How to Remove Carpet Urine Odor

The family pet may leave surprises throughout the house.
The family pet may leave surprises throughout the house. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Urine stains are not uncommon to pet owners or new parents. Urine can create an odor, and a carpet can be more quickly freshened the quicker the urine is cleaned up. Removing the urine quickly also helps with removing the stain more easily. So, the next time your pet or tiny toddler makes a mess, do not fret. Attack the odor with a quickness and it will be removed in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • 1 tbsp non-bleach liquid dish detergent
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • White cloth
  • Eye dropper
  • Hydrogen peroxide

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Utilize a paper towel and blot the area to retrieve as much of the urine as possible.

Create a mixture of 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of non-bleach liquid dish detergent.

Apply the mixture to the urine stain. Blot the area with a white cloth to retrieve the moisture from the carpet. Use a different area of the cloth to see how much of the urine you are picking up. Continue this process until all of the urine has been removed. If you find you cannot retrieve the entire stain then add a dropper full of hydrogen peroxide to the remaining stain and repeat the blotting process. The urine may not be visible, but there still may be a faint odor. If the odor remains then you have not removed all of the urine. When the odor is gone, so is the urine.

Vacuum the carpet to pick up excess particles and to add texture to the carpet.

Tips & Warnings

  • A few drops of ammonia can be added with the hydrogen peroxide, but this is not recommended if it is a cat stain. The cat may smell the ammonia and decide that another cat has marked his territory. The cat may decide he needs to re-mark the area.


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