How to Find & Remove Mold or Urine Odors, & Smells in Clothing or Other Soft Goods
ODOR REMOVING DETERGENTS - CONTENTS: how to remove mold smells or animel, pet or even human urine odors from clothing, carpets, drapes or other soft goods - Enzymes, Detergents & Odor Removers & other odor removing treatments are described here. Where to buy urine odor removing detergents, enzymes, and bacteria-enzyme deodorizers.
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Urine odor removal from soft goods: this article provides suggestions for finding and removing animal odors from soft goods: cloths, bedding, towels, carpets. This information is part of our odor removal guide for animal or human odor removal from building interiors, building exterior surfaces, from soils around buildings or from urine-odor smelly clothing, bedding, and other soft goods.
This article series focuses on removing pet or other animal odors from buildings due to pet urine, pet feces, wild animal urine, or even human urine on and around buildings or on clothing and othrer soft materials.
Where to Buy Products to Remove Mold or Urine Smell From Clothing, Diapers, Other Things That Can Be Laundered
People who have not had satisfactory urine-odor removal results from simple laundering of the clothing may want to try special laundry and cleaning products that combine a (friendly) bacterial odor remover and and enzyme with special enzymes. Enzymes have been used in laundry detergents to improve their performance for a long time. Some bacteria and enzymes are particularly effective at removing urine odors.
Enzyme-based laundry detergents - these are readily available in grocery stores, drugstores, and from online retailers
Dead Down Wind 32 oz. e1 ScentPrevent Laundry Detergent - used by hunters to remove "all human odors from clothing" - I'd try this one first.
http://www.deaddownwind.com/ (store locator or online sales)
Ultra Plus enzyme laundry detergent - sold only at Sears Roebuck stores
Seventh Generation - 2x Laundry Liquid Detergent Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender - combination of plant-based surfactants and enzymes
Biokleen Premium Plus Laundry Powder. Stain-lifting Enzyme Formula. GrapefruitSeed and Orange Peel Extract Cleaning Power. 3x more concentrated. Phosphatefree. Chlorine-free bleach. Tough on Dirt, Gentle on the Earth. HighEfficiency. http://www.truefoodsmarket.com/product_info.php/products_id/3928
Petastic™ Deodorizing Pet Laundry Detergent contains a unique formula specifically designed to clean and deodorize pet bedding, toys, clothes, and towels. Works on everyday laundry as well.
Other Laundry deodorizers people use to deal with mold or urine odors, including in infant diapers and clothing
Vinegar (1/2 cup white vinegar per washing machine load or experiment)
Pine Sol (1/2 cup per load ) http://www.pinesol.com/ (Strong, possibly irritating if not rinsed out - be sure to test first and to use extra rinse on laundry)
Mean Green (1/2 capful per washing machine load) C.R. Brands, Inc., www.crbrandsinc.com/
CR Brands, Inc. 9100 Centre Pointe Drive, Suite 200 West Chester, OH 45069 United States Tel: 513-860-5039
Sold at: http://doitbest.com/ - under $8. per gallon.
Boraxo - 20-Mule Team Borax (laundry aisle of most grocery
To Return to Mold/IAQ Action Guide: What to do about mold, mildew, and other indoor allergens
an environmental testing guidance website explaining what to do about mold, mildew, and other indoor allergens.
Also see Don't Flush things to avoid flushing into a septic system: a list of what's ok and what's not ok to put into septic tanks and building drains. If there's another reason for avoiding conventional bleach there are other similar result but chemically different products that might work
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Thanks to reader Cathye Bunthoff for suggestions regarding tracking pet urine odors to the backing of vinyl flooring and around furniture 04/6/2009
Kansas State University, department of plant pathology, extension plant pathology web page on wheat rust fungus: see http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/path-ext/factSheets/Wheat/Wheat%20Leaf%20Rust.asp
"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home",
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency US EPA - includes basic advice for building owners, occupants, and mold cleanup operations. See http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.htm
US EPA - Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Building [ copy on file as /sickhouse/EPA_Mold_Remediation_in_Schools.pdf ] - US EPA
US EPA - Una Breva Guia a Moho - Hongo [on file as /sickhouse/EPA_Moho_Guia_sp.pdf - - en Espanol
"IgG Food Allergy Testing by ELISA/EIA, What do they really tell us?" Sheryl B. Miller, MT (ASCP), PhD, Clinical Laboratory Director, Bastyr University Natural Health Clinic - ELISA testing accuracy: Here is an example of Miller's critique of ELISA
http://www.betterhealthusa.com/public/282.cfm - Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
The critique included in that article raises compelling questions about IgG testing assays, which prompts our interest in actually screening for the presence of high levels of particles that could carry allergens - dog dander or cat dander in the case at hand.
http://www.tldp.com/issue/174/IgG%20Food%20Allergy.html contains similar criticism in another venue but interestingly by the same author, Sheryl Miller. Sheryl Miller, MT (ASCP), PhD, is an Immunologist and Associate Professor of Basic and Medical Sciences at Bastyr University in Bothell, Washington. She is also the Laboratory Director of the Bastyr Natural Health Clinic Laboratory.
Allergens: Testing for the level of exposure to animal allergens is discussed at http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/animalallergy/diagnosis.shtml (lab animal exposure study is interesting because it involves a higher exposure level in some cases
Allergens: WebMD discusses allergy tests for humans at webmd.com/allergies/allergy-tests
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