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How to Remove Dog Urine and Smell from Carpet

Blot as much as you can with towels,” he said. “Then, put a few drops of green dish detergent and a little water in the area, place a towel over it and step on it so it absorbs as much as possible.”

If you notice a wet spot that may have happened earlier in the day, sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit overnight, said Annie B. Bond, green living expert and author of Clean and Green. After the patch dries overnight, spray it with distilled white vinegar and don’t be concerned if the carpet bubbles a bit while the compounds interact to clean.

Another way to use vinegar and baking soda, a staple in the green cleaning arsenal, is to mix them together in a spray bottle, said green cleaning coach Erinn Morgan, author of Picture Yourself Going Green. She suggests mixing one cup of distilled white vinegar with one cup of water and two heaping tablespoons of baking soda.

Shake it up, spray it on the carpet, let it sit for five or six minutes, then gently blot it up with a fresh cloth, she said. The mixture will stay potent for a few months, so you might want to mix up a batch and keep it on hand if you have a puppy.

Spray the stain, let it bubble up (that means it’s working) and let it sit for 10 to15 minutes before sopping it up with a rag. “Be sure to spot test first to make sure the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t discolor your carpet,” she said.

  • Using baking soda and water, combine the two ingredients in a small bowl to make a paste.
  • Apply the paste to the affected area. It’s best to use gloves to avoid any direct contact with the urine stain.
  • Next, pour enough distilled white vinegar over the area to cover the stain.
  • Using a clean towel or paper towels, press the stain to blot up any moisture.
  • Repeat steps 1 through 4 again, no more than two times.

Rinse the stained area with water and blot using a towel. If you have a hair dryer, try drying the carpet with it for a few minutes. The vinegar smell may stick around for up to a few days, but then the urine smell will disappear.

  • Grab a generous amount of cornstarch and apply it directly onto the urine stain. Use enough to cover the entire surface area.
  • After letting the corn starch sit for about 30 minutes, rinse the area with water.
  • Using a cloth towel or paper towels, press firmly to absorb any remaining water.
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