The Magic Continues: Baking Soda and Pet Accidents (Carpet Stains)

10647067_2571189077692_6746848858850630751_n

Our two-year old Catahoula Leopard mix has annoying (and seemingly random) bouts of urinary incontinence (bleck!). We simply cannot figure out what’s causing it or why he has it, but it mostly happens in our hallway (pictured below). I think it may be tied to excitement (when we’re leaving on a trip, in this case), or fear (sometimes he’ll run from my husband when he knows he’s done something unacceptable), or playful energy (when he plays with Raven he’ll just start peeing).

20150323_120936

In any case, despite our love for the little terror, we are sick and tired of cleaning up never ending piss-trails all over the house!!  We have gone through an embarrassing amount of carpet cleaner (mostly “Spot-Shot”). However, now that we are trying to live a waste-conscious lifestyle, I refuse to purchase anymore toxic waste. So what’s a girl to do when a meandering trail of dog urine is snaking through her hallway?

[Drum Roll]

I decided to test the magical powers of baking soda in this DIY carpet cleaning solution. Here it is:

  • 20150323_120942Fill a spray bottle with about 1-2 cups of hot water.
  • Add several drops of your favorite essential oil**
  • Add a splash of white vinegar, recap and then shake gently.

*Make a small batch of cleaner if using essential oils. Any unused cleaner should be discarded if using a plastic spray bottle. If using glass, you should be just fine! You can always store cleaner in large class jar and then add only what you need to the spray bottle. Just be sure to rinse with warm water when you are done.

Our stain was dry, because we didn’t notice it until we got home from a weekend away, but if your stain is wet– blot mess dry with a cleaning cloth.

20150323_121222

First, I sprayed the stain generously with the liquid cleaner in the spray bottle.

Second, I sprinkled baking soda over the stain (I am sure you can probably dissolve baking soda into your cleaner too, but I didn’t) After the sprinkling, I went over the stain and baking soda again with the spray.

Third, I used our carpet brush scrubber to scrub the soiled area. Cleaning clothes, sponges, and other carpet tools will probably work great. I always used to use the extra tools on my vacuum cleaners to scrub stains with…

20150323_121400

Fourth, I placed some towels over the damp areas to avoid traffic dirt.

20150323_121821

Finally, when I got home, I removed the towels and vacuumed any remaining baking soda from the carpet. Honestly, I can’t really smell the essential oils I added, but I don’t smell any urine either…win!

20150323_121724

The entire cleaning process took me about 5-8 minutes, and then another 3 minutes to run the vacuum in the hallway.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s