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ODOR-X All Purpose Stain And Odor Remover Review

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ODOR-X All Purpose Stain And Odor Remover featured image with cat sleeping on the backgroundAs pet owners, we have all experienced accidents around the house. Whether it’s a little pee on the kitchen floor, vomit on the rug, or poop in the hallway, it is just part of having pets in your home.

The truth is, if you have pets, you are going to need cleaning remedies that cater to pet messes among other things. Finding a quality product that actually works can be half the challenge.

Enter Odor-X. With a broad cleaning spectrum for organic messes, including dried blood, mold and mildew, it could be the answer to pet odors and stains.

What Is Odor-X?

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Odor- X is a commercial-grade sanitizer and odor eraser. It is sold in concentrate form and uses four synergistic pathways to attack odors: biologically attacking smells with the QUAT disinfectant formula, covalent bonding with odor-causing molecules, micro-emulsion encapsulation, and replacement of odors with a fresh citrus fragrance.

This means you are getting an industrial strength cleaning product. For it to work properly, water needs to be added. While Odor-X breaks down stains, the water added to it makes it water soluble. A little bit goes a long way. For general cleaning, typically a mixture of 1 part to 10 parts water works and 1 to 30 will break down most odors.

What Is A QUAT Disinfectant Formula?

Quat is the common name for quaternary ammonium chloride compounds of which there are about 300 varieties all with varying anti-microbial efficacies. Quats are generally surfactants with cationic (positive) charges. Due to their surfactant make-up, quats contribute cleaning power to their formulas.

These products are low in toxicity and corrosivity making them user friendly and simple.


Odor-X is not only a powerful odor destroyer, but also a commercial-grade sanitizer and odor eraser that will rid any area of odors. It is formulated from a proprietary mixture of high foaming surfactants, d-limonene, chelating agents, odor absorbing compounds and quaternary disinfectants.

Odor-X uses four synergistic pathways to attack odors, biologically attacking smells with the QUAT disinfectant formula, covalent bonding with odor-causing molecules, microemulsion encapsulation, and then replacing the odors with a fresh citrus fragrance.

This cleaner has the added ability of getting rid of the stench in a dumpster or drain pipe to disinfecting and sanitizing carpet, leather, granite, and more.  This heavy-duty product is suitable for removing blood stains, mold and mildew, beverage spills, urine stains and more from every hard surface. It also covers the odors of smoke, skunks, port-a-potties, hot garbage, urine and feces, and any other odor you want removed.

Other cleaners will cost you more because they can’t be diluted as much as Odor-X. As a cleaner, it can be diluted 10-to-1 and as a stain remover, it can be diluted 30-to-1 for odors. It is safe to pour diluted formulas directly onto the source of an unwanted smell, or add to spray bottles and mop buckets to clean surfaces.

How To Use?

If you have urine in carpet that is creating odor issues, Odor-X can be used in a carpet cleaner machine at a ratio of 10 to 1. This will guarantee that the solution cleans the padding under the carpet, as well as the surface.

Cleaning carpet surfaces will NOT remove the odors completely because urine and other sources of odors, travel downward into the padding. Once in the padding, the smell will persist until the padding has been cleaned.

A carpet cleaning machine has the power to saturate the padding, as well the suction to pull everything from the padding up past the fibers.

Spot treatment may be needed in some areas of the carpet or on upholstery. Spot treating with Odor-x is perfect for stains that are fresh with a 10 to 1 ratio . It is also good for stains that may not be urine. Vomit, dirt, blood, and poop can also be treated by spot cleaning.

Spot cleaning can be performed on carpet, furniture, rugs, hardwood, tile and any other surfaces.  In instances where surface stains have odors, such as vomit stains, Odor-x can remove the smell.

While Odor-X can remove visible urine stains by spot cleaning, it is recommended you use a carpet cleaning machine in case urine has already seeped into the padding. Spot cleaning will not remove urine odor from below as previously discussed.

Odors on furniture, around litter boxes or rugs can be neutralized with odor-X. Using a spray bottle with a 30 to 1 ratio, it can be sprayed directly to the area. This will eliminate the odor and leave behind a pleasant citrus scent.

Odor-X is great for small stains. Cat owners sometimes face the frustration of vomit stains on various surfaces. Whether it be from food, bile or other things ingested, the excretion can leave a terrible stain.

Dyes in food can be difficult to remove and while some cleaners fade the stain, there is a slight discoloring where it once laid. Odor-X can be kept in a bottle and used as a spot cleaner when needed. Typically a 10 to 1 can be used to spot clean and remove pet vomit.

Besides stains and odors left behind by your beloved pets, Odor-X can remove a lot of other types of stains and odors. As stated on the label, it can be used for garbage, porta potties, skunk odor, mold, mildew, smoke odor and more.


  • Removes old stains and odors
  • Scent is pleasant and not too strong
  • Multipurpose cleaner and safe for almost all surfaces
  • Cost effective; a little goes a long way


  • May need to use higher concentration for tough odors
  • Adverse reaction such as rash or other irritations are possible (as with any household cleaning product). Introduce it to your pets environment slowly and make sure your pet and OdorX are compatible.

Do I Recommend Odor- X?

Yes I would recommend Odor- X specifically for pet stains and odors. I used it to treat a pet stain (vomit) on my new carpet. I diluted it with a 10 to 1 ratio and sprayed it on the spot. It removed the odor and most of the stain, but I then used my carpet cleaner and got it all out.

The stain had apparently soaked down to the pad quickly and needed a deep cleaning. Odor-X is also cost effective and lasts a long time because of the dilution ratios. I have yet to use it on other stains like blood or mildew but it was effective removing pet stains and odors.


Whether you have pet stains or smells in your carpet or rugs, Odor-X can handle both the stain and the odor while leaving behind a pleasant smell. You also won’t have to worry about it damaging your floors, counters or upholstery and it is also easy on your wallet. If you have pets, Odor-X is a must have.

*FTC Disclosure: We received this bottle for review at no charge. We’re all About Cats is an affiliate partner of Odor-X. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves. All of our reviews are unbiased, regardless of payment received, and always reflect our honest opinion or the opinion of our cats.

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About Amy Brown-Towry

Amy Brown-Towry is a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist and animal lover. She is the proud owner of two cats and a dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Ellen, unfortunately, I don’t have enough familiarity with this area to give you a definite answer, but based on a brief analysis, the best comparison to Odor-X would be OdoBan’s 3-in-1 carpet cleaner. You can find the details on this product here. While this product doesn’t seem to have the enzymatic cleaners found in the Odor-X product (which may make Odor-X better for cat urine), it has a good reputation for removing stains and odors. OdoBan is also Climate Pledge Friendly and has a larger body of reviews to refer to. Your decision may hinge on what type of stain you’re trying to clean and from which type of surface.