Urine odors in carpets can be difficult to remove. With the proper method you can get your carpets looking and smelling just like new. This is a guide about removing urine odors from carpet.
This cleaner is cheap and works wonders. The recipe was given to me by my daughter years ago.
I mix this up in larger amounts. I usually use at least 3 cups of peroxide and 6 Tbsp of ammonia. I have yet to find a carpet stain that it will not remove. Some spots just disappear before your eyes. Others need to be blotted with white paper towels or a white cloth. If it is a terrible stain, the paper towels may need to be weighted down overnight.
Being the owner of four cats, I keep it mixed up all the time and I would put it up against the most expensive cleaner you can buy commercially. I have also used it on spots on upholstery as well as spots on the walls. It is a multipurpose cleaner for me.
By Dink from Louisville, TN
By Tiffanie 1
If you're potty training your child or even a pet and they have an accident, immediately pour salt over the top. Watch the spot when you can see moisture on top of the pile of salt. Continue to add more salt until it remains dry on top. Leave for 10 minutes then vacuum up the salt. This draws all the moisture out of the carpet and eliminates any odor. Works great, I've used it many many times!
Source: I learned it from my Grandma
By Tiffanie from Tooele, UT
This is how I get rid of pet urine odors. I have a lot of cats, when one pees on the carpet, the other ones do it in the same spot. I spray Listerene mouth wash on the area and the smell goes away. I've tried everything, this really works. Every morning, I lightly spray over my carpets and cloth furniture and it also makes the house smell fresh.
By Melissa from Blytheville, AR
Many years ago a vet tech suggested using hydrogen peroxide to remove pet odors from carpet, rather than buying the all too expensive store bought cleaners. I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since. Test an area of the carpeting/upholstery first, then soak the area you're treating with peroxide. Let it dry completely. The odor won't disappear until it is completely dry so don't be impatient, give it time. If it's a stubborn/very strong odor, you may need to repeat the process, but when you're done, the odor will be completely gone and you will have saved a lot of $$.
I have a Bissell Shampoo machine, bought especially because I had 2 older dogs, that once in a while peed on my carpet. To make a long story short, I tried everything everyone suggested and happened upon a good one. Someone here on Thrifty Fun suggested white vinegar and I tried it.
Remember you have to get through the pad or it won't do any good, so do small areas. Keep going over it until the liquid is all picked up. I put about l/4 cup of white vinegar to the gallon water container in shampooer, and put the regular shampoo in the dispenser on the shampooer. I let dry for at least 2 days then put dry baking soda on the spot, and left it there until the next time I vacuum.
This took the odor out and cleaned carpet, too. Hope it does as well for whoever tries it. Remember sometimes it takes 2 times to get to the floor below the carpet and the carpet pad. If you leave it too wet, it will sour, and you have another odor to contend with.
Sometimes now when one pees, I pour the vinegar water immediately on a spot. Then I just suck up all the liquid, and let dry. It is less work, and takes care of the problem.
Source: Thrifty Fun Hints
By gbk from south GA
By eah4593 2
How do you get dog urine out of carpet?
December 7, 2015
I add white vinegar to the wash/rinse water in my shampooer. This removes the odor very well and doesn't harm the carpet. You will notice a vinegar odor, but it dissipates once carpet dries. Just make sure you lift the urine from carpet as much as possible before using the wash/rinse settings on carpet shampooer. My shampooer uses the separate containers for a mixture of cleaner and it merges below the water reservoir container; not in it. Then the vinegar is used twice in the wash and again in the rinse. I don't know how large your shampooer's water reservoir is, but on mine, I add two cups vinegar to full container.
By Lisa 1
Is there a product I can use in my carpet cleaner to remove urine odor?
Lisa from Long Island, NY
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December 17, 20081 found this helpful
I use a few different treatments which work well. Sprinkling stain with dry washing powder with enzymes works well to remove the scent to help prevent attracting animals to re-offend. Also some spray fabric deodorizers such as Fabreeze can help too. Bi-carb of soda is a cheap & effective treatment to absorb urine odours. Sometimes it takes a few treatments to completely remove odour & do test on a hidden patch of carpet first to check carpet colour fastness.
December 20, 2008
I have tried alot of the neutralizers from pet stores without getting good results. What I have found that works very well & cheaply is to use Tide or Gain liquid detergent mixed with water, at least a 50/50 or stronger mix, pour over stain area, scrub in , cover with towels and let dry. You may want to test a spot to make sure it doesn't discolor your carpet. I have burgundy frieze carpet & it didn't change colors. I'd much rather smell Tide or Gain than urine!
December 21, 2008
Before I put down wood floors, I used a little Woolite with a bit of Clorox 2 and some white vinegar. That usually cleaned the rug very well, didn't remove the color, and got rid of any bad smells.
After my dog got sick and had diarrhea and vomiting both at once all over the carpet, I took them all up and replaced the floors with oak. Much better! Better to replace the floor than my precious dog. Since I live in FL, I probably should have put down ceramic tile instead of wood, but wood works fine for now.
