We foster on a fairly regular basis which means accidents can and will happen. I've tried a lot of commercial products and homemade remedies in the past to remove the stains and odors which either weren't pet safe or they just didn't completely remove the odor. I don't remember where I came across this concoction but I've been using it for quite a while now because it works!
You must find any and all areas which are soiled and then train the pup to not eliminate in those areas. As long as the pet can smell his personal scent he will continue to return to the "accident spot." Even if you can't smell traces of urine, your pet can.
- 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 drop Dawn dish soap
1. If the accident just happened, then blot up as much as possible. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot and cover that with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding for about a minute. Repeat this process until the area is barely damp.
2. Mix together the ingredients. I like to use a plastic container and a clean cloth to generously dab the stain. Yo can also use a spray bottle to apply to the stain. Hydrogen peroxide may alter colored fabric or carpets so do a spot test to check for discoloration before using.
3. Gently dab or spray the mixture into the fabric or carpet being sure to cover the entire soiled area. It sounds gross but you need to remove every trace so get down and use your nose! If you have any mixture left over know that it can burst if kept in a closed container. It's cheap so I don't mind tossing out any leftover.
4. Let air dry.
I have mostly tile or laminate flooring so I add this mixture (minus the dish soap which can make the floors tacky and dull) to my steam mop to keep my house really smelling fresh and clean.
To clean washable items in the washing machine spray the soiled spot and wash in hot water. It's best to air dry these items if possible.
*Avoid using steam cleaners since the heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into the man-made fibers.
*Avoid using cleaning chemicals, especially those with strong odors such as ammonia or vinegar since these don't effectively eliminate or cover the urine odor and can actually encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area.