinegar and baking soda
Both white vinegar and baking soda are well known for their cleaning abilities. On it’s own, white vinegar is great for cutting grease and releasing burned on food from pots and pans, whereas baking soda’s absorbent and abrasive properties are great for cleaning bathtubs.
When the two are combined, they create a chemical reaction. The byproducts of the reaction are salt and water, which may not have a lot of cleaning potential on its own. Yet, the magic happens when carbon dioxide is released, bubbling up and breaking apart stains.
To mix up a cleaning solution in a spray bottle, you can follow one of these recipes. Or, you can sprinkle the baking soda on top and spray the vinegar onto it.
Readily available online, in pet stores, and in some super markets, Nature’s Miracle is a handy go-to enzymatic cleaner. To make their cleaners, Nature’s Miracle cultivates bacteria. These bacteria create enzymes such as urease that naturally break down urine.
However, it takes a great deal of the product to eliminate the stain. So if you’re looking to clean your entire couch or a spot that you didn’t realize had been peed on time and again, you’ll need to purchase the jug size of it. For quick cleanups, though, it can’t be beat!
Homemade citrus cleaner
While it is often mistakenly referred to as an enzymatic cleaner, it is possible to create a homemade citrus cleaner out of orange peels, yeast, and brown sugar. The cleaning power comes from the alcohol produced when the yeast consumes the sugar. The orange peels themselves do have terpenes in them, which also have cleaning abilities.
This cleaner may be useful for pet stains that you would commonly use alcohol to clean, but isn’t recommended for tougher stains like cat pee.
Do you have a favorite cleaner that you use around your home? Be sure to let your pet sitter know! Our pet sitters pay extra attention to keeping your home just as clean as you left it. Email us to schedule a meet and greet with one of our sitters today!
Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.
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