Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator is from Nature’s Miracle line of cleaning products. These are characterized by oily formulas that leave residues and heavy, synthetic fragrances that do not readily go away on their own and will leave your home smelling strongly of the product. Nature’s Miracle is readily available in most stores. The company markets heavily based on the premise that “fresh” and heavily fragranced means it must be clean. Many pet owners buy it because of their clever marketing and name recognition. We’ve tested a lot of Nature’s Miracle products and because this was an enzymatic cleaner and very popular with consumers, added this one to the line-up.
About Enzymatic/Microbe Cleaners:
Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator is in our enzymatic/microbe cleaner category, utilizing enzymes to break down the odor-causing compounds in pet urine. This is supposed to eliminate the problem instead of concealing or attempting to remove it. It is important to understand the difference between eliminating the substances that create the odor and stains versus cleaning or concealing them. Nature’s Miracle is so heavily scented that the smell it replaces the urine smell with is almost as bad.
Pet urine contains uric acid, which crystallizes and is highly insoluble in water. Most cleaners do not remove uric acid, which breaks down over time into odor-causing substances. Cat urine is especially troublesome here as it becomes oily and even more concentrated as it dries! Additionally, it may be more difficult to manually remove protein and amino acid components of urine, which your pet may smell (and be tempted to re-mark), even if you can’t. We think it’s best to attack the problem at the very root of the source- the chemical composition of the stench!
Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator Put To The Test:
For our test, we used Nature’s Miracle on a medium-pile carpet to tackle dog urine. We wanted to simulate the most realistic conditions.
The dog urine was applied twice to the carpet, so there is a fresh and an older stain present.*
We know that cat urine can be more potent and pungent due to how concentrated it is, but the process is the same for removing cat urine as dog urine.
The ingredients listed SDS sheet for this product are:
It’s a proprietary formula, but its product listing indicates a very generic listing of ingredients:
Water, Surfactant, Isopropyl Alcohol, Enzymatic Blend, Fresh Fragrance, Odor Counteractant.
According to Nature’s Miracle’s SDS sheet for this product: “Symptoms of exposure may include irritation of eyes and nose, cough and/or shortness of breath.” I experienced all of these symptoms
We did two applications of Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator, 15 minutes apart, and observed under a black light.
The first application under the black light showed the urine (shows up bright yellow/greenish under the black light) in the most heavily soaked areas slowly breaking down. We blotted with a paper towel to help the material penetrate, returned 10 minutes later, and reapplied. After 5 minutes, we blotted again and began wiping it up with a clean rag.
Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator had a nauseating, overpowering fragrance that immediately began to give me a headache. I opened every window in the area but the smell was still eye-watering. In the areas where the urine stains were most concentrated, Nature’s Miracle began to break down the stain. The second application with some blotting and agitation with the rag began to help it penetrate further into the carpet fibers. Unfortunately, though it seemed to do a decent job on the surface of the carpet, it stopped penetrating unless we used the rag to scrub it into the fibers. By then we’d had to add so much of the product that the smell was overpowering.
When we flipped over the carpet, there was a significant amount of urine stain glowing under the light that had not been eliminated by the enzymatic cleaning action.
If you do like Nature’s Miracle, we strongly recommend you blot and extract the product from the area with a wet rag and clean water once you’ve removed the stain, and to really ensure you’ve gotten it all up, use a carpet extraction device to get it all out of your carpet. If you have an item you are concerned may not be colorfast over an extended period of time, this step should be done anyway. The surfactant in this product WILL attract dirt if it’s not removed from the carpet. A week later the oily residue from Nature’s Miracle was still present, along with the noxious synthetic fragrance.
We don’t like the lack of transparency regarding what’s in this product. Many other manufacturers sell products with proprietary formulas but provide their consumers with enough information to know what they are exposing their family members and furbabies to. It would appear there are synthetic ingredients, including some very irritating ones- but you have no way of knowing you are not allergic to any of them. We don’t feel the toxic ingredients in this formula are worth the unexceptional cleaning power of this solution.
We rate Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Eliminator at 2 out of 10.
- Have lots of paper towels and rags on hand.
- Plan ahead- An enzymatic cleaner can be part of your “Oops” kit assembled ahead of time with everything you need ahead of time to effectively and quickly attack any stains or problem areas.
- After you’ve treated the urine stain with an enzymatic cleaner, let it sit overnight, and come back and blot up any residue with clean water and a rag.
- If you are satisfied with the removal of the stain, go over the area thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner after it has dried to remove any residue left.
- Enzymatic cleaners can be augmented with baking soda sprinkled on carpets and furniture to absorb odors. Leave it at least 24 hours and then vacuum thoroughly.
- Always pretreat a rug or carpet with an enzymatic cleaner before using a carpet machine on it or having it professionally cleaned.
- Never use hot water to try and extract a urine or poop stain.
*No dogs were mistreated or bad habits reinforced for the purposes of this review.