Nobody likes to spend their time cleaning up pet urine, but sometimes it just has to be done. It’s one of those small disadvantages of having our furry friends up on the carpets and on the couch with us.
Of course, store bought carpet cleaners can often cost a considerable amount of money. In this situation, what is one to do?
The solution is a simple one: Make your own homemade carpet cleaner for pet urine!
In fact, many people actually find that homemade carpet cleaners are much more effective for cleaning pet urine than the ones that you would buy in the supermarket.
Before you try to apply any carpet cleaner, homemade or otherwise, make sure that you try to soak up the urine as much as you can first as this will help with the effectiveness.
Now, what do you need for this solution? It’s simple, and all you need is items that you most likely already have in your home.
Just grab a little bit of vinegar and some baking soda out of your cupboards. This totally natural remedy is great for cleaning pet urine stains out of your carpet.
So how does it work? There are a few ways you can make it.
First of all, you can get 2 cups of vinegar and mix it with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and two cups of water. You’ll need to make sure that you have a relatively large container to mix them together.
You can then pour that solution into a spray bottle, or you can gently put it right onto the stain. You should let the formula stay on the area you’re trying to clean for a little why then blot dry it clean.
Alternatively, you can get the same amount of product as we mentioned about, but don’t add the baking soda right away. Instead, spread some of the baking soda over the carpet and let it stay there for around five minutes.
Once you have done this, go over it with a vacuum before cleaning it with the vinegar formula.
Last of all, you can pour the baking soda directly onto the urine stain. Then put the vinegar solution on the top. Let it bubble there for a little while and allow it to dissolve before you blot it clean using a cloth.
A Word Of Caution: Always Test First
There’s one golden rule when it comes to cleaning, no matter what product you use: always test the solution first before thoroughly cleaning with it.
Try to put some of the solution on a spot that perhaps can’t be seen quite so easily before you use it.
The truth is that all items are unique, which means that certain cleaners may not react very well to certain flooring materials. For this reason it’s always a good idea to test out a small patch first so you don’t ruin all of the flooring.
An area with bad lighting or somewhere that’s going to be covered with furniture is a good choice for testing out your products.
How Does It Work?
You may be wondering how exactly a vinegar solution can work to clean your pet urine stains. Well, essentially vinegar is usually made up with around 5 per cent acetic acid.
This is acid is great for getting rid of any viruses or bacteria as it breaks down the fats and proteins inside of them. Some research even suggests that it can kill off the flu virus on surfaces!
This basically means that the odor in your surfaces is neutralized and any odor remaining is removed. It’s best to apply it when the stain is fresh though. You’ll need to clean it a few times if the stain is more relentless.
What If My Homemade Solution Doesn’t Work?
Sometimes, life just isn’t as easy as we want it to be. Sometimes our pets just have incredibly potent urine.
If your pet’s urine has penetrated particularly deeply into the carpet or the stain has been there for quite a while, then you’re going to need more than just our little vinegar solution.
It’s sad, but it’s true. In this situation you’ll need to whip out a trust enzyme cleaner.
Enzyme cleaners aren’t particularly well known, but they’re a lifesaver for people that have pets. In fact, many of them can get rid of really old pet stains.
They may cost a little bit more money to buy but it’s worth it if the vinegar solution doesn’t work out for you.
What If I Don’t Have Vinegar?
While vinegar is pretty useful when it comes to cleaning, it’s not the only thing that you can use in a homemade cleaner to get rid of those nasty pet smells.
There are two many options available to you: peroxide and baking soda on its own.
Peroxide is incredibly helpful if your carpets are white, but do not, and we repeat not, use peroxide on colored items. To use this solution, put some baking soda on the carpet then put some hydrogen peroxide over the rest of it.
Don’t be worried by the fizzing and bubbling that occurs, it’s a natural chemical reaction. Eventually the stain will be broken up and the bacteria will be gone.
Dry baking soda can also be a good choice if the stain is still fairly new. Make sure you have roughly half an inch worth of baking soda on top of the surface.
Let it stay there for 15 minutes or so to let it soak in, then clean it off with a scrubbing device. You can then clean it off with your regular mild cleaning tools.
How Do I Check I’ve Got All Of the Stains?
Let’s face it - we don’t all have noses like dogs. We can’t automatically detect whether a part of the room is particularly whiffy unless we stick our noses right next to the floor and move along it to check for scents. Even then, we may not be able to detect the smells that our pets can smell.
In this case, it’s worth your time to invest in a UV blacklight. You can buy them from all sorts of places such as online or in dedicated pet stores. These things will make it so much easier for you to find the stains so nothing is left behind.
It’s often better to use the UV light in a low light. You can also get carpet cleaning machines that have been made just for the purpose of cleaning up after your pets.
How Can I Stop My Pet Urinating In My Home In the Future?
The best way to ensure that you aren’t plagued by pet urine smells in your house is actually just to make sure that your pet doesn’t urinate on the floor again. That can be a little easier said than done in some instances, especially if you’re still toilet training them.
The first thing to do is to make sure that your pets are toilet trained to avoid accidents. Some pets may also have medical conditions that mean that they find it more difficult to hold their bladders, in which case you should speak to your vet to determine the cause of the urination indoors.
Otherwise, making sure that your pets can’t smell their previous accidents is also a good idea. Some pets may smell their own urine and try to urinate in the same place again to mark their territory.
Using lemon scented products can often be helpful for keeping cats away from urine smells. If you have a cat you should also make sure that their litter is well maintained so they don’t feel the urge to defy you and defecate on your carpet.
Pet stains can be particularly bothersome to clean, but with the right strategy it’s easy enough to make sure that they don’t plague you anymore.
Just make yourself a quick solution of vinegar, baking soda and water and you’re ready to go. Your home will be nice and clean in no time!