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ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
AIR CLEANER PURIFIER TYPES
AIR FILTERS for HVAC SYSTEMS
AIR FILTERS, OPTIMUM INDOOR
AIR POLLUTANTS, COMMON INDOOR
AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES
AIR TEST FOR MOLD: ACCURACY
ALLERGEN TESTS for BUILDINGS
ANIMAL ALLERGENS / PET DANDER
ANIMAL ENTRY POINTS in BUILDINGS
ANIMAL ODORS IN buildings
BIBLIOGAPHY for ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, MOLD, IAQ
BLEACHING MOLD, Advice about
CAR MOLD CONTAMINATION
CARPETING & INDOOR AIR QUALITY
CAT DANDER in buildings
DIRECTORY of MOLD / ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS
DIRT FLOOR MOLD CONTAMINATION
Disinfecting Buildings with Bleach
DUST SAMPLING PROCEDURE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE, IAQ, GAS, MOLD
INDOOR AIR HAZARDS TABLE
INDOOR AIR QUALITY & HOUSE TIGHTNESS
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
INDOOR AIR QUALITY METHODS COMPARED
LIGHT, GUIDE to FORENSIC USE
MOLD ACTION GUIDE - WHAT TO DO ABOUT MOLD
MOTHS, MOTHBALL ODORS
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
OZONE for MOLD OR ODORS
PARTICLE SIZES & IAQ
Particulates & Allergens Indoors
PET ALLERGENS / PET DANDER
PET STAINS on FLOORS
PET STAINS on WALLS
UV LIGHT BLACK LIGHT USES
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
Urine odor removal from soft goods: this article provides suggestions for finding and removing animal odors from soft goods: cloths, bedding, towels, carpets. This information is part of our odor removal guide for animal or human odor removal from building interiors, building exterior surfaces, from soils around buildings or from urine-odor smelly clothing, bedding, and other soft goods. This article series focuses on removing pet or other animal odors from buildings due to pet urine, pet feces, wild animal urine, or even human urine on and around buildings or on clothing and othrer soft materials. Page top photo - our grandson Chase P. flushed his training underpants down the toilet - see WHAT CAN GO INTO TOILETS & DRAINS?
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How to Remove Animal, Pet, or Human Urine Odors from Clothing or Soft Goods - Enzymes, Detergents & Odor Removers
Question: what can I use other than bleach to remove urine odors from clothing?
We have a special needs adult who lives with us (whom we care for), who wets himself daily.
Because I can't use bleach in the washing machine his clothes always smell like urine even after they've been washed.
Can you make any suggestions as to how I might remedy this? Is there a product I can use to cut down on the odour on his garments? -- K.M.
Answer: Septic System Maintenance & urine odor removing products
Regarding use of bleach in homes served by a private onsite septic system, using normal amounts of household bleach is not a problem.
For people unfamiliar with septic system maintenance, see Septic Guide for Home Buyers or Owners and be sure to see SEPTIC TANK PUMPING SCHEDULE - pumping the septic tank on time is the most important step in preserving your drainfield life. Also see Don't Flush things to avoid flushing into a septic system: a list of what's ok and what's not ok to put into septic tanks and building drains. If there's another reason for avoiding conventional bleach there are other similar result but chemically different products that might work
A complete guide to tracking down and curing odors in buildings is at ODORS & SMELLS DIAGNOSIS & CURE. Readers should also see Black stains from animals for a description of the cause and cure of various types of stains caused by pets or other animals in buildings, and also see CAT DANDER in buildings for a discussion of animal allergens indoors and how they are detected and removed. Also see Car Odors - Animals.
Where to Buy Products to Remove Urine Smell From Clothing, Diapers, Other Things That Can Be Laundered
People who have not had satisfactory urine-odor removal results from simple laundering of the clothing may want to try special laundry and cleaning products that combine a (friendly) bacterial odor remover and and enzyme with special enzymes. Enzymes have been used in laundry detergents to improve their performance for a long time. Some bacteria and enzymes are particularly effective at removing urine odors.
Enzyme-based laundry detergents - these are readily available in grocery stores, drugstores, and from online retailers
Other Laundry deodorizers people use to deal with urine odors, including in infant diapers and clothing
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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