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Removing Dog Urine Stains from Carpet

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Accidents resulting in dog pee stains can happen whether you have a new puppy, a senior dog or anywhere in between. This is a guide about removing dog urine stains from carpet.


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Here is a recipe to use on dog urine stains on carpet or upholstery.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. sodium lauryl sulfate
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. lavender essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger essential oil


Mix all ingredients together and fill shampoo bottle half full. Shake the bottle before using. Do not wet too much, you only need a thin layer of suds.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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Here are questions related to Removing Dog Urine Stains from Carpet.

Question: Old Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

I have two puppies. Every now and then I catch them peeing on the carpet! I try to clean it up as soon as I see it, but there are times when I don't catch them. The bedroom is really bad because they go at night when I am sleeping and cannot let them out!

It's making my apartment smell really bad! I don't even like to have company over because of the smell! Its horrible. I've tried everything! It just won't come out. The last product I used just made my carpet all stiff and hard, so now I'm trying to figure out how to fix that! Can someone please help me?

By ILoveMyPuppies


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DO NOT USE VINEGAR! NOOOOOO - This is a MAJOR no no for pet owners.
Deep pet stains can easily be removed from carpet using Genesis 950. It is a surfactant based cleaner which works by breaking the bonds of stains and lifting them from the surface. In doing so, it not only removes the physical stain, but also the odor as well.

It is very important that the odor be completely removed because animals urinate instinctively where they smell urine. If you are using a cleaner that only masks odor, or a cleaner that does not get deep into the carpet, then you may run into problems with your animal repeating the behavior in that spot. Genesis 950 completely deodorizes and kills those odors. You will want to be sure not to clean with ammonia or vinegar (or any cleaner containing these) as those items contain some of the same chemical compounds found in urine. If your pet smells ammonia or vinegar, they may mistake it for the odors found in their urine and continue to go in that spot.

You also want to be sure you are killing any germs and bacteria found in the carpet from the urine. Stay away from enzymatic cleaners as these are bacteria based in themselves. When used, the living organisms in the enzymatic cleaners are released to feed on the stain. However they often do not have the energy to reach the core of the stain or to get into the padding. Also, being living organisms themselves, the will die out. When this happens, you then have to deal with the odor of their decomposition in your carpet. Gross.

Question: Dog Pee Stain on Carpet

My little dog decided to pee in a corner of the room on my beige rug that I didn't catch so the stain set. It's yellow and its smells. I tried store bought cleaners like resolve and others but the stain is still there and it still smells. Can anyone out there suggest anything to get this stain out and help the smell in the rug? Any help will be greatly appreciated!


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By Yvette Cruz10/23/2010

Try Fresh & Clean. They sell it at a pet store. It is amazing. It has peroxide in it. I use it when I volunteer at an animal shelter. Natures Miracle requires to much and very expensive.

Question: Female Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

Does anyone have proven suggestion for removing dog urine from carpets? The stuff from pet store doesn't work and neither does Oxiclean. My old female dog (16 yrs.), because I left her home alone too long, and she had an accident(s).

I have tried everything. Hopefully you have had success and will pass it on. Thanks.

By Ginny R.

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By Frugal Sunnie [11]10/10/2011

Hatty is right-the lingering odor is likely coming from the soaked underlay of the carpet.

Since you posted your question a few days ago the padding has probably begun to dry but the smell isn't going away. MottmillerCremean is right about the vinegar, but because the accident is a few days old. You're going to have to do some remedial work. You're going to need:

*rubber or disposable gloves
*a big trash bin liner
*a big bottle of vinegar
*and a big stack of old newspaper-avoid using the glossy sections (won't soak up anything) and any colour pages (the ink will run and stain your carpet). Paper towels would be too expensive, you'd need several rolls to do this job properly.

Soak the accident area with full strength vinegar. Yes, it will smell strongly but it will dissipate and take the odor with it. Don't be afraid to use the whole bottle if the area is that big-make sure you soak the entire area including a few inches out beyond the accident in all directions.

Next lay several (at least ten, that's what seemed to be the magic number for me) layers of newspaper over the entire spot and go a few inches beyond the wet area, then step on the newspaper until it's saturated.

