How To Remove Urine & Other Odours From Mattresses

Added on 18 July, 2012 ===> Try using Homemade Fruit Enzymes for really effective cleaning and removing of urine and odours

Hi there, dear friends :D

A few weeks ago, I received an enquiry from a visitor here on how to remove urine odours from our mattresses. I’m sure many of us have gone through a stage whereby our babies, kids and even pets have got their pee onto the mattress, and it can be quite a headache for us to remove the stain, and worse, the pungent smell of urine.

If this happens onto a crib mattress, then the cleaning job is easier as we can easily carry it to a convenient place to clean and have some sunlight on it. But if you have a situation like mine – whereby my babies have managed to wet my king-sized mattress – then there is no way that we are going to lug the huge mattress anywhere and any cleaning will have to be done on the spot. :roll:

This is the method that I used to remove urine stains and odours from my mattress :-

1) remove the bed sheet and any mattress protector first. Then wash the stained spots under a tap with some detergent at the laundry or kitchen sink. Rinse. After this, put the bedsheet set into the washing machine, set the cycle for a hot wash, put in detergent, and at the first rinse in the wash cycle, put in a cup of white vinegar. This will remove any odour in the bedsheet.

2) For the mattress, if the urine stain is still wet, put a few pieces of paper kitchen towels to absorb the moisture as much as you can.

3) Make a solution of detergent and warm water, pour bit by bit over the urine stains, give them a quick scrub with a brush, and very quickly use paper kitchen towels to remove the moisture there. Repeat this a few times until you are satisfied that you have done your best in getting that damp spot as dry as possible.

4) I used a hair dryer to dry the wet spot. At this point, the urea/ammonia smell is still going to be there and you need something to neutralise that smell.

5) I had used some Medicated Powder to absorb the smell   and I have found it to be very effective. Plus, I thought the powder would be safer to use on the mattress since we sleep on it. Just pour any brand of  medicated powder liberally to cover the whole stained area.I had used Ammens.

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Leave this on for as many hours as possible………but in case you need to sleep on this mattress (it may be in the middle of the night), place a dry towel over it, and then put a new bedsheet over it and go back to sleep.

6) Next day or a few hours later, just vacuum off the medicated powder. The smell would have gone by now but if there is a bit of odour left, then, you just pour more medicated powder over the spot and leave for a few more hours….then, vacuum the powder away. :wink:

Actually, the best remedy to remove urine odour is to place the mattress or bedsheet in the strong sun, as sunlight can neutralise the urea smell. But when this is not possible, e.g. your mattress is too heavy to be moved, you don’t have sun because now it is autumn or winter, etc…. then using the medicated powder is a good remedy.

I have read that we can use a vinegar and baking powder solution to clean the stains and remove odours, but I personally feel that using the medicated powder is safer on our skin (not that we are having direct skin contact with the mattress, but psychologically, I feel better with the medicated powder anyway)

Many years ago, my doctor has also recommended the use of medicated powder to as a deodorant for my underarms at one time when my underarms were allergic to some deodorants/anti-perspirants that I was using. So, this sort of confirmed that medicated powder can actually remove odours, too. :wink:

** Added on 21 April 2012 -

To remove stale, musty smells from your vacuum cleaners, you can use medicated powder, too. Read here for more information :idea: :-

A Simple Way To Remove Stale, Musty Smells & Terrible Odours From Your Vacuum Cleaners

Please note that I am not being paid or sponsored by the company of Ammens Medicated Powder, but that I am merely sharing with you my experience.

With best wishes,

choesf :D

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38 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Tania Milner said,

    What a wonderful suggestion, I was just wondering where I can buy Ammens powder. My parents used to send me some over from Papua New Guinea but i have not found it in any of the shops in Christchurch. If you could email me directly It would be greatly appreciated.

  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Tania :D

    Actually, you can use any brand of medicated powder and they are usually sold in pharmacies and supermarkets, along the aisles where baby talcum powders are located. Otherwise, there are a few online stores that sell Ammens Medicated Powder and you can order any from them. For example –

    http://www.drugstore.com/qxp10734_333181_sespider/ammens/medicated_powder_original_formula.htm

    Have a lovely weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf :D

  3. 3

    yakub hamza said,

    dear Moms , you may keep a thin rexin which is available in all stores in all sizes. you may put in between matress and the bedsheet. ( make sure the sheet will be like paper it wont disturb while sleeping). once the baby had urinateda and it will be only on bedsheet . so you can wash with good perfumed fabric softner and dry it sun light. you may protect the matress. hope it will help..yakub hamza

  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear yakub :D

    Thank you for your recommendation – it will be most useful to those with small children.

    Have a nice weekend!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf :D

  5. 5

    mary said,

    Can you please tell me how to get a mildew smell out of a mattress using a home remedy? The mattress isn’t that old and I don’t want to have to get rid of it if I don’t have to. Thank you!!! Mary

  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Mary :D

    Well, I have not experienced this problem myself but I can think of 2 methods that may work in removing the mildewy smell –

    1) apply any brand of medicated powder on all the sides of the mattress, let it stay on as long as you can (one day or so) and vacuum the powder off. If you find this method helps in reducing the smell, then repeated immediately another round of powder on the mattress.

