Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Carpet cleaner

Since bringing Jacob home from the hospital, our 2 dogs have gotten revenge on us by way of urinating on the carpet. Brand new carpet to be precise. SO frustrating and disgusting, especially now that Jacob is almost crawling and exploring all areas of the house.

I recently found a new homemade GREEN carpet cleaner that I swear by! I've also used the same formula to clean baby vomit. Yum.

Anyways, here it is...!

Step 1: Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water in a squirt bottle and liberally cover the urine (or barf)
Step 2: Scrub the area thoroughly to get the vinegar mixture into the carpet fibers. The vinegar neutralizes the ammonia in the pee, which will hopefully eliminate the odor and keep the dogs from continuing to pee in the same area.
Step 3: Use paper towels to absorb excess vinegar mixture. Don't skimp on this step. I usually go through an entire roll of paper towels.
Step 4: Once the area is almost dry, shake a healthy amount of baking soda over the entire thing.
Step 5: Mix 1 cup hydrogen peroxide (no more than 3%- otherwise it'll bleach your carpet!) with 1 tsp dish soap (I got a white Dawn soap with Oil of Olay for soft hands- it smells good and it's white so it won't stain my carpet). Drizzle the peroxide mixture over the baking soda and massage into the carpet with your hands. It should sud up a bit. Get it in there real good.
Step 6: Once the area is completely dry, vacuum dried baking soda.

Voila!! That's it!!! It usually takes me a full day to get through all the steps, so don't do this right before company arrives or anything.


  1. Dog pee on the carpet? That’s really a huge problem! It’s a good thing that you found a carpet cleaner that works well with you. That's quite a relief. Thankfully nowadays there are lots of ways on how to easily clean our carpet through either natural means or hiring professional services.

    Matt O

  2. With dogs around, keeping the carpet clean all the time can be a big challenge. It's great that you found something that will help you get those stains and smells out easily. The ingredients are very easy to find and make, and you get to pick which ingredients you use, so you know what's in it. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Nathan Riley @ Stanley Steemer

  3. That DIY carpet solution you shared would come in handy to those who live with pets at home. Having a carpeted house truly requires high maintenance cleaning, and this tip will really help us save a lot, as it is very easy to do too. Thank you so much for sharing, Kate!

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply