Accidents happen, and when they do, they can leave behind unsightly and difficult-to-remove urine stains on clothes. Whether it's a child who's still learning to use the toilet or pops who had an accident, getting rid of pee stains can be a challenge. However, with the right techniques and household items, you can easily remove even the toughest urine stains from your clothes. Keep reading to learn the best ways to get rid of pee stains and keep your clothes looking fresh and clean.
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that is usually yellow or brown in color. They can be wet or dry to the touch and may have a strong urine smell. These stains are often caused by contact with urine or other bodily fluids.
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Hot water helps to break down the urine and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Pee Stains
Pee stains clothes because it contains urea, a compound that can discolor fabrics. When pee comes into contact with clothes, the urea reacts with the fabric and causes a yellow or brownish discoloration. Additionally, the high pH levels in pee can cause fibers in the fabric to break down, leading to further discoloration and weakening of the fabric. This is why it is important to remove pee stains as soon as possible to prevent them from setting in and becoming harder to remove.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Pee Stains
Enzyme-based cleaner (such as Nature's Miracle or Rocco & Roxie)
Chlorine bleach (if safe for the fabric)
Step By Step Process To Remove Pee Stains
Blot up as much of the pee as possible with paper towels or a clean cloth.
Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water. Apply the solution to the stain and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes.
Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and gently rub it in with a brush or cloth.
Add a small amount of laundry detergent to the stain and rub it in with a brush or cloth.
Wash the garment in the washer on the hottest water setting that is safe for the fabric, using the regular amount of detergent.
Once the garment is washed, check the stain. If it is still visible, repeat steps 2-5, using an enzyme-based cleaner instead of the white vinegar solution.
If the stain is still visible after repeating steps 2-5, mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and apply it to the stain. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before washing again.
If the stain still persists, use chlorine bleach (if safe for the fabric) as a last resort, following the manufacturer's instructions.
It is important to test any commercial product on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before applying it to the stain to ensure that it will not damage the fabric.
If the item is colored or delicate, avoid using chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide or vinegar.
Pee stains happen when urea in pee reacts with fabric and causes discoloration. To remove the stain, first blot up as much of the pee as possible. Then use a solution of white vinegar and baking soda mixed with laundry detergent. If the stain persists, use an enzyme-based cleaner or hydrogen peroxide. As a last resort, use chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric. It's important to test any product before using it on the stain.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.