How To Get Dog Urine Smell Out Of Carpet


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During the winter season, dogs among other pets stay indoors as much as possible. It is one of the reasons why they accidentally urinate on the carpet that leaves a strong odor if not properly cleaned.

To keep your carpet free from the smell of dog urine, I will be sharing the simplest step by step guide on how to clean dog urine on the carpet and remove the smell it left. In the latter part of the article, I will also be discussing some tips that can help to prevent your pet from peeing on your most favorite carpet.

Cleaning Dog Urine On Carpet

Here are the simple steps of removing dog urine and smell out of a carpet:

Step 1: Use A Vinegar Solution

Mix a vinegar cleaning solution by adding one part water to one part white vinegar. It is known that vinegar helps to neutralize the smell of urine and it does it in a way that will not ruin carpet fibers. These advantages make vinegar one of the best cleaning solutions for carpets as well as for other fabrics. It is also accessible at home so you can reach out for it any time of the day.

Step 2: Apply To The Stain Area

Pour the cleaning solution slowly on the area affected by dog urine. Make sure that the solution reaches the deepest parts of the carpet fibers to neutralize the area completely.

Step 3: Let It Sit

After pouring the cleaning solution to the affected area, leave it for about 10 minutes. Let the carpet fibers absorb the vinegar and also use paper towels to absorb the solution. Doing so helps to speed up the process of drying your carpet.

Step 4: Use Baking Soda

Drying a carpet can take several hours. When the carpet is almost dry, sprinkle a light amount of baking soda on the affected area and let the fabric absorb the dog pee odor. Baking soda is an effective solution for absorbing different kinds of odors including the smell of dog urine.

Let the powder set into the carpet fibers for 15 minutes and then use a vacuum to remove it at once. Vacuuming your carpet also helps to remove all dog debris on your carpet that contributes to the odor.

Aside from vinegar, you can also use commercially sold pet stain removers that claim to remove odors. You can also use air fresheners and deodorizers to keep your carpet fresh all the time. If vinegar and baking soda seem to lack of powers, you can consider using these products. There are also types of carpets that are hard to clean and remove odors using a particular product so make sure to read the label of the commercial cleaning solution when shopping.

Other Dog Urine Smell Removal Solutions

Corn Starch

Corn start is another home remedy that works wonders on removing dog pee smell on carpets. It works similar to baking soda, but it is not a popular deodorizer solution.

To use corn start to remove the nasty smell of dog urine on your carpet, sprinkle a thick amount of corn starch over the affected area. Afterward, spread it over the surface using a brush or a broom then let it sit for about 24 hours. You can also spray water to the cornstarch to make it wet if the odor of the dog urine is strong.

In the next day, use a vacuum to remove all the corn starch residue and see if the odor is gone. If it is still there, do this procedure along with another solution to completely strip odor from your carpet.

Lavender + Borax Powder

Mix the borax powder with 20 drops of lavender essential oil into a slide –top syrup dispenser. Pour a good amount of this solution over the soiled areas on your carpet and let it sit for about 15 to 30 minutes.

While letting the solution to absorb the odor of your dog’s urine, keep all your pets away from it. When 30 minutes is over, vacuum the cleaning solution to remove it from your carpet. The borax powder helps to absorb the odor of dog urine that clings on the carpet fibers while the lavender essential oil leaves a fresh smell on the material.

Tips To Prevent Dog From Peeing On Your Carpet

If you have a new pet, let him undergo a potty training. Most dogs can only hold their bladder for about 1 hour for each month of their age, which is why most dogs urinate indoors, especially on carpets.

To prevent your pet from peeing on your carpet, take it outdoors every 2 hours if it is 2 months old. It is also a great habit to take your dog out first thing in the morning and after its every meal. Of course, you also have to take it out before bedtime to help it have a comfortable sleep at night.


To sum it up, knowing the right way to remove dog urine smell from your carpet is essential. Since it is natural for dogs to mess up on your furniture, bed, or carpet most of the time, leaving your things smelling horrible can affect you and your family’s health. More so, keep the cleaning remedies I have discussed earlier and follow the steps accordingly to get rid of dog urine odor on your carpet.

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