The OdorXit® Concentrate Users Manual
Thank you for purchasing OdorXit®!
This document contains information critical to the effective and efficient
use of OdorXit® Concentrate for the permanent elimination of most organic
Please read this document carefully before use.
The information presented here will make your use of OdorXit® more successful
than your highest expectations.
Our business depends on
you succeeding with OdorXit®
We at OdorXit® have made every effort to make the information in this
document as accurate and informative as possible. To that end, we update and
revise this document on a regular basis. For the latest and most complete information
on the use of OdorXit®, please visit our web site at
The OdorXit® Concentrate Users Manual © Copyright Listening Systems
Inc. 2007 All rights reserved.
Ordering OdorXit Products and Pricing
OdorXit is a highly concentrated liquid. When diluted with water, a 16-ounce
bottle will make up to 4 gallons of solution appropriate for nearly all applications.
A 16-ounce bottle will eliminate the organic odors in 1000 sq ft of wood or
concrete floors. It also works on walls, fabric, carpet, and skin. OdorXit
concentrate is available in 3 convenient sizes:
A 4-ounce bottle of OdorXit Blue is $9.95 plus $3 shipping and handling. (Makes
up to 1 gallon of OdorXit solution at $13.00 per gallon of including the shipping
and handling cost).
A 16-ounce bottle of OdorXit is $39.95 plus $6 shipping and handling. (Makes
up to 4 gallons including the shipping and handling cost).
A 64-ounce bottle of OdorXit is $149.95 plus $12 shipping and handling. (Makes
up to 16 gallons of OdorXit solution $10.15 per gallon including the shipping
and handling cost).
An 8-ounce bottle of OdorXit Magic including a mist sprayer is $9.95 plus $4
shipping and handling.
OdorXit is 100% guaranteed to perform as advertised on our web site and stated
in the guarantee section below. We stand behind OdorXit and have helped thousands
of users eliminate some very nasty odors. Do not hesitate to call us with questions
or problems. Let Us Help You Too!
Call 1-877-ODORXIT for special pricing on larger quantities.
If you reside outside of the United States of America and are concerned about
shipping and customs etc., there are a growing number of countries with which
we have had experience. Check our web site for the most current information
Ohio residents will be charged 6.0% sales tax.
We accept payment via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, money orders
and personal/company checks. Orders received after 3:00 PM EST/EDT will
be sent out the next business day.
To order online, use our handy
On Line Order Form at www.odorxit.com.
Call our toll free help & order line at 1-877-ODORXIT (1-877-636-7948)
Outside North America and the Caribbean call 513-895-1000
Email help is available at Help
PO Box 805
Hamilton, OH 45012
Because of recent misuse of our generous 100% Money back Guarantee; we have
been forced into being just a bit more specific about what is an acceptable
claim for refund.
OdorXit is 100% Money Back Guaranteed to perform as advertised on the OdorXit.com
web site and in this document. In addition to our generous guarantee, we offer
free consulting on any odor problem including the ones specifically excluded
or not addressed on the web site or in this document. Just call 1-877-ODORXIT
(1-877-636-7948). We will either answer your call or return your call within
There are several exclusions that we have specified for a long time now, including
fire smoke, tobacco smoke, wet dog smell, urine in carpet padding and extreme
contamination cases on wood and wall materials. We are now adding another.
If you are having a problem solving your odor problem with OdorXit and want
your money refunded you must first:
Call our toll free help line (not email) before you have used up all of
your product. Our odor elimination experts will work with you to make any changes
needed in your application technique to help you to be successful.
- You must attempt to follow the instructions offered.
OdorXit really works on organic odors! To make OdorXit work for you,
there are simple specific events described in detail on our web site and in
this document accompanying the product that must occur in order to ensure your
success, and we want you to be successful. However, expecting to completely
eliminate urine odor from carpeting without removing the involved padding and
treating the involved flooring will not work, and does not qualify for a refund.
Sorry, doing half the job is not acceptable.
f you are still not successful after these 2 simple steps, we will promptly
refund your money.
We know that OdorXit works, we use it ourselves. We have helped thousands of
users eliminate some very nasty odors with OdorXit. Through this help effort,
and our personal use of the product, the application techniques presented here
have been developed to the point that most users get the desired results without
further help. However, there are and will continue to be special cases and
variations that need special treatment. We at OdorXit want to help you solve
these problem cases successfully so that we can expand our knowledge and understanding
of the problems our customers are facing and refine the application techniques
Your cooperation in this matter is critical to making everyone who needs to
eliminate organic odors successful, including you.
If you have any questions or concerns about our Guarantee policy call our toll
free help line with your questions. 1-877-ODORXIT (1-877-636-7948).
OdorXit Concentrate Usage
OdorXit Concentrate diluted with water can be safely applied directly to carpeting,
flooring, walls, furniture, bathroom tile, cabinetry, concrete, fabric, leather
and many other materials and surfaces to eliminate odors. See the Taxidermy
section for even more uses. It can also be used in combination with carpet
cleaning and laundry detergents (excluding chlorine and oxygen bleaches) for
one step cleaning and deodorizing of carpet and fabric. Normally, OdorXit solution
is sprayed on with either a trigger sprayer or a 1/2 to 2 gallon yard or deck
sprayer (See Applying OdorXit). It can also be applied as a solution of OdorXit
and water or in combination with carpet shampoo in a carpet-cleaning machine
for large carpeted areas or a washing machine for fabric and rugs small enough
to fit into the machine. OdorXit is fully compatible with detergents and germicides.
It works well at any temperature from 0 to 130 F. OdorXit eliminates odors
that remain and continue to emerge after application of a germicide.
OdorXit Magic Usage
Odorxit is your odor eliminator product that works to remove odors quickly.
Odorxit works to eliminate pet odors, is a urine odor remover, mold odor remover,
and most hard to fight odors.
Because OdorXit Magic absorbs and neutralizes the gasses we perceive as odors,
it does not have to be applied directly to the source of the odor. It simply
needs to be in the area where the gasses are being generated or on the air
filter in your furnace. OdorXit Magic is very easy to use, fast acting and
long lasting. It is not a permanent solution to eliminating odors. Occasional
re-application will extend the absorption and neutralization of odors indefinitely.
OdorXit Blue Usage
OdorXit Blue uses a gas absorption process to trap and destroy the relative
limited group of odors produced by portable toilet holding tanks found on boats,
RVs, airplane, trains and etc. Add a small amount of OdorXit to your holding
tank and the gasses (odors) produced by the tank's contents are absorbed and
neutralized for up to 3 months or until the tank is emptied.
All OdorXit products are exceptionally safe. They are nontoxic, non-irritating,
non-flammable, non-carcinogenic, non-staining and are biodegradable. When treating
urine, give off no unpleasant and possibly harmful ammonia gas. Conforms to
the RIFM and IFRA guidelines. They are not a primary skin irritant, nor toxic
by oral ingestion or by inhalation. In concentrated form, OdorXit Concentrate
may be a minor irritant when in direct contact with the eyes but is non-irritating
when diluted according to directions. In concentrated form, avoid open flame.
If exposed to concentrate, eyes should be flushed with water.
OdorXit Concentrate is considered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Material
Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to be a minor eye irritant when in concentrated
form and non-irritating when diluted according to directions. OdorXit
is a mixture of organic salts and oils that by their very nature have
a small but not zero potential to cause allergic reactions in humans
and pets. If any unusual reaction occurs, consult a physician immediately.
Listening Systems Inc. will make every effort to supply any requested
OdorXit Concentrate, Magic and Blue use no bactericide, enzyme,
oxidizer, olfactory desensitizer or masking scents. When OdorXit Concentrate
comes in direct contact with organic odor causing agents it neutralizes the
OdorXit Concentrate uses a complex and proprietary mixture of water-soluble
organic salts and oils to create a unique 3 part contact chemistry:
- Counteraction. It pairs with many odors to neutralize the odor.
