Last Updated on 3 months by Susan Mayrich
Mouse urine is one of the most disgusting things you can find in your clothes. It smells horrible, and it can stain fabric, making even your favorite shirt look old and worn.
If you want to stop using a shirt because it reeks of mouse urine, don’t toss it yet. You can wash the odor out of your shirt and get it smelling fresh again.
Do Mice Leave Pee Stains?
Yes, When mice urinate, they typically leave small patches of urine or stains on clothes and other materials.
Urine may appear as small droplets or tiny puddles, depending on how much the mouse has urinated. Sometimes it can even appear as a stain that’s hard to identify.
Mouse urine will often have a strong musky odor and sometimes you can even smell it before you see it.
Can Mouse Urine Be Washed Out of Clothes
Yes, mouse urine can be washed out of clothes.
Mice pee stains can be hard to get rid of if you don’t know what you’re doing. But with a little knowledge and the right tools, mouse pee stains will be a thing of the past.
How to Get Mouse Pee Out of Clothes
Mouse urine is a yellowish-orange color, so it should be easy to spot on clothing. If there are mouse stains that you cannot see, look for areas where the material is discolored. The urine can also bleach fabrics in some cases.
Removing Mouse Pee Out of Clothes with Vinegar
Rinse the fabric
First, rinse the clothing in cold water and scrub the stain with a brush or sponge. You may not be able to remove all of the mouse stains this way, but it will help loosen up the urine before you wash the garment with detergent.
Soak in white vinegar
The next step is to soak the mouse’s pee-stained clothes in a diluted solution of white vinegar and water for about an hour. This will neutralize some of the ammonia present in mouse urine and make it easier to get rid of any remaining stains by loosening up old deposits that may have settled into fabrics.
Wash with warm water
After soaking the clothes in vinegar, put them through a normal wash cycle with detergent on warm (not hot) water settings while adding one cup of baking soda.
Using Persil ProClean detergent
With the help of Persil ProClean detergent, you can get rid of mouse pee stains and odors once and for all.
- Soak the stained clothing in cold water in a bucket or tub, using a laundry detergent such as Persil ProClean Power Liquid or Power-Caps. The enzyme-activated detergent will break down the stain and any odors from the urine.
- After soaking, run the washer for about 10 minutes to agitate, then soak for an hour.
- Afterward, let your machine complete its cycle as normal.
- Hang your clothes to dry in the sun, which will help keep your clothes smelling fresh.
- Once they’re dry, inspect your clothing for any remaining stains or odor — if you find any, you may need to repeat the process again to get them out completely.
How Do You Get Old Mouse Urine Stains Out of Clothes
After that, you’ll need to treat the stain. There isn’t a single perfect product for this task, but most people find that a combination of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish-washing detergent works well. Here’s how you make it:
First, vacuum the area thoroughly to remove any mouse droppings or urine crystals. Then, try one of these solutions:
- Make a solution of 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2-3 drops of dish-washing detergent.
- Mix until the baking soda is dissolved.
- Apply a small amount of the solution to an inconspicuous spot on the clothing to make sure it does not stain or damage the fabric.
- If the solution does not damage your fabric, apply it to the affected areas, but do not saturate the clothing item or allow it to get wet (this could spread the stain and cause it to set).
- Allow the solution to sit on the area for 5 minutes and then blot with a clean cloth or paper towel (do not rub).
- Repeat steps 2 through 4 if necessary until all traces of urine are removed from your clothing item.
- Wash as usual in cold water (and with like colors) and allow to air dry completely before storing.”
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda are natural ingredients that are non-toxic and effective for cleaning. They can be used to get rid of mouse urine odor.
- To use this method, mix a cup of white vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the affected area, making sure that it gets into the fibers.
- Blot up any remaining liquid with a paper towel or cloth towel, being careful not to rub the stain in further.
- Launder your clothes as normal using detergent, fabric softener, and bleach as desired.
How to Get Mouse Urine Smell out of Carpet
Mouse pee is difficult to clean because the smell lingers even after you think it’s all gone. The key is to use an enzyme cleaner that will break down the chemical composition of the pee so that your nose can no longer smell it.
- Use dish soap or laundry detergent and water to scrub the spot where you found the mouse pee. You may need to use an old toothbrush to get into hard-to-reach places like under your sink.
- Rinse well with water and blot dry with paper towels.
- Pour an enzyme cleaner over the area and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Rinse well with water and blot dry with paper towels again. Repeat as needed until you no longer smell urine in the area.
- If there is still a lingering odor, sprinkle baking soda over the area and vacuum it up after about 15 minutes.
Removing Mouse Pee from Clothes – Conclusion
The next time you come home to your apartment to find a mouse peeing on your clothes, you’re not going to want to waste any time. The quicker you remove the pee from its original location, the easier it will be to get the smell out of your clothes.
This process won’t work on everything, but if you follow these steps carefully, you should be able to remove the pee stain and odor from almost any article of clothing in no time at all.
2 thoughts on “How to Get Mouse Pee Out of Clothes (4 Effective Ways)”
Absolutely amazing. I was cleaning out stuff I had stored in the attic over twenty years ago when I came across a box of precious to me clothing way underneath other stuff. To my horror, mice had invaded over the years and peed all over them. Stains were deep dark brown (on a white dress and other colors) and there were very large patches of them. Luckily I found your website and with nothing to lose except my already ruined clothing I gave it a try. The only change in your instructions is that I combined the peroxide/baking soda step to be followed with the vinegar soak- than wash.
The result was miraculous. The stains ALL disappeared! These clothes looked new! Thank you so much for sharing and posting this information that actually works.
Thanks for the feedback, Jane! Happy to help!