Easy Way To Remove Pet Stains

3 Materials
5 Minutes

ETA: My little Trevor has passed over the rainbow bridge now so please, no need to tell me about diapers or belly bands, those didn't work for him and this is how we dealt with it. Thanks for all the tips though! :)

ETA: PEROXIDE does have a bleaching effect. If you have any doubts of this solution bleaching or color changing your carpet, please try it in an inconspicuous place first. Many commenters have suggested a "rinse cycle" with plain water using a carpet cleaning machine after the solution step. I don't ever have to do that, but everyone's carpet is different. I think most of it is picked up in the blotting step that is not pictured but mentioned down below.

If you have a pet, especially an elderly pet, you probably need to read this post! Of course I went right to Pinterest to find a way to battle these pet stains. It only takes two ingredients and a tiny little bit of elbow grease and your carpet will look nice and smell way better too!

This is one area that was a problem. There are normally two areas that I have to keep a constant vigilance over.

This is Trevor, my grandpaw dog. He will be 16 next month and for his whole entire life he NEVER had accidents in the house. Just this past year he started to go in the house instead of asking to go outside. Poor dude! Keeping our light colored carpet clean and keeping the house urine odor free is a chore now! Sometimes I catch the accident right after it happens, but mostly he does this while we aren't home throughout the day and that causes the staining.

All you need is Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn dish soap (the blue one is best). CAUTION: Hydrogen Peroxide may cause bleaching to your carpet.

The mixture is 1 to 1 and I had a large area to cover so I mixed 1/4 cup Dawn and 1/4 peroxide in an oblong dish so I could get my scrub brush into it easily.

Using a stiff bristle brush, dip into the solution and apply to the stained carpet. Rub light to get the solution into the carpet fibers. Let this sit on the carpet for about 30 minutes and then blot with paper towels (I use my foot) to remove all the extra moisture you can. Keep blotting until the area is almost completely dry.

Please visit our blog for all the before and after pictures. Its nice while it last, but I know he will just create the same scene over again soon. At least I have this method to make it better!

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  • Mary Ann Jarman Mary Ann Jarman on Jul 02, 2020

    Do you think this would work on stains from where the water overflows from a plant? I have saucers under the plants but dark water always comes out the bottom when I water the plants. Sometimes it runs over and gets on the carpet then I end up with dark brown stains on it. Thanks for your help!

  • Sonya Sonya on Sep 03, 2020

    Is it okay to use Hydroperoxide #10 on carpets?

  • Toni201065 Toni201065 on Mar 13, 2021

    RIP Trevor. You may have remove the stain, it's the odor. Dogs have a keen sense of smell! The urine that's embedded further down in the padding. You need to kill the odor. This is why he repeatedly used those two areas.

    That is what I have been searching for, short of recarpeting the entire bedroom for one corner that she uses.

    Anyone have any ideas? I think I've tried everything on the market.


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  • Mary Jones Mary Jones on Mar 13, 2021

    I will try this. I also have found using the product Shout, designed for laundry stains , works well.

  • Janet Taylor Janet Taylor on Jul 21, 2021

    We just lost our 18 yr old dog. I will definitely be trying this method. It was a struggle to keep on top of all of the stains that happened. I am looking forward to trying this!