How to Remove Pet Urine Odors with Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

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How to effectively eliminate pet odors without the use of harmful chemicals.

To effectively remove pet odors from carpet or furniture, be sure to first remove all moisture (pet urine) from the accident area. Soak moisture up well with a towel or paper towel. Next, mix 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and a few drops of dish detergent, such as Dawn. I mix the solution in a bowl, then transfer to a squirt bottle. Thoroughly saturate the accident area with the solution and allow to set for about 10 minutes. If the accident is on carpet, you must saturate the area all the way down to the carpet pad. You'll want to saturate with the solution at least three inches past the circumference of the accident. The urine will pool and spread out under the carpet. After 10 minutes or so, pat the area dry with a clean towel or paper towel. A second application may be needed for old or difficult odors. Another tip for bad odors is placing plastic over the saturated area to keep the accident area moist longer, helping the solution work longer.

Pets will mark a spot numerous times, so be sure never to use cleansers with ammonia, as this has a similar odor to urine, and will draw the pet back to the same spot. Most pets soil inappropriately because either they're mad or upset about a change in their environment or there is a medical reason, such as a urinary tract infection. Is there a new pet in the household, a stray cat hanging around outside, a new baby in the house? Pets are creatures of habit. Make sure litter boxes are cleaned regularly, as cats hate a dirty bathroom as much as we do, and keep an eye on your pet's behavior; are they using the litterbox, are they straining to urinate, are they eating or drinking? Any change in behavior can indicate a problem.

A good rule of thumb: You'll want a least one litterbox per cat in the house. Covered litterboxes may seem convenient for us, but to a cat, it's like going potty in a Porto-Potty. Those lids just trap the odors inside. Also, replace litterboxes once a year, no matter how well you clean them. Make sure puppies and dogs go out often.

Hopefully, you'll never have to use this safe pet odor eliminator, but if you do, you can feel safe using it around your kids and pets.