Homemade Carpet Cleaner – Pet Stains

Keeping the carpets clean and stain free can be a challenge, especially with little kids and pets.  Over the years I have used many commercial carpet cleaners and haven’t been happy with the results as I found instead of cleaning the spot it spreads the stain. I now use a homemade Carpet Cleaner which works an absolute treat and is very budget friendly!

Our cat Millee is a ragdoll with a gorgeous semi-long coat, at various times throughout the year she get’s an upset tummy from the fur she has swallowed resulting in dirty accidents on the carpet, not a nice surprise and be warned TMI, comes out both ends, poor girl, which leaves quite a mess on the carpet.

Easy and effective Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains, to remove any messes and odours.

I’ve tried commercial carpet cleaning products before, some have been good, but I have found others can leave a dull watermark on the carpet.  At our old place I could always tell where I had cleaned the carpet. We got brand new carpets laid before we moved into our new house so you can imagine I’m trying my hardest to keep them clean and thankfully I have found a solution and this was only by chance! I’ve used my new homemade Carpet Cleaner recipe several times now and it works every time.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Paper Towel
  • 1 part water to 1 part vinegar, in a spray bottle
  • Bicarb soda

I put my bicarb soda in a powdered sugar shaker purchased from spotlight (quite a few years ago) but most kitchen stores will stock these.

Easy and effective Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains, to remove any messes and odours.

STEP 1

I mentioned I came across this solution by chance as Millee had coughed up behind the couch, which I hadn’t noticed until it had dried up and I didn’t have a product on hand to use. At first I was pretty mad my carpet was dirty (I know she can’t help it) thinking it would be harder to clean being it’s dried up, but as a result I found it was easier.

  • Using a paper towel pick up as much solid from the mess as you can.
  • Vacuum up remaining mess.
  • Remove the attachment from  your vacuum and use the nozzle to go over the area, left to right, back and forwards, several times to pick up all the dried on particles stuck between the carpet pile.

This is really effective, if it was a wet stain it would more than likely smudge into the carpet more, making it harder to clean.

STEP 2

To help remove the odour sprinkle the area with bicarb soda then spray with vinegar. Do not drown the carpet in vinegar. You will see the bicarb and vinegar react together, this is when you have sprayed enough vinegar (I give my nozzle about 4 squeezes).

Leave to sit for 30 minutes to a couple of hours, it’s up to you.  I usually walk away and forget about it for awhile, this leave time for the bicarb and vinegar solution to do its thing.

It may be hard to see in the image below, but this solution brings the colour to the surface, making it easy to vacuum away.
Easy and effective Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains, to remove any messes and odours.

STEP 3

Vacuum up the powder from the carpet. You may be lucky enough not to require any more cleaning, that’s it!  But if you can still see a hint of stain left spray again with vinegar/water and dab a paper towel over the surface to absorb the vinegar, continue to do this until the stain has vanished.

DO NOT RUB the area, dab/blot only.  Rubbing will damage the carpet pile and can spread the stain further.

Easy and effective Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains, to remove any messes and odours.

There you go, my effective Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains, let me know if you try it and if it works too!

Easy and effective DIY Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains, to remove any messes and odours.

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26 comments

Venessa O'Connell August 18, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Hi Katrina,
thanks for the great post. Can you offer me any advice on removing or minimising the odour from cat pee that has soaked into the cloth part of a leather lounge… We didn’t realise that it had been happening and not sure of how to tackle it.
Thanks in advance, Venessa

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 18, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Hi Venessa, I would try using this technique the bicarb and vinegar will help to lift the water underneath and remove the odour, sunlight will also help if it’s possible to move it outside for a day.

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Venessa O'Connell August 19, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Thanks for that, I’ll give it a go. We did put it out in the sun for a day without cleaning it your way first and it made the smell worse, like it cooked the urine…. yuck
Thanks again, Venessa

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Rebecca August 19, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Just tried this last night on a few stubborn and old cat wee patches. Used more vinegar than you suggested and a lot of bicarb (it was on a mat so I wasn’t stressed about any potential damage). Vacuumed it up the next day and the scent is completely gone, leaving the carpet pile soft like it’s brand new.
Thanks so much for the tip Kat! Saves heaps of money on expensive and complicated pet stain cleaners.

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Deborah August 20, 2016 - 2:03 AM

Hi, I’m in the U.S. and not sure what you mean by spray with bicarb soda? Is that baking soda dissolved in water and, if so, what are the proportions? Thanks so much!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 20, 2016 - 3:14 PM

that could be a double stick or 8oz, hope you enjoy Deborah.

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Jade August 20, 2016 - 4:07 PM

I have been looking for plastic or glass spray bottles and haven’t found any. Where did you get yours from?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 21, 2016 - 1:53 PM

I got mine from the hair salons at the major shopping centres that have little shops in the front, like hair house warehouse.