By TammySue 1
I have a 4 year old dog that is constantly wetting on the floor in my bedroom. I can't stand the smell. I have used the Bissell cleaner solution for pets, but still have the same odor. Could someone please tell me the best, least expensive solution to my problem?
By TammySue from Bladenboro, NC
January 5, 20111 found this helpful
I found out Kid n Pet sold at walmart for right under $5 works great for dog urine ofor and stain. Just squirt it on the spot and rub with damp cloth. I then use my little green carpet cleaner with the solution in the cleaner. Nice, clean and refreshing. Little dog can't find that spot to redo.
My brother's incontinent dog has urinated on 3 of our rugs (that I know of). The smell in the house was terrible. Two of the rugs will probably be tossed out but one is a fairly expensive item. Any suggestions on how to clean the rug and get rid of the smell?
March 13, 2007
Try making a solution of "No Rinse Body Bath", flip that rug over and spray the stained areas. Wait a day, and see if need more. If there is any strange odor still the do solution of No Rinse with food grade or technical grade hydrogen peroxide. Drugstore version might have unlisted chemicals that might affect this expensive rug. i have used this mix for years with execellent outcome
We are renting a house and someone thought it was a good idea to carpet a bathroom. Unfortunately, it is the bathroom most frequently used by my children, including a 6 year old boy. Needless to say, the bathroom is beginning to smell like a subway station! I have wiped down the toilet and the walls and steam cleaned the carpet, but it still stinks. I have looked up cleaning tips, but what can I use that would permeate the carpet?
August 26, 2015
Correction. The product is called Nature's Miracle
By Ashley V. 1
I recently moved into a new place. The previous tenants didn't clean up after their dogs. I have a 9 month old and am pregnant. So I don't have very much I can spend and I'm limited on what I can use to clean with due to this being a high risk pregnancy. This smells really bad of ammonia and pee. I've tried pet carpet shampoos and other things. I've cleaned the carpet so many times I lost count. How do I get of this smell?
By Ashley V.
December 10, 2014
Our regular baking soda and the vinegar is the best solution to remove the stain and odor from the carpet.
I had an older dog with a weak bladder and a Shepherd puppy that after 4 months I had to return to the shelter because she would not pee outside. I've tried the vinegar and water mixture. I even let it set for an hour before suctioning it up with carpet cleaner machine. I have tried baking soda, carpet fresheners, Febreze, Lysol, plain hot water, plain cold water, and carpet shampooing products for pet urine. My house still smells like dog urine. Please help! I won't even allow company over I'm on a very tight budget and completely desperate to get rid of the smell.
By ST from Luther, OK
May 25, 2015
After rescuing a very sick dog and her litter of puppies, we had some odor problems. This is what I used:
1. Hoover carpet cleaning machine (buy it. you need it for long enough it isn't worth renting one.)
2. Hot water.
4. Enzyme cleaner (optional)
Fill the machine with hot water. Wet a three by three foot or so area. Let sit for 15 minutes. Run the machine over it over and over again flushing large amounts of water through until it appears the area is clean (water that is sucked up isn't foaming or yellow, no fresh odors float out.) Repeat in the next 3 x 3 area. Return to the original area to clean up what has "wicked" up in the interim. Repeat again and again and again. It will take forever and use a lot of water. I think the first time I did it it took about 30-35 hours and well over 75 gallons of hot water for about 250 sq ft.
After you feel fairly confident it is clean, you can go over it again with a very dilute enzyme cleaner.
You probably will need to repeat, not requiring quite as much time, after it has dried and some of the deep smells have worked there way up in the drying process. I thought I was going to have to replace my carpet until I did this...so it is all about how much you can afford, because time wise, it takes a lot of effort and a new carpet might be a better value for you. I did it during a week that dh was out of town and work was slow, so I could spend the time.
How do I clean dog urine on carpet? There is no stain but an awful urine odor.
September 27, 2011
I have 4 dogs and 4 cats, all inside pets. So yes we do get mishaps. I have used with great success Mr. Clean either the lavender scent or the aqua blue kind. Both work great. After soaking up an liquid, then I mix some up in a bottle and spray on generously. Let sit for 5 minutes and then use a heavy towel and a heavy weight to soak up any liquid. Usually I step in it until it's all pulled up into the towel. I have a carpet shampooer, in which I mix up Mr. Clean and shampoo the spot up. It works for me.
Sometimes I even add Mr. Clean to my laundry when a cat has messed on a throw rug or something that can be laundered in my machine. No bad scent or odor remains. It is the only thing that I have found that works and is cheaper than buying other products that are made for such problems. Good Luck.
By Cheryl 1
How do I get dog urine smell out of my carpet?
June 25, 2011
I found out the hard way. Never ever use a mixture of vinegar to clean carpeting of dog urine. The vinegar reacts with the urine and produces more ammonia than there was originally. I thought I'd pass out from the stink. I had to go to a pet store to get their advice and they informed me it's a very BIG mistake to put vinegar (white mixed with water) on dog urine for the very same reason I mentioned above. I bought an enzyme at $30 a gallon. Used it as instructed on the container and got rid of the stink. Unfortunately it took the entire gallon, and alot of work, for a small area but it was worth it in the end.
