Sometimes, Diluting Nok-Out or Sniper Is A Good Idea

How And When To Dilute Nok-Out or SNiPER

Both Nok-Out and Sniper are considered to be RTU – Ready To Use – products that don’t need to be diluted. But you may find that there are times when diluting is a good and useful thing to do. This “How-To” document should help guide you if you are thinking about diluting Nokout or Sniper.

SNiPER and Disinfecting vs Sanitizing

Sniper has been extensively tested against various pathogens in lab settings and in those lab tests, Sniper was tested against the pathogen full strength. If you are wanting to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces use it full strength according to the instructions on the label. You can, however, dilute Sniper by six parts water to one part Sniper and use that solution as a “sanitizing” solution. Sanitizing, in layman’s terms, means that you will kill 99.9% of the germs present with a one minute exposure time. Disinfection means that you will kill 99.999% of germs present with a 10 minute exposure time. (It is 10 minutes because that is how long the lab tests were allowed to run.)

You can dilute Sniper by 6 to 1 when you can be satisfied with sanitizing. This is useful when you are cleaning cutting boards, mopping your floors, for general cleaning and so on.

For more information of the difference between Disinfecting and Sanitizing, see:

Eliminating Odors

In general, for eliminating odor, spray Nok-Out or Sniper directly on the source of the odor to permanently remove that odor. Direct contact with the odor source is absolutely required. But what if the source of the odor is urine that has been pulled down by gravity deep in your carpet? If you just start spraying directly onto that spot, using an ordinary trigger-sprayer, most of the little droplets that come out of the sprayer will float on the surface of your carpet. You would have to spray a LOT – REALLY A LOT! – to get Nokout or Sniper to penetrate deep down into those yarns so that it can come into direct contact with anything smelly deep down in your carpet. That could become more expensive than it needs to be. This is a great time to dilute because it gives you more fluid to work with. Dilute either one by 2 parts water to one part Nokout/Sniper and then you will have more cleaning solution that you can spray heavily enough that gravity will pull that solution down into your carpet so that it comes into contact with the stinky stuff down there and do its deodorizing work for you.

The Bottom Line

Your goal is to achieve the disinfecting/sanitizing/odor eliminating you need using the right amount of Sniper or Nokout. As you work with these dilution ratios, you may find that you have diluted too much, Or, that you haven’t diluted enough. The following recipes are guidelines to get you started and you can adjust the ratios to fit your situation.  For most cases, diluting Nokout or Sniper is easy and does not need to be precise.

Ratios For Diluting Nokout or Sniper



If you are trying to disinfect, go full strength – don’t dilute – and keep treated surfaces wet with Sniper for 10 minutes to achieve full disinfection.

Your goal indiluting Nokout is to give you more cleaning solution to work with.

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I learned about Nok-Out from Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate column and had to try it. Shipping was so fast and your customer service is OUTSTANDING! I am amazed at the results! I even filled a tiny spray bottle to keep in my car. I won’t be wasting my money on any other cleaners anymore. You have a lifetime customer here. Thank you so much!

Natalia Johnson, Aug 28, 2018

Best Odor Control for carpet

Nok-Out and SNiPER are both great products that I use in my carpet cleaning biz to remove odor in carpets. It works great against pet urine odor! It doesn’t cause discoloration and always works. Sniper kills mold and removes the odor in carpets as well. Great products

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Mary Hunt introduced me to Nok-Out years ago and I am still amazed at how it can completely eliminate a horrible smell.

Yesterday I hosed some dust off a plastic laundry basket. I left it outside to dry for a bit and then returned it to the garage.

A few hours later I walked into the garage and the entire place reeked of cat pee! I did not realize that the neighborhood tom cat had come by and sprayed my basket. It was so bad that I was ready to trash it, but I thought I would try to spray it down with Sniper first. I doused it liberally and left it overnight. Ta Da! Absolutely no smell this morning!

Even after all these years, I am still amazed every time your product works on a smell as terrible as cat spray!

Thank you, Ted!

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