- Absorption. Physically absorbs many odor causing substances and converts
them into other byproducts that have no odor.
- Bonding. Physically binds to many odor-causing substances changing them
forever into non odor producing byproducts.
OdorXit Magic and OdorXit Blue both use only an absorption process like that
gas and the gas dissolved in water is an oxidizer that actually kills mold,
spores, bacteria and viruses using an oxidization process without making
them more resistant to treatment. It also oxidizes tobacco, cooking and
fire smoke and its residue. The fast release version of the gas product produces
enough CLO2 gas to be potentially dangerous to breath but is not dangerous
to plants, paint, furniture, electronics, etc. The slow release version of
the product when used in the appropriately sized area, does not produce enough
CLO2 gas to be harmfully but is very effective on all the agents mentioned
above. It just takes longer for the process to finish.
OdorXit Concentrate is packaged as a highly concentrated liquid. For most applications,
one 16 ounce bottle of OdorXit will make 2 gallons (256 ounces) to 4 gallons
(512 ounces) of solution. Refer to the Application
notes section of this document for detailed application procedures and equipment.
OdorXit Magic and Blue are packaged in a ready to use form.
Pet owners, rental property owners and managers, house renovators, professional
carpet cleaners and installers, appliance re-sellers, homeowners, taxidermists,
fishermen and anyone with organic odors to eliminate should be using OdorXit
products to eliminate their odor problems.
OdorXit Magic Application Notes
OdorXit Magic uses a new, fast and very effective approach to solving odor
problems. Malodors are gasses that react with the membrane in our noses to
produce an unpleasant experience; it therefore stands to reason that if a product
can absorb or alter the gasses causing the unwanted odor, the odor will be
That is exactly what OdorXit Magic does. When sprayed on an odor source or
simply into the area containing unpleasant odors, OdorXit Magic absorbs or
alters the gas so that we do not smell or perceive it to be a malodor.
OdorXit Magic absorbs a very wide range of malodors including tobacco smoke,
mold, mildew, spoiled food, fish, animal scent spray (including cat and skunk),
animal and human excrement, diaper pail, bed pan, sick room, and cooking. OdorXit
Magic also absorbs many chemical odors including but not limited to ammonia,
hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, trimethylamine and others.
Like all absorption-based products, OdorXit Magic can absorb a finite amount
of odor causing gas at which time it must be re-applied to eliminate additional
odor causing gas. This fact does not detract from the fact that OdorXit Magic
is long lasting and completely effective on a very broad range of malodors.
OdorXit Magic is simple to use. Lightly spray OdorXit Magic into the affected
area or directly onto the odor source.
For treating large areas like bathrooms, showers, kitchens and other areas
with tile or cement floors, add 4 or 5 ounces of OdorXit Magic to the mop bucket
of detergent or rinse water and mop it on and allow it to dry. It can
also be applied to furnace air filters.
Do not spray directly on animals or humans. Do not eat or drink OdorXit Magic.
Keep this and all odor control products out of reach of children
OdorXit Magic is available as a liquid "ready to use" product
OdorXit Magic contains only water-soluble plant extracts and derivatives
Using OdorXit Blue Application Notes
OdorXit Blue is designed specifically to eliminate the odors produced in portable
toilet holding tanks. It is a fast, inexpensive and very effective. Because
holding tank malodors are gasses that are produced not only by the liquid contents
of the tank, but also the dried material on the inside of the tank, hoses and
vent pipes, treating these odor producing products with anything but a gas
absorbing product, is very difficult if possible at all.
OdorXit Blue completely absorbs a limited range of malodors produced in holding
tanks by adding just 2 ounces of OdorXit Blue (just 1/2 the 4 ounce bottle)
to a normal sized tank. It will start working immediately and work for up to
3 months or until the tank is emptied.
Just pour 2 ounces in your toilet, add 1 or 2 quarts of water and flush the
toilet. That's all there is to it!
Like all absorption-based products, OdorXit Blue can absorb a finite amount
of odor causing gas at which time it must be replenished to eliminate additional
odor causing gas. This fact does not detract from the fact that OdorXit Blue
is long lasting and completely effective on holding tank malodors.
Do not spray directly on animals or humans. Do not eat or drink OdorXit Blue.
Keep this and all odor control products out of reach of children
OdorXit Blue is available as a liquid "ready to use" product
OdorXit Blue contains only water-soluble plant extracts and derivatives
Application notes for OdorXit Concentrate
OdorXit Concentrate is the most effective organic odor destroyer available
at any price, but if it is not applied properly, even OdorXit will not eliminate
your odor problem. We have made every effort to include information in this
document is to help you use OdorXit in a safe and cost-effective way.
OdorXit Concentrate is a "Contact Chemistry" product. That means
it only works when it comes in direct contact with an odor's source(s). Therefore,
when using it you must make certain that you use enough to penetrate to the
imbedded sources. OdorXit must remain in liquid form long enough to wick into
the same places the urine found to hide. This can be under carpet tack strips,
between drywall and baseboards, between the joint cracks in hardwood flooring,
between toe strip and baseboards, between floorboards and wall nailer boards.
Your advantage in this process is that you don't have to make OdorXit soak
through the carpet and padding first like the offending animal (person) did.
OdorXit Concentrate MUST be diluted with water for it to work. Water is part
of the reaction!
For information on special applications and solutions to extraordinary applications
read our Tidbits section on the web often. It is updated on a semi-regular
basis when we have new information or approaches to solving really tough problems.
As effective as OdorXit is, it can not and will not eliminate all odors. Check
The Odors OdorXit Can't Eliminate for the current list.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please call us on our toll free
help line 1-877- OdorXit or email us your questions at Help We will return your phone
call or email as soon as possible.
Our business' success depends on you succeeding with OdorXit.
Let us help.
Eliminating pet urine from any porous material can be a challenge. The problem,
beyond getting to where the urine ran while it was still liquid, is that as
urine dries and decomposes it goes through several transformations. The first
stage produces an ammonia like gas and urea salt. The second stage occurs when
the urea salt is exposed to water (or water vapor) and materials containing
hydrogen and sulfur, (dust mite bodies, dirt, etc.) and produces mercaptan
gas (the same basic stuff they put in propane and natural gas to alert you
to a gas leak). OdorXit works on both stages to permanently block the production
of the undesirable gasses provided the OdorXit comes in contact with the offending
The real challenge comes when the urine has soaked into wood flooring, or run
in between the boards of a hardwood floor, or run under the wall, or any place
else it can soak, wick, or run. Additionally, liquid urine has a very low surface
tension, which helps it soak into porous materials and cracks quickly and deeply.
OdorXit diluted with water 1 to 30 will penetrate to the same areas as the
urine in most cases, but remember that the urine has had an extended period
of time to get to where it is hiding. In cases where very deep penetration
has occurred into carpet, flooring or concrete, OdorXit can be mixed with carpet
cleaning products containing surfactants to accelerate OdorXit's penetration.
Unlike other odor control products OdorXit is not affected by detergents or
other cleaning products except for chlorine and oxygen bleach. Bleach will
neutralize OdorXit. Being unaffected by detergents makes OdorXit very effective
at neutralizing urine odor after other methods have been tried and failed.
Normally, removing the residue from other odor control products is not necessary
for OdorXit to be successful, but there are always extreme cases (especially
with carpet) where so much has been used that it may be necessary to remove
as much of the residue as possible before using OdorXit.
If wood or concrete flooring has been painted, re-finished, and or sealed in
an attempt to seal in an odor, OdorXit, which is a liquid, will not be able
to get into the areas where the gas is being produced by the urine byproducts.
Removing the "seal" will allow OdorXit to get below the paint, finish,
or sealer. Some OdorXit users have been successful treating hardwood flooring
that have been painted and/or sealed by drilling small holes between the boards
and injecting OdorXit solution into the floor in places so that OdorXit can
get between and under the contaminated boards where the urea salts are hiding.
