Natural Way to Clean Dog Urine Stains

Cleaning up after your dog can be tough, especially if the urine stain is old. Rather than use a chemical-laden cleaning product to remove the stain, make your own natural and chemical-free stain remover by combining common culinary items in your kitchen. These natural cleaning products are safe around pets and children, and can be used to remove other difficult stains from a variety of fabrics.

  1. Vinegar

    • White vinegar is a powerful all-natural cleaning product that can remove the stain and the smell of urine. Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, and spray the pet stain. According to Green Cleaning For Dummies, let it sit for four to five minutes followed by blotting the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the stain disappears. For clothes, mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 qt. of warm water, followed by soaking your garment in the mixture for 10 minutes. Remove from the garment from the mixture and wash as directed on your clothing tag.

    Mild Dish Soap

    • According to Green Cleaning, a plant-based dishwashing liquid can even remove pet stains from upholstery. Mix 1/4 tsp. of dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of warm water, followed by dabbing the solution onto the stain with a clean cloth. Blot the stain with a dry cloth to remove the moisture, and if the stain remains repeat by dabbing more solution onto it. Blot to dry and allow 10 to 20 minutes for complete removal of moisture. Never rub the stain as you can damage the fabric.

    Rubbing Alcohol

    • Rubbing alcohol can also remove stains from fabric and upholstery, but must be diluted due to the potency of the product. Mix 2 tbsp. of alcohol with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle, and spray the stain until damp but not soaked. Allow it to sit for one minute, followed by gently dabbing the stain with a clean cloth. Spray the stain one more time, blot it with a clean cloth until stain is gone. According to Kimberly Delaney, author of "Clean Home Green Home," you can sprinkle the area with baking soda and let it sit overnight. Vacuum the spot the next day to completely remove pet odor.

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  • Green Cleaning for Dummies; Elizabeth B. Goldsmith; November 2008
  • Clean Home Green Home; Kimberly Delaney; November 2008

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