How to Clean up Pet Accidents

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Even the best trained cats/dogs can have accidents. My two cats are pretty well trained, but one of them peed on the rug this weekend, so accidents can and do happen!

Don't worry, it's relatively easy to get rid of the stain and odor left behind after an accident. There are numerous methods for stain and odor removal, but I'm going to detail the method that I found to work best for me. Keep reading for the steps!

You will need white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, liquid hand soap, and baking soda.

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Step 1. Blot the effected area with paper towels to absorb as much of the moisture as possible. (if the spot is already dry, just skip this step)

Step 2. Make a mixture of equal parts water to vinegar. Pour the mixture over the soiled area to soak. Let it dry.

Step 3. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the spot.

Step 4. Next, create a mixture of four parts hydrogen peroxide to one part water. Lightly rub this mixture using a brush (an old toothbrush works well) or your fingers (gloves are highly suggested).

Step 5. After the spot dries, vacuum the area.

If the smell persists, you can repeat this process as many times as necessary.

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  1. Jippity Twigs's Avatar
    Cheers for this - will definitely come in handy. Have some kittens now, and they are an absolute nightmare. Not nearly as clean as everyone told me cats were - and their urine smells 100X worse than that of a dog!
  2. HayZee518's Avatar
    urine is 90% water with urea and bodily wastes. animals use urine to mark their areas against foreign animals, that's why its so strong! you need to neutralize the odor by diluting it with a strong alkily or acid. once neutralized then its just like any other watery spill.