Can you imagine walking into your home after vacation and being hit with the stench of someone having peed on your carpet? The last thing you want to do when you come home from a nice break is scrub your house from top to bottom in order to get rid of the icky smell, but fortunately there are several simple, cost-effective ways to remove this odor from your carpets and other porous surfaces without harsh chemicals or extra work. Check out these simple and safe ways to keep your carpets and furniture from smelling like pee.
Tip No. 1: A little lemon juice.
Squeeze some lemon juice onto a Lola® Cellulose Sponge Cloth, and blot at your pee stain. The citric acid in lemon juice can cut through pee's oils and break down its stains. Be sure to test it out on a hidden part of your carpet first (it will lighten colored carpets), then wait 15 minutes before blotting with a paper towel, so you don't set in any color transfer. Avoid pouring lemon juice directly onto carpet or allowing it to seep into cracks—you'll have a hell of a time cleaning that up!
Tip No. 2: Some white vinegar as homemade cleaner.
There are several household cleaners you can make at home that will help you combat pee smells without using harsh chemicals. For instance, vinegar is a mild disinfectant that works well against germs. It's natural disinfectant that can be used on almost any surface in your home, including floors, woodwork, walls—even your countertops! The next time your dog or cat pees on your carpet, try soaking up as much of it as possible with Wowables®, The Reusable & Biodegradable Paper Towels before applying a 1:3 mixture of white vinegar and water. This should neutralize the smell without leaving any residue behind.
Tip No. 3: Water, baking soda and essential oils.
To start, all you need is warm water, baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (try lemon, pine, lavender or tea tree oil). Put about a cup of warm water in a spray bottle and add about half a cup of baking soda. Add a few drops of essential oil (it really helps freshen up smells!) Then simply spray your carpets or upholstery until damp. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes—the baking soda will act as an odor neutralizer during that time. It works best on fresh smells like urine rather than old, musty odors. When it’s ready to go, finish off your carpet cleaning with the Lola® Rola Sticky Mop™!
A smelly carpet isn’t just embarrassing, it can also be seriously bad for your health! Also, the lingering scent of pee can be overwhelming and even make you feel physically ill if it lingers in your nose long enough. Using harsh chemicals to get rid of the bad smell can be dangerous to you and your family’s health. Luckily, the above tips can help you can avoid these dangers by relying on natural products instead!