How to Remove Pee and Urine from Couch (Works for Mattresses too!)


Ok, it happens… whether you have toddlers or pets, pee happens! It’s annoying, it’s frustrating and it seems to ruin the day and perhaps seems to feel like it’s ruined your furniture.

Well, we had one of those days a few days ago. Our toddler was exhausted from a busy morning, came home, and fell asleep on the couch. I decided not to move him into his bed and let him be. Well, let him be meant a couch covered in pee a couple of hours later. I was thankful this was the first time for him and the first in a long time, but it was still like…WHY?!? I know that whenever my kids fall asleep hard, they are going to wet their pants no matter where they sleep. They must be too tired to realize they need to get up and use the potty.

It’s okay though because it’s not as bad as it could be and it’s a simple…ish problem to solve, whether it be your toddler, dog, cat, or other pet.

I want to show you what I did from past learning experiences to remove the pee, disinfect and remove odors from the couch.


Above, you will notice the nice wet pee spot on the couch cushion. It spread to the whole cushion, with the epicenter being the most saturated.

Well, let’s get on this problem with natural, frugal, effective solutions!!

How to remove pee and urine from a couch

With any new cleaning method/product, test on an inconspicuous spot first!

Step #1: With an old rag, soak up as much of the urine as possible. You can do this no matter where on the couch the pee is located, but it is especially easy on a removable cushion where you can “step” on it with the most force to soak it up!


Step #2: Deodorize. With a mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part distilled white vinegar, you can easily and naturally deodorize the couch cushion and give it a good cleaning! I know what you may be thinking…”vinegar’s smell is just about as awful as the pee itself…are you crazy?”

Well, I might be crazy on many things, but when it comes to this, I am perfectly sane. 🙂 Vinegar is a #1 natural household cleaner. It is also a fantastic product to use in every load of laundry. It actually does not leave a smell! It’s weird! You will smell it as you apply and clean with it, but afterwards, there is no smell. I have always found this to be such a strange household ingredient, but it does marvelous work!


So with a rag, just wipe and rub and scrub the vinegar into the pee spot until you feel like you have covered the spot well. Please note, if you catch a “dry” pee spot, you would skip step one and go right to this one. It works the same way. You could spray with a vinegar/water solution, soak it up and then scrub it to be sure you are getting it all up! Basically by re-wetting the pee spot with the vinegar, water solution. If you feel confident that the pee is primarily on the surface, there’s no need to re-wet – just scrub and wipe with the vinegar.


Step #3 – Moisture and odor removal and restore to original shape.

For this third step, you just need 2 ingredients: Baking Soda and Lavender Essential Oil. The power of the two of these natural ingredients together will accomplish your odor and restoration goal.

Just simply measure out about 1 cup of baking soda, at least for a spot size about as big as one cushion. Then add about 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil per 1 cup (adjust your amounts based on how much you need).

Blend this mix with a fork to evenly distribute the oil throughout the baking soda.


Then generously sprinkle the baking soda/lavender oil mix over the soiled area on your couch.sprinkle-baking-soda-on-couch-to-set

Step #4 – Let this sit for several hours, or even over night to dry out, soak up and absorb the odors. Then come back and vacuum it all up and it should be good as new and smelling great!

*If the spot is old or very saturated, you could consider doing this a second time as needed.

This has been the most effective solution for couches and mattresses in our household and we hope this frugal, natural solution is a help to yours too!

This is a link HERE all about Lavender Essential Oil, it’s uses, where to get it and more in case you don’t have any on hand!

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