Americans collectively own 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats. While this means they reap the rewards of pet ownership, it means all pet owners deal with accidents at some point in their lives.
Pet accidents are never fun, and dogs can become repeat offenders in the same location if their urine isn't properly cleaned up. While you can default to some more expensive brands, you can create your own pet carpet cleaner.
Read on for some easy DIY recipes you can make yourself. They not only clean up the pet stains but are safe for use around your pets and children.
Should You Use Commercial Carpet Cleaner?
If your dog has made a mess, you might be tempted to order commercial carpet cleaner online. It says it has enzymes to clean up dog mess and cat urine, so what could be the harm?
However, these products can be loaded with chemicals that can irritate people and pups. These products can trigger respiratory issues, including coughing and asthma attacks.
Even natural options contain chemicals and may not be the best for you and your furry friends. If you think whatever you're using to clean your carpet after your pet has an accident is making you or your pup sick, you might be right.
If you have pets with allergies, puppies, or small breed dogs you might want to stick to some safe DIY remedies.
The Ultimate Easy DIY Pet Carpet Cleaner: Baking Soda and Dish Soap
Some people swear by this solution, and it is an excellent way to absorb the smell of dog or cat urine. Simply place the baking soda on top of the spot where your dog decided to use the toilet.
Let it sit for a good ten minutes. Then, using a scrub brush and dish soap, scrub the area to clean it. Make sure you scrub it hard in order to work the baking soda into the carpet.
After letting it dry, take a vacuum cleaner and go over the spot. You can wait until the next day to ensure everything is fully dry.
Always Blot the Stain Immediately
If you notice your dog or cat has had an accident, immediately try and soak up the stain with towels. This can help prevent the urine from seeping into the carpet and onto the floor below.
After blotting, put a little bit of dish detergent on the stain. Then, place a clean towel over the area and step on it. This should absorb even more of the mess and keep it from settling in.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Two Ways
Baking soda is a magic ingredient, and you can mix it with a variety of things to help mop up your pet's mess. One popular household item to mix it with is vinegar, which can help bring the stain to the surface.
If you notice a pet stain that has been there for a while, sprinkle it with baking soda. Let the baking soda set in overnight.
Instead of using dish detergent this time, spray it with distilled white vinegar. The carpet may bubble as it interacts with the baking soda, but that's totally normal.
After letting the ingredients interact with one another, let it dry for several hours. Then, as in the first suggestion, vacuum up the debris.
You can also mix up one cup of distilled white vinegar, one cup of water and two big scoops of baking soda. Shake well and put in a spray bottle. Spray this on any area where your pup or cat has had an accident. Let dry and then vacuum later.
As this mixture can stay fresh for up to two months, keep it on hand for any further accidents so you don't have to make a new batch each time.
Vinegar and Baking Soda with Added Ingredients for Urine Odor Removal
When looking up DIY pet stain remover, you may have noticed you've come across a lot of people recommending vinegar and baking soda. That is because they are key ingredients in pet stain removal. This next mixture utilizes both products, but also adds a few to keep the stains from setting in and the smell from lingering.
For this one, you'll sprinkle baking soda over the affected area. After letting it sit for about 10 minutes, pour some vinegar over it. Once it has bubbled, wipe away with a fresh rag.
Make a urine odor remover by mixing together a couple of drops of dish soap and two to three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Blot it once you have put it on the carpet.
Let it dry for at least 24 to 48 hours. After the area is dry, place enzyme remover on the stain. Let this sit for one to two days. Once you know the area is dry, vacuum or mop it up. Repeat enzyme treatment as needed.
If the thought of using hydrogen peroxide on your carpet makes you a little nervous, you're not alone. Peroxide is, indeed, associated with bleaching and turning items a lighter hue. However, you can use it to cleanse your dog or cat's urine from your carpet.
Before trying the hydrogen peroxide method, you should spot test it on a piece of carpet. If you still have any leftover sample carpet from when it was installed, this is your best bet. If not, spot test it on a piece of carpet behind a piece of furniture or somewhere less noticeable.
If you're comfortable doing so, spray the pet stain with a couple of squirts of hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit ten to 15 minutes. When you're ready, blot it with a rag or towel.
Let it dry fully.
When to Call a Professional
While homemade pet carpet cleaner is a great tool, sometimes you need a professional. If you can't seem to get the smell out or you notice an old smell of urine when you move into a new place, it is definitely time to call on someone with more experience.
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