Unfortunately, this method is not applicable to plywood, OSB or concrete.
Both male and female cats and dogs will "mark" walls, floors, furniture
and clothing with their scenting sprays. This is a means of marking their territory
against trespass by other animals and humans or simply establishing their dominance
over other animals in the house or apartment. Hormonal spray is mixed with
urine and ejected from the same area of the animal. It has a very heavy musk
odor which is very different and often much stronger that urine. Hormonal spray
areas are often difficult to find for several reasons. First, the affected
areas are usually very small, consisting of what looks like a slightly yellow
stain running down the wall and behind the shoe strip. Second, affected areas
on furniture and carpet are much harder to find because the stain is not easy
If the affected area cannot be easily
spotted, the most effective way to find the area is to completely air out the
room and sniff around until you find the specific area(s) that needs treatment.
Another method that is sometimes effective requires a darkened room (preferably
at night) and a 12 or 24 inch black fluorescent light (long wave UV only).
Illuminate the walls and floor at close range (8 to 15 inches). The areas will
sometimes, but not always, light up yellow or light green depending on the
presence of fluorescent material in the animal’s food and scent spray.
Preparing the affected area before
applying OdorXit is very important to successfully eliminating the odor. Washing
walls with a good spray-on cleaner (or TSP or Spic N Span) and using a plastic
dish scrubber (or brush) then rinsing with a wet sponge (or rag) will remove
most of the surface material but will not remove the contamination that has
soaked into the wallboard, paneling or grout. This also reduces the amount
of material that OdorXit must neutralize. Because scent sprays are so much
stronger than normal odors, one application of cleaner and OdorXit may not
completely eliminate the odor. Scent markings are usually small. Therefore,
large quantities of even high concentration OdorXit are not normally necessary.
Again, OdorXit must be allowed to soak into the effected area for it to work.
If the spray is on the wall, apply OdorXit to the entire area, wetting the
wall, the baseboard, and the area of the floor adjacent to the wall.
If the spray is on a piece of furniture
or carpet, have the area professionally cleaned before applying OdorXit. If
the cleaning person will cooperate, add an ounce of OdorXit to his cleaning
solution. It really helps!
OdorXit concentration for this application
should be 1 to 1.5 ounces per 15 ounces of water, starting with the weaker
DO NOT USE ODORXIT CONCENTRATE UNDILUTED
OR WITH LESS THAN 10 OUNCES OF WATER PER OUNCE OF ODORXIT CONCENTRATE.
Many people believe that if
a little will work well, a lot will work better. In the case of OdorXit this
is conditionally true, at least for scent spray odor control. The down side
is that the OdorXit smell often
lingers for many days. Spraying unscented ammonia diluted at least 1 part of
ammonia to 4 parts of water on an area that is retaining the OdorXit smell
will help a lot. Again, more is not better!
Skunks can spray your dog or cat from up to 10 feet away and leave them reeking
for weeks! Removing skunk spray odor from a dog is normally a labor intensive
task requiring bathing, tomato juice, and/or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide,
baking soda, and detergent. The bathing part is pretty normal, but the tomato
juice is hard to get out of their fur and hydrogen peroxide and harsh detergents
will bleach a dog or cat’s coat and burn their eyes, ears and sensitive
To remove that awful smell quickly and safely, simply mix 4 ounces of OdorXit
Concentrate with one gallon of warm water. Bathe your pet as you would normally
using a vet approved mild soap and then rinse your pet with lukewarm warm water.
Next apply the OdorXit solution to your pet’s fur and leave it on your
pet for about 5 minutes. Use a wash cloth dipped in the OdorXit Concentrate
solution to apply OdorXit to your pet’s face and ears. Using a downward
motion, start at the pet’s forehead and move downward over the eyes when
applying solution to your pet’s face to avoid getting product in your
pet’s eyes. Do not place product directly into pet’s inner ear
either. After waiting approximately 5 minutes, rinse your with lukewarm water.
Towel your pet dry as best you can and allow them to finish drying naturally.
Once dry, your pet should smell wonderfully once again!
Removing Skunk Smell from Automobile (Inside and Out), If
you've recently been unfortunate enough to run over a skunk or a skunk has
found its way into your garage, you probably need to treat both the inside
and the outside of your vehicle to get rid of the stench. Start by treating
the wheels and undercarriage of the vehicle. If you're lucky, stopping the
smell there will also knock out any skunk smell inside the vehicle without
you having to treat the carpeting and upholstery.
To treat the outside of the car, spray the undercarriage of the vehicle with
a yard or deck sprayer containing 4 ounces of OdorXit Concentrate mixed with
1 gallon of water. Be sure to cover the entire undercarriage, wheels and lower
paint. In order to do this effectively, you'll probably have to lie on the
ground and spray the car from underneath it. Allow the mixture to air dry and
you're finished. Viola! No more skunk smell here! Running a car or truck through
an automatic car wash will make the odor elimination a bit easier. Tractors
and Motor Cycles are much easier because they give you easy access to the underbody
(save the full faring race bikes).
To treat the interior of your vehicle, simply mix 1 ounce of OdorXit Concentrate
with 20 ounces of water in a small handheld spray bottle. Spray the vehicle's
carpeting and upholstery evenly and allow to air dry slowly. This may need
to be repeated depending on how intensely the skunk odor permeated the vehicle.
Removing Skunk Odor from Carpet Skunk odor on carpeting
may be very smelly but it is almost always a superficial or surface contamination
of the carpet (unless the skunk actually sprayed the carpet). Odors carried
in on shoes and pet paws are easily removed by spraying only the contaminated
spots on the floor.
Mix 1 ounce of OdorXit Concentrate with 20 ounces of water in a spray bottle.
Give each spot on the carpet a couple of good spays and allow it to air dry.
It is not necessary to saturate the rug because the contamination is just on
the surface of the carpet. Flooding the area may cause the odor producing material
to be carried deeper into the carpet fibers and saturate the carpet padding.
Carpet that has been sprayed directly by a skunk may not be recoverable due
to the construction of carpet, especially if it has had time to soak in.
Machine Washable Fabric and Clothing If you were unlucky
enough to have been sprayed by a skunk or just had your recently sprayed dog
rub against you, OdorXit Concentrate will work on your clothes as well as your
Removing skunk odor from machine washable fabric requires adding 3 or 4 caps
full of OdorXit® Concentrate to the washing machine at the beginning of
the wash cycle with the normal amount of laundry detergent. Allow the wash
cycle to complete but delay the first spin cycle for 30 to 60 minutes (Most
top loading washers will run to the end of the first wash cycle with the lid
open and then stop before the spin cycle starts). Front load washers and the
new "ultra safe" top load machines are a bit more difficult; consult
your user’s manual for the proper procedure. After the wash/soak time,
close the lid or restart the machine and let the machine finish its normal
cycles. In some cases, it may be necessary to run the final rinse twice.
Leather If you were wearing leathers when you hit the
skunk on your motorcycle, leave the bike for later and start right away on
your leathers. At the very first opportunity after the encounter, hose your
self off, rinse in creek water, or any fresh water you can find. The more of
the skunk spray you can remove before it dries the less you will have to neutralize
After rinsing yourself off, do the bike. Again, the more you can rinse off,
the less you have to neutralize later.
When you get to your OdorXit, spray everything down with a mixture of 1 ounce
OdorXit and 30 ounces of water. The odor will disappear!
Dry Clean Only Fabric and Clothing
Delicate dresses, blouses, shirts and wool suits should have the contaminated
areas sprayed with OdorXit® Concentrate diluted 1 ounce concentrate with
30 ounces of water. Allow the OdorXit® to dry over night. If the odor returns
re-treat with the OdorXit® Concentrate. When the odor is completely eliminated
dry clean and press. The odor will not return.
