When Accidents Happen
Many of us are blessed to have animals to brighten our lives! They bring us so much joy, don’t they? But what happens when an accident occurs?
You know what I mean, your puppy is potty training and pees on the carpet or your cat is getting old and misses the kitty litter. How do you get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way?
Stick around…I am about to tell you how! But first…here is our story.
Here Is Our Story
A few years ago we had a cat, Mason. We just LOVED Mason! I mean how cute is Mason right?
Unfortunately, Mason was getting very old, 17 years in this picture. With age, sometimes cats begin to have kidney problems and oftentimes have a hard time squatting and pee standing up rather than squatting. This leads to the cat spraying urine on the wall behind the litter and oftentimes on the sides of the litter.
Well….have you ever tried to get cat urine out of carpet or hardwood floors before? Oh my gosh, it is nearly impossible.
I tried everything under the sun to try to get rid of these smells but it wasn’t until I tried to get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way that I finally tackled my problem!
And then Gemma came along…PUPPY….need I say more? Puppy and Pee go hand and hand don’t they? With these two adorable pictures are you wanting to run out and get a fuzzy animal yet?
So with an aging cat and a new puppy, you could imagine that we experimented a LOT with getting urine out of carpets and floors.
I think I have finally perfected the PERFECT formula to get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way!
How To Get Rid of Dog and Cat Urine Odors The All Natural Way
So what is this formula you ask? Would you believe me if I told you it has only 4 ingredients? Better yet, you most likely already have these 4 ingredients in your home already!
Here is what you are going to need:
- Empty Spray Bottle
- White Vinegar (See my post on How Vinegar Gets Bad Odors Out of HE Washer Machines)
- Dish Soap with Orange Scent, or Wild Orange Essential Oil (You Can Buy Here), (note: I have found that essential oils produce the best results).
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
Depending on the size of the area you are treating you might need to double or triple this recipe. Only make what you are going to use.
Safety Note: Dispose any leftover formula, do not leave it in the spray bottle.
Although this is a natural formula, you are mixing together items that could have a reaction if left to sit. Be safe and properly dispose of the leftovers if any.
As with any product, ALWAYS test a small section of the carpet, hardwood floors or furniture to make sure that this formula doesn’t react negatively with your items.
We used this formula on wood, carpets and linoleum floors and had no issues with any of them…but always check to be on the safe side!
Now that we have the ingredients and safety all taken care of, let’s dive into this simple formula.
Pour the following ingredients into a spray bottle:
- 5 oz hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp dishwasher orange soap (something about the orange scent help break up the urine smell), or for best results use 3 drops of wild orange essential oil (You Can Buy Here)
When all of the ingredients have been added, gently shake the bottle. Now simply generously spray the affected area with this solution and allow to completely dry. It will become powder-like once the formula dries.
Once it dries vacuum up the powder. If the smell is still there, then repeat this step again and add the extra step included below.
Final Application To Purify The Area
If you want to take this formula one step further, be sure to purify the area. To do:
- Add 6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (You Can Buy Here) to 1 cup of baking soda and place into a container and shake until well combined.
- Sprinkle on the dry affected area and leave on for several hours or overnight.
- Vacuum up and you will be good to go!
That’s It, How Easy Was That?
That is it! Easy right? Who knew it was so easy to get rid of dog and cat urine odors the all natural way!
As always, I am here if you should have any questions! Feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
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I am a dog sitter for a pup a few times a week regularly and I’ve noticed that even long after the dog is gone I still smell its scent. I’ve tried air freshers and got pretty good results. Will also try your home made idea. Thanks for sharing.
Are you at all concerned about making peracetic acid when combining H202 and vinegar? https://workersafety.3m.com/is-peracetic-acid-a-problem-ppe-you-should-consider/
Admittedly, you are adding baking soda so that you essentially have salty water befor the other things are added.
Perhaps add a disclaimer about fumes and avoiding getting it into mucous membranes? Most people’s houses have materials that have been sitting for long periods (losing efficacy), but even making a weak toxic material seems to go against your mission here.
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Thanks for sharing this process! I was given an old sofa from my friend to use in my first apartment, and it had some pretty bad dog urine stains on the cushions that reeked of urine odor. My parents usually just get all their upholstery cleaned once a year by a local carpet cleaning company and they remove urine stains and smells. But for this one sofa, they thought I could clean it myself. I used your cleaning solution and it worked very well! I’m excited that I don’t have to use a smelly couch, and I’ll be using this natural solution more often. Thank you so much!!
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Did not work! Within 5 minutes of spraying the affected area the smell was a lot worse!
Thanks for sharing this tip
I have a grapefruit soap. Do you think that would work in place of the orange scented dish soap?
So we got a new puppy, while bringing her home she had a potty accident in the back seat. Mind you she is a 30lb puppy so the accident was a big one! We purchased a “carpet cleaner” but the smaller version for seats and stairs etc. along with the pet solution. The stains were coming out and it smelled better when we finished. While checking the next morning the smell was waaaayyyy worse than before! Do you think this would work for our situation?