In U.S. households, there are 86 million cats and 78 million dogs residing within them. That leaves a lot of opportunities for stains!
If you don’t have any pet stain remover, try these simple hacks instead!
Number One and Number Two
Below we will look at the methods for cleaning urine and poop stains.
1. Water and distilled white vinegar, plus baking soda.
Combine equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl or measuring cup.
Before applying the solution, use paper towels to absorb as much of the liquid as you can. If you’re dealing with poop, pick it up with paper towels before you apply pressure to the stain.
Apply the solution either by pouring it on the stain or using a spray bottle. Let the solution sit for about 10-15 minutes.
After, use paper towels to remove any moisture and hopefully the stain. Don’t rub the stain, instead gently apply pressure and push into the stain. You don’t want to spread it.
Gently dry the area with either paper towels or a cloth.
If the stain remains you can sprinkle baking soda over the area. You want enough to cover the stain. Let that sit on the stain for 20-30 minutes.
Vacuum the area to remove the baking soda. If you’re still having difficulty, you may need to repeat the process. Make sure your pets don’t eat the baking soda.
2. Distilled white vinegar, water, and dish soap.
Use equal parts water and vinegar, as you would with the previous option. This time though, you’re going to add a few drops of gentle dish soap. Try to find soaps that aren’t toxic to you or your pets.
Spread the solution over the stain, making sure it penetrates the stain. You want to make sure the dish soap isn’t sitting on the surface. Follow the instructions as you would for number one.
3. Baking soda and distilled white vinegar.
For tougher stains, mix 3-4 teaspoons of baking soda into about a cup of distilled white vinegar. For the toughest stains, you may need to negate the diluting effects of water.
Follow the directions as you would for number one.
If you’re dealing with vomit, we have a few solutions for you.
4. Water, Salt, Dish Soap, and Vinegar.
Mix 1 cup warm water, ¼ cup vinegar, about a ½ tablespoon of salt, and a few drops of gentle dish soap. If the vomit is dry you can use a dustpan, scraper, or vacuum to clean it up. If it’s still wet, use paper towels to pick it up.
Use a sponge to apply the solution to the carpet. Alternately, you could pour the solution on the stain and gently push into it with paper towels or a rag. Let the solution sit for about 10 – 20 minutes.
Once the stain is removed, use water to remove the solution from the carpet. Use paper towels or a cloth to dry the area.
5. Hydrogen peroxide and dish soap, plus baking soda.
Mix 1 teaspoon of gentle dish soap with about a ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide. After the vomit has been removed, pour enough baking soda on the stain to cover it.
Follow the steps as you would for number four.
Be careful with hydrogen peroxide as it can discolor your carpets. Test a small part of your carpet to make sure it won’t bleach it. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide (found in most drug stores).
Let’s Get Cleaning Pet Stains!
Now that you know what to do, it’s time to start cleaning! Pet stains can be a pain to clean, now they should be a snap!
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