Cleaning dog urine isn’t the most pleasant experience, but if you have a pup, accidents will happen. You can keep things green and clean by avoiding chemical carpet cleaners and making your own urine odor eliminators naturally at home. Here’s how.
Carpet And Pet Urine Removal:
Should You Buy A Carpet Cleaner Or Use A Natural Alternative?
When you’re faced with a doggie accident, prompt action is always best. You’ll want to ensure that both the stain and the smell doesn’t linger. This is for both sanitary reasons and the purpose of training your pet. If the mess is not properly cleaned, your pet might think it’s fine to pee or poo again in that same spot.
As with all household cleaners, it’s always best to choose a natural alternative (if one is available) over one filled with unknown chemicals. Thankfully, when it comes to carpet cleaning, there are some truly wonderful natural options that are both less expensive and healthier than carpet cleaner.
You’ll also want to avoid steam cleaning (or hot carbonating extraction) in the area. This kind of intense heat can set the stain and/or urine odor into the carpet fibers.
Create A Natural Pet Stain Remover
Here are some easy, natural ways to treat pet urine stains around the house.
Is there anything that baking soda can’t do?! If your pup has an accident on the carpet, baking soda is one of your best weapons for both the stain and the odor. Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer (try placing a small bowl of it in your fridge some time). Here’s what to do:
- First, use some paper towels covered with newspaper to absorb some of the moisture. You can stand on this to help it absorb better if you like. Then, rinse the area with water, and repeat the paper towels/newspaper once more.
- Once the liquid is blotted, sprinkle baking soda evenly (and thinly) over the area. No more than ¼ cup should be necessary.
- Let this sit overnight.
- The next day, vacuum the area thoroughly.
Hydrogen peroxide is another great cleaning solution when it comes to dog urine stains. Just be sure to spot test this one if your carpets are colored or new (meaning spray a tiny bit on a carpet scrap or a corner, and check for reaction). Peroxide is a natural bleach and will lighten some carpets.
- Put some peroxide in a spray bottle, and spray a few squirts onto your stain. A chemical reaction will occur, and it will start to bubble and froth. This means it’s working.
- Let the peroxide sit on the stain for a good 10-15 minutes, then use a rag or some paper towels to absorb the moisture.
- Let the area dry naturally.
Distilled White Vinegar
Vinegar, especially when paired with baking soda, is a fantastic all-round household cleaner. It’s even great for cleaning your shower. Thankfully, it also works for pet urine removal.
- In a spray bottle, combine one cup of distilled white vinegar with one cup of water and two tablespoons of baking soda.
- Shake it all up and spray the vinegar solution on the stain.
- Let it sit for five minutes, then blot with paper towels until clean.
- Let the area dry naturally.
If you come across a pet accident much later, baking soda is your best plan of attack to help fight the odor.
If all else fails, and your stain is still very smelly, an enzymatic cleaner is a good choice. Enzymes are proteins that create a chemical reaction at the molecular level, attaching themselves to the urine molecules and then breaking them down.1
Pet enzyme cleaners can be bought from the store, and many are natural, non-toxic, bio-based cleaners.
Cleaning Dog Urine Stains Often?
When To See The Vet About Urinary Issues
Though you hope that your dog will quickly become potty trained and not make a mess in the house, accidents can and will still happen. But as your pet ages, they shouldn’t happen very often. If your dog has started to have multiple accidents, it’s important that you talk to your vet.
Anxiety or illness may be causing this, and you’ll want to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.
Along with frequency, the odor of your pet’s urine may be cause for concern. Fresh dog urine should actually be somewhat odorless. But sometimes that smell is really bad. Talk to your vet if you have concerns, or if the smell is over the top.
Removing Dog Urine From Carpet, Naturally
If you’re faced with stains and smelly pet odor removal, it’s always best to attack the spot as quickly as possible. These natural stain removal techniques are proven and should work on most dog and cat urine stains.
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