How to Completely Neutralize and Eliminate Pet Odors

It is rare, but now and then I hear from a reader who is frustrated using one of my all-time favorite, must-have products, Nok-Out. I love Nok-Out (its companion product is SNiPER) because it eliminates all odors including stubborn pet odors. Nok-Out is harmless for pets and children, not poisonous, fragrance-free, fume-free, toxic-free. Awesome stuff.

The feedback I get is mostly filled with praise and gratitude (see comments below). However, now and then I hear from someone like Linda, who is facing a tough, smelly situation that because of its location, requires more toil and patience.

A cat lying on a sofa


Dear Mary: I have been using Nok-Out very successfully for months. It is fantastic, thank you for the recommendation! However, now I have a horrible pet odor that I cannot get rid of. Cat urine. On a sofa and chair. She sprayed on them. (Did you know that a spayed female will spray under stress? )

I cannot get the odor out. I have soaked the stains thoroughly, more than once. The stench might go away for a short period, or it might smell like a combo of urine and Nok-Out for awhile (a kind of soapy smell in this case). Then the full odor returns. Help! I can’t stand it! Linda

Dear Linda: Oh no, this is bad! The problem is clear—the offending pet odor (cat urine) soaked way down into the stuffing of those pieces of furniture. The Nok-Out has to penetrate successfully reaching every area that was infected. If it was a true “cat spray” is it possible that cat urine went in all directions. Perhaps you need to expand the area of treatment?

I am going to send an SOS to Ted Price at Nok-Out Central asking him to respond with his best shot. I am certain I know why you’re having this problem, but I’m not fully confident of the specific solution for it. Mary

Dear Ted: Can you take a look at Linda’s cat odor problem, which I am including with this message, and then weigh in on how she can use Nok-Out to eliminate this horrible odor, once and for all? Mary

In no time at all, Ted responded:

Dear Linda: I feel your pain! But don’t worry, there is a permanent solution to this problem and I’m sure I can help.

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How to Be Prepared Not Scared

The deadly illness that is alarming the world, may have started with something as simple as a person buying food for dinner at an outdoor market outside the U.S.

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How risky?

How does this new virus compare to the common flu? As I write, the illness is spreading across the world, however, there are fewer than 10 reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. Compare that with more than 19 million cases of the flu in the 2019-2020 flu season with 10,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, as reported by USA Today.

At this time, the risk is much higher for influenza in the U.S. than for this new coronavirus. That should put things into perspective. Still, the situation is fluid, things are changing rapidly.

Should we be worried? Scared? No. We should be cautious, alert, vigilant, and prepared. We need to learn all we can and do all we can to prevent contact with influenza as well as this new virus.

Don’t get it!

The best way to prevent infection from any virus is to not get the virus! The way to not get it is to avoid being exposed to any virus including this new one.


Let’s review, shall we?

The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has and continues to recommend the following preventive actions to help stop the spread of all respiratory viruses.

Wash your hands

Often. First thing when you walk into the house. When you arrive at work. Before you eat, at home or in a restaurant. Teach your kids to do likewise.

How to wash your hands

Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. How long is that? The time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song to yourself—twice! Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Hands away

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Remember that whatever and whomever you touched since you last washed your hands may have transmittted a virus to your hands.

Others who are sick

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. And for goodness sake stay home when you are sick! Keep sick kids home from school. Then stay there with them. No quick trips to the grocery or other public areas where they could so easily pass along your virus to others.

Cover it

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is handy, sneeze into your elbow—not your hand.

Clean and disinfect

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home, car, office—wherever you and your family spend their time and come in contact with, well … surfaces!

The CDC pleads with us to do that with an EPA-approved disinfectant. What does that mean?

A product must go through rigorous and expensive testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to become approved. The bar is high to be named an EPA-approved disinfectant. Products that pass receive an official EPA registration number, which muct be clearly displayed on that product’s label.

I’m discovering that lots of products out there purport to be “99.99% effective against all germs, bacteria and viruses,” but without that Reg. number, I don’t believe it. It does not pass my trust-but-verify test. With what we are up against right now with this coronavirus warning, I’m not willing to trust my prevention efforts to a potentially fake disinfectant.



Disinfectant and Hand sanitizer

SNiPER is a companion product to our favorite Nok-Out odor eliminator. SNiPER Hospital Disinfectant Cleaner and Odor Eliminator is certified to be EPA-approved—with EPA Reg. No. 71700-2 printed right on the label.


