Are potty training accidents stinking up your rugs? You need this simple 4-step solution to get rid of dog urine smells in your carpet! There are a million great things about owning a dog…and a few not-so-great things. Accidents on the carpet rank super high on my list of the “could totally do without” part of raising a puppy.
The first few months with Lucy, our Golden Retriever, were pretty rough. She was adorable, energetic, and good with the kids, but she just could not get the hang of being housebroken. Full disclosure, I was working full-time, and the weekends were not sufficient to help her understand what was expected of her. I sure could have used some housebreaking help at that point!
It seemed every time I turned around, there was another wet spot on my rugs. If I couldn’t become a master at housebreaking my dog, at least I could master removing urine from the carpet. Give these tips a try and your house will smell fresh again in no time.
4 Steps to Getting Rid of Dog Urine Smell in Carpets
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- Blot, blot, and blot some more! As soon as you realize there is a urine spot on the carpet, soak up as much as you can with paper towels.
- Make a solution of white vinegar and water. If you don’t purchase white vinegar in bulk, it might be time to start! It can pretty much clean everything, and dog urine is no different. Mix a solution of half warm water and half vinegar. Saturate the area and allow to soak for a few minutes. Soak up the solution and repeat as necessary until the paper towels are clear.
- Baking soda then bubbles. Allow the area to dry a bit, and sprinkle baking soda over the stain. Mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide (about half a cup) and a couple squirts of dishwashing detergent together and pour over the baking soda. Rub the solution into the baking soda with your fingers or an old toothbrush, but don’t be too vigorous – you don’t want to break down the fibers of your carpet.
- Allow to dry, then vacuum. Once the baking soda is dry, vacuum the area thoroughly.
It really is as simple as that. There are some products like Nature’s Miracle that I’ve found to work well, but my favorite remains the vinegar and baking soda method. Not only is it economical, but it’s also extremely effective.
If you’re really struggling with housebreaking or you have a dog who is older and is having accidents due to medical issues, you might try laying down a plastic tarp or two over your carpets to protect them as much as possible.
Fortunately, Lucy is now housebroken, and I’ve been able to put these tips (and cleaning supplies) on the shelf for the time being. I hope the same for you, but in the meantime, at least you’ll be able to effectively clean your carpets!