By: Jolie Kerr
Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting and all the messes it brings.
I can for sure help! There are basically two ways you can go to treat the problem of a lingering urine odor in laundry: You can either pre-rinse the pants/unders the way you’ve been doing with the poopy ones, or you can add an odor-eliminating booster to the wash to address the malodor problem.
The second option is going to be the easier one, because it only requires tossing another product in with laundry detergent when you do the wash, but the first one is worth mentioning in the event the dirty laundry is causing a smell problem in the home in between wearing and washing.
While rinsing the pants using any kind of soap will do the trick on fresh urine, Dr. Bronner’s is a great choice because it’s so very good at eliminating strong odors in clothes. You can use the no-fragrance kind or any one of the scents.
You can also use Dr. Bronner’s directly in the wash in place of regular laundry detergent; the website has a helpful guide to dilution ratios that you should check out if you go that route.
Zero Odor®:Zero Odor® is primarily marketed for use on athletic gear, but it will work just as well on pee-smelling clothes. Add two ounces of Zero Odor® to your detergent at the start of the wash cycle for added odor neutralizing.
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