To remove dog/cat urine from carpets, use Masingill's Vinegar and Water Douche. Pour solution on the spot and with a towel using a circular motion (wrap towel around your fist, place fist on spot as if to punch and twist) continue doing this until liquid is dried up and the odor will be gone. My aunt had 5 pesky little wiener dogs who had weak bladders, her home never smelled bad.
By Teresa from Boulder City, NV
Anybody have a good home remedy for spraying areas that have been cleaned of pet urine so dogs will not start to pee in the same areas again? I've heard of vinegar solutions. Does anything else work?
By Maggie T. 3
I made my own solution to spray areas where there have been accidents, but without luck when the humidity goes up. It (the smell) just hits you in the face as soon as you come in the door. I have used my carpet cleaner with pet solution by the gallons and still no results.
By Maggie T.
By Melody S 1
Does anybody know what I can use in a carpet cleaner (shampooer) to get old dog pee smell out of 3 very large carpets? When I got my first dog and I live in a upper and it was very hard for me to get out of the house to get him outside to pee. I found out about pee pads and use them, but now I want to train him the right way to go outside and my house stinks of dog pee. I have used the vinegar and water in the carpet cleaner and that didnt work. My landlord put really cheap carpet in my place, but I really can't afford to replace it. I have too large of carpeting to use the blacklight and the towels. So can any body help me out on a solution to use in carpet cleaning machines? Help please.
By Melody S from Milwaukee, WI
May 29, 2012
I love this recipe: just be sure to test an area first, preferably where it won't be seen.
First soak up any pee that you can with rags or paper towels.
Then use this recipe.
2 cups hydrogen peroxide
2 drops (not squirts) liquid dish soap
2 teaspoons baking soda.
Mix thoroughly and pour onto carpet. Remember, pee sprays! So make sure you cover not just the spot, but the surrounding area. I doubled the area each time I used it. Let it sit for 24 hours. Do not soak it up with paper towels or rags: it needs to be left alone. Do not cover the area, let it air dry.
I have doubled and tripled this recipe and used it on carpets, walls, furniture and once a brand new bed! The formula needs to reach all the pee, so with the bed I had to triple the recipe because the pee had sunk deep into the mattress.
Do not store any leftover mixture; get rid of it. It apparently cannot be covered or bottled up because it works just like those volcano/lava experiments kids do at school! Make sure you test product first on an inconspicuous area. I love this recipe and it has not failed me. I have had people tell me it didn't work but then when they made sure they covered a larger area then they thought they needed, or doubled the recipe it always worked for them.
Good luck! I have had many puppies and one cat (peed on the bed when frightened) and this has saved many items in my home.
My carpet does not have stains it has been cleaned twice, but the urine smell keeps coming back.
On a humid day, does your house smell like a zoo? Why spend big bucks on carpet cleaning, and enzymatic cleaners when trying to remove pet urine smells from carpet?
Mix one gallon of white vinegar with one gallon of water. Pour it straight on the area with urine and let is soak the carpet, pad, and sub floor. After letting it sit for about 30 minutes, use a carpet machine to pull out as much solution as you can. Your house may smell like vinegar for a few days, but it will dissipate over time. The vinegar neutralizes the urine smell and your house will smell so clean. Enzymatic cleaners cost approximately $12 -
$15 per 8oz. 1 gallon of vinegar is $2.50. What a savings and just as effective!
If you have the dog or other pets you will need to use an enzyme based cleaner, available at most pet stores; even WalMart carries a good one called Pet Out. White vinegar will remove the smell as far as a human is concerned, but will leave enough scent to continue attracting animals to the area. Treat the carpet according to the product directions. If you can get to the under-layment, then you can coat that with any shellac based primer to seal in any remaining scent. It has to be shellac, don't settle for Kilz. (07/07/2004)
I agree with Patticat. Once it gets to the under-layment, you will need to use shellac to seal in the smell. If it is in one place, pull up the rug in that area and treat the rug, pad and floor with Pet Out, Nature's Miracle or another enzyme type cleaner. Once the under-layment is dry, coat it with shellac, making sure to go outside the edges of the stain.
When the shellac is dry, put the rug back down and shampoo the carpet in that area. Hopefully that will remove all of the smell. If it is all over the place, it may be necessary to replace the rug. It is easy to tell where the under-layment is ruined once the carpet is up. If the under-layment is warped, you may need to replace it, too. Nasty job but sometimes it's necessary. (07/07/2004)
Go to your local Dollar General Store, and, on the laundry aisle, get a bottle of DG Fabric Refresher Super Strength - $1.50. It's the same as Febreze. Spray liberally on every layer of carpet, pad and floor. Leave to dry. It will lift the odor out; there will be no smell when the spray dries. (I'm sure that Family Dollar has a similar product, also.) (12/12/2004)
Get a steam cleaner solution made for pet odors. Steam clean repeatedly. The scent will indeed come up again so this is why it is necessary to steam clean three, four times in the area. In-between efforts use arm and hammer carpet powder for pets and also vacuum the area before steam cleaning. If the smell remains try febreeze (or alternative) and spray liberally every day for a week. This is what I always try to do but is very time consuming as you can see. I personally will be trying the vinegar! (01/23/2005)
Use white vinegar and then spray the Stay Off Training aid to help keep the pet from going to the bathroom on the carpet again. (03/10/2005)
Sprinkle borax on the area, rub in, vacuum it up or shampoo, but let borax work for at least a half hour! (08/10/2005)
How do I remove dog urine smell from carpet. My 13 year old lab has had a few accidents. I use a carpet cleaner, but the smell is still there. Thank you!
