THE Best Pet Urine Remover of 2019 (15 Tested)

THE Best Pet Urine Remover of 2019 (15 Tested)

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  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

As much as we love our four-legged family members, there inevitably comes a time when they have an accident indoors. Even after a puppy or kitten has been trained, potty problems in adult animals can arise from health conditions, anxiety, improper crate training/practices or being left alone too long. Sometimes it just happens with no explanation or reason, especially with cats. Over time, there may be odors or staining to surfaces in your home.  It’s best to address any pet potty issues as soon as they arise to avoid lasting or permanent damage and ensure your pet is healthy. Potty problems are often the first indicator of serious health issues in an animal. The circumstances may vary but once an animal has begun marking or spraying the problem will usually escalate and get worse, especially with multiple animals in the household.

We highly recommend you start remediating pet urine problems by investing in a blacklight flashlight that will allow you to quickly locate problem areas to address. The compounds in pet urine will show up as bright neon greenish yellow for cats and a duller color for dogs.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best pet stain remover

Petzyme Pet Stain Remover & Odor Eliminator

5/10

Non-toxic

Alcohol and petrochemical free

No strong perfumes

Not as strong as other enzymatic cleaners on the market

Does not break down stains

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz spray
128 oz
INCLUDED
32 oz spray (spray bottle)
128 oz (bottle only)

Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer Stain and Residue Eliminator

2/10

Lower price point than many other enzymatic cleaners

Convenient battery powered sprayer in 1.5 gallon size

Overwhelming synthetic perfume oil smell

Not as effective as other enzymatic cleaners on market

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic/detergent/deterrent method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz
128 oz
or 192 oz
INCLUDED
bottle only (smaller sizes)
battery-powered power precision applicator (1.5 gallon size only)

Black Diamond Stoneworks Ur-in Control

2/10

Convenient spray bottle

Overly strong perfume smell that does not dissipate

Weak and ineffective enzymes

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz
128 oz
WHAT’S INCLUDED: 32 oz (spray bottle)
128 oz (bottle only)

Nature's Miracle Cat Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator

2/10

Convenient spray bottle

Heavily synthetic perfumed formula

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz
128 oz
WHAT’S INCLUDED: 32 oz (Spray bottle)
128 oz (bottle only)

Dumb Cat Anti-Marking and Cat Spray Remover Feline Retraining Aid

4/10

Can be used in carpet machines

Removes pheromones

Strong odor

Spray bottle nozzle breaks easily

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic/Odor Eliminator/deterrent method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz
128 oz
WHAT’S INCLUDED: 32 oz (spray bottle)
128 oz (bottle only)

Clorox Urine Remover for Stains and Odors – 32 Ounce

4/10

For use on carpet and textiles and hard nonporous surfaces

Convenient spray nozzle

Can be used outdoors

Toxic and irritant

Requires multiple applications to work

Does not entirely break down urine compounds

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Detergent-based method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Spray bottle

Best Budget

Mister Max Original Scent Anti Icky Poo Odor Remover

8/10

Environmentally friendly

Scented and unscented versions

Removes dog, cat, skunk, rodent and human urine and vomit odors

Live bacteria/microbe formula

Scented version can be strong when first sprayed

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic/live microbe method
FORMULA
Liquid
SIZE
32 oz
INCLUDED
bottle only

Van Den Heuvel’s R86 Industrial Odor Eliminator - Ideal for Skunk Odor Removal, Pet Odor Removal

3/10

Non-toxic, biodegradable

Can be used in powder or liquid form

Hypoallergenic

Strong smell

May need multiple applications

Not as effective on pet odors

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Powder/Odor Eliminator Hybrid
FORMULA
Powder (can be dissolved in water)
SIZE
2 x 20 oz
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Canister

Odor-X (1 Gallon) Industrial Strength, All-Purpose Stain and Odor Remover

3/10

Can be diluted or used full strength

Multi-purpose/surface application

Can create excessive lather

Multiple applications needed

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Detergent-based/Odor-eliminator method
FORMULA
liquid
SIZE
128 oz
INCLUDED
bottle only

SKOUT'S HONOR Professional Strength Urine & Odor Destroyer

4/10

Convenient spray bottle

Effective at removing stains

Multiple applications needed

Strongly fragranced

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Peroxide-based/detergent method
FORMULA
liquid
SIZE
32 oz
INCLUDED
spray bottle

TriNova Natural Pet Stain and Odor Remover Eliminator - Advanced Enzyme Cleaner Spray

5/10

Safe around pets and children

Penetrates to remove uric acid

Non-synthetic fragrance

Not as effective at removing stain

May discolor textiles

Strong fragrance

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic
FORMULA
liquid
SIZE
32 oz
INCLUDED
spray bottle

BUBBAS Super Strength Commercial Enzyme Cleaner

8/10

Long shelf life

High enzymatic potency

Versatile product

Strong odor

Requires soaking with water first

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic
FORMULA
liquid
SIZE
32 oz
128 oz
INCLUDED
32 oz (spray bottle)
128 oz (bottle only)

Best Peroxide-Based

Jackson Galaxy Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator by Fizzion

