I collect all my laundry water in a big plastic tub in the back yard, and it had come to stink also. I sprayed the tub with Skout’s Honor and the filthy smell was instantly gone. 2 months later, the laundry tub has developed that smell again, and I know how to get rid of it now.
My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!
I foster dogs in addition to owning two of my own, so I have a lot of pups going through my house. Since they’re rescues and often times come from places where they haven’t even started on potty training, I have a lot of accidents in my house. And I do mean a lot. Pretty much everything you could imagine that could come out of either end of dog has probably ended up on my carpet at some point or another. Come spring time my backyard also turns into a mud pit, and I have dogs tearing in from the backyard tracking who knows what all over the place. In short, stain removers are a must at my house, and not only do they have to get the stain, but the smell as well. Unfortunately, it took me awhile to catch on to the fact that I could make my own and that they would work just as well as the dozen or so other expensive cleaners I’d tried before. Mud, blood, number 1 or number 2, here are 3 natural DIY solutions to keeping up on pet stains and odors.
1. Heavy. I know. I just said in #4 above that it was great it was heavy and don’t get me wrong, it is great and I wouldn’t change that fact, but that is just a con for some people who can’t do “heavy” for medical / physical reasons and I get that. I like the dry carpet more than I need a lightweight cleaner. Heavy duty motor sucks the water out, lightweight motor? Not so much. I had another Bissell about 13 years ago and it didn’t work worth a hoot. Ended up in the dumpster after a year. If weight is an issue for you, you may want to think about it.
First, our trained professional will do an inspection of your carpets with a special ultraviolet light. This light exposes any problem areas and odorous urine deposits that may not be visible to the naked eye.
The shade, light or dark, also changes. If it has no color at all, that may be because you’ve been drinking a lot of water or taking a drug called a diuretic, which helps your body get rid of fluid. Very dark honey- or brown-colored urine could be a sign that you’re dehydrated and need to get more fluids right away. It may also be a warning sign of liver problems, so see your doctor if it doesn’t get better after a day or so.
This is a concentrated mixture, so make sure to follow the directions otherwise you may risk a bit of damage to your carpet. It’s also really only usable on carpet, so even if you mix a spray bottle of the stuff you’re not going to get ahead much on hard surfaces.
What I finally did was to purchase this baking soda based + fragrance carpet deodorizer (Arm & Hammer brand with oxy-clean which pulls up 25% more dirt), sprinkled all over, brush the carpet with a broom to spread out the powder, then vacuum in 30 mins. I am quite pleased as I no longer smell urine in the house.

Is your dog still going on the floor? Getting dog urine out of your carpet doesn’t have to be hard, but you’ll need to act quickly. Dog urine that is allowed to dry will not only stain the carpet, but will make it easier for harmful bacteria to start multiplying. The following are ways to get dog urine odor out of the carpet to prevent future repeat incidents.
We love our four-legged friends dearly…but not so much the stains and messes they leave behind. We can’t blame them really-they don’t come into the world knowing they have to go outdoors or in the litter box every time they have to go potty! There’s no way to avoid the mess, no matter how well trained your friend is, but by making your own cleaners you can avoid lasting stains and extra money spent on store-bought stain removers.
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UV light illuminates any substance containing phosphors (including dog pee), making it easy for you to locate and treat set-in urine stains. Just turn off the overhead lights, turn on your UV flashslight, and get searching.
Same issues my friend had. She crated but dog was so unhappy. She finally decided controlling area is best option for her. She put a puppy pee pad in her bathroom suite & dog at least has better option which, while not ideal, allows her to keep her buddy close at night.
Clean furniture. Pet smells love to hide in furniture. Your cat’s special chair may be host to all sorts of irksome smells. The type of furniture will dictate the best cleaning method, but you should always check the care labels before cleaning to make sure the piece isn’t dry clean only. Care labels marked with an S mean don’t clean with water, and X means dry clean only.
As for the cons, I like many others wish it had another 5 feet of cord as I have a large open floor plan in my home. If you have more of a traditional type of home this will probably not be an issue for you as you will not need more cord length.
Basically, the gadget is an Ultraviolet or ‘Black’ light which has an LED, low energy bulb. Just shine it over your carpet or upholstery and those little ‘whoopsies’ will become visible so you can deal with them.
Bubba’s knows that our pets sometimes get in trouble, you know? And they’ve made this cleaner specifically to help you out when that stain and odor hits the floor. It’s even supposed to work with that worst of smells… cat urine.
