Pet accidents unfortunately happen if you have pets. Many commercial cleansers simply do not have the capability of completely neutralizing the odors left behind after you have succeeded in removing the stain. Homemade, or green, cleaners have the advantage of not only effectively cleaning pet stains but also neutralizing the odors.
White vinegar will not leave residue on your carpet, and it is a natural deodorizer. Vinegar helps to break up stains and remove them from carpet fibers. A simple all-purpose pet stain remover is a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. For tougher pet stains, you can add a teaspoon of dish washing soap to the vinegar and water. Many people worry that vinegar will leave a strong smell, but the scent fades as the vinegar evaporates.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. You can use it in either a paste or liquid form on your carpet. For stronger deodorizing, you can also sprinkle it dry on the carpet and allow it to soak up odors before vacuuming. When you use baking soda in a liquid or paste solution, the abrasive qualities of the soda scrub the stain out of the carpet. You can use vinegar and baking soda together for extra deodorizing power, but be aware that they react by bubbling when they are first put together.
The carbonation in club soda helps to release stains from fabric. It leaves no residue and works as well as plain water when rinsing carpet. Club soda also does not react to other cleaning solutions, so you do not need to worry about interactions with other green cleaning supplies or commercial cleaners.
Hydrogen peroxide has a relatively short shelf life compared to other household items; you may need to replace it once a year if you do not use it often. The standard three percent solution from a drug store is all that you need in order to clean pet stains. Peroxide works particularly well on blood and vomit stains. However, hydrogen peroxide will bleach carpet fibers. If you are concerned about whether your carpet is colorfast, make sure that you test the hydrogen peroxide in an inconspicuous location before using it on the stain.
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