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
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
(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)
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
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.
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.
It is highly recommended that you perform
a small spot test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with the
Peroxide. Do not use Hydrogen
Peroxide that is higher in concentrate than
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
Dog or Cat
Urine may alter the chemical nature of dyes in
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.
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!!
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!
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
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.
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,
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.