How to Clean Dog Urine

One frustrating aspect about raising a puppy or house training any dog is cleaning dog urine out of the carpet after an accident. The following steps involve a simple recipe, along with easy techniques that can help you get the stain and odor out, and hopefully discourage your dog from relieving himself in the same area again.

Steps to Remove Dog Urine

  • Absorb as much of the urine as possible. Place paper towels, old rags or towels over the urine and step on them with your foot to absorb the liquid. Repeat as often as necessary until the towels come up dry.
  • Saturate the stain. Mix a solution of warm water distilled white vinegar (three parts water to one part vinegar) and apply directly to the affected area. Let it sit for three to five minutes. Remove the liquid using the method in step one or if you have a wet vac, use that to lift the mixture from the carpet.
  • The next step is to remove the odor. Shake a liberal amount of baking soda over the affected area. The baking soda will neutralize the odor and help absorb any remaining moisture.
  • Mix ½ cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon natural dish soap. Lightly pour the mixture over the area and work into the carpet using gloved fingers or a clean rag or towel. Once worked into the area, allow it to dry for one to two hours. This mixture is what will help remove the remaining stain and odor.
  • Once the baking soda, peroxide and soap mixture has dried, vacuum the area well to remove remaining baking soda. You may have to vacuum the same area more than once to pick up all the baking soda.
  • This method proves effective at removing most stains and odor. Older stains may prove more difficult to get rid of, and you may have to try the above method more than once.

If the stain or odor persists after employing the above method, use a commercial carpet cleaning machine along with an enzymatic carpet cleaning spray. You can rent a carpet cleaning machine and purchase the cleaning spray. Use the cleaner to remove pet stains and odor.

Areas that have multiple urine stains may require the help of a professional cleaning company that has special chemicals used specifically for pet stains and odor removal.

If your dog is marking or persistently using the same area of carpet to urinate, you can use essential oils on the area such as eucalyptus, cinnamon and sour apple to deter them from using the same area. The smell will be good to you, but dogs don't like them. Using only a few drops diluted in water and delivered through a spray bottle should solve the problem.

Nothing compares to teaching a dog proper manners through constant observation and training.