How to get the smell of urine out of sheets and clothing?

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Mum rarely makes it through the night without wetting the bed. Even though I have a quilted plastic bed pad and waterproof mattress cover on the bed, after washing the wet items, I can't seem to get the smell of urine out of them. Regular laundry detergent doesn't seem to get rid of the odor. My house is beginning to smell like a nursing home! Any suggestions?

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They make special products for that with enzymes, such as Urine-Kleen, or you can use something like Nature's Miracle that they sell in pet shops.
It may not be just the sheets it could be where the person is sitting or on the floor, their shoes or not sure if they are hiding dirty clothes. Try adding baking soda to your wash also
Vinegar helps.
I soak in vinegar, take out while wet, hang on line and hope for rain. Some things I can leave untill nature removes the smell but soke I just keep washing. My gramaw isn't doing that but she leaks and sometimes has an accident before she can make it to potty.
When I first took over the care of my mother in law, all her clothing smelled like urine. I washed in the hottest water I could, soaked in oxygen plus and baking soda and rinsed with vinegar. It took 2 to 3 washings but the smell all came out. Then continued with baking soda and oxygen plus as needed. Work great.
Iodine scrub will neutralize the smell in one washing. Use about 1 tbsp. in the washer.
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Where does one get iodine scrub? Never heard of it and my mom is incontinent too. It really is a problem!
Usually iodine (one brand name is Betadine) wash is in the first aid section of just about any drug store. It's dark red and the advertised use is to clean wounds.
I care for my elderly mom for the moment as well, I put adult diapers on her at night, and I have to change her sheets constantly even though I've got a water resistant pad under the mattress and put pads underneath while she sleeps. Her sheets still get this urine smell in them. I've basically wash her them with baking soda laundry detergent pods, and I add some Grapefruit juice in with it and wash on warm. It seems to take the smell out.
Thanks so much for the suggestions. I'll give it a try.
I put urine-soaked things in the washer on pre-soak and add a cup of vinegar, then wash as usual. The vinegar neutralizes the smell nicely.

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