Homemade Pet Stain Remover
Recipes for Natural Homemade Pet Stain Remover
Accidents happen, even with the most well-trained pets. Cleaning up after your cat has peed on the carpet or your dog has lost bladder control on the bed can be a tedious task and sometimes even hazardous if you use conventional urine stain removers that are overloaded with fragrances and chemicals. Thankfully, there are some good recipes for homemade pet stain removers that will eliminate the offending odor.
General pet stain removal tips
There are several things you should do to treat your pet stains so that they don’t make a permanent mark on your home. These general pet stain removal tips are important for complete removal of the problem:
- Always treat the stain as soon as possible.
- Blot as much excess urine as you can with newspaper, eco-friendly paper towel, or rag.
- Always work from the outside of stain inward so that you don’t spread the stain further, especially when dealing with carpet.
- With carpet, you must remove excess urine and treat the stain for all layers of the flooring - carpet, padding, and any other under layers.
Homemade pet stain remover recipes
Making your own homemade pet stain removers is simple and will usually require only simple, natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboard.
- Baking soda: This is nature’s deodorizer and is harmless for your family and the environment. It can be used in a variety of ways depending on the surface you’re treating.
- For machine-washable items, throw an entire box of baking soda into the washing machine with the affected items and run a normal load. Air-dry the laundry. If you can still smell urine, wash the items again with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle.
- For carpeting or upholstered items that can be laundered, liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area and allow it to soak up as much moisture as possible. Vacuum remaining soda thoroughly then treat with one of the other options listed below.
- Vinegar: After thoroughly blotting the stain and/or applying baking soda as above, mix warm water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Then apply with a rag in a blotting fashion or with a spray bottle. Place something heavy on the stain and allow it to soak up. Repeat if necessary. Undiluted vinegar can also be used to wash urine off of hardwood floors - wash area, rinse with warm water, and dry immediately.
- Hydrogen peroxide: This is another great natural stain remover and works well for pet urine stains. Mix up a batch of this homemade pet stain remover by combining 12 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, ½ teaspoon of natural dish soap, and 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda. Using a spray bottle, apply the solution liberally to the stain and allow to air-dry completely, then vacuum up any remaining residue.
- Rosemary: This essential oil will help to deter your pets from re-staining the area, especially when dealing with carpeting or upholstery. Melt a bar of castile soap with equal parts rubbing alcohol and rosemary essential oil. Let the mixture set and then use to blot or spray the affected area.
Store-bought natural pet stain remover products
When making homemade pet stain remover isn’t an option for you, there are some store-bought solutions you can try that can work very well. In general, the best solution for removing urine from almost any surface so that it is no longer detectable by your pet (this is especially important for cats) is an enzymatic cleaner. These work because they are full of natural organisms that eat away odor-causing bacteria that exist in the stain. The most effective brand we’ve found is Nature’s Miracle.
To apply an enzyme cleaner, follow these steps for best results:
- After blotting up as much excess liquid as possible - remember to treat all layers of the carpeting or upholstery - generously apply the enzyme cleaner, working from the outer edge of the stain inward. Be sure to apply enough of the cleaner to thoroughly soak all layers.
- Using a white plastic bag without printing to prevent ink transfer to the affected surface (turning a printed plastic bag inside out will often work), cover the entire area with the plastic.
- Add weights to hold the plastic down firmly over the entire stain. Books work really well. This will help to keep the area moist which is important if you want the good bacteria to thrive and do a thorough job.
- Leave the plastic and weights in place for 48 hours.
- Remove the weights and plastic and allow the area to air-dry completely. This may take several days and up to a week, depending on your home’s ambient humidity.
- Sniff the area once complete dry - if you smell a hint of urine, repeat the process.
When dealing with an old urine stain, it’s best to rent a carpet-cleaning machine and run it several times over the area (without any detergent of any kind as these can hinder the effectiveness of the enzymatic cleaner) to remove as much of the urine as possible. Then treat the area as outlined above.