How To Effectively Clean Pet Urine Stains, With One Simple Ingredient
Our puppy Luca gets so excited when we come home or have visitors that he occasionally literally ‘showers’ us with love. It’s not something that he can control, but we needed to find a good way of dealing with stains.
I’m not a fan of harsh chemicals or bleach, however, I needed to find a way to clean up puppy accidents that actually worked.
This is when I discovered baking soda. Most people have some sitting in the back of a kitchen cupboard. If you haven’t don’t worry, it’s available everywhere and is really inexpensive to buy.
So what is baking soda?
Baking soda is otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda. It is traditionally used in baking but has amazing cleaning results too. It is a mixture of sodium and hydrogen carbonate.
Use Baking Soda to Clean Up Puppy Accidents by Deodorising Carpet Urine Stains
For wet urine stains
Blot, Blot, Blot……Get as much moisture out of the carpet by covering liberally with paper kitchen towels. Stand on the paper towels or place a heavy object on the top.
When dry follow instructions below.
For Dry Stains
If the area is small, make a paste from baking soda and water and apply to the affected area. Spray with white vinegar. Blot with kitchen towels. Leave for two hours. Hoover or brush the area when dry.
You will be amazed at the results, it completely removes the nasty urine smell.
For larger areas make up a spray solution of equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water plus two tablespoons of baking powder.
Shake the bottle, then spray on the area.
Again, use kitchen towels to blot the wetness.
When dry, vacuum the carpet.
Keep the spray bottle handy to deal with other puppy accidents.
Biological Washing Powder
This removes the enzymes from the stain and as well as cleaning the area the dog will not be tempted to return to the spot to urinate again.
The biological washing powder can be used in just the same way as you would use the baking soda, to remove the moisture from the carpet.
I’ve also heard of people using spray window cleaner, toothpaste, and soda water to remove urine stains but I haven’t tried these.
If the dog is old or unwell sometimes prevention is better than cure. These belly wraps are designed for dogs with urinary incontinence. I used them when I had an elderly dog with dementia and with Darcy the rescue dog.
Pet Magasin Luxury Dog Wraps Extra Comfort (3-Pack)
To help Darcy I tried a belly band, which is a piece of material that you attach around the abdomen with velcro. It is designed to stop the dog urinating when the time isn’t right. These ones are sturdy and washable so they have lasted for ages. I bought cheaper ones and found that they bunched up on Darcy but these have a good width and don’t slip. Surprisingly, he doesn’t mind wearing them at all and we have much less stress at home about unwanted puddles. I have used them on senior dogs who don’t always make it to the garden. Additionally, I have used these belly bands on dogs recovering from surgery or on crate rest. I found them great for scent markers too.
1 I didn’t put the belly bands in the washing machine, I hand washed in a bucket and they dried quickly.
2 You can buy absorbent inserts for the belly band, but I used sanitary ware, it was far cheaper.
3 Give the dog a wipe down with some baby wipes (the dog version are really expensive) to keep him feeling fresh.
For more information on living with an anxious dog, you can read my post here