Pick those wet papers up and put them into the bin liner bag, then put another set of newspapers down, and repeat the stepping on process. Do this until the newspapers aren't absorbing anymore wet.

When the newspapers have absorbed as much wet as possible to get up, lay a new set over the area, but don't step on them; just leave them for a few days while the spot dries. Make sure no-one else steps on the newspaper, put a piece of furniture over it to create a barrier.

If you can open the windows in the room it may speed drying if your weather permits. If not, consider placing a fan aimed above the spot (not at it or you'll have newspaper all over) to help move the air and dry the spot faster.

I learned this while caring for a beloved elderly pet (neutered male Boxer) in his last years. I had to go to work, couldn't afford doggy day-care and had to come up with ways to cope. I finally started laying newspaper under and over disposable drop cloths and he would use that if I couldn't get home at lunch.

Bless you for caring for your elderly pet. I know from experience that's not an easy job, and a lot of people would not go that far.

Question: Removing Dog Urine from Carpet and Hardwood

I am curious to how to remove dog urine from carpets and hardwood floors. I have tried several things already like a steam cleaner, Lysol, dish soap, bleach, and even vinegar and none of that has worked. Can you please give me some kind of answer to what I can use?

By angel from Philadelphia, PA

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By Daniel Jaquier09/10/2015

Tea tree oil is toxic for dogs,bad not use this anywhere near dogs,not sure about cats,but I would not take that risk with a special friend...

Question: Removing Dog Urine Stain on Carpet

The stain is set in. I have tried vinegar and water.

By Sandy

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By Stephanie [149]02/12/2014

My friend's husband is a professional carpet cleaner and I actually just asked him about this last week. He strongly recommends a product by BioKleen called Bac Out for pet and kid stains. It's natural, safe around children and pets (even birds), and doesn't leave a residue behind. You can find it at most stores that have a health foods section or you can get it through Amazon. He also recommended Nature's Miracle specifically for pet stains.

Question: Removing Dog Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

I have a dog that has marked his territory on the bedpost in my spare bedroom. The carpet is an off white and I will lose my deposit if I can't get this out. It is dried and terrible. Please help!

By Lucy from Daniel Boone National Forest

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By Dink [3]04/13/2011

I think I have something that will help. I have yet to find a stain it will not remove and it must also remove any odor because everyone tells me that they cannot tell I have four cats in my house. And it is very cheap to make. Buy a large bottle of peroxide. A quart is about a dollar. Also buy a quart of ammonia.........not sudsy, just plain. If you don't have a spray bottle, you will also need to get one of those. Then simply mix a cup of peroxide to two table spoons ammonia. Spray the area until it is fairly wet. Let it sit a few minutes. Some stains will simply disappear before your eyes. Have a roll of paper towels and blot, blot, blot. If you have a terrible stain, you can fold several paper towels together or use an old white towel and weight it down with something and leave it overnight. I have yet to find a stain it won't take out. I keep it mixed up all the time and love it. Also, it has never taken the color out of any carpet or upholestry that I have ever used it on.

Question: Removing Dog Pee and Poo from Cream Carpet

How do I get puppy pee off my cream carpets? I want to do this without a carpet cleaner.

By Claire from Scotland

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By Ce [4]11/07/2009

There is an excellent product call Carpet Details Spotter. It is a great! I have two little dogs and my carpet still looks great. Carpet Details Spotter removes stains, does not leave any residue on the carpet. It is excellent for stains on clothing too. You can get it at

Question: Absorbing and Removing Dog Urine in the Carpet

I have a dog about 8 months old, he seems to have picked up a habit of peeing in the hallway. It doesn't matter what I do or use in there he always goes back to the same places. Arm and Hammer used to make a powder that you put on wet or dry places and it actually absorbed the liquid and when it dried you would vacuum and all was gone. Does anyone make a similar product?

By Loretta B.

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By Anita06/10/2011

I use SPOT-SHOT aerosol. I have totally white carpet throughout my home and have used this for several years. Follow simple directions on the can & it will remove it all !! No odor, no stain & no return to the same spot by your pet. You can get it at WalMart cheaper than anywhere else I have found. I have even used it to get spots off clothes when nothing else would work. Before I lost my dog, she was having bladder & kidney problems which had traces of blood in the even removed all of that!

