How To: Remove Pet Stains from Carpet

How To: Remove Pet Stains from Carpet

If you own pets, you know all too well about stains on the carpet. So what works to get them out? My wife and I have tried many different products… well, more her than me, but nothing seemed to work. I decided to do some online research. What I found were many of the same home remedies. Baking soda, vinegar and water. I figured I’d try it out and see if it actually works. Besides, it can’t make it look any worse than it already does, right?

dogs after bath

Look at those two, all cute and innocent looking after a bath. Don’t let them fool you though, they are jerks that love to make a mess. Sometimes it’s awhile before the mess is found¬†and it doesn’t get cleaned up right away. This was the case for us. Hence, the stains were still visible years later. Before I get into it, I’d like to point out that my carpet is white and I plan to replace it at some point. So I didn’t care if the carpet turned out a little worse. Results may vary with other colours of carpet, so If you are going to attempt this method, it might be a good idea to test it in an inconspicuous area first.¬†See Disclaimer


Stain before

Not a good sight. Lets hope this homemade recipe works! If you have an empty spray bottle, fill it half with water and the other half with vinegar. If you don’t have an empty spray bottle just use a jar or any container that you can have a controlled pour from. Grab the baking soda and apply it to the stain on the carpet.

stain with baking sodaNext get the vinegar water and spray it on the baking soda. It should dissolve and bubble a bit. Apply enough that the carpet is wet, but don’t soak it. The vinegar water should form the baking soda into a paste.

stain with vinegar & water

Let the mixture sit for an hour or two, then get a small brush and scrub the paste loose. After you’ve loosened the paste, vacuum the area, and take a look at the results.


Stain after

As you can see from the photo it didn’t completely remove the stain, but it did make it look better. I also noticed a white ring around the stain, but it was only slightly visible. If this happens, you may need to apply more vinegar water to the area to dissolve any leftover baking soda. This is also true if the area becomes crusty as the baking soda is still embedded in the carpet. If you need this extra step, use a rag or paper towel to soak up the excess moisture.


It wasn’t the miracle results I was looking for, but it definitely made the stain better. I think the results would have been different if the stain had not been there for years. It will be my “go to” the next time a fresh stain appears though. All in all I’m satisfied with the results. Now, if only I can get this lazy bum off the couch to clean her own mess!!!

ruby on couch


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