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How to Remove and Clean Dog Urine Odor, Stains and Spots from Carpets and Rugs
Natural way to clean dog urine using common household products

                        How to clean dog urine odors and stains from Carpets

                        1. Absorb as much dog urine from the carpet as you can using wet vacuum cleaner or paper towels

                        2. Use Vinegar to Neutralize Dog Urine

                        3. Remove Dog Urine Smell using Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide



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It is highly recommended that you perform a small spot test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with the Recipe below

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 Baking Soda Remove Pet Urine Odors

Vinegar Remove Dog Urine Odors

Dish Washing Detergent Remove Pet Urine Odors

Hydrogen Peroxide Remove Pet Urine Odors

Black Light to detect urine
Black Light

Dog Urine Odor RemovalStep 1
If the area is still wet you should first attempt to absorb the dog urine. Leaving it there to dry out will only encourage bacterial growth which causes the smell.

The best method to to remove the dog urine is to use a wet/dry vacuum. If you don't own one an alternative method is to place several layers of paper towel over the wet urine area and tread on it so as to soak up as much of the dog urine as you possibly can. You may have to repeat this several times until no more dog urine can be soaked up.

Sometimes dog urine accidents have already dried because you did not notice them previously. You can find dried urine spots on your carpet with the aid of a black light. The dog urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. Hand held black lights are quite inexpensive usually costing between $15 - $25.

Of course, you can always save the expense of a black light. Find the urine spots by using your nose. Just get down on your carpet and sniff and find the offensive urine odors that way.

  Step 2
Mix a solution of fifty percent white vinegar and fifty percent water. Use a spray bottle to apply the vinegar solution to the carpet. Work the solution into the carpet with a soft brush (or your fingers) to ensure it penetrates the carpet fibers below.

Then blot the area using the paper towel method above to absorb the vinegar mixture. The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia in the dog urine.

If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use it to remove excess moisture.

Step 3
When the area has dried or almost dried sprinkle a good handful of baking soda over the soiled area.

Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of Dish Soap detergent. Plain liquid dishwashing detergent is required. Do not use caustic dishwasher detergent.

(Explanation. Dish Soap or Dishwashing Detergent? Different countries call it different names. It is what you use to wash dishes in your sink. For example, Dawn, Palmolive, Fairy etc. Do not use Detergent that you put in your dishwasher)

Step 4
Pour the
3% hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing detergent mixture over the baking soda. Alternatively you can use a spray bottle for the hydrogen peroxide/dish washing detergent solution.

Caution: Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide that is higher than 3% strength (10 Vol)
Stronger strengths may bleach a carpet. 

Then work the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture well into the carpet with your fingers (put on some rubber gloves) or use a brush.

Allow the area to dry completely. Once the area is thoroughly dry, vacuum up the baking soda. A fan or heater can assist drying. The baking soda absorbs the odor and urine. (Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking soda if necessary.) 

That's all there is to it. Your carpet will smell fresh and free from urine odor.



Example Only

If you don't have hydrogen peroxide on hand you can substitute it with a laundry spray stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says 'Oxy' anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide. Preen, Sard, OxiClean etc.


Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased from your drug store (US) Chemist or Pharmacy (UK or Australia)

This recipe is for one small area of dog urine. For larger areas you will need to adjust the quantities of ingredients used. Feel free to experiment.

In areas that have been heavily soiled with dog urine you may have to repeat the process again.


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dog urine smells from carpets, mattress, sofas and futons.


It is highly recommended that you perform a small spot test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with the above recipe.

Use only 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide that is higher in concentrate than 3%  Bleaching may occur on some carpets with a stronger solution. Read the label on the Hydrogen Peroxide carefully. The label will state the strength.
(In some countries hydrogen peroxide is measured in volume. Use no higher than 10 vol)


Additional Information

Dog or Cat Urine may alter the chemical nature of dyes in some carpets causing discoloration, bleaching or dye run.

The picture at right shows how dog or cat urine can bleach colors in some carpets. This carpet has NOT been treated with the above recipe. The bleaching occurred as a result of pet urine.

Please be aware that the above recipe cannot reverse bleaching which has been caused by dog or cat urine.


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Read the Reviews and Testimonials for this Dog Urine Removal Recipe - Carpets and Mattress
Read how well it has worked for our readers. (also works for cat urine removal)

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This stuff really works! Out of all the products I have used, plus the expensive professional cleaning, I have to say, this was awesome. Its easy and inexpensive. I was a little skeptical at first but after reading all the reviews I decided I would try it, and I'm glad I did! I still can't believe it. It got rid of a couple dried urine spots on my carpet and let me tell you, it smelled horrific. I wanted to throw up. I was so embarrassed! To anyone who is skeptical about this, take it from me. It really works.  But trust me, before you go out and buy every product in the world, try this.

Toni,  NY, USA

I would like to thank you for this amazing remedy! I have two male dogs that were having a marking war in my living room and I like everyone else here had used countless products to get rid of the smell to no avail. The final straw was today when I cleaned my carpets and could smell nothing but the urine smell in that area. Then I looked up "natural home remedies for pet stains" and came up with your website. The solution of peroxide and dish detergent on top of the baking soda hasn't even dried yet and my house smells WONDERFUL again. I will no longer be embarrassed to have people over to hang out!!

