How to Remove Dog Urine From Sofa Cushions

Here's hoping Fido will learn that sofa cushions aren't a toilet.

Here's hoping Fido will learn that sofa cushions aren't a toilet.

Bad timing: Fido decided to use the living room sofa as his toilet right before your husband's boss is arriving for dinner. The stain's not just an eyesore; its unpleasant odor fills the space. Don't panic - you can quickly remove all traces of your pooch's accident.

Items you will need

  • Waterproof rubber gloves
  • 2 clean cloths
  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

Put on waterproof rubber gloves. As much as you adore your pooch, you don't really want to come into contact with his business.

Place a small amount of dish soap onto a clean cloth or paper towel and gently dab it onto the urine stain.

Add a solution of 1 part water and 2 parts white vinegar into a spray bottle. Shake well.

Spray the cleaning solution generously on the spot of Fido's boo-boo. Don't scrub the stain, to avoid pushing it deeper into the sofa cushion. Allow to dry.

Wipe off any remaining residue with a clean cloth.


  • There may be a slight remaining odor of vinegar, but it will eventually dissipate.

About the Author

Liza Blau received a B.A. in English from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in fiction anthologies from Penguin Press, W.W. Norton, NYU Press and others. After healing her own life-threatening asthma by switching to a whole, natural foods diet, she founded the NYC Asthma Wellness Center. Blau counsels individuals on healing their own asthma and allergies with dietary and lifestyle changes.

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