How to Get Old Dog Urine Smell Out of Carpet

How to Get Old Dog Urine Smell Out of Carpet

Dog pee on your rug is hard enough to clean when it is fresh, but its worse once it sets in. Here’s how to get old dog urine smell out of carpet.

We all love our dogs, but nobody loves the smell of dog pee in their house. Even if your pup has been potty trained for years, accidents still happen.

And if your dog still isn’t potty trained? Check out these tips on potty training.

Either way, dog pee in your carpet can quickly stink up the whole house. The trick is how to get it out.

Check out these tips on how to live pee free.

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How Do I Get the Smell of Dog Pee Out of My House

If you want to get the smell of dog pee out of your house, you need to start small. You need to find the source of the odor. 

With carpet, this can be tricky because it is not always apparent. 

getting pee smell out of carpet

This must be the very first thing to do.  Regrettably, urine marks aren’t always obvious. But you really have to find out where you’re dog peed because you can’t eliminate what you can’t discover.  

Smell is the biggest hint. I’m not too proud to admit I’ve been down on my hands and knees with my nose next to the carpet.

Another option is to try a black light. These can sometimes reveal urine stains without sticking your nose in it.

Once you find the urine spots, mark the center of the area by sticking a small portion of tape so you’ll know where you have to focus your cleaning effort. 

How to Get Old Dog Pee Smell Out of Carpet

How to Get Old Dog Urine Smell Out of Carpet

Once you have found the spots, its time to get to work. Here are 


Palin water - natural way to get rid of that bad urine dog smell

You might be surprised that this is the first of the many ways to get rid of that bad urine dog smell.   

  1. Begin by entirely rinsing the area with just plain water.
  2. Use a wet vacuum, but if you don’t have, you may choose to rent one.
  3. Keep soaking and vacuuming the stinky area until it becomes clean.

Tip: Steam cleaner shouldn’t be used, for the heat will just permanently set the stain as well as the odor.

(If you don’t afford to lease a vacuum, you can wet and dry the area repeatedly.)


BAKING SODA - neutralizing the strong odor of dog urine

This is great at neutralizing the strong odor of dog urine and also sanitizes the carpet area. The good news of using this tool is that it’s non-toxic so it won’t harm you and your pet. The good thing is it’s an affordable nontoxic item that most home-owners already have in their pantry.

  1. Scatter baking soda around the stinky area in order to absorb any remaining moisture and the odor it brings.
  2. Work in it well with a brush or a broom so that it can sink into the source of the odor.
  3. Let it stay overnight, then you can thoroughly vacuum the area.

Note: Always check a unseen area of the carpet earlier to be certain the vinegar doesn’t affect with the color.


VINEGAR - Dog Urine Cleaner

Most solutions for removing dog ‘s pee including vinegar for its effectiveness and naturalness. The smell of vinegar is also off-putting for a canine. You may think that when you use vinegar in removing a urine odor, your house would be left smells like vinegar, this is actually very effective to neutralize odor

  1. Use a spraying bottle and put white vinegar into it then soak the area.
  2. Wait a little time until the vinegar dries; when the vinegar odor fades, so do the urines odor. 

Tip: This is also an effective way to make your dog not wanting to pee on the same spot because that’s been sprayed with vinegar.


One time, I was so fed up with the dog smell in our house, I paid a professional carpet cleaner to come out to our house. While he was about to start, we were talking about the dog pee issue.

He said “I shouldn’t tell you this, but. . .” He then suggested the best thing to do was use Nature’s Miracle anytime I had an accident. 

NATURE'S MIRACLE - Best Dog Urine Destroyer

The good news is, it worked. I haven’t used a professional carpet cleaner since for urine issues. You can check out the price on Amazon here, it’s much cheaper than having someone come out to your house.

Additional tip:

If you would like not only to eliminate the odor but also change it with a better smell, use essential oils!

  1. Add five to ten drops of these essential oils to a cup of water in a spraying bottle. 
  2. After blotting away the urine spray the area with the essential oil mixture for a much more pleasing scent.


Even a small urine stain on the carpet will encourage your dog to keep re-marking that very spot, so it is important that you make sure you will completely eliminate the urine dog smell.