Albuquerque, NM

Wow. All I can say is, wow! I am amazed at how well this worked. I had given up hope on ever getting the urine smell from a large, expensive wool rug in our living room. It was dreadful no matter how many times we cleaned it, even with an industrial cleaning machine.  I cannot believe how fresh it smells now.  I wish I had found this years ago! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!

Jennie SC USA

Just tried this and it really works! It completely removed the smell on carpet that had been repeatedly peed on. We got a dog from animal friends and when I went back to teaching she's been peeing in the corner area of my living room. It smelled like a kennel. All of the smell is gone!

Elena Cubellis

I can't tell you how many over the counter products I have used on a fairly new rug to remove a dog urine smell in my son's room.

After using these products it would smell good that day but by the next morning the smell was back.

When I found your remedy I was skeptical.

I was amazed, truly amazed at how wonderful this works. It has been about a month and the smell has never returned.

I am so grateful for this home remedy. Thank you so much I will recommend this site to everyone I know with dogs.

Gloria Alleman

Thank you Thank you Thank you. I spent my whole weekend cleaning my family room carpet with a carpet cleaning machine, about 3-4 times. Today it STILL smelled like urine. I tried the recipe and it worked GREAT. I put the vinegar/water mixture in my machine and went over the stinky area. My carpets are pretty dry after the machine sucks all the water up so I went right to the next step and a few hours later I am crawling around on my hands and knees trying to find the urine smell but it is nowhere to be found!!!! : )


I don't know what to say about how wonderful this tip has been. I have two bichons, one of which has always had problems with holding her bladder. I used Arm and Hammer Stain and Odour Remover which worked pretty well, but over time my rug had the most awful odour- sort of peppery and sickly. I was at the point of replacing my expensive rug when I came across this site. Thank goodness I did! I applied all the solutions this evening and, two hours later, I can't smell anything nasty. I am going to reapply tomorrow because it takes no time to do this. I just want to ensure this ugly stench stays away. Thank you, thank you.

Dorothy K, Canada

The horrible dog urine smell has gone!
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I wanted to take a minute to personally thank you for this pet urine odor remover solution. After many (failed) attempts at removing my dog's pee odor from the carpet, with other pet products, I can honestly say that your method has become my go-to solution.  Read all Testimonials

Great amazing results! Getting rid of Dog Urine Odor. Thank you soooo much
I was ready to change a brand new carpet Due to the urine smell. The whole house smelt because of that room. I did the whole process and the results were amazing. Fresh smell not even a bit of urine smell.
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OMG thank you for posting this recipe for removing dog urine stains and odor. It really worked and saved me from ripping up my old carpet. Read all Testimonials

Thank you soooo much!!! It worked so well and now I don't walk into my house and smell dog urine. Such a relief! THANK YOU AGAIN!! Read all Testimonials

I used your recipe to remove our dog urine from our mattress. Your recipe is amazing. It removed the smell almost instantly.  It only took an hour and there was no mess. Read all Testimonials

AMAZING!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe for Dog Urine Removal. Worked like a charm. Read all Testimonials

I would never say something worked unless it actually did, and I honestly can't believe HOW well this worked on Dog Urine Odors and Stains. Read all Testimonials

Just tried this and it really works! It completely removed the smell on carpet that had been repeatedly peed on by my dog. Read all Testimonials

IT WORKED!!!  ON DOG URINE REMOVAL ODORS. NO URINE SMELL, NO STAINING!! I could not believe it!! Read all Testimonials

I used this recipe for Dog Urine Removal. I have four dogs and it worked! I couldn't believe it...smell was gone and it didn't smell odd like it does with store purchased products...thank you very much. Read all Testimonials

I would like to thank you for this amazing remedy. Dog Odor Urine Removal
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Thank you so much for this recipe for removing Dog Urine Odors. I cannot believe it worked!!
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Wow. All I can say is, wow! I am amazed at how well this worked. I had given up hope on ever getting the dog urine smell from a large, expensive wool rug in our living room. Read all Testimonials

This works unbelievably well! Dog Odor Urine Removal
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OMG!!!! IT REALLY WORKED!!! Dog Odor Urine Removal 
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I am totally amazed how well this worked. The process was quick and easy. The smell is totally gone.

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Trust me. It worked on Dog Urine Odors and I still can't believe it! No more professional cleaning for me. Whooohoooo! Read all Testimonials

I have tried lots of methods of Dog Urine Removal without real success. This one worked and I have a very sensitive nose!
Thank you!
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This is amazing! I felt like I had tried everything (including buying a steam cleaner) and not one thing I tried worked! Thank you so much for sharing! I was going crazy with the smell of Dog Urine Read all Testimonials

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Important. Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet to remove pet pee. One of the ingredients of urine is ammonia and your dog or puppy may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area if it detects the smell of ammonia. Many household cleaner cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to read the label.





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