Maria from Sterling Heights, MI
What I use is baking soda, sprinkle on carpet, leave overnight, then vacuum. It might take a few goes, but it does work. We are looking after a baby lamb inside with our 14 year old maltese. (08/23/2006)
I owe you folks my LIFE!
I moved into an apartment that is fully carpeted and had been inhabited by a "bunch of guys" and who knows what animals. When I steam cleaned the carpet it pulled up intense old urine odor in the living room and bedroom. A friend gave me some of a commercial concentrate that she swears by. Oh dear... the odor got worse. I was desperate, no only because I could not bear to come home to the odor, but my cats would soon start adding their contributions if I didn't solve the problem.
I found this site via google. I have soaked everything in cidar vinegar and the odor went mostly away immediately. Just to be sure, I sprinkled arm and hammer powder when the carpet was dry and vacuumed after an hour or so. So far so good. If something shows up again in a day or a week I can always try borax and other suggestions. (09/10/2006)
My house had 6 cats and 2 dogs previously living in it. I have already ripped out the carpet and pads and I applied enzymes to eat the urine (WARNING: Don't use any cleaners! The enzymes won't work if you attempt to clean the urine!). Unfortunately, we tried cleaning with bleach before using the enzymes so they didn't work as well. I'm waiting for the enzymes to dry then I will pressure wash the floors. After the water dries again, I will put 3 coats of a shellac primer down to seal the smell. I will never have any pets or even any carpets in my house for the rest of my life. (09/29/2006)
I have pet stains on my carpet. What will clean stains and kill urine odor?
Oxy Clean with your steam cleaner will do the trick. I have cats and have had them urinate on the carpet when they were sick. Oxy Clean gets the smell out and removed stains as well. I love the stuff! It is the best!
Hello I worked in a professional carpet cleaning supply store for the past six years and am a certified carpet cleaner.
Please do not ever use oxi clean on your carpet, Oxi Clean is what is know as an oxidizer what it will do is strip your carpet of its color. You may think it is working just great, looks good, until you have your carpets cleaned then you will notice irreversible damage there will be spots where the product is used that will appear lighter and have a greenish tint. This cannot be changed. If you want to use this product you must use it on the entire surface equally as not to notice the lightening.
Next onto the subject of the urine smell, the only product I recommend is a professional product made by a company called Pro's Choice. They have a website at www.proschoice.com that goes into great detail for professionals on how to get rid of urine. The product that I would use is called OSR it will remove the odor and stain. They have a product called Urine Stain Remover that is absolutly the professionals dream urine stain remover. You just apply after cleaning and it will make the stains disappear. Truely a blessing.
Hope this helps, you can buy these products online just do some research.
Sorry I forgot to mention, as far as enzyme cleaners for urine go the one to buy is made by Big D Industries and is called Enzyme D. You can buy this at www.bettymills.com This is the most economical and is what the professionals use. Don't waste your money on the ones that the pet stores sell or grocery stores. This is a concentrate and will last you forever.
To clean up pet urine:
*** A side note: NEVER use Ammonia to clean up Cat or Dog urine! Because Cats adn Dogs will be attracted right back to that same spot to go again, since all urine is so strong in ammonia, this "fools the pets nose".
Be careful to pre-test the carpet in a discreet area before using the Hydrogen Peroxide, just to make sure the carpet won't fade. (I've use peroxide many, many times to clean spots on my carpet and upholstery and it's never hurt my carpet, upholstery or any clothing fabric.
Peroxide works to remove ANY organic stain (that means it will remove grape juice which is natural, but not grape Jell-O or grape kool-aid which is artificial, anyway, you get the idea.) Peroxide will also remove Blood, Coffee, and Hot Chocolate! Peroxide is a totally amazing stain remover! It works by using Oxygen to "fizz out" the stain, simple, but effective!
Do NOT use the stronger peroxide that women bleach their hair with. Use the cheap 59 cent peroxide that is sold in grocery and drug store's "first-aid" aisles.
Above is how I got rid of that nasty cat pee smell on our carpet, but this works just as well for dog urine.
I just want to say that i recently used a mixture of ammonia and oxy clean and although it did get rid of the "urine" smell, it left a funky sort of musky smell. Any answers?
Editor's Note: Leave out the ammonia. It just makes the animal want to use that place again. Pet urine contains ammonia. Try it just with the oxiclean.
