Tips for Removing Dog Urine Smell From Carpet

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It’s fun to have a furry little pet around the house, but they sure do make a lot of mess. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of their mess can leave a dog urine smell behind.

Moreover, carpets are their favorite place to go. If you have a dog then there must be a urine stain that smells on your carpet.

While accidents do happen even if your dog is potty trained, it makes your job getting rid of the smell a tad bit difficult. Luckily, we have some amazing and effective tips for you to get rid of the smell.

Once you get rid of the smell, you’ll have a fresh smelling carpet again.

How to Remove Fresh Urine Smell From Carpets

Before you get to remove the smell, you’ve got to get rid of the urine first. However, once the stain dries out, the dried pee smell will be hard to get rid of.

Here are a few easy steps you can follow to remove both the stain and smell from your carpets mentioned below:

1. Blot Up

If you see a wet spot on your carpet, soak it up. Use paper towels or any other absorbent material to soak up the liquid from the carpets. Next, use your hands to lightly press on the spot.

Keep using paper towels to soak up the stain until the spot is almost dry. This way you can get more liquid off of your carpet without damaging your carpet.

2. Dilute The Wet Area

Now you need to dilute the wet area. First, use lukewarm water and add a few drops of liquid soap. Next, wipe the wet area with a clean towel.

Repeat this process several times until the roundup pee stain is gone. Once it’s gone, use a dry towel to blot the area.

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3. Use a Natural Deodorizer

Before trying out a store bought chemical deodorizer, try the natural one. Baking soda is first in line for being a natural deodorizer. The best part, it’s found in almost every kitchen.

Take a few tablespoons or just about 140 grams of baking soda and sprinkle it evenly on the affected area. Make sure to keep the area covered with baking soda all night.

Always remember, using too much baking soda is not wise. It’ll be difficult to get them out afterward.

4. Vacuum The Area

The final step is to use a vacuum cleaner over the affected area. Vacuum over it a couple of times to get the baking soda out completely. After you’re done, you can see that the stain and smell are completely gone.

How to Remove Old dog Urine Smell From Carpets

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Old and dried out urine is the hardest to spot. They’ll have a pretty strong and bad smell. Problem is, you can’t remove the odor unless you know where it’s coming from.

To find the stain you need a UV light. Use the UV light to trace the dried stain on your carpet. Dog pee contains phosphors. The stain will light up under a UV light easily.

After you’ve located the stain, do the following to get rid of the foul smelling odor.

1. Soak The Area

Before you start working on removing the smell, you’ll need to prepare yourself with:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Warm water
  • Two clean towels

First, Wear rubber gloves and use warm water to soak the affected area. Then, use both the towels in turns. The first to soak the area and the second to blot it.

Repeat this process until you get most of the smell and odor out.

2. Enzyme-Neutralizing Cleaner

After soaking, the odor is diluted and won’t smell as strong as before. Next is to use an enzyme neutralizer.

The proteins in the urine cause a bad smell. Enzyme neutralizer helps break the protein in the urine. So, spray the area and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, blot the area with clean towels.

Removing Urine Smell with Vinegar

You can use vinegar to remove the bad smell as well. The process is almost similar to the one we have already mentioned previously.

  1. Use gloves, the stain is old and contains germs. Next, soak the area with warm water. Soak and dry up to get as much as stain and smell possible.
  2. Use a spray bottle. Make a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water.
  3. Spray on the stained area thoroughly.
  4. Use a clean and dry towel to soak the area dry.

Removing Urine Smell with Hydrogen Peroxide

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You can also use Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of the smell. But you have to be cautious while using it. It can bleach the carpet and weaken the color around the stained area.

Follow the steps below to get the smell out:

  1. Make a mixture using half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Be careful not to use the dishwashing machine detergent. It won’t work the same way as the soap does.
  2. Put the mixture into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray it on to the stained area.
  4. Use a toothbrush to get the mixture into the carpet.
  5. Let it dry. Once dry, the stain and the smell will be gone completely.

Is the Smell Harmful?

Anything that smells bad is irritating to tolerate around the house. But dog pee smell can be harmful to you.

Dog urine smell contains ammonia in it and ammonia in high concentration is harmful to your health. Their urine also contains bacteria which are equally harmful as well.

It’s best to get rid of the smell quickly and keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

Stop Future Mishaps

There are days when you’re on a rush and the dog has just made a mess on the carpet. Luckily, it’s easier to prevent further accidents than cleaning up after it happens.

Spray a mixture of white vinegar, lemons juice, alcohol or ammonia on your carpet. Your dog’s strong sense of smell will make them steer clear off of the carpet.

Final Thought

Cleaning urine stains and smell isn’t fun. But leaving them out to have your home smelling like a dump isn’t an option either. It’s best to get it cleaned as fast as possible.

We have mentioned some of the easiest homemade tips and mixtures to help get the smell out. They work quite effectively too. You can also try some of the professional carpet cleaning services as well.

If the smell still persists, then you may need to change your carpet altogether.

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Author Bio: Shawn is a content writer at FeedFond. He’s a doting father not only to his two children but also to his two Golden Retrievers. Check out more of his articles at

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