Getting Smells Out of Blankets

The smell of cat or dog urine is hard to eliminate once it has dried up.

It becomes the source of awkward and uncomfortable situations in your home. The foul odor will turn off anyone who gets near your blanket. You tried every experimental concoction you can think of in washing your blanket to get rid of the smell to no avail. Your best option, it would seem, is to throw your blanket away to get rid of the stinking odor. It’s the easiest way out, and all you have to do next is buy another blanket.

The solution may work, but only for a short time because you’re not addressing the root cause of the problem. It’s only a matter of time when your pet gets to pee once again on your new blanket. One small accident is all it takes before you go through the same problem all over again.

What’s important is that you equip yourself with the knowledge on how to get urine smell out of blankets effectively. When you know the solution to the problem, you’ll no longer feel helpless about your situation.

Things that help you get rid of the urine smell.

White or Apple Cider Vinegar

Restores the softness of your blanket and removes the foul odor to give it a refreshing scent.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Whiten or brighten clothes, disinfectant, stain remover, and kills bacteria and foul odor.

Baking or Washing Soda

The two are distinctly different from each other but are useful as a stain remover, degreaser, deodorizer, and water softener. Baking soda is safe to use as it’s also an ingredient in baked products like cookies and cupcakes.

Washing soda, on the other hand, is rarer to find and can irritate or burn your skin when used in large quantities. Inhaling washing soda can cause allergic reactions like sneezing, coughing, or skin irritation.

It’s up to you which one you want to use, but it’s better to err on the safe side. Use baking soda instead.

Disinfect your washing machine regularly

If there are molds in your washing machine, your washed clothes won’t smell fresh. Clean your washing machine and give it a refreshing smell by running a cycle using white vinegar and baking soda to give it a thorough cleaning.

For front loading washing machines, keep the lid open when not in use to keep it dry. Closing the lid creates moisture. The damp conditions make it easy for mold and bacteria to flourish.   

Adding the right amount of laundry detergent when washing clothes.

Too little amounts of laundry detergent won’t be enough to clean your clothes properly. You’ll know you’ve scrimped on detergent when your clothes smell bad after getting them out of the washer. Using too much detergent, on the other hand, causes mold and mildew growth because of the undissolved detergent. 

How to remove the urine smell from blankets

  1. Prepare the things you need:
  • White or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Your stinky blanket
  1. Put your blanket inside the drum and close the lid.
  2. Turn on the washing machine.
  3. Select the appropriate wash cycle and set the water settings to the lowest temperature.
  4. Press the start button.
  5. Pour a cup of white or apple cider vinegar into the detergent compartment as the water starts to fill up.
  6. Add ½ cup each of baking soda and laundry detergent right into the same compartment.
  7. Pour ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and close the compartment immediately.
  8. Wait for the washing cycle to complete.
  9. Add another rinse cycle to rinse off any remaining residue.
  10. Wait for the rinse cycle to finish.
  11. Take out the blanket and keep the lid open.
  12. Hang your blanket on a clothesline.

The heat of the sun will help give your blanket a refreshing smell. Make sure the blanket is completely dry before folding it. Smell your blanket to check if it no longer has its foul and stinking odor.

What if it doesn’t work the first time?

If you think that the foul smell of your blanket is too strong and needs more than a single wash to eliminate the odor, there’s another way you can solve the problem. Don’t give up easily and throw your blanket just yet.

To effectively remove the foul odor, it’s best if you soak your blanket overnight and wash it first thing in the morning. Doing so will let the solution work its magic and soften it up, making it easier to remove the foul odor and stains.

The things that you need:

  • A pail or basin that’s large enough for your blanket to fit in.
  • White or apple cider vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Your soiled blanket

How to soak your smelly blanket

  1. Half-fill a pail or basin with water.
  2. Pour a cup of white or apple cider vinegar.
  3. Pour ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Add ½ cup of baking soda.
  5. Add ½ cup of laundry detergent.
  6. Stir the water inside the pail or basin with your hands to mix the cleaning agents.
  7. Put the dirty blanket inside the pail or basin.

Move the blanket as if you're rinsing it manually for around three to five minutes. Make sure that the blanket is fully submerged when you leave it for the night.

  1. Squeeze the blanket to drain the excess water and prepare to wash your blanket in the washing machine first thing in the morning.
  2. Proceed with cleaning your blanket in the washing machine.

It’s still advisable to follow the same procedure mentioned in steps 2 to 5, but this time, you’re letting the washing machine do the all work for you. 

How to clean and disinfect your washing machine

Disinfecting your washing machine at least once every three months (quarterly) or twice a year (semi-annual) is highly recommended. You’re sure that all your laundered items come out clean and fresh. 

If this is your first time to do this, it’s best to do this right before you wash your stinky blanket.

The steps are just the same as washing your stinky blanket. But this time, you won’t be using hydrogen peroxide. You’ll also put in a towel instead of your smelly blanket.

The steps in cleaning and disinfecting your washing machine.

  1. Gather all the materials that you need.
  • White or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Laundry Detergent
  • A towel
  1. Put in a clean towel inside the drum and close the lid.
  2. Turn on your washing machine.
  3. Select a wash cycle and set the water to the highest temperature setting.
  4. Press the start button.
  5. Pour a cup of white or apple cider vinegar into the detergent compartment as the water starts to fill up.
  6. Add ½ cup each of baking soda and laundry detergent right into the same chamber and close it immediately.
  7. Wait for it to finish the entire washing cycle.

The mixing of the ingredients together with the spinning of the drum will disinfect your washing machine.

  1. Add another rinse cycle to clean your washing machine thoroughly.
  2. Get the towel out once it’s over.

Congratulations! You’ve just successfully cleaned and disinfected your washing machine. Always remember to keep the lid open when not in use to avoid moisture build up.

Now that you know how to remove strong odors from your blanket, it would help you a great deal if you can prevent your pet/s from figuring in any further accidents inside the house. Most especially with your blanket because you cover yourself in it every time you sleep.

Training them how to relieve themselves outside the house would be a great accomplishment.

You’ll feel just as proud when you smelled your blanket for the first time after taking it out of the washing machine. You're grinning from ear to ear because it now smells great.