How to Use Baking Soda to Remove Urine Stains
Urine stains are unpleasant by nature. Bad enough to think about, cleaning them is even less fun. Especially if you have children or pets in the house, which is usually where the urine stain came from, you’ll want to consider safer alternatives to cleaning them. Many commercial stain removers contain unsafe chemicals. With the aid of baking soda, urine stains and odors can be removed in a safe and healthy way that won’t affect your family.
Remove Urine Stains From Upholstery With Baking Soda
Blot the area with paper towels gently to absorb as much of the urine as possible.
Mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and hot water to form a thick paste.
Apply the paste to the area and scrub it into the stain with a clean cloth or soft-bristle brush.
Allow the paste to remain on the stain until it is hardened.
Vacuum up the dried paste, helping to loosen it from the upholstery with a soft-bristle brush.
Treat any remaining stain by sponging a solution of white vinegar and warm water in equal parts onto the stain with a clean cloth or sponge.
Sprinkle baking soda over the area to help absorb moisture from within the upholstery so it will dry quickly.
Vacuum up the baking soda with the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner once the area is completely dry.
Remove Urine Stains From Washable Fabric With Baking Soda
Blot the stain with paper towel to remove as much of the urine as possible.
Hold the stain under warm running water to further force out as much of the urine as possible.
Place the fabric into the washing machine and allow it to fill up with warm water before turning it off.
Add 1 lb. of baking soda to the water and turn the washing machine back on so that it can agitate the water and fabric for about a minute before turning it back off.
Allow the fabric to soak to for at least an hour before adding a bleach-free laundry detergent and turning the machine back on to finish the cycle.
Place the fabric in the dryer once the stain is gone.
- If you opt to use a commercial stain remover instead of the vinegar and water, read and follow te manufacturers’ instructions carefully first.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
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