Hello to all you wonderful people out there I need your help. My dog decided to go pee pee where I couldn't see her and of course she left a yellow stain on my new beige rug and of course it also smells of urine. I've tried most of the store bought items like resolve to get the stain out but to no avail the stain still sits there yellow and smelly. help can anyone give me suggests on how to get this stain and smell out of my carpet. :-(
Adele from Belford, New Jersey
I have had good results with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of 20 mule-team borax and a tablespoon of oxy-type stain remover. mix with hot water and then put into a spray bottle and use as needed. The borax takes out the urine smell and the Oxy gets the stain. (07/16/2007)
My husband, myself and our two children just sold our home, and have decided to rent for a while. This lady is a nightmare that rented the house to us. Apparently, the previous owner, and probably previous owners before that, had pets. Cats, dogs, who knows. I can't rip out the carpet, and I'm sure that the urine is in the carpet, pad, and floor boards. We didn't notice the smell until we cleaned them ourselves - and now... wow! To make matters worse, we have pets of our own. They were perfectly potty trained, but now they smell the odors. I've tried vinegar, carpet sprays, professional steam cleaning. I can't find the exact spot either. It's like the animals previously peed everywhere. I have air fresheners in the house, but they are only temporary fixes, and give us all headaches. This is awful. Oxi Clean is a bad idea though. We did this to our old house. We thought it was great, but when we steamed cleaned when we moved out - the spots we treated were discolored. Please help us!
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) A black light will help you find the spots that are "dirty". (07/29/2007)
We inherited my father's house, and his senile wife had cats (no cat box) and dogs inside as well as an occasional rabbit. The wall to wall carpeting was in good shape prior to them moving in, but went south in a hurry! When we got it, I bought a Rug Doctor steam cleaner on e-bay, because I knew it would get a work out. Since entire rooms were polluted, we chose the worst and started in. I wet vacuumed the worst spots using the nose to find them. We had a black light and it showed urine everywhere. Commercial cleaners will do nothing as they hit it only once (been there, done that twice!). I hit the bad spots repeatedly for about a 6 week period, until the waste water came out almost clear. I soaked the carpet clear down to the floor boards and then sucked it up REPEATEDLY. I used about 500 gallons of fresh hot water on one room. When I was done, some smell remained, so while the carpets were still wet, I mixed 1 gallon Petzyme (cheapest enzyme available at Petsmart) with 4 gallons water and saturated an area until it "squished" under foot. Leave it like that for 12 hours or more so the enzyme can work. Then wet vacuumed with clean water, let dry. Vacuum. Sprinkle with baking soda based odor control powder; let it remain for a day, and then vacuum again. Now they don't smell like urine anymore! (08/10/2007)
By Ray K.
Use vinegar by itself and poor it on your rug. The rug and or house will smell for a day or two but the smell of urine goes away! Do not be afraid to use a lot. Also i do not know if this works on wool rugs. (09/13/2007)
My son who is 2years old has to run away and pee on the carpet and I found that 1/4 part regular white vinegar and 1 part water is good enough to remove the smell completely.
1. Make the mixture enough to fully cover the area
2. Fully soak the area to cover the pee area with the solution or rub it in for a couple minutes
3. Pat or rub dry with a towel.
Your spot will smell of vinegar for about 1/2 hr after but after its dried its like it never happened!
My husband and I have been working on a spot in our carpet and a corner on our couch for the last few weeks that our dog has pissed on! We have rented a carpet cleaner and went over the spot several times within a two day period, still smell the urine. I have used vinegar and water several times, still smell the urine! I have purchased multiple brands of pet odor removers, still smell the urine. We are so aggravated and at our wits end! We have tried almost everything I read about on the internet....nothing works! Not even the stuff that guarantees your money back if it does not work(good luck getting your money back!) NOTHING WORKS! You will be my hero if you can give me a working solutions that does not include throwing out my new couch or ripping up the near new carpet! HELP!
Jenn B (11/24/2007)
By Jennifer Belczak
Dear all frustrated people. I have been cleaning carpet for over 9 years now. Urine is very tricky. Dog urine is different that cat urine. For the lady with the couch, you are treating and retreating the outside of the couch. Don't forget there is fabric on the inside that you are not able to treat. Typically vinegar is suggested remedy because it is of a low ph. If you get the stain fresh (Good luck with that) then it should do the trick. Please throw away all resolve cleaners, it will cost you more in the long run. Oxy clean usually is only safe on Olephan (or plastic carpet) Ive heard recently that natures miracle with citrus oxy clean works. My client swears by it and I don't smell anything when I clean her past effected areas. Use at your own risk though. I hope this helped. Please remember that anything you put down chemical wise you must neutralize it. This is why when you clean a stain it goes away but then the stain comes back faster, you are leaving a residue that attracts dirt. Any questions feel free to contact my email Wres4life43 AT hotmail.com make sure you reference carpet. Good luck to all. (12/27/2007)
I just used a vinegar/water, hydrogen peroxide/dish soap solution I found online, with baking soda on 2 dog urine spots on my brand new berber carpet. Brain surgeon me did not test a small spot first, and my carpet looks bleached out! I think I am going to throw up seeing my carpet is only 5 or 6 months old. And if thats not bad enough, the spots are right in my formal as you come in my front door! There is now way you could miss them! Guess I really screwed up this time! (01/27/2008)
First Lesson:neutralize then clean. Vinegar has become a staple shelf product in my house. Goodbye Bleach, Hello Vinegar! When I was preparing to move in I thought I could wipe EVERYTHING down with a mild bleach and water solution. That's when I learned the neutralize first trick. Cleaners mask but don't remove scent. So it began with a mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle (50/50). It got better, only on still or rainy days or if the windows had to be closed there was a slight scent lingering. Big guns came out, went to straight white vinegar in the spray bottle. Gone! Goodbye bleach, hello vinegar.
