Easy Way To Remove Pet Stains

by DeeDee
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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  • Vicki Vicki on Aug 23, 2023

    Is the Hydrogen Peroxide 3% or a different strength? I know I use 3% plus baking soda plus Dawn for the time my go mixes with a skunk.

    If your formula uses the same 3% I can just shop for more bottles as my dog is not a quick learner.

  • Sally Sally on Aug 23, 2023

    Best way to clean a light colored microfiber couch? It always looks dirty and get water stains easily.

  • Marshell Marshell on Aug 30, 2023

    Do you know if it goes down deep to remove any smell?? I have 4 dogs and 4 cats and it seems like if one goes, then all the others want to go tag on top of the others'! Hiring carpet cleaners or buying a million bottles for a carpet cleaning machine has gotten way too expensive, & after while, they're at it again or the stains resurface, & I'm totally at my wits end! This seems so simple not only in the how-to's but also in the pockets!!

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  • Susan Grekso Susan Grekso on Jun 30, 2024

    Had the same problem with my beloved Bella. Thanks for the tips.

  • Barbara Bullard Barbara Bullard on Jun 30, 2024

    I had the same issue with my old friend, Tess.

    I found a way to make my dog happy with astroturf and pads underneath the patch of grass. I doubt she thinks it’s grass but she seems less upset when SHE realizes she made the oops.