Furniture with Fabric Upholstery Skunk odor on furniture
upholstery can be a bit more difficult because much of the fabric used on furniture
is not colorfast. However, with skunk smell on the furniture colorfastness
is a secondary consideration to the smell. Before you attempt a furniture recovery
project, test OdorXit® on the back of the piece to see what happens. A
nice piece of furniture with water marks and no smell is not acceptable either.
Since the skunk odor on furniture is usually a result of a dog that was sprayed
jumping up on the furniture before he was deodorized, there is really very
little material on the furniture, and washing it will do very little to improve
the odor situation. Just spray the contaminated area with OdorXit® (Mix
1 ounce of OdorXit® with 20 to 30 ounces of water) and allow it to dry
Multiple applications may be necessary to remove all of the odor, but it will
Skunk Odor Around The House If you
have had a skunk spray in your garage, under a porch or steps or even in the
crawl space, OdorXit Concentrate can remove the odor there too. Small or closed
areas can be treated with a deck or yard sprayer. If you’re trying to
treat an area that is difficult to get to like under stairs or in a crawl space,
use a hose end sprayer so that you don't have to try and crawl into the confined
A hose end sprayer (pictured above) is a special plastic nozzle that has a
dispensing jar screwed on the bottom. The sprayer mixes the contents of the
bottle with the water being sprayed out the nozzle. Some of the sprayers have
a variable mixture rates while others (cheaper) do not. Either way works OK
for OdorXit applications involving skunk odor. Put about 4 ounces of OdorXit
Concentrate in the bottle and fill it half way with water. Spray it on the
area where the odor is coming from until the dispenser bottle is empty. The
odor will be gone in an hour or so.
Some times when a large amount (relatively speaking) is applied to a small
area the OdorXit Odor is rather slow in leaving. The component of OdorXit that
produces this smell is the one that neutralizes ammonia and if there is no
ammonia to neutralize, it lingers for a while. It can be neutralized almost
immediately by misting a 4 part water, 1 part ammonia solution on the area
where the OdorXit was applied. Spray only enough ammonia to neutralize the
OdorXit (which is normally very little)
On most carpets, what appears to be a surface problem generally involves at least
the carpet's nap and backing, nearly always the padding, and often the floor
under the padding. The padding acts like a concentrator for the urine residue.
This is because most padding is made of a composite sponge material that can
hold a large volume of liquid. As the liquid slowly evaporates (though the
carpet) and spreads into an ever-widening circle in the padding, the urine
residue (mostly urea salt) deposits and accumulates in the padding. Repeated
applications of urine result in more concentrated deposits and larger areas
of residue. When the padding becomes saturated with liquid in an area, the
liquid soaks into the flooring under the padding and allows the carpet above
to stay wet for a much longer time, while it produces much more odor. This
is why a urine contamination problem can go undetected for weeks or months
and then all at once become a big problem.
Urine contamination of carpet will
eventually weaken and destroy the carpet backing. Regardless of how effective
OdorXit is at eliminating organic odors, it will not restore rotted carpet
backing to its former condition. I.E., there is a point of no return for
contaminated carpet. This point is often punctuated by the carpet splitting
as it is being re-set on the tack strip, or as a piece of furniture is moved
across the room. Carpet, like padding, can also become so loaded with urine
residue that it will simply overwhelm OdorXit's ability to neutralize the urea
salt stored in the carpet. This situation is usually reserved for folks who
are rehabbing real estate and home buyers that notice an odor when initially
inspecting a house. Please refer to the Case Studies on our web site for picture
examples of what can happen.
Recovering contaminated padding, because
of its ability to hold liquid like a sponge, is almost never possible. The
amount of concentrated contamination, the physical makeup of the foam, and
the relatively low cost of replacement padding, make even attempting recovery
a losing proposition. The cost of the OdorXit aside, your time is more valuable
than the cost to replace the padding, including labor!
Cat scent marking spray on carpet
is a problem that is detectable right away because it is not necessary for
it to accumulate like urine to become a problem. Except for the urine portion
of the marking, it does not soak through the carpet like urine. It generally
lays on top of the nap and on the wall. Treating spray is addressed on the
Pet Hormonal Spray Page.
Dog Urine Contamination
When you consider that a 30 pound dog can expel 1/2 cup of urine per incident, and
one incident is rarely the case, the amount of diluted OdorXit needed could
be 1/2 to 1 gallon for an area 2 feet in diameter. Unfortunately, dogs nearly
always use the center of the room or a doorway. This makes accessing the padding
more difficult. But remember that the OdorXit solution must come in direct
contact with the odor producing sources in the carpet and flooring even after
you remove the padding. Leaving the padding in place and treating just the
carpet will often reduce the odor to a manageable level but will almost never
eliminate all of the odor. Further, if the padding is wet (like it is most
of the time) it will stay wet for at least weeks, and sometimes months, damaging
both carpeting and flooring.
Cat Urine Contamination
When cats have contaminated a carpet, it is often along the wall and in the corners.
This being the case, the carpet, padding and flooring are not the only elements
involved. As an example, when wall-to-wall carpeting is involved, there is
a wooden tack strip that is nailed to the floor and has tacks sticking up to
hold the carpet in place. Urine will stain the wood and rust the tacks. The
urine stains the bottom of the tack strip as well. Replace the contaminated
tack strip with a new one or let your carpet installer do it for you.
Another area that can be involved
is the 2 by 4 that lays along the bottom of the wall. Urine will seep along
the flooring or sub-flooring and under this piece of wood. Whenever the humidity
goes up, it will smell bad! Again, the OdorXit solution must go wherever the
urine went in order to stop the odor.
Carpet Recovery Procedure
recommend that you start your carpet recovery effort with a carpet-cleaning
machine to apply OdorXit in combination with the carpet shampoo (2-3 ounces
of OdorXit per gallon). There are many benefits to this method of application:
- The carpet gets cleaned,
- Much of whatever else was used previously
to eliminate the odor is removed, and
- The wetting additive in the shampoo
helps the OdorXit penetrate deeply into the carpet nap and backing.
Most upright carpet-cleaning machines
will do a great job. We have used the Hoover Steam Vac home unit and it works
very well, but it costs well over $200. We have not used the new DirtDevil
carpet-cleaner or the Bissell carpet-cleaners, but they seems to have the right
stuff. Renting a cleaning machine is a good alternative. Ask for the up-right
units that have agitators or beater bars. If the up-right units are not available,
the tank type will do, but not as well.
All carpet-cleaning machines will
spray warm to hot solution of carpet shampoo and OdorXit onto (into) the carpet
and then retrieve the excess solution and much of the dirt from the carpet.
This is just what is needed for carpet contamination that has not gotten completely
out of hand and ruined the carpet. The Hoover and Sears carpet-cleaning
shampoos have surfactant additives that, in combination with the cleaning machine's
agitator, help the OdorXit to penetrate much more deeply into the carpet than
it would without the shampoo or the machine.
If the carpet seems to be clean but
the urine odor persists, the odor is coming from the padding and flooring under
the carpet or from spray/urine on the adjacent wall. Heavily contaminated carpet
will almost always have to be pulled back and sprayed on the back.
Carpet padding is made of a foam material
that is a haven for urine residue. Because padding is relatively inexpensive
and easy to handle, we recommend that you cut out the contaminated padding
and replace it with new after the odor problem is resolved.
Often, some or all the tack strip
will need to be replaced because the urine on the tacks rust and weaken them
very quickly. Additionally, the urine gets under the tack strip and travels
a long way (sometimes several feet). OdorXit must get to this contaminate to
remove all of the odor.
Spray the floor after washing it (Wood Flooring or Concrete Floors) and the
back of the carpet and give the OdorXit overnight to work.
