How To Get Rid of Pet Stains On Carpet

removing pet stains

Several months ago a reader shared a tip in the “One Good Thing By You” Contest that at the time I thought was BRILLIANT…but not one I could personally use. It was her tried-and-true method for dealing with Pet Stains (or as she so adorably referred to them…Pet Potty Spots!)


While I don’t have a dog myself, No. 1 son (Erik) and his wife Kaitlyn have a boxer named Milo that we were dog-sitting for over Christmas. He’s not quite a year yet and while he’s completely trained when he’s at THEIR house…at OURS he got a little confused and accidentally left us with a “pet potty spot” on our carpet. That was over a month ago and while I tried to clean it up the best I knew how at the time, over time it has continued to get darker and darker and to bug me more and more. That’s when I was reminded of Shauna’s great tip and decided to give it a try!

All I can say is….WOW! It literally worked its’ “magic” right before my eyes!

Here is how it works….in Shauna’s own words:

“My best tip is for pet potty spots on the carpet. I use good old vinegar and baking soda. The steps are the important part. Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and THEN add a small amount of baking soda. If you do the reverse, you will have a noisy, bubbly mess. Do it the right way, and you can hear the recipe cackling away, telling you how it is cleaning and deodorizing without leaving any residue. You need to let the spot dry for a day or two before sweeping up and then vacuuming. We cover the spot with a bowl or plate so that we don’t have baking soda kicked from heck to breakfast. You can actually see the yellow color being absorbed up into your little mountain of baking soda. Works on old stains too! Boo yaaaaaah!”


removing pet stains

I can personally vouch for every claim in Shauna’s tip! This method worked SO well and was SO easy! No rubbing, scrubbing or blotting necessary.  Just pour on the vinegar, sprinkle on the baking soda, and WAIT!  You literally see the yellow “potty spot” start to be absorbed by the baking soda. It’s crazy! (And kind of gross!)

removing pet stains

I did my very best to show the difference in the before and after pictures…but unfortunately (and FORTUNATELY!) our berber carpet is pretty good as disguising stains in general! But hopefully you get the idea. Plus, it’s impossible to deny that the stain is being removed from the carpet just by looking at the color of the once white baking soda!

removing pet stains

So dog owners, cat owners and grandparents of dog & cat owners REJOICE! Now you know a simple and EFFECTIVE way to clean those pet potty spots! Now go and SPREAD THE GOOD WORD! :-)


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  1. Morwenna says

    Going to try this out right now!! We had our carpets cleaned by a man with a van full of all kinds of carpet cleaning contraptions and he told us we will never get those stains out. Will have to take before and after photos too… Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Terri says

    @Morwenna–let us know how it works. I have OLD stains that I’d like to get out, but our carpet cleaning guy told us the same thing–they’re there until I REPLACE the carpet. It’s a nice berber carpet like Jillee’s and I suppose most people don’t see the spots, but I do. Some days I feel like the spots have got neon signs spelling out “ha ha! We’re still here!”

  3. Marcia K says

    I just have the pee pee puppy, and couldn’t stand the smell of the pee pee any more. I had researched how to get the smell out of my carpet. I had already steam cleaned my carpet with the pet odor version of steam cleaner and they still smelled. UGH. I was desperate. I put vinegar in my shampoo dispenser and hot water in my regular water dispenser, just yesterday, and “shampooed” again.. OH MY GOODNESS… The smell is GONE!!! YAY

  4. says

    Our pup is 5 years gone but her stains live on. (I have a feeling she laughed and pointed when we found some of her “gifts”) There’s one in my studio that seriously bothers me. I’m hoping this works because nothing else has!

  5. Caty says

    Great idea! Any idea if the spots still show up under a black light after this baking soda and vinegar process? I’m going to have to buy industrial sizes of each, to get all my old stains out. LOL.

  6. says

    Thanks for posting this! We had a friend visit with her dog this summer and the dog peed on our basement carpet, which is white. I did my best to clean it but over time the stains show more and more. It’s driving me nuts. I will definitely be giving this method a try!


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