Question: Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

My male pit bull marks his space all around the house. I have a dark colored carpet and where my dog pees it is like a light brown almost green. I have cleaned the spots over 100 times with all kinds of carpet cleaner and it does not take out the smell or stains. I have not tried a Rug Doctor because I am kind of scared that it will bleach it. My question is how do I get out these nasty stains out with out ruining the carpet?

By Kim

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By LaQuetta [1]05/17/2011

The reason the area has turned to light brown almost green is because the dogs urine has already caused it to bleach out. Permanent damage has already been done, the discoloration is not going to go away. Your only solution would be to dye the lightened areas to try to match the rest of the carpet.. I'd done so using tea or coffee as my source of dye because you can vary the shade by adding water. I start with what I think looks close and can then darken as needed. Sorry I don't have better news for you. Good luck.

Question: Using Downy for Removing Dog Urine Smell

When applying the 50/50 Downy and water after the fact, how does one clean the mixture up off the floor?

By Rachel M

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By PENNY K [15]04/08/2013

I don't know about using Downy, probably can't do any harm, but first apply white vinegar, full strength and let dry. Urine forms ammonia, vinegar neutralizes it so it is neither alkaline nor acid. The vinegar smell will go away.

If your dog is not trained and you figure there are more incidents in the immediate future, you might get pet enzymes or a box of enzyme powder to add to septic tank and make small solutions as needed and pour/spray on rug. Test in small spot to see if discolors carpet; it probably won't.

Question: Removing Dog Pee Stains from Carpet

I looked at my carpet with a black light and was shocked at all the spots left by my new puppy. Does that go away if you have your carpet cleaned with the right stuff or will I aways see it with a black light?

By Dolly T

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By Linda R08/12/2014

I have only been able to make the black-light visible spots fade. Nothing I've done makes them disappear.
I wish I knew what they were (what compound).

Question: Removing Dog Urine Stain from Carpet

I have a Chihuahua that gave birth two weeks ago. She has made several "boo boos" of urine on our off white carpet. I just can't seem to get the yellow/orange stain out completely. Please help.

By Carole C from Salt Lake City, UT

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By Dreamwvr [1]05/27/2011

Use a 50-50 solution of warm water and hydrogen peroxide. Sprinkle table salt on the stain, spray it with the solution and wait a couple of minutes then scrub. Make sure to test this in an inconspicuous area first.

Question: Removing Dog Urine Stain from Carpet

I need suggestions for cleaning dog urine out of my carpet.

By Barbara from St George, UT

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By bromung10/30/2011

Just fyi to people looking for a solution. Don't use the peroxide, baking soda and Dawn mixture that dorinmoz submitted. It doesn't work at all.

Just use Natures Miracle. It actually does work.

Question: Dog Urine on a Persian Carpet

What can I use to remove a dog urine stain and smell from a persian carpet?

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By Brenda11/14/2006

this link has some suggestion but not sure about the persian rug

Question: Pet Urine On Carpet

Whitish spot on carpet.My male dog has peed on my beige bedroom carpet, but it appears to have taken the colour out of it, almost as if I had bleached it! Anyone got any ideas please?

By B A C

Question: Removing Dog Urine Stain on Carpet

I have dog urine stains on my creme colored rug. Can anyone give me a clue as how to clean the stain?

By Dorothy A from Westland, MI.


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Archive: Old Dried Dog Urine

I kept smelling this faint urine odor and could not find where it was. When I was moving furniture to bring my Christmas tree in, I found a big dried spot of dog urine. I immediately got the carpet cleaner out and went to town with baking soda and carpet cleaning detergent.


Archive: Old Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

I have old pet urine stain on my carpet. I would like any solution as to how I can get them out. They are from dogs. Thank you for any help you can provide.

Lisa5 from Billings, MT

RE: Old Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

The best commercial products on the market right now for urine problems are made by CTI Proschoice you can purchase from professional carpet supply houses or online at My recommendation if you have both stain and odor is the OSR (Odor and Stain Remover) or for stain only you cannot beat the USR (Urine Stain Remover).

