DIY pet stain and odor remover
If you're an animal lover and have pets of your own, you're probably familiar with having to deal with animal messes. Sometimes they have accidents on the furniture or even the carpets, and those stains can be difficult to remove. Plus there's the odour that goes along with them sometimes too. If you find yourself reaching for the chemical cleaners, you might be surprised to know that these can add to indoor air pollution causing health issues for us and our pets. These chemical cleaners are also really bad for the environment as well. Kayla from Mountain Mamas' Blog shares with us her awesome cleaning tips for getting stains out of carpet. Specifically, cat urine stains which can end up smelling pretty bad after a while. So here is her DIY pet stain and odour remover that you can use on carpets and furniture.
Just mix up 1 cup of vinegar; she uses apple cider vinegar, but you can use white vinegar if you don't have apple cider vinegar on hand. You'll also need 1 cup of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of salt, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of Purification essential oil blend and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. She uses and sells Young Living Essential Oils which you can get from her website and get deals on them too. So just pour the cup of vinegar and the distilled water into a spray bottle and then put in all of the essential oils and salt into the bottle as well. Put on the lid and shake it really well. Make sure that you use a glass bottle for this cleaning solution because the ingredients in the spray can break down the plastic. The next time that your pet goes on the carpet or furniture, just soak up as much of the urine as possible and then spray some of the mixture onto the spot, shaking the bottle before you use it. Let this sit on the spot for at least 10 minutes or so and then use a dry rag or some paper towel to blot the area to soak up the excess moisture.
If you have a stain that's already dried, then just sprinkle some baking soda over the urine stain and rub it into the carpet. Allow this to sit for 10 minutes as well. Spray the DIY pet stain and odour remover on the stain and the baking soda. It will bubble up as it reacts with the baking soda, but once it stops, spray it once again. The important part is to repeat spraying and letting it bubble and then spraying some more until it doesn't bubble anymore. When it's no longer bubbling, spray once more and let it sit for 10 minutes then blot it with a paper towel or cloth and let it dry. You'll want to vacuum up the baking soda leftover too if there's any. This should get the urine stains out of your carpets or furniture; you can even try it on your mattresses too if you need to. Your kitty may also be peeing outside of the litter box because the litter box is too dirty or smelly for them. So be sure to clean their litter box really well at least once a week or to scoop it every day. You can also use baking soda in your cat's litter box as well by pouring some into the bottom of the box before you add litter and then adding some on top of the litter as well. The baking soda will absorb odours as well as bacteria. Hopefully, these cleaning tips for getting stains out of carpet with natural cleaners will work for you. Be sure to share them with your friends if they have pets too.***