How to Eliminate Dog Urine Stains from Carpets using Baking Soda
My rescue dog Darcy 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.This is why baking soda became my best friend (I know I’m sad!)
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 Deodorise Carpet Urine Stains
For wet 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.
For larger areas make up a spray solution of equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water plus two tablespoons of baking powder……shake, spray, blot!
This will stay effective for weeks, so keep on hand if you have a puppy.
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.
I’ve also heard of people using spray window cleaner, toothpaste, and soda water to remove urine stains but I haven’t tried these.
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.
I didn’t put the belly bands in the washing machine, I hand washed in a bucket and they dried quickly.
You can buy absorbant inserts for the belly band, but I used sanitary ware, it was far cheaper.
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