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Jodie September 30, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Hi Katrina
This is great we have a new kitten lol, would it work as a general carpet cleaner as well? We have carpet that is 40 years old and needs a refresh… not too,bad but with four kids a few stains have appeared from my family lol

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Therese October 4, 2016 - 10:01 AM

You cannot beat the cleaning power of good old vinegar and bi carb! As the owner of a carpet cleaning business I think this method is a fairly effective, safe and inexpensive way to tackle some pet stains. I would probably just add that it is important to always test any cleaning method on an inconspicuous area of the carpet first as all carpet fibres are different – so you need to make sure what you use does not remove dye from the carpet or cause any other damage. I would also say that if the odour persists then it is probably because the pet urine has soaked through to the underlay and sub floor, in which case it would be best to seek the help of a professional carpet cleaner. In some of these cases the only way to permanently remove the odour is to pull up the carpet, remove the underlay, clean the sub floor and carpet face and backing, replace the underlay and refit the carpet. Also don’t ever use straight vinegar – always dilute it as Kat recommends – vinegar used undiluted can cause staining.

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Scott June 15, 2017 - 3:57 AM

Very impressive blog. I iagre with that, “Keeping the carpets clean and stain free can be a challenge, especially with little kids and pets. Over the years I have used many commercial carpet cleaners and haven’t been happy with the results as I found instead of cleaning the spot it spreads the stain.” Thanks so much for all those wonderful ideas.

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Prerna Jain August 29, 2017 - 5:55 PM

I am a cleaning expert in Melbourne and I must say a nice carpet looks great and feels warm and cozy underfoot. However without proper care, it can easily become worn and damaged. This article I have found very interesting and helpful to made homemade carpet cleaner. I will definitely try this.
Thanks for the information.

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Alex Martinjile December 4, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Hi Katrina,

Thanks for these amazing tips. To be honest, it’s really difficult for me to make myself get up from the couch on a weekend and start cleaning. Also, I am on a budget so these tips that you have shared will do me much good. Although, I regularly check for easy cleaning tips online, I sometimes by calling professional cleaning services for help. I found this one Tom’s cleaning that does everything so when I am not in the mood to clean I just call them up for cleaning the carpets and tiles and all once in a while. I guess we can all enjoy a cheat day. Thanks for the info though. Loved it will keep coming back to your site.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 5, 2017 - 2:20 PM

I feel the same Alex. That’s great that you have found someone to come and help out. Thanks for your feedback

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Meg Long April 13, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Hi Katrina,
You have been my ‘go-to’ for cleaning suggestions for a few years now. The multipurpose cleaner is a god send!
What would you recommend for a urine accident on carpet? My little boy just didn’t make it.
Love to hear your suggestion.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 17, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Hi Meg, I use this same method, except I don’t use the vaccum initially, to clean up the urine when Zoe was a puppy. The bicarb help absorbs the urine bring it to the surface. You may need to repeat this method several times to completely eliminate the smell.

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Denise July 9, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Hi Katrina, I have two small dogs a male & female So when one will urinate on my wall to wall carpet, the other one has to do the same. They do this when I’m gone too long or when they get overly excited about something. I have tried so many carpet cleaners for pet urine, but nothing seems to work. I have also used white vinegar, but never knew about the bicarbonate. Where would I buy this? I’ve heard of it but don’t know anything about it? I’d appreciate if you could let me know where I can buy this, cause I’m hoping that this will get rid of the smell. I have ocd & this drives me crazy. Have a blessed day. And thanks for your help. Hugs, Dee

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 9, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Hi Dee 🙂
Bicarbonate Soda is the same as Baking Soda, which you can get from the supermarket usually. Baking soda tends to be the American name, while in the UK and in Australia we tend to call it bicarbonate of soda.
Hope this helps!

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license cube January 22, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Good blog post.I really like it.

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Sharon Smith February 11, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for this post, Kat. It’s the first one I’ve found that actually talks about cats! Most of the time pet = dog! My 12 yo semi-long haired Moxie has furballs from time to time too, and usually under the bed, which is her favourite place. I also found them easier to clean when dry by accident. Have been using Aldi’s clothes stain remover which is fabulous (&cheap) but as I use bicarb & vinegar for everything else around the house I’ll now be using it here. Love your entire blog. Thanks again, Sharon x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2019 - 2:10 PM

ooh thats a great tip, thanks for sharing Sharon 🙂

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Rachel August 5, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Hi Katrina, we have 2 puppies in the house and they loved peeing on our carpet, I’m not sure if it’s because of their habit to pee to mark their territory or they’re just too lazy. So I decided to try your tips this weekend and it actually worked. Our cleaning provider usually charges extra for Carpet cleaning – they actually do a fantastic job for us, but with this, we can save $ since they usually usually provide service to us on a fortnightly basis.

I came back to say my thanks, though I’m not sure if you’ll read this since the post is 4 years old.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 6, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Haha! I read all the comments on my blog Rachel – no matter how old they are 🙂 So happy to hear that these tips helped you! Thank you for sharing this with us. Kat x

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Muhammad Khan Zeeshan October 28, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Good work keep it up

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Thank you! Kat x

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Kim A Volkmar April 1, 2022 - 10:19 AM

This is a great cleaner…thank you for posting! I was unable to subscribe to either daily or weekly hints offers, however. It kept asking for a. VALID PHONE NUMBER. I didn’t use copy and paste, typed it in directly. I would really love to get the daily hints. Thank you!

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