You don’t have to spend a ton of money to fight the battle of pet stains and odors. You probably have some of the tools already. Check out these 3 DIY dog Odor and stain removers you can make at home.
Dog Stains Happen
Reality check. If you have a dog and you don’t live in a cave with dirt floors, you’re going to end up with stains in your carpet and other places you don’t want stains. If your lucky, it’s mud. If not, well you know.
Either way these natural home remedies will do the trick on even the most challenging situations. I’ve never been an expert cleaner, so I had to lean on the expertise of the great post over at everyday roots.
Remember, just like you would with any cleaner, test out a small area before you go ham on the middle of your living room carpet. (Then again, can it get any worse?)
1. The Old Reliable: Your Go To Stain Remover
Say hello to my little friend!!!! Ok it’s not that powerful, but when it comes to stains and odors, vinegar and baking soda are your best friends.
Here’s the mix:
1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
Sound boring? Yeah, well so does penicillin but it seems to work pretty well in saving humanity. Vinegar is awesome for removing stains. Baking Soda covers up odors. Together they do the trick.
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle for extra convenience or just use a bowl. You will get some fizz when they combine so take it slow at first.
Remember that before you use this or any other solution, you need to soak up and blot up as much of the “stuff” as possible. Spray some of the mixture on and rub and blot with a cloth.
You can also put the baking soda directly on the carpet and pour a little of the vinegar and water onto the baking soda. This will cause the fizzing action to work on the stain in the carpet.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then come back and blot it up and rub it with a towel until it’s dry.
2. The Hydrogen Bomb…. (of dog urine stains)
When it comes to get out urine and other dog related damage, it’s not just about covering up the smell, it’s about breaking down the urine and getting it out of your carpet.
We talked about that with one of the store bought enzymatic cleaners here.
Hydrogen peroxide is great at breaking down the urine and whatever other vile substances have soaked into your carpet.
To make this nifty DIY stain remover, you need hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
Follow these steps:
1. Soak up all the excess liquid with a rag.
2. Toss a handful of baking soda on the stain.
3. Mix 1/2 Cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of old school dish soap.
4. Pour the liquid mix on top of the baking soda and start scrubbing.
5. Let it sit for 15 mins and then come back and vacuum.
6. Repeat if necessary.
3. The Orange Crush… (of doggie smells)
You’ve heard of enzymatic cleaners? You can make your own at home. It’s gonna take some time, but you can make your own. Patience, grasshopper.
In this one, we’ll be mixing up a solution and letting it sit for 3 months to let chemistry make its magic.
This is what you need:
1 liter of water
7 Tablespoons of brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of lemon and orange peels and scraps
A screw too bottle you can store all of this in for several months.
Combine all the ingredients in the bottle and screw on the lid. Shake well and then unscrew the lid enough to let the gasses hiss out. Leave the cap on halfway so the bottle doesn’t explode. Let it sit for 3 months and you have your very own homemade enzymatic cleaner.
The 3 Best DIY Dog Odor and Stain Removers
Well, there you have it. You probably already have the stains, now you know that you already have the tools to fight them already in your kitchen.
Dogs are going to make a mess. The good news is you can save some money by using these natural homemade Stain and Odor fighters.