How do I Non-Toxically Remove Pet Stains & Odors?
- Fast removal of pet urine or excrement can greatly reduce the risk of staining. Wipe up the accident with paper towels, preferably before it has a chance to dry. If urine has soaked into a rug or carpet, place a thick layer of folded paper towels on top of the soiled area. Stand on this layer of padding until the towels have absorbed the urine. Repeat as necessary, then blot the stained area thoroughly with towels soaked in water.
- Moisten a sponge and sprinkle with baking soda. Work the damp baking soda into the stained area. Sprinkle more baking soda over the top of the stain. After at least one hour, remove with a wet towel. The alkaline baking soda will help neutralize odors.
- If stains or odors linger, purchase a pet-safe enzyme cleaner from a pet store. Apply the cleaner to the stain following the directions on the package. If your carpet, rug or furniture has previously been chemically cleaned, you may have to rent a super-powered water cleaner, otherwise known as a wet-vac or extractor, to remove the products from your carpet. Otherwise, the enzyme cleaner may act on the cleaning chemicals and not the most recent stain.
- Vinegar is used commonly as a non-toxic household cleaner. However, it's best to avoid cleaning pet stains with vinegar, ammonia or other products with strong odors. Pets might be encouraged to soil the area again in an attempt to mask the smell of the cleaning product, according to the SPCA.