Frugal Pet Stain Remover
I am the mother of 2 small dogs. I love them to death but my carpets have suffered many an over-excited puppy mess. I tried a couple of the expensive store-bought remedies and they worked some but the stain and some of the odor stayed and attracted the dogs back to the same area.
Not wanting to drop another $12 on yet another “guaranteed” pet stain remover I went online and found one that works much better than any I paid for and costs about 30 cents per 12 ounce portion. Best of all everything is stuff we already have around the house.
In a plastic bowl (no metal can be used with this as it is reactive) mix
- 12 ounces of regular hydrogen peroxide,
- 1/2 a teaspoon of dish soap and
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda.
Stir it up and put it in a plastic bottle. I like trigger bottles since you can force the mixture into the carpet a bit faster than just pouring it on and letting gravity do the work.
Test this on a hidden piece of carpet first. I have both light and dark carpet and niether bled so it is relatively safe. Completely saturate the stain then block it off to keep pets and kids out of it and let it dry on its own.
Note: it bubbles up a lot as it disolves the stain also releasing the smell into the air so this is best done on a day when you wont be in that room for a couple hours. I find it works best if you make a day of it. Open all the windows. Mix up a couple batches of spot remover. Use a black light to find all of your stains and treat them all at once then go grocery shopping.
For smaller emergencies I found up-ending a laundry basket over the stain and weighting down with a phone book to be an effective way to keep people and pets off of that section of floor.
It was also mentioned in the article that it can be used in a steam cleaning machine. I would not want to try it though since My machine makes the water very hot and might foam up to much and damage the seals on the tank.
Hope this helps someone.
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