    2) if you have full strength sunlight, it is very good to sun and air the mattress for an hour or so, longer if the sunlight is not so strong.

    If the mildew is too much and all over the mattress, I would suggest that you change it because the spores from the mildew are unhealthy for us and may cause sicknesses and allergies.

    Hope something works for you soon, Mary! :D

    With peace and joy,

    choesf :D

  7. 7

    John said,

    I found a great product to kill the smell for good. i first used it to get rid of the CAT smell in my garage now i use it everywhere it is called whiff whacker and i found it at http://www.thevetsource.com this stuff is all natural and it works wonders
    i had pressure washed the garage and it still smelled like cat sprayed this stuff on the floor and stairs and left when i came back two hours later i could not smell anything there was no smell at all

    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear John :D

      Thank you for the useful information on how to remove cat smells. I have one or two neighbourhood male cats that would come into my home and spray their pee around, and I have yet to find a way to get rid of their smells, except to use a strong disinfectant to mop the flour. I will check out this product for sure. :wink:

      With peace and joy,

      choesf :D

  8. 9

    manila said,

    I know Choesf, this urine smell can be a big pain. I used to do almost everything you just mentioned. Instead of paper towels I used to use bathroom towels. I had 4-5 just dedicated for this purpose. Once they did the soaking business I use to wash them separately in the washing machine. When dry, they were kept back for future emergencies.

    I really like the medicated powder idea. Good suggestion.

    • 10

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear manila :D

      Those who have babies or young children will understand the hassle of cleaning the urine from the mattresses. You have a very good method there in using bathroom towels. :wink:

      Have a lovely Sunday!

      With peace and joy,

      choesf :D

  9. 11

    Sharlene said,

    we have purchased a second hand mattress for our daughter, I discovered it does smell of cat urine I think. I like the sound of the medicated powder. Should I repeat this process until I am happy the smell is gone? Would appreciate any comments

    • 12

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Sharlene :D

      Cat pee can be quite strong and persistent to remove. It would be good to put the medicated powder liberally on the mattress and if possible, put the mattress out for some strong sunlight for an hour or so, for a few days, until the odour is gone or much reduced. Hope this helps…

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  10. 13

    alina said,

    wow, i’ll definitely try this on my bed, one of my cats just loves to pee in my bed, and the smell is awful, so i really hope this works. :)

    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear alina :D

      For removing the odour of the more pungent cat pee, it will be more difficult and you may have to try this method out a few times. Hope it works for you.

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  11. 15

    Zach Smith said,

    If you don’t have medicated powder ready, just use baking soda. Spray a solution of one parts water and one parts lemon juice on the affected area to sanitize the mattress. After wards, sprinkle baking soda on it. Leave it there for at least two hours and then vacuum it after.

    • 16

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Zach Smith :D

      Thank you for your good tip on how to remove odours from mattresses. The lemon juice will smell very nice.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  12. 17

    Kat Wright said,

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to post your suggestion WITH directions! I was just awakened to my daughter crying in our door way because she had an accident in her bed (due to an on going medical condition). After making her a ‘bed’ on our floor & threw her sheets into the washer machine, I laid in bed thinking about how I would struggle getting the smell out (as it was now 11:45PM). I googled the problem and found your posting… What a huge relief!

    • 18

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Kat :D

      I’m glad you found this post useful. Hope both your daughter and you managed to get back to a good night’s sleep.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  13. 19

    amber said,

    Thanks for this!! My son had an accident in our pretty much brand new bed last night. I thought it would be horrible to remove but this worked!! The only difference is I used a mix of the medicated powder and baking soda, mainly b/c baking soda is supposed to help “whiten” things. Again thank you, thank you, and thank you for this! I thought I was going to have to find someone to lone me a carpet cleaner!!

    • 20

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Amber :D

      You are most welcome to the tip here! I’m glad you managed to counter the “little accident” on your new bed. Thank you for your feedback and the idea of mixing the medicated powder with baking soda for a better cleaning job. I will use that combination, too, the next time. Heheh, my youngest son is now 16 years old! :lol:

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  14. 21

    Lois Getz said,

    I would like to say that I became allergic to all deodorants ;then tried the natural rock crystal as a deodorant and that did not work either..So I have been using Ammens Medicated powder, original version daily underarm and other places and it is perfect. That is my daily regime after my morning shower….Thank you for Ammens…it saved me…..

    • 22

      Hi there, dear Lois Getz :D

      Thank you for sharing your experience in using Ammens medicated powder as a deodorant for under arms. It’s a really useful tip indeed! :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  15. 23

    Lisa George said,

    To Mary about the mildewy smell: The best remedy I use for this (when stuff sits too long while wet) Wash them as usual, WITH a lidful or 2 of Listerine. Repeat if they’re really awful!! ( idk, adapt for a mattress??)
    hope this helps

  16. 26

    time-out said,

    Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time :-)

  17. 27

    jackson said,

    Hydrogen peroxide 3% with equal amounts of 91 % alcohil in a carpet cleaner this works very well many tines .

