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I've got to deodorize a basement quickly because of a hurried real estate situation. The problem is: We have 2 cats. We have 2 litter boxes in the basement and one of the cats (don't know which) doesn't use the box very often and chooses the corners of the basement instead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> This is a big problem, yes. But the bigger problem is - even if I go downstairs everyday to clean the litter boxes and the corners of the room (I feel like a zoo keeper....), the smell is still there. No one will buy our house with this smell. What can I do to get rid of it? Vinegar? Bleach? Please help!!
 

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eo's (essential oils)<br>
tea tree<br>
lavender<br>
geranium<br>
um......patchouli?<br>
also....something called simple green , I think.
 

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Nature's Miracle to remove the urine from the corners? And then something strong smelling to remove all other odors. I would be tempted to use bleach if you are in a pinch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: The problem is that your cat will probably keep on doing it, no matter how you clean up the past offenses, so it might not even work.
 

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Get yourself a big bottle of this stuff at your local pet store:<br><a href="http://www.stinkfreedirect.com/urine-odor-remover-cats/" target="_blank">http://www.stinkfreedirect.com/urine-odor-remover-cats/</a><br><br>
It knocks out urine smells with very little effort.
 

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I second the Nature's Miracle suggestion. Then, I would take the cat to the vet to be tested for a UTI - that is usually the reason the urinate in inappropriate areas.
 

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We had a smelly basement awhile back and I read somewhere to try charcoal...it worked! I put about 5 or 6 charcoal briquets in several bowls in different areas of the basement, and it really absorbed the smell.<br><br>
Good Luck!<br><br>
Melissa
 

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DONT use bleach! The mix of bleach and ammonia (Cat pee) is toxic.<br><br>
I actually have really good luck with vinegar and baking soda. Saturate the basement floor with vinegar, sprinkle on plenty of baking soda, scrub it in with a brush (I use a broom) rinse with a little more vinegar and after it dries, you can just sweep up the baking soda. We have 4 cats and even with a large piece of linoleum under the boxes, someone is always peeing or pooping on the floor. Have not found anything that works as well as the V & BS!<br>
Oh and sprinkle some BS in the cat box too, it really keeps the odor under control.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions! I feel much better! I especially like the ideas for charcoal and vinegar/baking soda. You're all fantastic!
 
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