When there is urine contamination
near the wall as in the tack strip situation above, it is very likely that
the urine went under the wall. Spraying OdorXit directly under the base board
and drywall will usually result in enough volume of OdorXit to get to the same
area the urine went. Drilling small holes through the drywall and wall plate
and then injecting OdorXit will sometimes be necessary.
When it appears that the odor is completely
gone, spray a mist of plain water everywhere you had urine contamination and
wait several minutes. If you smell no urine odor, you are finished with the
odor elimination phase. Now you can tape and staple the new padding in place
and reset or have the carpet reset on the tack strips.
Do not expect one of these household
type carpet cleaners to restore badly soiled carpet to new condition. They
are not capable of doing the same job that the professional machines can do,
but are excellent for applying OdorXit and getting the majority of the dirt.
If the carpet is odor free and still not clean enough, call in the pros and
have it cleaned again. The professional cleaning will not effect the action
of the OdorXit because it has already done all it needs to do to eliminate
the odor-causing contaminants in the carpet.
One last note: after cleaning you're
carpets, all or most of the dirt and stain repellent has been removed. This
will cause your carpet to get dirty much faster than before. Re-applying Scotchguard
or similar replacement can restore the dirt repellent action to nearly new
An important point that can not be made too strongly is that pet urine spots
have generally been left to soak in for hours or days, if not weeks. Unfinished
flooring under carpet padding is capable of absorbing an enormous amount of
liquid (urine) too. Even finished hardwood flooring has cracks between the
boards that harbor lots of liquid and it will wick liquid a long way from the
initial spot. Washing the floor with Spic N Span or TSP before applying OdorXit
will significantly reduce the amount of OdorXit necessary to eliminate the
odor. In both cases, OdorXit solution must be applied so that it has a chance
to soak into the unfinished flooring and into the cracks between the boards
of plank flooring. Hardwood floor applications should take 10 to 15 minutes
to dry, particle board should take 20 to 30 minutes.
OdorXit concentrate should be mixed 4 ounces per gallon for flooring. The concentration
is less important than getting the solution in contact with all of the wet
and/or dried urine in and on the floor. On resistant areas, adding 1-2 ounces
of Sears or Hoover carpet cleaner per ounce of OdorXit will improve OdorXit's
performance on plywood, particle board and OSB. Warning! Using carpet cleaner
on hardwood may warp or cup the boards.
The most effective ways to apply OdorXit to flooring is to use a new 1/2 to
3 gallon tank sprayer with a fan type nozzle. Sears, R. L. Flo-Master and Lesco
sell several really good ones. See Applying OdorXit for more information. NOTE:
Use a new sprayer! OdorXit does not eliminate the smell of most yard chemicals.
OdorXit cannot recover urine-rotted wood. When this condition is found, the
wood will look black and sticky. Remove the worst of the wood and clean and
use OdorXit on the wood under the removed wood. If rafters or joists have soft
spots, scrape out soft wood, spray with OdorXit. When the odor is gone apply
floor-leveling compound to fill the area. Replace the flooring with new
and move on.
Though concrete seems to be a hard, dense material, it is actually quite porous.
This being the case, concrete can absorb large amounts of pet urine and fecal
matter that cannot be washed away. Eliminating these odors is quite simple
with OdorXit, if the floor has not been sealed or painted. Sealing and painting
seals out OdorXit, but will not seal in the gas being produced.
In preparation for treating bare concrete with OdorXit, clean 3 by 3 foot areas
with Spic & Span or TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate). Just wet the area and keep
it wet for 1 or 2 minutes (light scrubbing may help but is not necessary).
Rinse with clean water several times. Do not flood large areas because some
of the urine residue is water-soluble, flooding the area will make the problem
larger than it already is.
Using a new deck sprayer with a fan spray nozzle will make your project go
much smoother and the application of OdorXit much easier. Concrete responds
much faster and effectively when Sears or Hoover carpet shampoo (those that
contain surfactants) is added to the OdorXit/water solution. 1 or 2 parts carpet
shampoo to 1 part OdorXit to 20 to 30 water works really well. The surfactants
make the solution soak into the concrete much faster and deeper. Put enough
on that the concrete stays wet (not damp) for at least 10 minutes after spraying.
You may notice small bubbles in the areas contaminated most heavily. This is
normal and the area should be noted so that it can be re-treated the next day.
Finally, when using carpet shampoo with OdorXit, make up only what you can
use immediately because the shampoo will slowly disable the OdorXit.
If you have urine contaminated tile or carpet glued to a concrete, it is almost
always necessary to remove the tile or carpet, rubber backing and the glue
to permanently eliminate all of the odor. Multiple applications of urine will
slowly penetrate the concrete under the tile, and the rubber backing and glue
combination of the carpet. OdorXit has to come in contact with all the urine
soaked into the concrete, glue and rubber backing. Multiple heavy applications
of OdorXit solution will often eliminate the odor if the contamination is not
too extreme. For the extreme cases, there are glue release and removal compounds
available to make removing the tile or carpet and backing a bit easier, but
it is still going to be a nasty job. One additional point, when removing glue
with a solvent, a thin film of glue is left on the floor. This film acts like
a water seal that keeps the OdorXit from penetrating as well as it should to
get to the urine in the concrete. Using the TSP approach above may help. Persistent
problems may have to be etched with phosphoric or hydrochloric acid to open
the surface of the concrete. If you think you have this problem, Call our help
line for help!
Removing pet feces from flooring and carpeting is much easier than urine because
it is not a liquid and it does not produce the urea salts. Removing the bulk
of the material and washing the area with detergent will remove most of the
odor and stain. If the stain is not completely removed with normal detergent,
a more aggressive approach is indicated. As an example, carpet cleaners will
remove the rest of the stain with a little scrubbing. Finally, spray the area
thoroughly with OdorXit Concentrate mixed 1 ounce per quart (32 ounces)
of water and allow the area to dry naturally. In an hour or so, the smell will
be removed forever.
If you are dealing with an overflowed toilet, the problem is a bit more difficult
because of the large amount of water added to the urine and feces. If the problem
occurred in rental property, it is likely that hours or days have passed since
the overflow occurred. After the plumbing is cleared, and the bulk of the overflow
has been mopped up, spray the area thoroughly with OdorXit Concentrate mixed
1 ounce per quart of water and allow the area to dry naturally. Be sure that
areas that are hard to clean, like cracks in the tile, the area under the vanity
and heating vents in the floor, get thoroughly wetted with OdorXit solution.
Using OdorXit to eliminate urine, mold and mildew odors in bathrooms is a common
and effective application. The question is, where to use it and how strong
should the solution be? It depends on what the area around the toilet is made
of and covered with.
If the area around the toilet is all ceramic tile, wash the area with spray
cleaner and spray with OdorXit solution 1 ounce per quart of water. Make sure
that all the grout is wetted, as well as the tile and the toilet and under
the tank. If the walls are covered with wallpaper, the problem will be a bit
more difficult. The paste that holds the wallpaper on the wall is water-soluble.
This means that the water in the diluted OdorXit will tend to cause the glue
holding the wallpaper to release. Replacing the wallpaper may be necessary
in some cases simply because the urine has soaked through the paper into the
wallboard. If this is the case, remove the wallpaper and residual paste, then
spray the wallboard with OdorXit to eradicate the odor source in the wall and
allow it to dry completely. Replace the wallpaper with a water-resistant variety,
If the wall covering is Marilite (plastic coated masonite), make sure the seams
and any breaks or cracks in the surface are flooded with diluted OdorXit. If
the floor is carpeted, refer to the Carpets section.
OdorXit concentration for this application should be 1 ounce per quart of water.
Mold and Mildew
Removing mold and mildew odors from walls and other surfaces with OdorXit involves
simply spraying a fine mist on the contaminated areas with a 1 ounce per quart
(32 ounces) solution of OdorXit and water. When spraying painted walls, care
should be taken to avoid runs that can cause discoloration. The discoloration
is not from the OdorXit, but rather from accumulated dust and dirt on the wall.
