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 πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™„

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 smellΒ Β  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 ofΒ  medicated powder liberally to cover the whole stained area.I had used Ammens.


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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰

** 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 πŸ’‘ :-

A Simple Way To Remove Stale, Musty Smells & Terrible Odours From Your VacuumΒ 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 πŸ˜€


57 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 πŸ˜€

    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 –

    Have a lovely weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

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

    Have a nice weekend!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

    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! πŸ˜€

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  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 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 πŸ˜€

      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. πŸ˜‰

      With peace and joy,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

      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. πŸ˜‰

      Have a lovely Sunday!

      With peace and joy,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

      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 πŸ˜€


  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. πŸ™‚


    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear alina πŸ˜€

      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 πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

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

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

      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 πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

      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! πŸ˜†

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

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

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ™‚


  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 πŸ˜€

      Congratulations on the marriage of your youngest son! πŸ˜€

      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. πŸ’‘

      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. πŸ˜‰

      Hope that works! Good Luck! πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 :



    • 32

      Hi there, dear Jenn πŸ˜€

      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! πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

      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. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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! πŸ˜€

      I am sorry to hear that your son is still wetting the bed 😦 – 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. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  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 πŸ˜€

      I am not sure if Johnson’s Baby Powder will work as well as any medicated powder 😳 … 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! πŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  23. 39

    Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

    I had just added another post on how to make a really powerful, all natural, eco-friendly and children-safe floor wash πŸ’‘ ===>

    Make Your Floors Safe For Small Children, Shinier & Easier To Clean With A Homemade Improved, Natural Floor Wash

    Have fun testing your new, improved all natural floor wash!

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  24. 40

    Arlene said,

    Though this post is a little bit old, I believe the same steps can still be used and they will still be equally effective today. I have a cat who loves to climb on the bed. I believe all cat owners will know what happen when the cats love to stay around in the bed. I love your trick on how to remove the smell from the vacuum cleaner. They are brilliant!


  25. 42

    Andrea Lewis said,

    WOW!!!!!! Thank you so much! Not to be repetitive but this is the only treatment that I have ever used that has worked! Someone peed on our new mattress while we were on vacation and it had completely dried by the time we got home. Of course the enzyme cleaners did not work but this did! I had all the ingredients, followed the directions and used a small heater to dry. In less than a day the odor was completely gone. I cannot thank you enough for saving us our new mattress.


    • 43

      Hi there, Andrea πŸ˜€

      Thank you for sharing your experience with getting your new mattress cleared of urine smell! I am glad that this method has worked well for you.

      It is a good idea to use a small heater to help the mattress dry up. Here in tropical Malaysia, we don’t have heaters and I used a hair dryer instead. Someone commented above about an air purifier to help get rid of the pee odour…another great tip there!

      Have a nice day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  26. 44

    misty smith said,

    Once the urine dries can u resoak it with water and put medicated powder on mattress stain or put it on it dry..thank you


    • 45

      Hi there, Misty, I think you can resoak n wet that urine stained part of the bed n dry with paper kitchen towels, n then put the medicated powder. Hope this works for you!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  27. 46

    christine said,

    thank you for this tip this will be a good used at my work i work at a retirement home and the old folks has accidents all the time on their beds


  28. 47

    I was looking for an easy way to remove the odour from my mattress,and gladly I found this. The tips on how to remove odours from mattress are interesting! Thanks for sharing!


  29. 49

    I’m searching solution to help my sister with her crib mattress and found your article here, you saved my time. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. 50

    Very useful tips given to remove urine and other odours from my mattresses. Easy steps to follow I will try it right now

    Liked by 1 person

  31. 51

    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 …


  32. 53

    Jaxine said,

    Hi will the smell be gone after I spray
    Perfume ? Cause I somehow have a like a habit of sleeping and sometimes I would often dream that I was in restroom using the facilities and I accidentally wet my bed I sprayed some perfume on it just wanted to check if I sundry it will the smell be there still ? As in the urine smell hope you can reply thank you


    • 54

      Hi there, Jaxine πŸ˜€

      I believe that perfume will only mask the urine smell. Maybe you can shake some baby medicated powder on your mattress, below the bedsheet…it will help to absorb the odours. But if there is urine, you need to remove as much of the urine as possible in the method I described above. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  33. 55

    Marlene Jones said,


    As a 69 year old senior citizen, I put a $50 mattress cover on my bed. My problem is that I put it on the bed wrong, so the wrong side was up and I have urine on my mattress. Thank you for your suggestion for cleaning the mattress and the smell. I was going to purchase a cleaner at the supermarket, but I will try your suggestion first. Thank you.

    Ms. Jones


  34. 57

    Thanks for sharing! awesome tips! I personally have been using baking soda and lysol. works really great! have you tried?


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