How to Get Rid of Pet Stains & Odor in Carpet

While we all love our pets, we also know that they can cause quite a mess around the house. Pet odors and stains on carpet are the most common problems that pet owners face with indoor pets.

Even the best pets have accidents sometimes.

There are many products on the market to remove these stains and odors, but for a lot less money you can use all-natural household items to remove the stains and odors completely and safely.

Remove Pet Stains and Odors from Carpet

  1. Mix 1/2 gallon of water with 2 cups of white vinegar in a bucket. Vinegar is an all-natural antibacterial agent. The strong odor of the vinegar fades quickly, leaving behind a clean scent. Household vinegar is generally harmless to carpeting, but you may wish to test a small, inconspicuous area before using.

  2. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda on each stain and smelly area of the carpet. Allow the baking soda to sit for about 15 minutes before continuing. Baking soda naturally absorbs odors.

  3. Dip a scrub sponge into the mixture in the bucket and use it to clean the stained areas. As the vinegar meets up with the baking soda, there will be a small amount of fizzing from the chemical reaction. This is generally harmless to skin, but wear rubber gloves if you are sensitive .

  4. Rub a towel back and forth over the scrubbed area to absorb excess moisture. This will not only help in lifting away the stain but will also lift the nap of the carpet to keep it fluffy.

  5. Sprinkle baking soda all over the room and allow it to sit overnight. This gives the carpet time to dry and allows the baking soda plenty of time to absorb any carpet odors you may have missed.

  6. Vacuum thoroughly in the morning and enjoy the fresh, clean scent of your carpet.


Older stains may require more scrubbing or more than one application. Clean up pet stains as soon as they occur for best results. Many household carpet shampooing machines can be used with hot water and vinegar rather than chemical solutions. If you are having a hard time locating the odor or seeing a stain, use a blacklight to find the right area.