Removing Odors from Skin
Eliminating fish, blood, meat and other organic odors from skin is a simple
and safe procedure. Wash the affected skin with warm water and mild hand soap,
rinse, dry and spray with OdorXit solution mixed 1 ounce per quart (32 ounces). Rub
the OdorXit lightly until dry. The odor will be gone and the OdorXit
odor can be washed off if you are so inclined.
Machine-Washable Fabric & Clothing
Removing organic odors including urine, vomit, spoiled food, mold and mildew
odor from machine-washable fabric involves adding 1/2 to 1 ounce of OdorXit
to the washing machine at the beginning of the wash cycle. Allow the first
wash cycle to complete but delay the first spin cycle for 30 to 60 minutes
(This can easily be accomplished with most top loading washers by leaving the
lid open). After the wash/soak time, let the machine finish its normal cycles.
In some cases, it may be necessary to run the final rinse twice.
Furniture with Fabric Upholstery
Organic odors in furniture upholstery can be a bit more difficult because much
of the fabric used on furniture is not colorfast. Before you attempt a furniture
recovery project, test OdorXit on the back of the piece to see what happens.
A nice piece of furniture with watermarks and no smell is not acceptable either.
If the furniture fabric is colorfast, remove the bulk of surface material.
Wash the stain with a combination of water, mild upholstery cleaner and OdorXit (Mix 1 ounce of OdorXit with each quart of upholstery solution). If you have a wand
vacuum cleaner attachment, vacuum the area to extract the residual cleaner,
water and contaminant. Then spray on another application of just OdorXit mixed
1 ounce per quart (32 ounces) of water and allow it to dry.
If the contamination has soaked deeply into the padding it will be necessary
to treat the padding as a separate item. Sometimes this can be accomplished
without removing the upholstery cover, but in many cases, removing the cushion
cover will be a better choice because the volume of OdorXit needed to get to
all the contamination will be much larger than is needed for just the covering.
In this case and especially with foam padding, you may find that it is cheaper
and easier to replace the padding.
Leather & Leather Furniture Upholstery
Organic odors in leather products of all kinds are a challenge for a number
of reasons. Not the least of which is the thickness of the leather. In the
case of urine contamination, leather can harbor a large amount of urine residue,
which means that normal cleaning methods do not work. Because OdorXit is a
contact chemistry product and is intended to neutralize the urine residue rather
than remove it, OdorXit is uniquely qualified to work on contaminated leather.
There is one issue regarding treating contaminated leather that must not be
ignored. Simply getting it wet can radically alter the texture and flexibility
of leather. Treating it with detergent, urine, other odor control products
and even OdorXit, can do the same. We at OdorXit have gotten feedback from
customers and taxidermists who have treated hide rugs successfully with OdorXit.
This is a long way from treating glove leather.
What we have found that works best is to have the leather cleaned professionally
to remove the bulk of urine, and whatever else you have applied to the contaminated
area. Do not have the leather treated with softeners at this point. Spray the
area front and back (if you can get to the back) with OdorXit mixed 1 ounce
per quart (32 ounces) of water, and let it dry slowly. You may have to treat
the area more than once over a period of several days to neutralize the urine
residue. When you think the odor is gone, spray the area with water and sniff.
When the odor is completely removed, the water will generate no odor at all.
With the odor removed, have the area treated with leather softener to restore
the original texture and flexibility.
There are products that you can put on leather that will permanently alter
the texture, flexibility and finish of leather. OdorXit is not one of them.
Floods and Sewer Backups
Floods and Sewer Backups, aside from being a health hazard, often leave a large
amount of odor-causing material behind. These odor-causing agents soak into
walls and drywall, wood, and even concrete. Since the odor-causing agents almost
always contain human or animal waste products, OdorXit is uniquely suited to
eliminate the odors. The difficulty in dealing with these problems compared
to simple basement mold and mildew is that the contamination is everywhere
the water was, and the amount of contamination left behind can be massive.
The first step is to remove as much of the contamination (sludge) as possible
by whatever means is available as soon as possible to prevent it from drying
on surfaces. Electric or gas driven pumps will remove the gross amount of water,
or just wait for the water to go back down the drain, but this will not remove
the sludge without intervention. Intervention includes hosing down the entire
area while the area is draining and wet. If at all possible, do not let the
sludge dry. Once sludge dries, it is like cement and very hard to remove. Additionally,
the sludge contains massive amounts of odor-causing material and though OdorXit will eliminate
these odors, it is much more effective and cost effective to wash as much away
as possible before applying OdorXit.
Second, as soon as the water and sludge have been removed and before the area
has dried, hose and/or scrub the affected area with low suds detergent. Rinse
and sweep or squeegee the area nearly dry.
Third, spray the entire affected area with a low concentration batch of OdorXit.
Two ounces of OdorXit per gallon of water should be sufficient for the first
application. Don't forget the inside of the furnace, the bottom of the steps
and shelves ...everywhere!
After the affected area has dried and aired out for several hours, check the
area for odors and treat any persistent areas with the normal concentration
of OdorXit mixed 1 ounce per quart (32 ounces) of water.
Garbage and Spoiled Food
Garbage, spoiled food and rotting meat odors can all be eliminated with OdorXit.
The Odor inside a turned-off refrigerator or under a sink or counter where
food has been allowed to spoil can be treated easily. First, remove the bulk
of the spoiled food by sweeping and/or washing the area with detergent and
water. Then, spray the area thoroughly with the normal concentration of OdorXit
mixed 1 ounce per quart (32 ounces) of water.
Spraying the inside of a garbage can will reduce but often will not eliminate
the odor unless the can has been rinsed out prior to spraying because the small
chunks of material left in the can do not get soaked with OdorXit. As the material
continues to decompose, additional odor is produced.
The odor of sour milk in fabric like car seats or carpeting can be eliminated
by washing the affected surface area with detergent and water, and then soaking
the fabric and padding with low concentration OdorXit (1 or 2 ounces of OdorXit
in 1 gallon of water). In the case of foam padded seats, several treatments
from both top and bottom may be necessary. This is because the foam has a tendency
to hide material in nearly inaccessible areas. Unless you really soak the foam,
the odor often will return (though substantially reduced) when the car is left
in the sun for several hours with the windows closed.
Refrigerators, freezers, and coolers that have been and left closed without
cooling have a truly unique odor that is normally very difficult to eliminate.
However, with a little work and OdorXit you can recover even the worst smelling
ones. You may want to take the unit outside to do this first step so that you
can use a garden hose to rinse out the really bad stuff. Completely defrost
the unit. Remove the spoiled food by scrubbing the entire interior with detergent
and hot water. On refrigerators that have a freezer that is not built into
the walls of the unit, use a long thin brush to get between the freezer and
the wall. Rinse completely and wipe dry.
Refrigerators need to be thoroughly cleaned before spraying with OdorXit. Even
the freezer should be completely defrosted, washed and sprayed inside and out.
Seams on the interior and gaskets need special attention while washing and
spraying because they both are areas where spilled foods hide, decompose and
produce bad odors. An hour spent cleaning and spraying OdorXit on a really
smelly refrigerator can restore a $300 unit to service instead of replacing
it with another.
Spray the entire interior with OdorXit mixed 1 ounce per quart (32 ounces)
of water. Refrigerator freezers should also be sprayed inside and out. Shelves,
seams on the interior and gaskets need special attention while washing and
spraying because they all are areas where spilled foods hide, decompose and
produce bad odors.
Next, in the back of many refrigerators, there is either a hole in the interior
where 2 tubes emerge from the insulation or there is a small passage that connects
the freezer section to the refrigerator section of the unit. Spray this area
thoroughly because it is so difficult to wash! If your freezer has large vents
along the bottom in the front you may need to remove the plastic floor of the
freezer in order to clean the food and goop from the cooling coils that hide
Finally, close the doors when you are finished spraying the entire interior
of the unit. The next day, briefly air out the unit to purge the residual OdorXit
smell and your refrigerator, freezer or cooler will be ready for use, without
the nasty smell!
