Family pets bring so much joy and companionship to our lives. We accept the responsibility to care for them and they provide us with the unconditional love that only a furry family member can! As pet parents, we are often faced with pet accident cleanup and need to find the best products possible to eliminate pet stains and pet odors from our homes. There are so many pet stain and odor removers on the market it can be difficult to choose an effective one. We must choose one that not only removes visible stains and odors that are detectable by our human noses-but, the odors must also be neutralized, rather than masked, to eliminate the risk of a pet re-soiling the area. After years of trial and error, the following list is composed of five that work well on both odor elimination and stain removal.
Pet Stain and Odor Remover by Earth Friendly Products
Earth Friendly Products produces a wide variety of household products which, as the company name implies, use natural, environmentally safe ingredients to remove pet accident stains and odors. The Pet Stain and Odor Remover works well on a variety of pet accidents including urine, vomit, blood, and other natural waste by-products on a number of household surfaces and in laundry. The product works very well for odor removal and seems to effectively eliminate the pet’s re-visiting of the stained area. Some cat urine odors were more difficult to remove on the first use and did require multiple treatments. Some stains, specifically vomit from a hairball stricken kitty, were more difficult to remove with this brand from certain carpeted areas. The Pet Stain and Odor Remover is available in a variety of sizes, a gallon currently priced at approximately $15-$20 USD, at many Natural Food retailers, grocery chains, and through the Earth Friendly Products website.
Simple Green CAT Pet Stain & Odor Remover
There is just something in the chemistry of kitty accidents that makes them exceptionally difficult to remove and some cats seem to have even “stronger” chemistry than others! Sometimes a one product for all pets is not the best way to go. This product is designed specifically for cat messes and works very effectively-especially when used with a deep cleaning machine or as a laundry aid. Simple Green CAT Pet Stain & Odor Remover is also non-toxic and environmentally safe and uses an “odor bonding” system to completely neutralize the waste and is effective in preventing re-soiling. This one is acceptable for use on a variety of surfaces and fabrics and is also laundry safe. It is available in pet supply stores in a variety of sizes. A gallon size is currently around $20 USD. There is also a DOG formula available as well.
Simple Solutions Pet Stain and Odor Remover
As with most pet stain removers, Simple Solutions Pet Stain and Odor Remover uses an enzymatic breakdown formula-but, also combines it with pro-bacteria to further eliminate the waste and risk of remarking. Fans of the neutral scents in most Bramton Simple Solutions Products will also like this one. It’s not overpowering, but fresh and cleanly scented. It’s effective on organic pet accidents on most water safe surfaces and can be used in laundry and deep cleaning machines. It is available at a number of pet supply retailers and online. There did not seem to be a great improvement in action of the basic formula compared to either the Cat or Dog specific formulas which are also available. A gallon sized bottle is priced at approximately $15-$20 depending on the retailer.
This is extremely effective on odor neutralization and also works well on stains when combined with a deep cleaning machine. Nature’s Miracle is effective on all organic stains and odors, including pet accidents, blood, vomit, feces, grease, grass and perspiration on a variety of surfaces. The product uses enzyme degradation technology to break down the organics left behind from the waste, eliminating the stain and odor. The basic formula seems to offer the same benefits as the cat or dog specific ones-and seemed to work better than most on older or set in stains. Aside from the pet stain uses-Nature’s Miracle does wonders in the laundry for perspiration odors. While it’s deodorizing the clothes, it is also deodorizing the washer of organic based odor buildup as well-another plus. Nature’s Miracle can be found at a number of grocery chains, pet supply stores, discount stores, and online. Prices for this product often seem to vary widely, with a gallon ranging from $20-$30+ depending on the retailer.
Woolite Oxy Deep 2X Pet Stain and Odor Remover
This was the best of the five in stand alone stain removal on a variety of organic pet accidents. It was the most effective on the dreaded “kitty yak” as well-without requiring the deep cleaning carpet cleaning machine. Woolite Oxy Pet Stain and Odor Remover used similar enzyme breakdown technology as the other five in waste removal. This product does not seem to be as effective in the odor breakdown as it did not completely eliminate remarking as effectively as some of the others. The product cannot be added to laundry and is most effective if used on fresh stains. This product is widely available in chain stores and retail settings. A 14 oz. spray canister retails for less than $10 USD.
Each product seems to have a different level of effectiveness depending on the pets and the fabric or carpet stained. Sometimes even a combination of cleaning products works best. There is certainly a feeling of relief when a pet parent discovers the right product or mix of pet stain and odor removal products for their household!