If you find stain removal products available on the market a little bit expensive, you must try the homemade enzyme cleaner for dog urine. The best part is that it can easily be made with the ingredients available in a common household. No matter how old the stains are, it works efficiently and effectively on all of them.
How to locate dog urine on carpets
In order to fix a problem, one needs to find the root of it first. Sometimes it becomes difficult to locate the exact affected area on thick carpets. In that case you can use a UV flashlight (link to Amazon) to find the stain your pup’s pee has caused. The UV light illuminates any substance containing phosphors (including dog pee), making it easy for you to locate the stain so that it can be treated without much hassle.
Homemade Dog Urine Cleaning Solution
Take a spray bottle (You can also use an empty bottle of colin for this purpose), and fill it with water up to one forth mark. Add two drops of orange extract to it. Then top up the remaining bottle with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide comes in different brand names and strengths, and can easily be acquired from any pharmacy without a prescription. It works well on bacteria. Close the bottle with the spray cap and shake it gently. Now your homemade enzyme cleaner is ready to use. Keep it out of reach.
If the area affected by your dog’s pee is still wet, remove as much of the excess urine as possible. For removing pee from a carpet or any other textile material, you can use paper towels to absorb it. Make sure not to rub or mop, as the urine patch will spread to a larger area creating extra trouble for you. Just put a clean wad of paper towels on the urine patch, and press it hard with a heavy object. Better to use some old or disposable objects like a brick, an old shoe or a non-functional press for this purpose. Repeat the process with paper towels until they come up dry.
Put two to three drops (depending on the size of the spot) of any liquid dish detergent on the spot after you’ve removed excess urine from the area. Most of the common liquid dish detergents are safe to use on solid floors as well as carpets. However, using other laundry detergents or dish soaps may harm the textile material.
Spray the soiled area with your homemade enzyme cleaner solution. The dish detergent applied on the soiled area will foam a bit after coming in contact with the peroxide.
If you are using this solution on a hard floor, wipe it clean with a paper towel. Repeat the process if required.
On carpets, you can use a power scrubbing brush (link to Amazon) or a regular scrubbing brush to rub the solution into the spot. Be careful not to damage your carpet while scrubbing it. After scrubbing thoroughly, place a few folded paper towels over it. Press it again with some heavy object the same way you had soaked excess urine from the carpet. You can also step on the towel to blot the homemade enzyme cleaner from the area.
As the paper towels become wet, keep replacing them with fresh ones until the carpet is totally dry. If the stains are still there, apply some more liquid detergent, spray the homemade enzyme cleaner again and blot it again with paper towels. Repeat the process until the paper towel comes up clean.
Homemade citrus enzyme cleaners always have an upper hand in terms of safety compared to the common stain removal products we buy from market. Why go for an expensive chemical product when you can make an excellent fragrant cleaner with a minimal cost and effort at home! If you are looking for the easiest way to prepare a homemade enzyme cleaner, go for this one.
You will need:
- 7 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups of lemon/ orange or any other citrus fruit peels
- 1 liter of water
- A clean bottle or container large enough to hold the ingredients
Put the 7 tablespoons of brown sugar and citrus fruit peels into the container. Citrus fruit peels should be cleaned properly before they are put in the container. Add water to the peel-sugar mixture and tightly close the cap. Now shake the mixture. After mixing the ingredients well into the water, loosen cap of the bottle slightly and keep it at a safe place for three months. Loosened cap will ensure that the bottle doesn’t burst due to pressure built-up inside the bottle because of gas released in the process. After 3 months, your natural homemade citrus enzyme cleaner will be ready to use.
Homemade Carpet Freshener:
Did you know you could make a carpet freshener at home that will not only mask the foul odor but remove it altogether while filling the room with your favorite fragrance? I will tell you the secret on how to turn your stinky carpet into a scented one within minutes. This easy to make homemade carpet freshener can be tremendously useful if you have a pet at home.
You will need:
- 3 cups of baking soda
- 20 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender, jasmine, or vanilla
- Shaker jar
Put 3 cups of baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add your preferred essential oil (link to Amazon) like jasmine, lavender, or vanilla to the baking soda by sprinkling it evenly in the bowl. Stir it well with the help of a fork or whisker to reduce lumps. Put the whole mixture in a shaker jar and sprinkle it lightly on the carpet. Just a light sprinkle will be enough to remove odor and freshen up your room. Excess powder can leave behind a white patch which I am sure you won’t like. Let the powder rest on the carpet for approximately 15 minutes. The baking soda will help to remove old odors and the essential oil will add a nice smell to the room. Take out extra powder from the carpet using a vacuum cleaner or a brush.
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