An hour spent cleaning and spraying OdorXit on a really smelly refrigerator
can restore a $300 unit to service instead of replacing it with another.
Removing vomit odors requires a 2-step process. The first step is to remove
the bulk of the vomit material and thoroughly wash the area with a detergent
that is appropriate for the material contaminated. Be diligent in removing
as much of the dissolved vomit and detergent/water solution as possible (a
Wet/Dry vacuum works great). Remember that vomit contains a significant amount
of stomach acid, which will destroy many materials if left to do its damage.
If the source is a small pet, the cleaning step can be as easy as blotting
up the vomit with a paper towel, for larger animals and humans, the cleaning
step must be more aggressive.
The second step is to completely wet the area with OdorXit mixed 1 ounce per
32 ounces of water and leave it to dry (slowly). OdorXit alters the remaining
odor-causing compounds so that they will not produce odors.
Auto carpet is often more difficult because it is thin and has a thick absorbent
padding (sound-deadening material). Additionally, cars are exposed to very
high temperatures when left in the sun. The high temperatures will make what
would have been a small problem in a house carpet, is much larger problem in
a car. However, the solution is the same, though it may be necessary to remove
both the carpet and padding from the car to wash and rinse it completely. Rinsing
with a garden hose and nozzle is very effective. After thoroughly rinsing,
allow both the carpet and padding to dry. Apply (by spraying or pouring) diluted
OdorXit mixed 1 ounce per quart (32 ounces) of water on the affected areas
(the ones that still smell bad) and allow to dry slowly (not in the sun). When
the OdorXit is dry, the odor will normally be gone forever. If it is not, which
is occasionally the case for vomit that has been left for several days, apply
a second dose of OdorXit solution. More that two applications is almost never
Treating Kennel and Cattery Odors
Kennels and Catteries, even when cleaned and disinfected on a frequent and
regular basis, are
subject to odors that do not respond well to over-the-counter odor control
products. Even industrial strength odor control products often have difficulty
with urine odors and frequently contain chemicals that are dangerous to both
pets and humans.
As you already know, bleach does not get rid of urine odors. Even the strongest
and cheapest detergent "TSP" does not get rid of the entire urine
We at OdorXit would like to offer a solution that is both safe and effective.
Instead of trying to digest the odor-causing urine byproducts, OdorXit neutralizes
these materials, rendering them incapable of producing the ammonia and mercaptan
gasses that are so objectionable.
Concrete Floor Kennels
When treating bare concrete contaminated with urine and feces, wash the area
first with nearly any low suds detergent and rinse with water. Then spray the
area with OdorXit diluted 1 ounce of OdorXit to 32 ounces of water.
In cases where the contamination has soaked deeply into the concrete, we have
found that adding 1 or 2 ounce of Hoover or Sears carpet cleaning shampoo (those
that contain surfactants) for each ounce of OdorXit concentrate in solution
increases the penetration ability of the solution.
When using any product containing surfactants of any kind, be careful not to
get them on your skin as they are capable of soaking right through your skin.
That's why they are mentioned prominently on the warning labels. Finally, when
using carpet shampoo with OdorXit, make up only what you can use immediately
because the shampoo will disable the OdorXit in about 48 hours. Additionally,
dogs and cats should not be exposed the surfactants. If you do use products
containing surfactants to get the odors under control, be sure to wash and
flush the area after the odors have been eliminated to get rid of the residuals.
Cattery cages, show cages and play pens are areas that often suffer from strong
odors including urine, feces, vomit, hair-balls and hormonal spray. By far,
male hormonal spray is the most pungent and difficult to eliminate. OdorXit
is fully capable of eliminating all of these odors, generally with only one
application of OdorXit diluted 1 ounce to 32 ounces of water.
Spraying the bottom of litter pans before adding litter will eliminate the
existing urine odor and prevent new odor from developing for days.
It is prudent to not let pets, especially small breeds and the very young,
lay in cleaning, disinfectant and odor elimination products of any kind. Even
though the warning classification for OdorXit is extremely mild compared to
cleaning and disinfectant products commonly used in kennels and catteries,
do not let pets lay in OdorXit solution and most certainly not lay in solution
Tidbits of Information
This section of the OdorXit web site is dedicated to making application information
available that is not easily categorized onto any other section of the site.
If you have experiences with OdorXit that you would like to share with others
on the web, this is were it will show up. Check this page often for new information.
Using OdorXit with carpet shampoo: Mixing some carpet shampoos
like Sears and Hoover (those that contain surfactants) with OdorXit will improve
the penetration of OdorXit into porous material like wood, concrete and other
building materials by a significant margin. Adding 2 or 6 ounces per gallon
is usually quite enough to get the desired results, BUT... you need to use
all of the mixture within 12 hours. Carpet shampoos break down OdorXit and
make it ineffective.
Treating extreme contamination
We at OdorXit, through our help-line and on our own rental properties,
have come across situations
of contamination that were so bad that extreme measures had to be employed.
In a recent case, a room with only pine tongue and grove boards for flooring
was severely contaminated with cat urine over many years. Washing the flooring
with TSP several times did not stop the urine salts from appearing on the surface
after the boards dried. Further, applying several doses of OdorXit did reduce,
but did not eliminate, the odor in the room. Taking the step-by-step method
of solving a problem, the owner removed several of the boards that were stained
the worst only to find that the rafters and ceiling below were also badly contaminated
by urine that ran between the boards. In a case like this, it is clear that
saving the flooring boards is probably not a cost-effective solution, but saving
the rafters and ceiling material and replacing some or all of the contaminated
flooring would clearly be cost-effective and necessary.
Another example of extreme contamination involved one of our apartments. In
this particular case, the carpeting and padding were old and not worth saving
for other reasons. The apartment had been vacant for repairs for nearly 2 months
before we removed the carpeting in question. The back of the carpet in some
heavily contaminated areas was still wet with urine! The padding was unusual
in that it was foam padding with a plastic membrane with small breather holes
on the carpet side. It appears that this plastic trapped most but not all of
the urine between the top of the padding and the back of the carpet. We could
have dumped a quart of OdorXit solution directly on the area and not gotten
all the smell out. Additionally, the carpet backing in these wet areas was
so weak that when it was removed the backing split easily. The flooring under
the wet areas was treated with OdorXit. The next day, the urine smell was gone.
Odors OdorXit Cannot Eliminate
Though OdorXit is the most effective organic odor eliminator ever formulated
and it can and does eliminate many organic odors, there are odors that even
OdorXit can not and will not eliminate. They include:
As we/you find other odors that OdorXit does not eliminate, they will be added
to the list.
- Tobacco smoke odors
- Fire and smoke odors
- Wet dog smell
Applying OdorXit Concentrate
Using the proper applicator is an important part of getting the best results
from OdorXit. For very small areas (one time pet accident), a trigger pump
sprayer is acceptable. Larger areas you should consider a garden type tank
Do Not use tank sprayers that have been used for yard or bug poison chemicals.
Buy a new one.
Sears, Lesco, and RL Flo-Master all
have several sprayers that we have used and liked. Plastic pump sprayers work
better than metal ones because they are cheaper and don't chip doorframes and
cabinetry when bumped. All of the mentioned manufactures normally provide cone
spray nozzles on their units. We prefer the fan spray type because they work
better. Nozzles that provide flow rates of .5 to .25 gallons per minute work
best. Ask your supplier to install them for you so you know that they will
fit your spray wand.
