How Can I Clean Urine from Car Seats?

Urine stains are easiest to remove from car seats if you can act quickly. A vinegar and soap mixture can often help do the trick.
Written by Melanie Krieps Mergen
Edited by Bellina Gaskey
You can definitely get a urine stain out of your car seat, but you’ll need to act fast to avoid a lingering odor.
  • The sooner you can start cleaning up, the easier it is to get a urine stain out of your car seat.
  • The car seat’s material may determine what product(s) you can use.
  • On cloth seats, a mixture of water, dish soap, and vinegar can effectively remove urine stains.

How to get pee out of car seats

Just like any spill, getting a urine stain out of a car seat is about having the right supplies on hand—cleaning it as soon as possible. 
It’s also important that you’re using the right products based on the materials your car seat is made of.

How to remove urine from cloth car seats

Here’s what you’ll need to get pee out of cloth car seats:
  • Rubber gloves
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap or detergent
  • Bowl
  • Spray bottle
  • Rags
  • Baking soda
Here’s how to do it:
Use a clean rag to dab up any excess pee that has not seeped into the fabric. Be careful to not spread it. Mix equal parts vinegar and liquid soap in a bowl. Add enough water to create a lather. 
Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle. Lightly spray the mixture onto the stained surface. Scrub the area with a cloth. Repeat until the area is clean. 
Using a damp cloth, wipe off any residue. Use a new rag to blot the area dry. Let the car seat air dry overnight.
For stains that are a bit older, you can also try using a solution of ten ounces of hydrogen peroxide and three tablespoons of baking soda. Let the solution sit on the stain for about an hour or so, then dab it away with a dry towel. Repeat as needed until the stain disappears.
If you have a really pesky urine stain that you can’t remove on your own, you may want to seek out a professional cleaning service.

How to get pee out of leather or suede car seats

For leather and suede upholstery, a mixture of mild soap and lukewarm water is often enough to clean up urine.
After patting the area dry, applying a leather cleaner can also be helpful with leather seats. 
Be aware: the longer the urine is left to soak into the material, the more difficult the stain will be to remove.
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