When you have pets, accidents happen. There are several methods of removing pet urine stains and odors with products that you most likely have on hand. Depending on whether it is a new or old stain, one of these treatments should do the job for you. If the area is wet, always blot up the excess urine before trying one of these homemade remedies.
A mixture of half vinegar and half water can remove a urine stain along with the odor. Using a spray bottle, lightly saturate the entire stain. Place a clean towel or thick cloth on top of the stain, and place a heavy item on top. After an hour, check to see if the stain is gone. Repeat with stubborn stains.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area and allow about an hour for it to absorb the moisture. Vacuum thoroughly or steam clean with a half and half solution of vinegar and hot water. This can be repeated if one treatment is not sufficient.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste
Start with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Add additional peroxide or soda as needed to make a thin paste. Apply the paste to the stain and let dry, then vacuum. Repeat if needed.
Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, Dish Detergent
Using a plastic or glass container, mix 12 oz. of hydrogen peroxide, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. of any light-colored dish detergent. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution to the stains. Saturate the area thoroughly and allow to dry completely. Vacuum the powdery residue from the baking soda, and repeat the process if necessary.
Stains on Fabrics and Bedding
If your pet soils his bedding or yours, or some other fabric, any of the suggested treatments can be used. Simply follow the instructions of application, then put the item in your washing machine.
Never use ammonia on pet urine stains, as this will enhance the odor rather than eliminate it. When using hydrogen peroxide on your carpet, always test an inconspicuous area first to make sure it will not "bleach out" the color.
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