I am a college student and just got a new puppy about a month ago. He is now potty trained and the few accidents he did have on the carpet, I thought, I had cleaned well. However, when it rains and the house gets humid, my living room has a distinct pet odor, which I find repulsive. I was wondering if there is a low cost method to cleaning normal carpet with a homemade solution?
Baking soda should help. It removes odours from your fridge and laundry. Sprinkle it on and let it sit for awhile before vacuuming. (09/25/2005)
Using any plastic container (not metal) mix the solution as follows:
Mix well using a plastic spoon (not metal). If you have a large area or more than one area to clean you may want to use a bigger bowl and mix enough solution according to your needs. Once it is mixed put into your empty plastic bottle. Always discard unused portion because the oxygen in the peroxide mixed with these other items can make it explode.
You have to find all the old stains and odors because they give off an odor to your dog or cat that has them coming back to the same place. If you have a black light shut off all the lights in your home and turn on the black light. The urine in the carpet or on the furniture will glow. Once you find the urine spots, then pour the solution evenly on the whole spot, making sure to saturate the carpet and the padding under the carpet (you may want to do a spot test on your carpet or furniture first.)
Once the whole urine area is saturated block it off to keep people or your pets from walking on it until it is completely dry. Do not blot up any of the formula because the stain needs to be saturated thoroughly and then dry on its own.
After it has dried, vacuum spot to remove any white powder left over from the baking soda. Scotch guarded carpet takes a while to absorb the liquid, but after it sits there awhile it will absorb into the carpet and padding. You may have to pour a little extra solution on this type of carpet. It may take a few days to clean room by room, but it will be well worth it in the end. If you have large areas to clean you can even mix up enough of this to go in a carpet cleaner and clean all spots at once. (09/27/2005)
I clean up the messes good and then pour vinegar on the spot and blot it up. I don't have any odors so you may want to give it a try. The smell of the vinegar will go away quickly. (09/27/2005)
Try making a paste mixture of baking soda and peroxide using equal parts, then add 3/4 cup of hot water. Mix it well. Put on stain and let dry. When it dries, brush off. (09/27/2005)
By Ann Marie
First blot up as much of the liquid, or solid, as possible; I use paper towels. Then sprinkle on baking soda. Atop that put a dilute mix of white vinegar + water; about 1:4 is good here. These two items will bubble 'n fizz while it works. Let the stuff sit there several minutes, depending on how severe is your stain. You'll get better at deciding how long with experience. This gets rid of the smell and the stain. Repeat if necessary. (09/10/2006)
For urine, feces, vomit, etc. use vinegar. No soap, detergent, or other cleaner until after you have doused it with straight undiluted vinegar. (01/27/2008)
Just a thought. Using peroxide may possibly work to remove stains and odor, however, you should test it in an area that normally can't be seen. Peroxide can also bleach out color. (03/31/2008)
I found a product online called "Bio-spotter" it is an organic pet treatment and it worked really well. It did not cost much so I would suggest looking into this product versus making your own. (03/01/2009)
I checked the Bio-spotter web site and no where does it say anything about removing urine odor just stains. It has been my personal experience with all kinds of urine stains on carpet that if you remove them before they dry using just water and a water tolerant vacuum like a shop vac, the stain and most of the odor causing residue is removed completely. If you wait too long, the urine changes and the resulting salt bonds to the carpet and can not be washed away with anything. It must be neutralized in place. Its called OdorXit Concentrate. (03/11/2009)
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