Removing Urine smell from clothes.....

United States
April 20, 2008 9:54pm CST
Okay I need some help here everyone. My 5 year old son has a problem with bed wetting and I can't seem to get the smell out of one of his sets of pajamas. They are flannel pajamas. No matter how many times I wash them on hot or cold water the smell is still there. I have tried soaking them as well, but it didn't help. I am starting to think it's because of the material of the pajamas. These are his favorites and I would hate to throw them out. But if I can't get the smell out then they are going to have to go into the garbage. Does anyone have any tried and true ways to remove the urine smell from flannel pajamas? At this point, I will try about anything.
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@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
21 Apr 08
This might sound weird but have you tried that puppy spray that gets urine smells out of carpets or there is that Urine Gone product. I know that Urine Gone worked on my carpet when I was training my puppy. It might help?
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
21 Apr 08
Products for carpets are not meant for clothes. It could irritate the skin of a child. It might cause allergies upon contact with skin for long time.
• United States
21 Apr 08
Thanks for the advice skinnychick. Like someone else stated. I am not sure that a carpet spray would be a good thing to use on clothes. Some of them do have some very harsh chemicals in them and I wouldn't want that to irriate my sons skin. But as always I really appreciate your concerns and advice. Thanks a bunch!
• United States
21 Apr 08
If you look, there are eco friendly and safer organic cleaning products out there. It was just an idea. :)
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• United States
21 Apr 08
Wash them in vinegar and if it does not come out. Buy him a new pair of pj's. I can tell you I dealt with this for a lot of years. The worst is the house or the skin smelling like pee. Good luck
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• United States
21 Apr 08
Should I wash them in a mixture of vinegar and water? If so, how much vinegar to how much water? or soak them in pure vinegar and then wash them normally? I really hope it does come out, because I really don't want to throw them out. These pajamas were not bought by me, they were a gift from his dad's parents for christmas. So I would have to find out from them where they got them and hope they still had them.
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• United States
21 Apr 08
I have a pad that was oh my goodness the piss wreaked in it. I washed them in the machine with baking soda and vinegar. With my normal grated bar soap.. So I say wash it with baking soda and vinegar. I just pour it without measuring it. Good luck
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• United States
22 Apr 08
Gifts is a wise woman. I was also going to suggest baking soda and vinegar. I would probably rub the soda all over them first then put them in the sink and pour in enough vinegar to soak them. Then soak them for an hour or so, then just throw them in the washer soda, vinegar and all. If this doesn't do the trick, just throw them out like she said. I use soda and vinegar for a lot of things. They are both inexpensive and safe for the environment.
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@cream97 (29179)
• United States
22 Apr 08
There is a product called urine gone. This is in the Dr. Leonard's catalog. Or try Harriet Carter. I am not sure if this can be used on clothes, but it is worth a try to see.
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@cream97 (29179)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Oh, have you tried a water proof pad? This can be placed under the mattress or sheet wherever the bed wetting is an issue.
• United States
22 Apr 08
I will look into the Urine gone. What is it suppose to be used for? Pet urine?? Thank you for sharing.
@emeraldisle (13160)
• United States
21 Apr 08
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I've had this problem and here are a few suggestions for you that should take care of it. 1. When you do the wash add with your soap Borax. You can find in the laundry soap isle and it's fairly cheap. I put in about 3/4 of a cup. 2. Or when you add the soap add a cup of baking soda. 3. When it gets to the first rinse cycle add a cup of white Vinegar. Any of those will work at getting the scent out and leave them nice and clean. You can do both the soap additive and the vinegar, never hurts to double up
• United States
22 Apr 08
I have heard of Borax, just never thought to use it. Thank you! I will have to pick up some the next time I go shopping.
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@emeraldisle (13160)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Well I hope it helps. I know we have used it to get out cat urine which really stinks and it gets it out beautifully. Good luck
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@musicman6 (2334)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Speedy, my dad said to try a cup of pine-sol in the wash and it will help! Apparently he gets his clothes dirty with oil,naptha, and kerosene, and diesel, and those smells are hard to get out also, and he says it works!
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• United States
28 Apr 08
Okay thanks musicman6! Yes I know the smell of diesel, oil, and the other things you named are very hard to get out of clothing or any material for that matter. My ex-husband was a mechanic for a heavy equipment company and his clothes would always come home smelling horrible. Luckily I wasn't the one having to clean them, as the company had a service come and pick up the uniforms weekly and clean them.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Like others have said I recommend baking soda or vinegar. I used baking soda on my bedding in my guest room after a friend let her dogs pee on my linens. I soaked it in baking soda for about an hour in the tub then washed it with detregent and some more baking soda. It took the smell right out. Good luck!
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• United States
27 Apr 08
Thanks for the advice. I did end up using the baking soda and vinegar and it worked like a charm. I am so glad I know this now.
• India
21 Apr 08
hi, to be honest with you, not that i have any kids, however i do have a niece who i have been around with since she was real little, so the only advice i could offer right now is, try soaking the cloths in dettol, it helps with the smell as removes any germs there could be. At the end of the day getting rid of germs is also important right?hope this works
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• United States
22 Apr 08
Yes, getting rid of the germs is also important. So if the other suggestions that I have been given don't help, I will try the dettol. Thanks for sharing.