I have six years experience as a certified carpet tech. and have worked for a professional supply house for six years. Give it a try, you won't regret it. (06/14/2006)

By Laura

RE: Old Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

Rubbing alcohol works great for urine smells - doesn't matter what caused the smell. I learned this on accident, my girls got lice so I was spraying everything with alcohol. Their was a spot on their carpet where the cat had peed, and another spot on one of the beds where my nephew had wet the bed. The next day the smells were gone.

Also, if you catch an animal or child peeing on something spray it down instantly with amonia (windex has amonia). It will KEEP it from smelling. (06/19/2006)

By Nelinda

RE: Old Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

Baking soda obsorbs smells. (12/09/2006)

By Wes

Yellow Dog Urine Stains on White Carpet

After using white vinegar and various cleaners to remove old yellow stains from my white wall-to-wall carpet, what finally worked was Oxiclean, a small tub which I purchased at the supermarket. Follow the directions for carpet stain removal. It's mixing a scoop of Oxiclean with 2 cups water, saturating the spot, a lot of blotting with white paper towels, rinsing with clear water, and more blotting. You go through a lot of paper towels but it works! My carpet looks great! I am so happy the yellow stains are gone. (02/23/2007)

By Alice

Archive: Dog Pee Stain on Carpet

I have a large recurring urine stain from our Alaskan Malamute puppy that she keeps going back to. I have used vinegar, Spot Shot, commercial products, steam cleaner products and the stain reappears after a day. Do you have any suggestions?

Laurie1313 from Port Huron, MIchigan

RE: Dog Pee Stain On Carpet

Although I'm not sure, I would think that since enzymatic cleaners dissolve the molecules that make animal urine smell, it may take the stain out of the carpet. You can buy these at the pet store, and I know they work extremely well on odors, as I had two male cats (you know how bad their urine stinks!) who overmarked each others' territory constantly until I treated the carpet with the enzymatic cleaner. Hope this helps. (02/01/2005)

By Terry

RE: Dog Pee Stain On Carpet

I've heard about a lot of things that helped, but since I'm on a budget, I tried to find something that I already had around the house to use. I already had some Simple Green (it comes concentrated, but I dilute it) and I spray the pee spot and scrub it with a little scrub brush (with bristles). Later, when I vacuum, I use the Arm & Hammer Pet Odor removal Carpet powder and the vacuum. It leaves the WHOLE house smelling fresh! I also buy the Arm & Hammer brand training pads for him to use it on. It absorbs the odor and work very well! Good Luck!~ (02/02/2005)

By pojo

RE: Dog Pee Stain On Carpet

In the past I have used a spray of white vinegar on the stain, then clean it with the carpet cleaner. It does not always get the stain out though but try it. (02/02/2005)

By Sandy

RE: Dog Pee Stain on Carpet

Spend the money on a good quality commercial urine stain remover that deodorizes the spot - not "covers" the smell (AND all the underlying padding, etc.). It is needed to stop the odor from attracting a pet back to the same place. (12/20/2005)

By aardvark

Natures Miracle

Natures Miracle works great. There is another product that is cheaper in price that does the same thing... called Simple Solution Stain and odor remover. You have to follow the directions and it works. (12/20/2005)

By Cindy A.

RE: Dog Pee Stain on Carpet

Try the enzymatic cleaner called Nature's Miracle. It comes in a white bottle with red wording. It takes out pet stains and odors like nothing else. It even takes out cat urine smell. You can find it at pet stores, most of the big ones carry it, PetSmart, PetCo. (12/21/2005)

By cyclendogs

RE: Dog Pee Stain on Carpet

I'm not sure if this takes the stain out but i know it takes the odor out. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, wait ten minutes, and vaccum. It takes the odor out and may take some of the satin out. (06/29/2007)

By Kris

Archive: Old Dog Urine Stains on Carpet

I am moving and the home has old dog urine stains (yellowish) on beige carpet. I need a remedy to clean these spots, the odor seems in control, but stains look awful. I need to save carpet for time being.


Archive: Removing Dog Urine Stain from Carpet

I am trying to get dog urine stains off my beige carpet without spending alot of money.


Archive: Removing Dog Pee and Poo from Cream Carpet

I'm in dire need of help. We have a 12 week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy and it pees and poos everywhere and I can't remove the stains. Some one please help it's urgent.



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