    What happens is the Hydrogen peroxide kills the Urine smell and the alcohol everorates quickly

  18. 29

    Jeannie said,

    Thanks so much for the tips on removing urine and urine smell from mattresses. My problem began in the middle of the evening tonite. My husband sleeps heavily on the rare occasions that he drinks beer. Earlier tonite our youngest son married his high school sweetheart. A few beers and flash forward several hours, and we are unfortunately faced with this dillema. With my urine spot being larger than that of a Kitty or small child, I gather I should try the same treatment in a larger amount? I like the idea of medicated powder. I can’t help but think that this volume of liquid may be deeper in the mattress than an old bath towel will reach. Perhaps when this dries out properly, I can beat the powder deep into the mattress? Would that be a bad idea if I am supposed to sweep the powder off the bed? Thanks for the tips! Jeannie

    • 30

      Hi there, dear Jeannie :D

      Congratulations on the marriage of your youngest son! :D

      Yes, you can try this method on a larger scale to try to remove as much of the urine as possible and all the smell from the mattress. :idea:

      You may have to repeat it a few times and use more old towels but it is worth the effort to save the mattress. Perhaps, you can also try these steps in addition to the method above as adult “accidents” are more pungent and larger in amount compared to babies ===>

      1) if the urine smell is still there a few days after you have completed the cleaning, try pouring some medicated powder liberally over the stained area on the mattress, cover with an old towel and then the bed sheet and let the powder stay there for a few days to absorb the urea smell.

      2) I would do this for an added measure ===> lift up the mattress….lay a piece of old towel onto the divan or bed frame at the area below the mattress stain. Pour medicated powder liberally over the towel. Place back the mattress. Leave that on for a week and see if that helps.

      You can just sweep the powder off the bed. :wink:

      Hope that works! Good Luck! :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  19. 31

    JENN said,

    I have a SURE FIRE TIP for any odor removal from mattresses, carpet, upholstery, etc.

    I discovered it two-months ago when my cat peed on my bed after his surgery. I thought I’d have to get rid of my mattress and it was EXPENSIVE! But a friend of me told me about CRITTERZONE.

    It’s an air purifier, but because of the ionization or something, it removes odors and germs from materials, too. I figured it was worth a shot and I’m glad I bought one!

    The spot was already dried so I had to rewet it with water, placed the purifier face-down on the spot and an hour later, the smell (and stain?) was gone!! I did it twice more just because I didn’t know how deep it went, but I don’t think I had to.

    Now I keep it by the litter pan and I can’t smell my cat at all! This thing is amazing. Every pet owner (or home with any smells, I suppose) should have a few of these little suckers!

    I ordered mine at : http://www.CritterZoneUSA.com

    WORTH IT’S WEIGHT IN GOLD!

    • 32

      Hi there, dear Jenn :D

      Thank you for your tip on how to remove urine and other types odours effectively, using an air purifier. That is definitely an easier method to follow! :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  20. 33

    S said,

    I’m just curious why you would feel more comfortable using a medicated powder versus a natural product? I have kids in my house and I’ll always go natural over chemical any day. I’m also not agreeing with the comment that a chemical is “safer” then something that I can eat. Good idea, just don’t agree with it 100%. I realize this post was a long time ago, but its new to me:)

    • 34

      Hi there, dear S :D

      Yes, I agree with you that it is better to go natural when we have kids at home. This post was about an experiment that worked in a time of desperation when my king sized mattress was soaked with urine and I had to clean it in the middle of the night. Just sharing a technique here to remove urine odours. The medicated powder is commonly used here in Malaysia for baby diaper rashes (on the skin), not for ingestion/eating. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  21. 35

    bih said,

    Thanks for the wonderful idea of using baby powder. I will try it right now. Have already throen away two mattresses. My son is eleven but still wets the bed everyday. I use a mattress pad but when it comes off at night his urine goes to the mattress, making the bed and the room smell. Thanks again

    • 36

      You are most welcome, dear bih! :D

      I am sorry to hear that your son is still wetting the bed :sad: – perhaps, you can put a piece of waterproof material on the mattress first, then followed by some really high water absorbent cloths or old towels, before putting the bedsheet. This will help to minimise the chances of urine going into the mattress. Mattresses are expensive to be replaced. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  22. 37

    Rose Abraham said,

    Will johnsons baby powder work? Or should I just go get some of this ammens powder??

    • 38

      Hi there, dear Rose :D

      I am not sure if Johnson’s Baby Powder will work as well as any medicated powder :oops: … but you can try it and see.

      Two months ago, I accidentally locked my cat in my bedroom for the day and when I came home in the evening, she had peed and pooped on my expensive mattresses. It was a major cleaning of the mattress for me and I used up 2 rolls of paper kitchen towels. After soaking up as much of the urine and drying the mattress as possible, I applied the medicated powder onto the mattress, laid a thick towel over that, and then sprinkled more medicated powder onto the towel, before placing a new bedsheet.

      I changed the towel, vacuumed the mattress of the old medicated powder, and applied new sprinkling of powder again 2 days later. This was repeated for another 2 times. By now, my mattress is free from the pungent cat pee smell already. Phew! :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


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