Foul-smelling urine may be due to bacteria. Sweet-smelling urine may be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes or a rare disease of metabolism. Liver disease and certain metabolic disorders may cause musty-smelling urine.
Important. Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet to remove pet pee. One of the ingredients of urine is ammonia and your dog or puppy may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area if it detects the smell of ammonia. Many household cleaner cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to read the label.
Always check with your doctor if your pee is pink or red. You might have blood in your urine. It doesn’t always mean there’s a problem, but it can be a sign of kidney disease, a UTI, prostate problems, or a tumor.
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Please don’t keep a pit outdoors. They need their people. You can use a puppy pad and train her to use it. I use adult human incontinence pads – the extra large size for my dog. They’re cheaper than the specialty dog ones. The other option is to check out eBay or Amazon for doggie diapers. They come in a disposable type and various cloth versions where you put a pad in it. The pet stores carry them, too, but they’re more expensive. Keep your dog sleeping beside you.
This is what I do. I don’t bother buying store cleaners anymore, as with some “accident’s, you can go through a whole bottle! The solution I mentioned above works just as good or better. Then once a year I get the professional carpet cleaner to come. It’s amazing the stains he can get rid of that I can’t!
Mix lemon juice (commercial or freshly squeezed) with water and sprinkle it on your carpets. This smell is pleasant for people, but will keep your dog at bay. The citric acid is also effective if you want to clean and remove urine odor from carpets.
Enzymes are protein that help break up urine molecules and dissolve odors. Enzyme cleansers work, but they can take some time. You’ll spray or blot the area with cleaner, then let it sit for a while before blotting it up and scrubbing the spot. You may need to repeat this process.
It might sound strange to think that something as pungent as vinegar removes odors, but it does. Some pet odors, like a dog’s body funk that seeps into your linens or couch, are the result of alkaline chemicals, which the acids in vinegar neutralize, just as baking soda neutralizes acid odors.
If you need to get the smell of dog urine out of your carpets, spray or pour a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water onto the carpet where the urine is. Let the vinegar soak for at least 10 minutes, then blot up the solution with a sponge or paper towel and let it begin to air dry. When the vinegar is almost dry, sprinkle baking soda onto the wet spot on the carpet and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum it away.
If pet accidents are a regular part of your life, invest in an at-home carpet cleaning machine like the Bissell Spotbot. The sooner you clean up the urine, the easier it will be to get that stubborn dog pee smell out.
The Rug Doctor is made to handle those high traffic areas that can be a pain to take care of. Got a lot of dogs and made the mistake of going with carpets? You’re handled here, with superior suction, antimicrobial brushes and a “Super Boost” spray function that lets you really slam those areas where things have turned into a mess.
CR’s take: This Hoover performs at two extremes. It gets the poorest marks for cleaning of all the carpet cleaners in our tests but one of the best scores for leaving behind a dry carpet, an Excellent. It does have some nice convenience features, such as separate tanks for clean and dirty water, a 100-inch hose, a carrying handle, and brush attachments. Unfortunately, features don’t make up for poor performance.
Thanks Patsy, even though this is a method I have used successfully over many years when my dogs have had the occasional accident, it is always good to receive affirmation from a professional, thanks again for leaving a comment, Alison
Great article Sally, definitely covers this topic in-depth! However, we’ve got some carpets in a rental apartment that have old, and I mean really old, and now somewhat crusty, pee. What would you recommend as the best carpet cleaner for old pet urine?
If you have thick carpeting and padding, like I do, it does NOT work well at all. I spent the better part of half an hour attempting to get the water sucked out of the stairs with the hand tool. In order to get it to work well, you have to press down HARD, otherwise, it doesn’t suck the water out completely. No problem? Well, the brush works basically with the suction. When you press hard (being a weak upper body person, that meant I had to throw my weight into it), it stops the brushes from spinning. Kind of the entire idea of the tool, I would think. I ended up using the entire shampooer, not the tool on the larger/curved stairs at the bottom of our staircase and the tool to complete the top thinner stairs-which there are more of, hence the half hour cleaning time for 22 stairs. Basically, the stair tool is a “dud”, in my opinion, unless you have thin carpet. Even then, I think the brush spins rather weakly, making it not really a scrubbing tool. I still LOVE this shampooer and have very thick carpeting and padding which is able to be walked on within 2 hours and bone dry after 4-5 due to the great suction on this machine.
One of the nice things about this product is that it has Scotchguard built right into it, meaning that you get the cleaning and odor removal followed by a protective layer that will stay in place on the offending rug.