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How to Effectively Remove a Pet Stain

How to remove pet stains


Our furry friends are adorable but they are also master mess makers – especially when they’re young. From not making it to the backyard to pee to throwing up after eating too fast, dogs are notorious for their ability to create a mess.


Cats can also be quite messy if they decide to mark on your flooring or furniture. Pet stains can be destructive and smelly when cleaned improperly. Carpeting and furniture could be in ruins if a pet stained isn’t removed efficiently.


Let’s go over the best methods to clean up after your furry friends. 


Should I Use a Disinfectant on a Pet Stain?

Different pet messes require different cleaning protocols. But it’s always a good rule of thumb to sanitize the area after you pick up any solid matter they may have left behind. Most of the best methods to properly remove a pet stain don’t include a disinfectant. You’ll need to take this additional step after cleaning up the bulk of the mess. 


Green Earth’s Household Disinfectant is the perfect addition to your arsenal of pet mess cleaning supplies. Our eco-friendly formula is non-toxic and safe for the furry children and human children in your life. It can also annihilate 99.9999% of all pathogens on a surface. When you use Green Earth Electro-Biocide™ to disinfect a pet stain, you can rest assured that all pathogens are eliminated. 


Applying an odor-eliminating disinfectant after any spill on your carpet or other floor surfaces will ensure nasty bacteria doesn’t grow. It would be tragic if your pet peed on the floor, you thought you got it all out, and the smell still lingers.

Options For Removing a Pet Stain

There are a variety of tried and true methods to get rid of a pet stain. But before you can address the stain, you must pick up the mess itself. If they peed on the carpet, soak as much as possible up with paper towels. If they pooped or threw up in the house, scoop as much as you can with a plastic bag and work any remaining particles out with a rag or paper towels.


Once you feel confident that the mess is thoroughly cleaned, you can sanitize the area with a non-toxic disinfectant. Finally, it’s time to take steps to prevent the mess from leaving a stain.


The following methods can be used on a fresh pet stain or an older pet stain. 

Vinegar Solution

White vinegar is an age-old cleaning tool that can efficiently clean up all kinds of messes. Not only can it neutralize a stain, but it can also get rid of the odor. Here’s how to use vinegar to remove a pet stain. 


  1. Combine one part water with one part white vinegar (you can add a few drops of essential oil for a better smell). Place in a clean spray bottle. 
  2. Saturate the affected area. If the mess is on an area rug over a wood floor, remove it until dry so it doesn’t cause damage to the flooring. 
  3. Let the solution sit for about five minutes.
  4. With a rag or soft bristle brush, scrub the area until the stain lifts. 
  5. Pat dry with a towel. 

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

Another winning home cleaning solution is hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. If vinegar didn’t quite do the trick, we recommend giving this method a try next. You might want to spot test this method on an inconspicuous part of your flooring to assure it won’t lift the dye from it. 


  1. Sprinkle baking soda directly on top of the pet stain. 
  2. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of cold water (add liquid dish soap for more cleaning power and better scent). Put the solution in a clean spray bottle.  
  3. Saturate the area where you just sprinkled the baking soda. 
  4. Allow the solution to soak for 5 - 10 minutes.
  5. Scrub area with a towel or soft-bristle brush.
  6. Let the area dry out. 
  7. Vacuum up any excess baking soda left behind.
  8. Disinfect the area to keep bacteria from growing.

Carpet Cleaners or Shampooers 

If all else fails, one last option you can consider is using a carpet cleaning device. This is a surefire method to lift out tough stains left behind by your beloved pet. You can shampoo the area yourself or you can hire a professional to help with the job. If you don’t feel like forking out the cash to buy a carpet cleaning device, you can rent them just as easily. Most home improvement stores will have cleaners and shampooers available to rent.