With good housebreaking, you are able to teach your dog to pee on the proper place but expect that there would still a few accidents at times.

Maybe you’ve got a puppy that is still learning, or perhaps your dog is terribly sick. Whatever the case, if you own a dog, you surely have learned the ways on how to clean dog urine out of the carpet.

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How to Get Old Dog Urine Smell Out of Carpet

14 thoughts on “How to Get Old Dog Urine Smell Out of Carpet”

  1. Sadly none of this has worked, I used an entire bottle of natures miracle also recommended by a carpet cleaner, a whole bottle of vinegar, I even used neat bleach and the smell is still there when you are close to the carpet. My uncaring tenant and her two dirty dogs and cat for nearly 8 months!!!! and people are offended when I don’t want to rent to people with animals!!!!! I had them steam cleaned after trying all this as needed to get the filth out so that probably didn’t help and the guy charged 75$ to deodorize too but still smells bad. Now I am taking my rug doctor and am going to try hot water with washing power / softener. email me if you have a solution please. [email protected]

    1. Years ago I had living room ceiling water damage and the Servpro tech that came to clean up told me that old dog stains in carpets, when wet again, will smell. The crystals in Dog urine dry up but when moisture gets to it again the smell will always come back. The crystals and salt need to be totally eradicated. There are some good YouTube videos to explain this. Good Luck.

        1. Essential oils bad for dogs

          Certain oils can be toxic to dogs when ingested or when coming into contact with the skin. Essential oils bad for dogs include:

          Tea tree: Toxicity symptoms include depression, loss of coordination, paralysis of the rear legs, vomiting, low body temperature, and skin irritation.
          Cinnamon: Toxicity symptoms include low blood sugar, liver disease, vomiting, diarrhea, and fluctuations in heart rate.
          Citrus: Toxicity symptoms include skin irritation, agitation or lethargy, vomiting, tremors, and seizures.
          Pennyroyal: Toxicity symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea—often bloody—as a result of liver failure. You may notice your dog acting lethargic. Seek immediate veterinary care as Pennyroyal toxicity can cause death in dogs.
          Pine: skin or stomach irritation, vomiting (possibly bloody), drooling, weakness, loss of coordination, damage to the central nervous system, and potential renal and liver effects.
          Sweet birch: Toxicity symptoms include severe gastrointestinal ulcers, kidney failure, seizures, and death.
          Wintergreen: Toxicity symptoms include vomiting due to severe stomach upset and ulcers. Wintergreen toxicity can also lead to renal and liver failure.
          Ylang ylang: Toxicity symptoms include difficulty breathing, weakness, unstable walking, and vomiting
          Essential oils safe for dogs

          Below is a short list of essential oils safe for dogs, recommended by the experts:

          Lavender: Universal oil. Useful in conditioning patients to a safe space. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, anxiety, and car sickness, to name a few. Not for use with cats.
          Copaiba: Supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, urinary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
          Frankincense: Promotes cellular health and immunity. Supports the nervous system and digestive tract.
          Peppermint: Supports the respiratory system and soothes aching joints.
          Petitgrain: Helps to calm the nervous and digestive systems. Good for dogs with stress or anxiety.

    2. I don’t know how your doing with the dilemma, however if you still need assistance, contact me via email. I unfortunately I just saw your post today.

    3. Use 0 Odor you can get it on Amazon or at Bed Bath & Beyond. Get the regular, not the pet odor. After you clean the area, saturate with 0 Odor. Let it dry. It’s always worked for me. Good luck.

  2. The vinegar was super effective! Thanks for the tips. I always have a professional come in to remove the stain entirely with an annual carpet cleaning, but I’m very excited to have found a way to get them out myself in between yearly cleaning. Now if only training my dog was this easy :/

  3. If you have made the mistake of using a stream cleaner is there still a way to get the smell out? I have a Yorkie whole training she went on the carpet who knows how many time. I cleaned it with my steam cleaner about three times and could still smell it so I then took it up. Thought I Would try again. So b put it down and I could faintly still sell it and of course lily who is pee paid found a spot and peed on it. Guess from old smell. I love this carpet and don’t want to get rid of it but have a sensitive noise and driving me crazy

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