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to think the smell will never go?

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ADishBestEatenCold Sat 15-Mar-14 21:41:12

Laundry basket was too full, so someone had heaped a small pile of clothes in the bath.

One of the cats has peed on them!!!!

The cats have never done such a thing before (besides the point, I suppose), so maybe one of them is harbouring the early stages of urinary infection, because it stinks!

What can I do? (Besides watching for an ailing cat I mean.) I rinsed all the clothes as soon as I realised, then put them through a long wash.

Still stank!

Put them through another long wash (bio powder) and I just emptied the machine. Not quite so bad, but still bad. I can definitely still smell it. Rancid!

What now? These aren't things I can boil wash or bleach.

ivykaty44 Sat 15-Mar-14 21:43:01

Put outside on the line, stop washing don't wash again but get outside in air and sun light and leave on line for a couple of days

AwkwardSquad Sat 15-Mar-14 21:44:25

Try soaking in solution of bicarb, and if that doesn't work, you need a pet 'soiling' neutralising spray. It's got some sort of active agent that tackles the proteins. Or something. Anyway, it worked on my laminate flooring!

tshirtsuntan Sat 15-Mar-14 21:46:32

Put some vinegar (white) in a wash as hot as the things will take, then line dry if possible, that should help.

ADishBestEatenCold Sat 15-Mar-14 21:48:16

Thanks, will try that, ivykaty.

Will do it now, it'll be good to get the smell out.

(possibly will be a dozen stray cats in the garden by morning grin, but they won't be able to reach the line!)

tshirtsuntan Sat 15-Mar-14 21:48:31

Plus, it'll clean your machine grin

ADishBestEatenCold Sat 15-Mar-14 21:53:55

Okay, that's them hung out (clothes, not cats). It's raining a bit, so that might help. Then I can try the vinegar or bicarb tomorrow.

Does vinegar really clean the machine?

tshirtsuntan Sat 15-Mar-14 21:56:30

Descales things apparently (no guarantee,I've never seen the insides of my washing machine grin)

NigellasDealer Sat 15-Mar-14 21:57:41

Try a really hot wash with soda crystals and zoflora

HadABadDay2014 Sat 15-Mar-14 21:59:41

White vinegar and bicarbonate of soda is very good.

I use that to sort out most problems.

whereisshe Sat 15-Mar-14 22:12:03

Vinegar should counteract the ammonia in the urine as pp have said. If it still smells try this.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 15-Mar-14 22:13:37

Cats urine on my clothes is a daily occurrence just hung them in the machine it will wash out it's just wee. Blood on clothes is also a daily occurrence that also comes out in the machine doing nothing special.

tshirtsuntan Sat 15-Mar-14 22:22:32

lonecat whatever do you do to get cat wee & blood on yourself daily? (Intriguing) grin

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 15-Mar-14 22:28:52

I'm a vet add faeces and anal gland matter to my daily grind.

ADishBestEatenCold Sat 15-Mar-14 22:30:00

One would have thought so, lonecat, but twice through the washing machine!

Still, on the line now and will see what tomorrow brings.

enriquetheringbearinglizard Sat 15-Mar-14 22:31:35

Lonecat you have all the fun!

I second soda crystals added to the wash - apparently also good for the machine. Otherwise Borax substitute (pharmacy or Morrisons)

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 15-Mar-14 22:39:35

What washing powder are you using? Persil non-bio never fails.

Pasithea Sat 15-Mar-14 22:40:24

Sometimes when that happens I think you convince yourself that you can still smell it.
Wait til tomorrow and get someone else to have a sniff lol

MostWicked Sat 15-Mar-14 22:51:45

You need to use biological washing powder/liquid.
The enzyme will remove the smell.

ADishBestEatenCold Sun 16-Mar-14 13:44:15

Thank you, everyone. Almost all of the items had 'lost the smell' after a night on the line, except one pair of trousers and they really smell! The nearest village shop didn't have any bicarb this morning, so I'll leave them out for a day or so, until I get something to try.

On the plus side, I found the culprit! One of my neighbour's cats had managed to get shut in my house (I don't know how) and managed to stay completely hidden until I heard him in the middle of the night.
I can imagine that he was very wary of using my cats' litter trays, and the poor thing was probably absolutely desperate.
Quite clever of him to use the bath, so it could have been much worse, and I'm very relieved to know that my cats haven't started peeing round the house! (Am also very relieved that neither of my cats is suddenly producing urine with such an incredibly stench!)

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