How can I remove pet urine stains and odor from my carpet

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If you have a pet, then you?ve probably had to clean up an accident or two at some point. Whether during house training a new puppy or not letting your pet outside in time to go potty, whatever the reason for the accident you now have to deal with cleaning up the mess. If you're lucky enough to catch it before it dries, it's much easier to clean than if it has already had time to soak in and dry, and we all know how quickly this scent can spread through the entire house.


There are so many options at your disposal that you can use to clean up the mess, such as buying commercial cleaners or renting a carpet cleaner. But whatever you use you will want to clean the mess quickly so that your pet doesn't continue to use that spot to pee or even worse starts using other areas in the house as their own toilet.


How do I remove visible pet stains from my carpet?


Start with treating the affected area. First, grab some paper towels, in fact grab a lot and blot, blot, blot the area. Press down on the pee spot firmly with the paper towels and try to soak up all of the wetness then try one of these DIY solutions to clean up the stain and odor. The following three recipes use the same ingredients and measurements but have different applications.


Pet and dog Urine Remedy 1 - Vinegar and baking soda spray.

This is an easy recipe and a simple yet effective way to remove the urine and odor stain. The ingredients are as listed, 2 cups white distilled vinegar, 2 cups lukewarm water, 4 heaping tablespoons baking soda, and spray bottle. After blotting up all of the pee, or as much as you can, mix 2 cups of white distilled vinegar with two cups of lukewarm water in a large bowl next add in the four heaping teaspoons of baking soda, adding it in in very small amounts at a time and watch that you don't add too much at one time as the chemicals will interact and fizz and they will fizz a lot. Once the fizzing is over pour the solution into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then gently rub and blot out the moisture with a soft cloth. You can also simply pour some of the solution straight from the bowl if you don't have a spray bottle.


Remedy 2 - Vinegar and baking soda powder dry

First step, you will want to blot or clean up the wetness as much as possible. You will then mix 2 cups of lukewarm water with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Instead of adding baking soda to the liquid sprinkle it dry liberally over the area where the accident occurred use all four heaping tablespoons, let it sit on the affected area and allow it to break down and deodorize for 10 to 15 minutes and then vacuum. After vacuuming apply the water and vinegar solution as in the first set of directions. Allow the mixture to set for 5 to 10 minutes and then scrub and blot the area and remove as much of the liquid as possible.


Remedy 3 - Another DIY recipe using a 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture

Hydrogen peroxide is another great substance when it comes to breaking down the crystals of urine and pulling out stains. Combine it with naturally deodorizing baking soda and you have another great solution for cleaning up stains. You will need paper towels or rags for soaking up the wet spot one cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one teaspoon eco-friendly dish soap, and a bowl.


Directions: You're going to want to cover the stain with the paper towels or rags and walk lightly over or lay something heavy on top of the towels to soak up any excess liquid. Sprinkle a generous handful of baking soda over the stain when no more liquid can be pulled up, then mix together the 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of dish liquid. You will then slowly pour the solution over the stain onto the baking soda. Gently scrub the mixture into the carpet with a scrub brush or cloth and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then vacuum the area thoroughly. For tougher stains repeat the above steps.


Enzymatic Cleaners


Another great way to clean your carpet is with a citrus enzyme cleaner. Popular stain removal products often have lengthy labels telling us how they use enzymes to digest and break down stains and odors on a molecular level. It might sound difficult but with some time and patience you can make it on your own.


You will need 7 tablespoons of brown sugar, one and a half cups of lemon or orange peel scraps, 1 liter of water and a bottle or clear container large enough to hold the liquid and the peels.


Directions for making: Funnel 7 tablespoons of brown sugar and add the fruit and the water into a container with a tight fitting lid and tightly screw on the cap of the container and then give everything a good shake. Loosen the cap and leave it on half way to release the gases and to ensure your bottle doesn't explode due to build up. After 3 months your natural enzymatic cleaner will be ready to use. Once the solution is ready apply to the stain and scrub the area thoroughly with the enzymatic cleaner. Blot up remaining liquid after allowing it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

How do I remove the urine odor from my carpet?


Once you clean up the stain there are many essential oils that you could use to remove the odor completely so that your pet does not continue to use that spot to go potty.

Some antibacterial oils include eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree oil, Bergamot, lemongrass, oregano, thyme, clove or Rosemary. These essential oils are all considered antibacterial and will help kill any bacteria left behind from the stain of the urine.


There are also antiviral essential oils that you can use in your remedies and they are a great option for removing pet odors. They include tea tree oil, cinnamon, garlic eucalyptus, oregano, frankincense and lemon to purify the air and remove the odor. You can use essential oils such as White Camphor, Balsam Fir Needle, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Juniper berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary or Wintergreen.


How can I remove especially strong smells?


You will need one cup of white vinegar and add 10 to 20 drops of your selected essential oil you'll combine the ingredients together and place in a spray bottle. Spray across the surface and wipe up with a clean towel or sponge.


Can I use a natural or herbal disinfectant?


You will need 2 cups hot water 10 drops essential oil and 1/4 cup of washing soda. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle shake well and apply to stain thoroughly and then scrub or rub the stain and then blot repeatedly to remove any excess liquid.

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