Dog owners are all aware that our beloved canine companions can also be a source of frustration, especially when they decide to pee on household carpeting. If left uncleaned, dog urine can stain carpeting and leave an odor that may entice your dog to keep relieving himself in the same spot. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective home remedies to treat and remove dog urine stains and odors.
Old Rags and Towels
Old rags and towels are a cheap and effective way to soak up urine stains. As soon as you notice your dog's "accident," place a rag or towel (super absorbent fabrics work best) over the puddle and apply pressure using your hands or feet. Absorb as much of the urine as you can. Replace the towel with a dry one when it can no longer absorb any more liquid. Continue this process until you no longer see any dampness on both the carpet and the towel.
Vinegar is an economical and effective home remedy for removing pet odors. Combine half a cup of white vinegar with one and a half cups of warm water and mix thoroughly. Drizzle the mixture over the entire stain. Let it soak for five to ten minutes, and then absorb the fluid following the directions in Step 1.
Baking soda is an extremely effective remedy to remove odor. Use baking soda on a dry carpet only. Shake a hearty amount of baking soda over the area where your dog peed. Let it remain overnight to thoroughly deodorize the carpet, and then proceed to Step 4.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap
Saturating the baking soda with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap should remove any remaining stains. Combine one cup of hydrogen peroxide with one and a half teaspoons of dish soap in an unused spray bottle. Gently mix until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Liberally spray the mixture over the baking soda, saturating the area. Use an old toothbrush, scrub brush or your fingertips to knead the mixture into the carpet. Let this mixture sit until dry. Use a vacuum to remove any crusty remnants.
By Alyssa Guzman
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Alyssa Guzman has written online content for eHow and Answerbag since 2010. She is a "journalist of all trades" and writes on many subjects including travel and leisure, animal health, informaton technology, business etiquette and exotic flowering plants. Guzman was a communications studies major at the Florida State University.