How to Remove Urine Stains and Odor

Potty training is an exciting experience for parents and children. However, it is also one of the most difficult phases in parenthood. It can be frustrating, tiring and messy. You can expect a lot of accidents and spills on the potty, on the floor, and on your baby’s clothes. It can get very smelly and filthy.

Urine is one of the most difficult stains to remove on any fabric. It leaves a bright color that is truly disgusting when left for a long time. And worse, it is very tough to deodorize. Even if you wash it, the smell is still there unless you follow the correct steps in washing these urine-stained clothes.

Here are tips to remove urine stains and odor on your baby’s clothes:

Treat Immediately

For your baby clothes to stay smelling fresh do not let the urine stains sit. It is better if you treat the stain right away. Rinse them thoroughly and leave the clothes soak in warm water. As pretreatment, you could put a few drops of detergent on the fabric. You could use a stain remover if you want. However, I don’t recommend it simply because the urine’s stench is so strong.

Club Soda

Baking soda or club soda is proven effective to remove even the toughest of odors. Use paper towels to blot up the urine as much as you can. Pour the club soda on the stain and blotting up the soda. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.


Ammonia may not be the best smelling thing in the world but it can effectively remove the urine stench. Prepare a pretreatment container and pour water until it’s half full. Add ammonia until the basin is full. Rub the formula onto the stained area directly. Let it sink until the stain is gone. Then throw it in the washer.


Vinegar helps remove the smell of urine. You can add 1 to 3 cups of vinegar to your washing machine. Another way to pretreat urine stains is by soaking the clothes in a mixture of 2 quarters of water and 1 pt. of vinegar. It is best to use hot water to kill all bacteria and odor. Leave the garment soaking for about an hour, rinse and wash it.

Remember; do not put stained items, especially those stained with smelly substances, in the dryer. Make sure that your baby’s clothes are clean and odorless before drying.

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