My husband and I bought a house from an estate sale. The house was un-occupied for three winters in NE that I know of and the previous owners were a couple who tended to Ferrel cats. After he was taken out, the estate didn't know how long, how many or how they accessed the run of the house, perhaps through a cellar window. Even after the estate removed the obviously damaged furniture, and anything of value from 1920 era house, the walls showed spots of the animals. It took me nearly two years to rid the house of the scent completely. (03/30/2008)
Help! I had a couple of spots show up on the carpet where our elderly beagle must have peed and then it dried. Nature's Miracle works when I find the wet spot. I soaked the spots with NM and let them dry. Then I rented a Rug Doctor to steam clean using just water. Now it smells worse than before -- there must have been another stain I didn't know about. I've spread the smell over a larger area with the carpet cleaner - ugh. Any suggestions? Vinegar in the carpet cleaner? (04/20/2008)
I am a pro at urine removal. Most of the things on the internet sites are wrong. The vinegar myth is one of the biggest myths. Vinegar only lowers the ph of the urine, not remove the odor. Bleach or hydrogen peroxide will bleach out most carpets to the point most have to be repaired or dyed to remove the white spots. Urine odor is mostly a complex chemical odor that has a high ph level. That does not mean a home owner can't remove it sometimes. However try this method: if it doesn't work, call a pro and have it removed.
Treat the area with vinegar and water mix 50-50 mix. Blot the area to remove most of the liquid, then apply simple solution odor eliminator,mfg by brampton, available in most pet stores, Walmart, Target, Kmart, pet departments, etc. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BOTTLE. Repeat these steps if the odor returns. (05/05/2008)
How do I get the smell of pet urine out of the carpet? The whole room smells. I've had a shitzu for about 3 months. She is house trained. I stopped putting her in a crate because I am gone for most of the day. She wasn't' peeing in the house, so I decided to leave her in my daughters room. Now she has started to pee at the door, and other places in her room. I have cleaned it up but it smells bad. I don't know what to do. I don't' want to crate her for too long, but I can not continue to let her pee. The room smells horrible. Any suggestions?
Delilah from TX
It won't be easy. For very stubborn stains, you'll need to buy a carpet machine. Soak the spots with an enzyme-type urine neutralizer such as Zep. Let sit for a day at least. Then using the carpet cleaner, wash with a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water. Soak it well. Then wash with a 9:1 mix of water and bleach. Then rinse with a powerful deodorizer mixed with water. Let dry. If the smell is still there, do it all over again. One step eats much of the urine, the next neutralises the PH level, the next kills bacteria and the last freshens. Don't be afraid to soak it well. Just make sure you extract as well as is possible. (06/04/2008)
Soak it with white vinegar. Vinegar smell will be around for a week, then febreeze it for like a week. Gone. (06/24/2008)
I am going insane with the odor in my house. Vinegar doesn't work and I clean my carpets with a carpet cleaner using Tide in it and nothing seems to be doing anything. When I moved in to my condo, my partner had not trained her dog and she constantly peed in our house on our dark carpeting. I'm not worried about any spots being seen, it's a dark carpet, but even with cleaning EVERY SPOT we managed to find, my house still stinks.
I don't know what to do anymore, I can't stand it. I've put down baking soda for hours and then vacuumed it up, used odor removers, tons of Febreeze and I don't know what to do next. I can't really afford a specialist at this point, more really because she's still not 100% house broken and I'd be afraid to spend hundreds of dollars only to have to do it again in less than a month. Basically, I'm thinking I'm going to have to remove the carpet, put down new padding but I don't even know how to do that. I need help please. I'm desperate here.
If I end up having to put down new padding, is it expensive? Easy to do? Are there any other methods to remove the odors? The carpets are dark red. I'm trying to stay away from chemicals but if it comes down to it, I can kennel the dogs over night and clean it up that way. Help! Thank you in advance.