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It is the only household disinfectant I use, for so many reasons. Unlike many disinfecting products that come with warnings, SNiPER is pet and family-friendly. I use it to clean my kitchen cutting boards without any need to rinse. It is safe to use around food; around pets and kids, too.

SNiPER has no fumes, no fragrance, no odor. It It is an amazing product. It is guaranteed to kill germs, bacteria and viruses after 10 minutes of coming in direct contact with them—including H1N1, SARS, MRSA and now this new 2019 Novel Coronavirus. And if whatever it came in contact with was stinky, that odor will be gone, too.

To use

Spray or wipe surface with SNiPER. Do not rinse. Allow to air dry, for at least 10 minutes.

SNiPER wet wipes

Ok, I made this up. We cannot buy these SNiPER wet wipes as pictured above, but they are my favorite way to use SNiPER. I carry a pack of SNiPER wet wipes in my handbag. I keep them in my car console and bathrooms drawers, too.

To make these wet wipes, I fold decent-quality paper towels (the kind that don’t fall apart when wet) into single use “wipes.” I put a stack into a Ziplock bag and pour in enough SNiPER to make sure they are well saturated. Done.

I use them to wipe down the inside of the car. I wipe doorknobs and handles. I wipe toilets, sinks, floors and all manner of surfaces in our home and office. My handy pack of SNiPER wet wipes is the first thing I reach for when I board a plane.

I use them to wipe down my seat, tray table, armrests, seatback pocket—everything I might touch during the flight. It dries quickly and I’m ready to go.

The persons sitting next to me are often quite curious, so I offer a wipe or two for them, too. Because SNiPER has no odor, no fragrance, no fumes—nothing like that—my routine is not at all offensive.

Of course, SNiPER is not the only effective disinfectant out there. Whatever you choose, make sure it is EPA-approved. If that costs more, it’s a small price to pay given this current siuation.


You have all you need to get prepared. I hope you will get started right now—today! Life is uncertain, and that has never been truer than it is right now. Facing life prepared—not scared—is the way to be!

NOTE: SNiPER is an EPA-registered disinfectant, Nok-Out is not. SNiPER is stronger than Nok-Out, but has the same active ingredient, chlorine dioxide.

To order SNiPER and Nok-Out direct, go to To order by phone, call 866-551-1927. Prices include shipping. Also available as 1-gallon at Amazon.

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

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Questions on Online Savings Banks, Opossums, XL Bed Sheets, Stinky Refrigerator, and Lots More!

I love to hear from my readers. I encourage you to write to me, and for that, I get hundreds of messages every day—questions galore, great stories, lots of love, and tons of encouragement. Please, never stop writing to me!

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While I do read every single message, I simply cannot respond to all of them. And honestly, I don’t have specific criteria for which questions to answer in posts like this.

Generally, I select questions with universal appeal and a high likelihood that others have the same or similar questions. And here’s a hint: Well-written, complete messages with a clear situation and question get special consideration.

Here is a quick summary of the questions I’ll answer in today’s post. You can click on one to go straight to it, or just scroll down to read all. Enjoy!


1. Are online savings banks safe?

2. Opossums are making my life miserable!

3. Single fitted XL twin bed sheets?

4. Help! My new refrigerator stinks!

5. How can my daughter qualify for a decent credit card?

6. I tried Lestoil and this is what happened

7. Need furniture polish recipe again, please?


Q1: Are online savings banks safe?

Dear Mary: The interest rates offered at most online savings banks like for example,  are so much better than the brick and mortar bank where my husband and I have our savings. Our rate of interest is terrible! But we are hesitant to move any of our savings to an online bank. Is it safe? I would love to hear your opinion. I love your website! I have used your recommendations on so many things. Thank you. Heidi

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How to Eliminate Odor of Gasoline Spilled Inside Family Vehicle

A message showed up in my inbox that made my heart sink. I couldn’t help imagine what it would be like to lend my car to someone, only to have it come back to me with a little something I’d not counted on—that noxious odor of gasoline!

Worse, what if that condition were permanent?! Thankfully, I have good news for at least one desperate reader.

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I have a problem that I can’t solve and was wondering if you would be able to help. Someone borrowed my car recently and transported a small generator in it. Somehow, the gasoline spilled out inside my Explorer and left a very intense gasoline smell.

