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, my 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!”
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!)
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 distinctive yellow color of the once white baking soda!
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! :-)