Trisha from DC
I had a problem with my cats when we moved into a new place. I tried a lot of stuff (don't mess with anything at the pet stores, they don't work). I finally found a product online at www.justrite.com which is an enzyme cleaner that you soak the carpet with and it pulls the odor and bacteria from underneath the carpet. It really worked, and since the odors were gone, the cats went back to using their litter boxes and have ever since (over a year now). It was a lot cheaper than new carpeting or padding. (06/27/2008)
I cleaned some pet stains up with oxy-clean. Now, 3 years later, the spots are now a shade lighter than the rest of my carpet. (06/28/2008)
My friend (a professional carpet cleaner) recommended NATURES REMEDY when I was house training my pup and he had a few accidents. He told me to shake the bottle well, then squeeze it deep into the carpet so it goes clear through to the liner. Let dry and the odor and stain is gone. NATURES REMEDY has enzymes to get rid of the problem. You can find it at any pet store. I have used it and it works. (06/29/2008)
Woolite oxy pet stain was the best until we found Nature Clean. In southern Ontario we find it in the organic food section of Fortinos. It's clear in a clear bottle with green & red labeling more or less. It's around $7.99 and easy to use. We dry towel up the most we can by stepping on the towel, then follow with Nature Clean. Spray on/walk away. It's unbelievable. Puts all other products with dual chambers & such to shame. (07/23/2008)
I work at a small Co-Op in Sault Ste Marie (Shaw Milling LTD.) and I have sold a product named Odor-Mute to people with similar problems. Each person that has come back has told me it worked WONDERS. In fact I'm renting a place now with carpeting in the living room which is giving me much the same problem and just realized that maybe I ought to give it a go. It's an enzyme based product as well so I highly doubt any staining. (07/26/2008)
By A. Mahlman
After having a problem with one of my cats, I tried numerous things and was at my wits end. I finally tried the following solution and have had the best results so far:
Mix together 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon dish detergent. Sprinkle baking soda over area and drizzle some of the peroxide solution over baking soda and massage into carpet. Let dry completely before vacuuming.
Keep a spray bottle of white vinegar handy, and if you see your pet even looking at the area, give him/her a little spray (not in the eyes), and eventually he/she will get the message. Good luck. (07/30/2008)
The best thing I have found is ODO BAN. You can buy this at Sam's Club by the gallon and it's a concentrate so it makes a lot of cleaner. It is about 10.00 for the gallon and you also get a spray bottle of ODO BAN. You may
have to go over the area more than once but it works. I put mine in my carpet cleaner. Hope this helps. (09/07/2008)
Best thing I've found is a product my carpet cleaner uses. It's called "Gets the Smell Out", you can order it at <http://www.getthesmellout.com>. He says he used to buy it under another label but it was only available to professional cleaners, so he convinced the manufacturer to let him market it to homeowners under another name. It's not prohibitively expensive, so you might want to give it a try. (09/23/2008)
A carpet cleaning guy told me to mix ammonia and hydrogen peroxide half and half. It worked so good, but it is overwhelming in smell at first! This is the only thing that worked. Oh yeah, sprinkle salt on it first and leave for 10-20 minutes. (09/23/2008)
I have a girl who is 14 yrs. and she is a wonderful girl but the other 2 babies try to attack her in the box so she is afraid of going to the bathroom in the box. I put a pee pad for puppies on top of a plastic garbage bag in a hidden corner and she always uses that but when I tried to clean where she was originally going it took many tries until I found a product called Urine Gone. It really worked and I tried all the major ones like Nature's Miracle, which is no miracle, it may have been water for all the help it was and I believe in the Urine Gone. Other than that I have no answers. It has been a while also and the smell has not come back. I did use a lot and then would let it dry, then vacuum, then do it again. (09/24/2008)
I use glass cleaner. It works good to get up stains. (09/24/2008)
What really gets rid of cat urine odors, cheaply? No, I won't give up my babies, but something has GOT to work. Has anyone had any success at all without it costing an arm and a leg? The smell is in the carpets.
Kip from Llano, TX
I too have successfully used Natures Remedy and have found it to work every time. If you're unsure where exactly the urine is in the room, turn off the lights and use a blacklight - the urine stain will glow white. (10/23/2008)
I have used white vinegar pouring it directly on the carpet remember to soak the padding underneath as well. Worked for me. The vinegar scent goes away fairly quickly after it dries.
Cats usually don't pee without cause, make sure you have kitty checked for underlying bladder infection, getting bloodwork for kidney problems. Then if it's behavioral (like my skittish kitty), the kitty can be placed on behavioral meds like Wellbutrin.
Could be as simple as she wants another box or doesn't like litter. (Some cats like to poop and pee separately.) Sometimes their is an issue of ownership of a box by another cat. Or she may just want to pee and its being used.
