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How to Get Dog Urine Out of Carpet

With a dog, accidents sometimes happen. If your dog pees on the carpet, you should remove the urine promptly. This will prevent a smell from developing, which can encourage accidents in the future. You can use commercial cleaners to remove the stain. You can also try natural methods, such as baking soda and vinegar. In rare cases, you may have to replace part of the carpeting to remove a very stubborn smell.

Using Commercial Cleaners

1. Blot up the urine with towels and dish detergent. Just after an accident, clean up as much urine as possible. Place an old towel over the urine and blot up as much of it as possible. Then, place a few drops of dish detergent over the area, as well as a splash of water. Lay a few pieces of paper towel over the water and detergent and gently press it into the carpet. Absorb as much of the urine as you can this way.

  • Make sure to test dish detergent on a small portion of your carpeting that's not clearly visible. You want to make sure dish detergent does not react poorly to your carpeting before applying it to a urine stain.

2. Invest in enzymatic cleaners. After blotting up a stain, targeting the spot with an enzymatic cleaner is a good idea. These cleaners help disrupt the breakdown of bacteria that causes pet odor. This can help remove unwanted odor, which can encourage your dog to urinate in the same area again.

  • Follow the instructions on your cleaner's bottle for use. Usually, you spray your cleaner over the stain and it then dissolves and dries. This process can take anywhere from two hours to two weeks.
  • Make sure to test your cleaner on a small patch of carpet that's not visible before applying it to the stain. You want to make sure your cleaner does not stain your carpeting.
  • Look for an enzymatic cleaner that's specifically designed to remove pet odor. These will be the most effective.

3. Try a miniature wet vacuum. If a stain is set in, a miniature wet vac may be necessary to deep clean the carpeting. This can also be helpful if an animal is going in the same spot repetitively. Miniature wet vacuums can run between $150 and $200. If you do not already have one, see if you can borrow one from a friend or rent one from a local hardware store.

  • You usually run a wet vacuum over the stain, using a specific cleaning solution. Many wet vacuums sell solutions specifically made for pet odors and stains.
  • Each wet vacuum works slightly differently, so read over the instructions before using yours.

4. Call in professionals if necessary. If a dog is continually urinating in the same spot, the stain and odor may be deeply set into the carpet. In this case, consider consulting the internet and finding professional carpet cleaners. Urine cannot always be removed by spot cleaning alone. It can often soak into the padding underneath, as well as the subfloor. In this case, professional cleaning may be necessary.

Trying Natural Methods

1. Use newspaper and cold water for fresh stains. If you notice a fresh stain, you can blot it up quickly with old newspaper and cold water. First, place a few layers of paper towel over the stain and then cover them with newspaper. Press down on the newspapers for several minutes to soak up as much urine as possible. Then, remove the papers and rinse the area with cold water.

  • When you're done, you should blot up any excess water with towels.

2. Try a vinegar and baking soda spray. This can be used to remove excess odor or to clean set in stains. Mix two cups of distilled vinegar with two cups of lukewarm water in a bowl. Then, add four heaping tablespoons of baking soda and mix everything together. Add your mixture to a spray bottle.

  • Blot up as much urine as possible using paper towels. Press down hard to squeeze excess urine out of the carpet.
  • Generously spritz your carpeting with your baking soda and vinegar spray. Allow the spray to sit on for five minutes and then blot it up with paper towels.

3. Apply hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can also be used to break down urine and remove stains and odors. In a mixing bowl, mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with dish detergent and set aside.

  • To start, blot up as much of the stain as you can with paper towel. Set paper towels over the stain and then press down on them to remove any excess urine. Then, sprinkle baking soda over the stain.
  • Pour your dish soap and hydrogen peroxide mixture over the stain. Use a scrub brush to gently scrub the mixture into the carpet and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • After letting the mixture sit, vacuum the area completely.

Minimizing Lingering Odors

1. Remove the odor with baking soda. If an odor lingers after you have cleaned the stain, baking soda is great at neutralizing odor. Sprinkle baking soda over the area that smells. Work the baking soda into the carpeting using a scrub brush. Then, vacuum the baking soda out of the carpet.

2. Try hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda can be used to remove pet odors. In a spray bottle, add five ounces of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of vinegar, a teaspoon of baking soda, and half a teaspoon of orange-scented dishwasher soap. Shake the bottle until everything mixes together completely.

  • Spray your mixture over the area that smells. Get the carpeting very wet for the best effect. When the mixture dries, it becomes a powder.
  • Once the mixture has become a powder, vacuum it up.

3. Replace the carpeting if necessary. If you cannot get a smell out, it may have sunken deep into your carpeting. Dogs are attracted to the smell of urine and may continue to go in the same place. If a smell lingers despite your efforts, consider replacing the portion of carpeting that is causing the issue. This is sometimes the only way to deter dogs from urinating in inappropriate places.


  • If your dog habitually urinates in one spot, block your dog's access to that part of your home.
  • To avoid future accidents, take your dog out regularly and look for signs your dog is asking to go out. It may scratch at the door or sniff around your home if it needs to go to the bathroom.