A few words on flow rates. Spraying the walls and ceiling with a high flow
nozzle will result in runs and streaks caused by too much liquid having been
applied. The low and very low flow rate nozzles, (less than .1 gallon per minute)
aside from spraying a smaller amount of material per minute, also cause the
spray to be much finer (the droplets are very much smaller). With the addition
of carpet cleaning shampoo (2 or 3 ounces per gallon) to the mixture of water
and OdorXit, these smaller droplets can and do completely cover an area without
causing runs and drips, avoiding lasting stains on the walls. The higher flow
rate nozzles are required for treating walls of concrete, concrete blocks,
and most wood flooring. Spraying carpets with a sprayer, except for superficial
contamination, is not nearly as effective as using a carpet-cleaning machine. Remember,
if OdorXit does not come in direct contact with all of the odor-causing material,
the odor will not go away.
For deep and heavy pile or Berber carpet with deep stains, we recommend that
you use a carpet-cleaning machine. We have used the Hoover Steam & Vac
home unit and it works very well, and costs over $200. We have not used the
new Bissell or Dirt Devil carpet cleaners, but they seems to have the right
stuff too. Renting one is a good alternative. The carpet cleaners spray a lot
of warm to hot solution of carpet shampoo and OdorXit onto (into) the carpet
and then retrieve the excess solution and dirt from the carpet. This is just
what is needed for carpet contamination that has not gotten completely out
of hand and not ruined the carpet. The Hoover and Sears carpet-cleaning shampoos
in combination with the cleaning machines agitator helps the OdorXit to penetrate
more deeply into the carpet than it would on its own.
Do not expect one of these household-type carpet cleaners to restore badly
soiled carpet to new condition. They are not capable of doing the job that
the professional machines can do, but home units are excellent for applying
OdorXit and getting the majority of the dirt. If the carpet is odor free and
still not clean enough, call in the pros and have it cleaned again. The second
cleaning will not effect the action of the OdorXit, after 24 hours, because
it has already done all that its going to do to the carpet.
If the carpet seems to be odor free but the urine odor persists, the odor is
probably coming from the padding and/or flooring under the carpet. See the
Carpets and Flooring section for additional information.
One last note: after cleaning your carpets, all or most of the dirt repellent
has been removed. This will cause your carpet to get dirty much faster than
before. Re-applying Scotchguard will restore the dirt repellent action to nearly
NOTE: In all cases, it is very important that some OdorXit solution come
in direct contact with all of the odor-causing agents. If the OdorXit
solution dries before it soaks into all the contaminated area, the
odor will not be completely eliminated.
- Mr. Don Beck from Philadelphia's DIG (Diversified Investors Group).
He is a nationally recognized real estate speaker and OdorXit user. This is
what he said about OdorXit: "While cleaning up a vacant apartment, I discovered
the tenants had kept their dog closed up in one room while they were gone.
Two corners smelled the worst! I sprayed OdorXit on the whole carpet. I came
back 2 days later. The smell was better but not completely gone. I vacuumed,
and sprayed OdorXit one more time. The next time I came back, the odor was
completely gone. It was easy and inexpensive and I was able to re-rent the
apartment right away." Don Beck, Landlording Expert. 1999
- "To Whom It May Concern; we heartily endorse the use of OdorXit
over any similar product. We have tried several different brands in the past
with mixed results. OdorXit performs its magic with odors and then goes away.
OdorXit is ideal for rental homes because it can handle different odors and
it does not become part of the problem. Several brands may deal with odors
but then leave behind an aroma that is almost as unpleasant as the original
odor you were dealing with in the first place. Anything that does not leave
a clean or no smell is not what works in rental homes. People associate odors
with problems and with OdorXit there is no problem. Louis D. Brown, Trust Associates
(Nationally known Real Estate Investment Speaker)
- "I just wanted to take this opportunity to Thank You for introducing
me to this great product. I had a sick cat that somehow made its way into my
completely renovated home on 62 Foster St., Meriden. The cat sprayed its urine
all over the living room. My cleaning crew tried everything to remove the smell
from the house. Nothing worked until I had them try your OdorXit Concentrate.
The smell was eliminated immediately and the buyer was willing to continue
with the transaction. I truly believe that the deal would not have closed if
I would not have been able to rid the home of that horrible cat urine smell.
Sincerely, Robyn Thompson , Home Buyers LLC" and nationally know investment
and rehab speaker. July,2001
- January, 2001, I wanted to send this note to tell you that OdorXit is
wonderful. I manage two, apartment buildings for single, formerly homeless
folks. Unfortunately this group is not the most attentive to detail with home
cleaning and maintenance.
- Our primary use of OdorXit is to clean refrigerators. We have had dozens
of refrigerators that had to be thrown out before I found OdorXit. We have
had units which had been turned off and had rotted meat and eggs in them. OdorXit
took the odor out, saving me $400 per unit. We have also used OdorXit to neutralize
urine in the floor tiles around toilets and to neutralize and clean up body
fluids when a tenant expired and was not found for several days. Please feel
free to use this letter and to use me as a reference. I heard about OdorXit
when I was in Pennsylvania at a Real Estate training course and have passed
the word along to others. Let's not keep a great thing a secret! Sincerely,
Lois Ann Russell, Senior Property Manager New Haven CT.
OdorXit Concentrate for Taxidermy
OdorXit is a very special mixture of water-soluble organic salts and oils that
are designed to eliminate organic odors found in taxidermy at their source,
forever. To do this, OdorXit, mixed with water, must come in direct contact
with the material that is causing the odor. This might be the oil excreted
from scent glands, or the oil encountered when skinning-out a fish, or any
number of other sources OdorXit really does its job well!
Because OdorXit is only water-soluble organic salts and oils, it is safe to
use on any hide and does not require rinsing or special treatment after use.
Because there is no perfume or covering scent there will be no lingering odor
of any kind.
Eliminating Odors in Un-Mounted Hides
When you soak a hide in preparation for mounting, add some OdorXit to the water,
(2 to 4 ounces per gallon of water) and let it work. When you are ready to
mount the hide, the odor will be gone, and in a few hours, the OdorXit smell
will be gone too.
Eliminating Odors in Mounted Hides
Hides that are already mounted can be sprayed with OdorXit solution to eliminate
odors. Mix OdorXit 2 ounces per quart of water and spray it on the hide, hair
and horns to wet the area that has the problem. Brush it into the hair and
hide and let it dry slowly (do not us a fan).
Depending on the animal and the amount of odor, you may have to treat the mount
more than once to eliminate the odor entirely. When the odor is deep in the
hide, it takes a step by step approach with progressive levels of aggressive
treatment to eliminate the odor. OdorXit must come in contact with the odor-causing
agent in the hide to make it stop stinking. Repeated superficial treatments
will not solve this problem.
OdorXit eliminates most glandular secretion odors. There are a few that do
not respond and as they become apparent, we will publish the list so that you
don't waste your time and OdorXit on these problems.
Eliminating Pet Urine Odors in Hide Rugs
OdorXit was originally formulated to eliminate pet odors in carpeting, flooring
and other places where dogs and cats urinate. Eliminating these odors in a
Bear Rug is much the same as the procedure required for any other odor in a
The affected area must be thoroughly wetted with OdorXit solution and left
to work for several hours. Because urine has a tendency to soak deeply into
porous materials, wetting both sides of the hide will improve the penetration
and reduce the amount of OdorXit required to do the job.
One additional note regarding urine contamination of a hide, urine odor is
produced when the urine residue is damp or wet. Since OdorXit solution is mostly
water, the urine smell will get worse for a short time when first applied.
This is absolutely normal and should be expected. By the same token, just wetting
the contaminated area will produce the odor. After you have completed your
treatment of urine-contaminated hide with OdorXit and the odor appears to be
completely eliminated, it is a good idea to spray a little water on the contaminated
area to test for more odors. Its better that you find it before you return
the hide to the owner than after.
Finally, you may want to offer some OdorXit to the customer to treat the flooring
where the hide was laying when it was contaminated. Urine residue just does
not go away by itself.