8/10

Minimal packaging with tablets

Non-toxic and safe for use around pets and children

May require multiple applications to remove urine odor

Will need its own spray bottle

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Peroxide-based
FORMULA
Water-soluble tablets
SIZE
Makes 230 oz when mixed
INCLUDED
10 tablets

Best Overall

Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator

10/10

High-potency enzymatic cleaning

Safe to use around pets and children

Color safe

Strong odor

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic
FORMULA
liquid
SIZE
32 oz
128 oz
INCLUDED
32 oz (spray bottle)
128 oz (bottle only)

Natural Enzyme Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner & Odor Eliminator CONCENTRATE

9/10

High potency concentrated enzymatic formula

No synthetic fragrances

Higher price point

Needs to be diluted

No spray bottle included

TYPE OF URINE REMOVER
Enzymatic
FORMULA
liquid
SIZE
8 oz concentrate (mixes up to 128 oz diluted)
INCLUDED
8 oz (bottle only)

HOW TO CHOOSE A PET URINE REMOVER:

A little about the science of pet urine odor: Cat and dog urine is composed of water; urea; uric acid; dissolved ions like sodium, potassium, and chloride; creatinine; and miscellaneous hormones, proteins, and metabolites. Cat urine has an additional amino acid, felinine, that can break down into volatile sulfur-containing compounds (even if you can’t smell them, your cat can; this is why cats urinate outdoors to mark territory). Odors result from the breakdown of urea and uric acid, along with that of proteins and amino acids unique to each species. Traditional cleaners can remove the soluble components of urine, including urea and dissolved ions. The complication comes from the uric acid, which crystallizes and is highly insoluble in water, and some of the proteins present in pet urine. Many cleaners do not remove uric acid, which breaks down over time into odor-causing substances. Additionally, it may be more difficult to remove protein and amino acid components of urine, which your pet may be able to smell (and be tempted to re-mark), even if you can’t.

Pet products have come a long way from the highly perfumed synthetic and headache-inducing absorbent powders your grandmother would sprinkle around her home to mask the smells of a badly behaved dog. While there are still powder-based treatments on the market, there is more science and research going into addressing pet potty issues than just concealing the problem with air fresheners and perfume.

With all the pet potty products on the market, it’s imperative to examine what needs to be cleaned up and where. Some products are meant specifically for dogs or for cats. Certain products are unsafe to use on your home’s interior surfaces and then others are suitable for use throughout your entire home. Consider where your pet has marked- has he wet on the carpet or on a hard floor? Are the stains old or fresh? Has the urine seeped into crevices such as under molding, thresholds, or into a porous surface such as grout in a bathroom? Do you have other pets in the home such as birds who may become ill from the use of strong cleaning products? While many cleaners say they are “natural” and “non-toxic,” the fragrances used in them can cause adverse effects in humans and pets alike.

We’ve narrowed our reviews of pet urine removers into four categories. Please note- we did not want to waste your time including products from the two categories of products we don’t recommend you use.

Enzymatic Method or Microbe Method: Enzymes break down the odor-causing compounds in pet urine

  • Penetrates and chemically breaks down the urine without extraction needed
  • Can be used on most surfaces safely
  • Some of these cleaners have strong odors

Odor-eliminator/deterrent Method (Not recommended): Citrus or orange-based, these cleaners are oil-based and meant to be diluted

  • Cannot be used on wood floors or furniture as it will strip surfaces, essential oils may discolor textiles
  • Odor may be very strong when used indoors
  • Will not break down the odor-causing compounds
  • May clean hard surfaces effectively and reduce stains but will need extraction when used on carpet

Detergent-based Method: Typically a detergent-based cleaner works by making organic stains more soluble in water, allowing them to be rinsed away or extracted with water.

  • May leave residue resulting in increased dirt attraction
  • May not remove the urine compounds that cause odors

Powder Method (Not recommended): Relies on a liquid and powder or powder alone to absorb stains and odors

  • While the powder vacuumed up often takes with it the moisture from fresh urine stains and any activating compound put down first, it will not always remove the odor-causing compounds
  • Time-consuming and messy
  • Will require extraction and almost always leaves residue that will attract more dirt

Peroxide-based: Often marketed as “natural” or mineral based, relies on foaming or chemical reaction to bubble out stains and urine compounds

  • May discolor/bleach surfaces, fabrics, textiles and damage wood and laminate floors
  • Must be blotted up and removed/extracted
  • Peroxide compounds do act on uric acid but results may vary

Remember to always spot-test any new product in an inconspicuous area of your flooring such as under a piece of furniture or in a dark corner.

While most minor pet potty problems can be addressed with a quick response and the appropriate product, major issues may require more powerful means such as steam or extraction cleaning or a professional team to come out and take care of the problem for you. Some homeowners have been able to resolve soaked-in pet urine issues on hardwood floors and furniture using enzymatic cleaners and others have to replace carpet and flooring (and sometimes even sub-flooring) if the problem is bad enough.

If the potty problem is sudden or new behavior this may also indicate serious health conditions your pet may be experiencing. Before you become too frustrated with his potty problems, be sure to take him to the veterinarian to be checked out.