@healer (1785)
• India
21 Apr 08
When you are dealing with removing urine odor or any urine for that matter. The 3 major parts of urine is urea- which the sticky tacky part, the urochrome- which is the pigment or color part and the uric acid cyrstals and salts. Alot of products will work on the 1st two parts listed above which removes the stain and odor, the odor part is not gone the cyrstals just dry and become dormat, Isn't interesting that when it gets humid the ordor comes back or the clothes gets wet from steam cleaning or more urine from a pet the odor comes back, it always comes back. It takes an very special product to get rid of urine competely, look at the following site www.urine-off.com this company makes bacteria and enzymes to eat Fats, Oils, Grease, strach, and Sugar. They spent alot of time feeding very specfic bacteria all the components of urine until they had a product that eat it all the way to Black Light Clean- that means that all the residue of the urine is gone. Give them a try they truly have something very good. Good Luck getting rid of it
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• United States
21 Apr 08
We all have heard the saying "You learn something new everyday." Well I have just learned something new about urine that I did not know. Thanks so much for sharing this information with me. I will be sure to check out the website and product.
@terri0824 (4977)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I'm not for sure but for some reason I want to say vinegar. Vinegar has so many useful uses. Try soaking them in some vinegar water. Probably about a capful of vinegar to a quart of water is what I would try. Let me know if that does the trick!
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• United States
21 Apr 08
Well I think you are right about vinegar being the trick. Almost everyone else has recommended it, so I just need to go try it and see how well it works. Wish me luck!!!!
@Thoroughrob (11772)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I thinkj I would go to the store and go to the pet section and get the spray or powder that gets rid of cat urine smells. I think you could go to the medical supply and they have things but that is my cheapest suggestion.
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• United States
21 Apr 08
Someone else had recommend a pet spray as well. But it would have to be eco friendly as I would be concerned with putting harsh chemicals on my kids clothes.
@Ravenladyj (22994)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I would try soaking them in some vinegar and a touch of water THEN washing them and adding baking soda to the wash water...I find that vinager has a great way of getting the smell out of things..
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• United States
21 Apr 08
That seems to be the general consensus! So I guess I will be using vinegar. Lets keep our fingers crossed that it works.
@ellie333 (21030)
21 Apr 08
Try soaking in a solution of white vinegar and baking soda it will neutralise any smells or even a baking soda solution on its own should do it. It woeks as a deordoriser on almost anything. Good luck. Ellie :D
• United States
21 Apr 08
That's what my mom recommended I use. I had started this discussion before I had a chance to ask my mom. So it seems like Vinegar and baking soda are the key to removing the odor. Actually yesterday I had picked up some Oxiclean thinking it might help. I used that first by soaking the pj's before I started this discussion and we will see here in a little bit when I take them out of the dryer if it helped. If not then I will definitly be using vinegar and baking soda. Thanks for the advice!
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
21 Apr 08
Vinegar is good. Just add vinegar in the rinse cycle while washing in the machine. If you handwash, again add a cup of vinegar to 1/2 bucket of water. Then you can use a conditioner. They are good for flannel clothes. You can buy good brands like Comfort FABRIC CONDITIONER with lavender or orchid smell. They are good on clothes and adds nice fragrance to clothes. By the way, your son is 5. You need top train him to come out of the problem of bed wetting by waking him at night to take him to pass urine. Try a few months to see how he progress. I read a pamphlet in the doctor's clinic about seeking medical help for children above the age of 5 for bedwetting. There is some alarm type device that when connected to under wear could wake the child upon slight wetting. On using this device for few weeks it could train them to wake at the same time each night. It is a training device to help children overcome the problem of bedwetting.
• United States
21 Apr 08
I appreciate your advice on getting the urine smell out of my son's flannel pajamas. I will be trying the vinegar trick. But what I don't appreciate is you trying to tell me what I need to be doing about my son's bedwetting. This discussion was about getting the smell of urine out of clothes, NOT bedwetting advice. I never stated in my discussion wheather I was working on his bedwetting or not. And had I needed advice on his bedwetting I would have started a whole different discussion on it. Now thanks to your response regarding my son's bedwetting, I am sure more people are going to have to put thier two cents worth in about his bed wetting. Fact is my son is ADHA and had a hard time getting potty trained. He hasn't even been potty trained for a year yet. Plus there is a history of bed wetting in my dads side of the family. So part of it is genetic as well. I am well aware that it is not normal for a kid who is 5 years old to be wetting the bed. I have been working on it with him with great progress. He gets nothing to drink two hours before bed time and right before he goes to bed he uses the bathroom. 90% of time when this routine is strictly followed he doesn't wet the bed. So, back to the actuall topic of this discussion. All it took was one time of him wetting the bed wearing these pajamas for the smell to set in and won't come out. In closing, Next time you respond to one of my discussions I would appreciate if your responses sticks to the topic at hand. Instead of giving advice on something else that was not asked for.
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• United States
22 Apr 08
nishdan01 I did this with my daughter for more than a few months. My daughter has Attention deficit hyper activity disorder. She was so darn hyper all day. I think she was to tired to get up. I took her to the bath room at night and she still peed when she slept. She is 13 and we tried everything. The fact that she is a dry sleeper now is heavenly. The doctor has us on pills when we were younger. It helped for a while but not at night time. Your advice is great as too getting up at night. The device your speaking of does not work either. The bed still gets wet and that should defeat the purpose.
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