Need a quick fix for your pup's oopsie pee? You can make your own pet urine cleaner with products you probably already have. Made right, a homemade cleaner removes stains and leaves behind a fresh scent. You can use it on new or old stains, hard floors or carpets.
Making Your Own Dog-Urine Cleaning Solution
Fill a spray bottle one quarter of the way full with water.
Add two drops of orange extract.
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with benzoyl peroxide.
Replace the spray top and shake gently to mix the solution.
Using Your Homemade Dog-Urine Cleaner
Absorb as much of the urine as possible with a wad of paper towels. If the stain is on carpet, blot the spot with a few folded paper towels -- don't rub or mop, just press or step on the paper towels, replacing with dry ones as they become soaked. Repeatedly blot with fresh paper towels until they come up essentially dry.
Place a drop or two of dish detergent on the spot after you've removed as much urine as possible, regardless of whether the spot is on a solid floor or a textile such as carpet.
Spray the soiled area with your cleaning solution, aiming at the dish detergent. The dish detergent will foam a bit in reaction to the peroxide.
For hard floors, wipe clean and repeat until your paper towels come up clean. For carpets, rub the solution into the spot, then place a few folded paper towels over it, completely covering it. Weigh down the paper towels with a flat, heavy object such as a board or a brick or a book wrapped in a plastic bag. Alternatively, step on the towel to blot the spot.
Repeat Step 4 as the paper towels become soaked, replacing with dry ones. You may have to repeat the step multiple times.
If the paper towel comes up heavily colored, add more detergent, spray the spot again and put down another paper towel. Repeat until the paper towel comes up with no more stain.
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- Benzoyl peroxide neutralizes odors; orange extract provides a pleasant scent.
- You can use washcloths in place of paper towels if you prefer.
- If your carpet is not colorfast, you can replace the benzoyl peroxide with distilled white vinegar.
- You can replace the orange extract with other scents you enjoy, such as lemon extract or lavender oil.
- Keep cleaning solution away from children.
- Benzoyl peroxide may bleach the color out of some carpets. Test the cleaner on a hidden section of carpet for colorfastness before applying it to the urine stain.
- Do not mix dish detergent in the spray bottle; its reaction with the peroxide may cause it to foam excessively.
Madeline Masters works as a dog walker and professional writer. In the past she has worked as a fitness columnist, fundraising copywriter and news reporter. Masters won two Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Awards in 2009. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.