“I have tried everything I can think of and nothing has removed the smell. I steamed cleaned it with carpet shampoo, sprinkled it with baking soda and vacuum it up, saturated it with Nok-Out at least three times but to no avail. Can you help? Lisa

My first reaction to Lisa’s dilemma was to wonder if this “someone” was at one time on her list of friends (relatives?) but I won’t go there. Instead, I do have a solution and one that does not involve pushing that SUV off a cliff. It’s long, so bear with me.

This is definitely a job for Nok-Out—an odor-eliminating product that is non-toxic, fragrance-free and absolutely works wonders to eliminate the strong odor of gasoline providing it is used specifically and scientificallyRead more

Help! My Apartment Stinks Like a Stale Ashtray

What do vacuum sealers and apartments that smell like a stale ashtray have in common? Absolutely nothing other than these two messages showing up in my mailbox at the same moment—both of them in response to earlier posts.

I just read your column on simple science that makes Nok-Out work to eliminate really difficult odors. Can you give me some quick advice on how to apply that method to rid my apartment of the smell of smoke? The apartment is new. The problem is that the crew smoked in here during construction. It’s yuk! Thank you, Judy

 Odor and stink


Dear Judy: You do have a terrible problem, and I’m so sorry about that. Have you contacted the owner or manager? Assuming you have but that hasn’t worked out very well—and you do not want to move—Nok-Out absolutely can oxidize (neutralize) the odor of tobacco smoke. The challenge is to make sure Nok-Out comes in contact with every square millimeter of a surface that the smoke has penetrated. And that’s a real challenge!

When treating a large open area where the odor became airborne and most likely is now clinging to every bit of the ceiling, walls, flooring, cracks, and crevices—Nok-Out must do the same in order to reach and then oxidize all of the stink.

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11 Everyday Uses for Nok-Out—the World’s Best Odor Eliminator

Nok-Out and I met quite by accident. While searching for ways to deal with offensive odors—that musty smell of an old book or the stench of pet urine—we found each other online. Twenty years later I’m still convinced that there’s just nothing else like an amazing product called Nok-Out.

A cat sitting on a chair

Nok-Out eliminates odors scientifically through a process known as oxidation. It is completely non-toxic, contains no chemicals or fragrance and no odor of its own. It is safe to use in the kitchen and around children because it is harmless to humans and animals.

I’ve used Nok-Out and now its companion SNiPER continuously in my home since then and have recommended it to readers facing serious and potentially expensive odor issues. Thousands of people have reported back how Nok-Out has saved the day on more than a few occasions!

In the beginning, I hoarded my precious gallon of Nok-Out, somehow assuming that I  must save it for serious, super smelly situations.

After all, one just never knows when oh, let’s say a skunk might wander into the house, become startled and then do what skunks are known to do. Or the power goes out while you’re on vacation and the freezer turns into a big nasty garbage dump. Or pet odors, sick rooms, mold and mildew and any number of other smelly situations.

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The Simple Science of Eliminating Bad Odors

Some of my fondest childhood memories have the name of my sixth-grade teacher written all over them. Mr. Migaki loved science and that made me love it too. His with his amazing experiments, formulas, and scientific method. He made school so much fun.

A couple of people that are wearing glasses, with Science and Experiment

I kinda’ feel the same way about my friends Lou and Ted, owners of Nok-Out. Every time I call on them with yet another challenging odor problem, I learn more about the how and why of Nok-Out Odor Eliminator. It really does eliminate (not cover up) odors—even the most challenging.

Dear Mary: Help! I recently bought a pair of garden Bogs (waterproof footwear that feels like it’s made of rubber) at a rummage sale for a just few dollars. I was so excited to find them that I  purchased them without realizing they wreaked of chemical lawn fertilizer. Once I got them home, I realized my mistake. I tried to remove the odor using full strength Nok-Out, then with vinegar and even submerged them into a bucket of salty water. Unfortunately, none of my attempts did anything to eliminate the odor. Any suggestion that would help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Jill

Dear Jill: This is a tough one, so I sent your dilemma off to our friend Ted at Nok-Out who went right to work. First, he needed to find out the content of your footwear, which the Bogs folks do not reveal, so he is assuming some kind of a rubber and plastic compound that is quite porous.  Read more