PS - Just saw post of woman spraying her cat with vinegar when she is near the spot. Please don't do that! Never spray your cat with anything other than water! You can do harm to their eyes. Believe me water in a spray bottle will do the trick. (10/25/2008)
I have also used products from Getthesmellout.com My parents have four cats and one doesn't like the litter box. We treated all the spots we could find -with a black light and our noses - with Get the Urine Out. I took care of all the urine smell. (11/17/2008)
A friend told me to try putting dry, unused coffee grounds down on the spot where my cat had peed. Leave the grounds down for a couple of hours (my friend said a day, but we've found that 3-4 hours is enough). Afterward, just vacuum it up. Worked like a charmed. Not just for carpets, any cloth. (11/29/2008)
Thanks Kristen, Odogone from Sam's club is amazing! My dog peed on my carpet three days before Christmas. I'm having 30 people at my home and my family room stunk of urine even after steam cleaning the carpet twice! I sprayed Odogone and the smell is gone. I can't believe it! I'm so happy. Thank you so much! (12/23/2008)
Just a little tip: Professional carpet cleaners that offer deodorizer can not offer that it will get out animal urine smell! That is because it does NOT work so don't waste your money! Now with no pets and to make your house smell good, is what it's meant for! Another tip: if the urine new, pour salt on it. Cover with something like a pie pan, let sit 24 hours and vacuum up ( the salt should be yellow). Spray with vinegar, soak up extra with towel, let dry, repeat two or three times. IT WORKS! Spray Febreeze to eliminate vinegar smell. It will go away after a few days. (01/08/2009)
Glad I found this site, given me some insight on how to get rid of pet odors in my carpet. I live in an old house and the carpet although it's still in good shape, I really can't afford to replace it just yet, so I tried the vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle and ta da, the odor almost immediately disappeared!
What a relief. I've read of so many different products to use and this one seems to have worked so far. I wanted to post to see if anyone has ever used the water and vinegar solution in a carpet shampooer? I figured if you can use it in a coffee maker to clean it out, what would be the harm to the shampooer. Will most likely try it in the a.m. and see if I can eliminate the odor in the whole carpet. (01/10/2009)
I tried Odorzout from Petsmart and it did not work. I used a shampoo formulated for per odor and that also did not work. Finally I used a 50/50 vinegar and water solution in my machine and it got the smell out. It took a few days for the smell you disappear. But it worked. I used 3 gallons of vinegar on 4 rooms. It smelled pretty weird in here for a while. But after it cleared, it was normal again! (01/12/2009)
I have 3 dogs and 1 cat. I was laying on the carpet in my hallway and smelled dog pee. I am going to try vinegar I hope it works. (01/24/2009)
By Christopher B.
My roommates dog keeps having accidents on my carpet. I hate coming home to the smell of urine all the time. I used a steam cleaner with half water and and half laundry detergent. It got the stain out and covered the smell for a couple of days but eventually came back. I have read on here that a lot of you are using vinegar so I will give that a try and if not well I guess the dog will have to go. Wink, wink. (02/10/2009)
My male cat loves to pee on my scatter rugs, bath mats, etc. I have poured vinegar directly on the spots and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. I then soaked the article in the washing machine and then proceeded to wash. Have put the article outside to dry. When dried, I could still smell the spot where the cat has peed - NOW WHAT? If I put this article back down on the floor, he will smell it and repeat the peeing process. Have had to remove all scatter rugs/mats but when company comes and need to put them down, I'm in big trouble. (02/24/2009)
I found a great product to remove pet odors it is called Whiff Whacker and I found it at www.thevetsource.com I first used it to remove the smell of cat from my garage. After I had pressure washed the garage it still smelled like cat I sprayed this stuff on it and came back two hours later to a smell free garage. It is all natural and it works great inside the house too I also used it on the spare bedroom rug after a female Dalmatian made messes on the rug. Now I use this stuff all over. (03/11/2009)
I have been overwhelmed by the horrible smell in my carpet! I have steamed, used baking soda, enzyme sprayed, etc. with no success. I have since decided to use previously used coffee grounds. I have read that it works miracles on many things! I took dried coffee grinds sprinkled all over smelly areas. I left it on overnight.
I vacuumed this morning. The smell is going away! It is still faint; but I can sit on the couch and not feel sick to my stomach! I would recommend using this for several days. (I will let you know if it goes away!) I already notice the area where I ran out of grinds. It smells. I look forward to drying out more grinds from this mornings brew! It does need to be repeated.
Good wishes on your smells!
By Viktorya from Dayton, OH
The odor probably isn't in your carpet anymore. It's in the floor! I rented a place once like yours and I had to have the landlord rip up the carpet and treat the floor. That worked! (04/17/2009)
Plain old white vinegar. If you have carpet you will have to soak it down to the flooring underneath. The vinegar smell will go away when it dries. If the smell is old you may have to repeat, be patient. (04/19/2009)
I read this tip on a cleaning site, thought it might be helpful. It is for removing urine smell from a carpet.
Mouthwash. While it may not clean the actual stain, it will remove the odor. Create a mixture of water and mouthwash, where you use two times as much water as mouthwash. Spray the mixture onto the area where the urine is and allow it to sit for a couple of hours. Place a couple of newspapers over the wet area and then vacuum the area once it's dry. The area will smell like the mouthwash for a day or two, but you will not smell the urine again.
By Pico from St. Paul, Alberta
White vinegar does the same. Will leave the vinegar odor until it drys. (05/16/2009)
Shake over the carpet baking soda, and brush it in. Let it sit overnight and then vacuum thoroughly. After you are done, shampoo the carpet with a steam cleaner. This method works well for me every time. (06/07/2009)
What is the best thing to remove dog urine and urine smell from my carpet?
There is this amazing stuff called "Out" it's actually used for cat urine, but it works for dog urine as well. I had to use it for both. I know for a fact that it is under $10 at Walmart. (07/20/2009)