Steam Cleaning Carpet Home Remedies for Pet Smells

eHow may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. Learn more about our affiliate and product review process here.

Pet smells can often develop in homes with pets. This is a normal problem that can luckily be taken care of with a few inexpensive items that are most likely already in your home. Steam cleaning reaches deep into carpets, where a vacuum cleaner may not be effective. Making a homemade steam cleaning solution will save you money.



Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and cleaning agent that will break up the ammonia in pet urine, making it the perfect option for a steam cleaning solution. Fill the steam cleaner tank with hot water and add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Clean the carpets, focusing on high-traffic areas and places where pets spend a lot of time. A slight vinegar smell will be released, but this will dissipate after a few hours.


Video of the Day

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a deodorizing agent that will eliminate pet smells. It is also a cleaning agent. Fill the steam cleaner with hot water, then add 2 cups of baking soda. Clean the carpets, concentrating on any stained areas.


Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent deodorizes and cleans most fabrics, including carpets. Fill the steam cleaner with hot water, then add a capful of liquid laundry detergent. Clean the carpets and repeat as needed until they have been cleaned to your satisfaction. The detergent will also emit a laundry-fresh scent.



Report an Issue

screenshot of the current page

Screenshot loading...