Time to open up the windows and do a little spring cleaning! One surface that takes a brunt of daily wear-and-tear is our floors. Carpets and rugs especially can be difficult to keep clean in a home with furry residents. While fur and fluff can be maintained daily or weekly, urine and fecal spots need to be tended to right away to prevent odor and staining.
Store-bought cleaning solutions are often expensive and/or toxic for pets. Homemade remedies are often less toxic, cheaper, and made of ingredients you probably already have in your home! Check out these tried and true DIY pet stain removers.
You will need:
- 2 Cups white distilled vinegar
- 2 Cups lukewarm water
- 4 Tablespoons of baking soda
“Volcano Spray” uses the same ingredients and basic chemistry as your volcano project from grade school! Vinegar breaks down sticky messes with its acidic properties, while baking soda is a basic solution that effectively eliminates odors. Together, their chemical reaction can unclog sinks, clean your oven, and remove stubborn pet stains!!
How to clean:
- Blot the area with a clean cloth to absorb all excess liquid. In case of a fecal accident, remove all solid residue before applying cleaner.
- Mix vinegar with warm water in a clean spray bottle. Spray generously over stain.
- Over top of the sprayed stain, spread a thin layer of baking soda. Within an hour (or longer, for more set-in stains), the baking soda will absorb the urine or fecal residue.
- Vacuum the area to remove the now-stained baking soda deep in the carpet.
You will need:
- ½ Cup of hydrogen peroxide
- ½ Cup of Dawn dish soap (reports say that the blue kind is best!)
Dawn dish soap has one million uses, including removing urine stains and odor from carpets! When combined with hydrogen peroxide, this disinfectant mixture will break down stains on a molecular level and kill bacteria.
How to clean:
- As with any pet stain removal, absorb excess urine with a towel and remove as much fecal solids as possible from the area before applying the cleaning solution.
- Fully mix one-part hydrogen peroxide and one-part Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle.
- Spray the affected area with the mixture. Let the solution sit on the stain for one minute.
- Begin scrubbing, making sure to work bristle brushes deep into the carpet or rug to remove any waste that had previously soaked into the fibers.
- Spray the area with water after scrubbing, then remove the stain and solution with a clean rag. Repeatedly soak the area with water until all of the stain and Dawn mixture are gone.
*Note: Hydrogen peroxide can have a bleaching effect on darker carpets and rugs. Before trying this solution, it would be wise to test a small patch of carpet in a less noticeable location.
Have you used these age-old recipes for cleanliness? Do you have your own spin on the solutions? Let us know in the comments!