Best ways to clean dog urine out of your carpet

The carpet is one spot that can get particularly difficult to clean when your dog ends up peeing there. When the urine gets soaked in, it’ll stain and will leave a very foul odor, and no one wants that. There are a few ways to clean up dog urine from your carpet whether your dog has just done the deed or even some time after it.

New Stains

Soak and Spray

For a new stain, it is important to really get everything out as soon as you can. Get any absorbent material like a towel, paper towels, or a rag to place over the stain and make sure that it is bigger than the stain because the visible stain on top of the carpet is probably smaller than it is on the back or bottom of the carpet. Find a weight to place over your chosen material or if you can’t find anything heavy enough, stand on top of it. Repeat this with a new towel each time until it comes out dry. Spray an enzymatic cleaner on the spot and then place another towel and weight over the area. The enzymatic cleaner is used to eliminate the odor and make sure that your dog doesn’t pee there again.

Water and Vinegar Solution

There are a few ways to get rid odors caused by new stains and it is very important to remove them as soon as possible to save yourself from any unnecessary stress in the future. One way is to mix a solution of water and vinegar in equal parts and pour it over the spot liberally and use a brush so it really gets into the affected fibers. Blot the area or use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to get out any excess liquid. The vinegar smell will gradually decrease as it dries.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Deodorizers

You can also choose to go further by sprinkling baking soda over the area after the vinegar has dried. Then mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of plain dishwashing liquid. Make sure that your hydrogen peroxide is not more than 3% because anything over that may bleach the carpet. Pour or spray it over the area, wait to dry, and then vacuum the remaining baking soda on the carpet.

Finding and Cleaning Old Stains

Find and Soak

If your dog hasn’t had any recent accidents but a room still reeks of pee, then there may be some old urine stains that have seeped into your carpet. One way of finding old stains is using a UV light in a pitch black room so cover up your windows and move the UV light around the room. Older stains will have a fainter glow than newer stains. The method is simpler but might be a bit more laborious. Pour distilled water over the area, spray it with an enzymatic cleaner, and place a towel and a weight over it to soak it up. Repeat this as necessary.

Getting Steamy

Alternatively, you can rent a steam cleaner. The heat generated by the steam is enough to sanitize the area. You can try doing this on your own if the stain is a reasonable size. If you find the area is too big or if you think that it might be too complicated, it might be best to hire a professional to do it.


You can also choose to oxidize the area if you don’t want to make use of a steam cleaner. To do this, mix half a teaspoon of bleach with 32 ounces of water. Pour it over the area and let it soak for 10 minutes before you use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to soak it up, or use the same towel method mentioned above. Make sure to do a spot check on an area of your carpet that you don’t normally see to check if it will ruin the colors of your carpet.

Here is a step by step video on the process of removing urine out of the carpet

Want to get that stuborn stain out for good and reduce chances of future accidents?

Make sure that any detergents or sprays you might use don’t have ammonia because urine also contains ammonia and it might encourage your pet to pee there again. And also make sure to read the labels on your carpet to see which items are safe to wash them with. Don’t let your dog’s accidents stink up your house and ruin your carpet.