How To Get Rid of Urine Smell in Carpet

Club Soda and Baking Soda

Pour a liberal amount of club soda on the stain and blot immediately with some paper towels. When the area is dry – cover with a good amount of baking soda. Let sit for an hour or two – then vacuum up.

Baking Soda

If you do not have club soda, baking soda alone will usually do the trick. Be sure to blot up area as uch as possible then cover with a small mountain of baking soda. If possible, let it sit on stain for 8 hours giving it time to work and really soak up the odor. Then vacuum.

Club Soda and White Vinegar

Club Soda works well for urine smells because the carbonation brings the urine to the surface. Blot up the urine stain as much as possible – then liberally apply club soda to the area. Blot again until you have gotten as much of the moisture up as possible. Then mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and put this solution into a spray bottle. Spray the stained area. (You might want to test this is an inconspicuous area to ensure colorfastness.)

Hydrogen Peroxide/Baking Soda/Dish Soap

Another way to get urine smell out of carpets is to mix one cup of hydrogen peroxide with I tablespoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix together well, then apply this solution to the stained area with a sponge. Let it dry completely – then vacuum.


In most cases, good old fashioned Listerine works well removing urine odors from carpets. Blot up much of the urine as possible. Then cover stain with Listerine. Blot area again very well.

Professional Enzyme Cleaners

There are a few professional enzyme cleaners made specifically for cleaning urine smells and stains from carpets. While most of them do the job well, the following three brands seem to be the most popular: Nature’s Miracle, Urine Gone and Kids N’ Pets.

Carpet Steam Vacuum

If you happen to be lucky enough to have a portable carpet steamer, these also work well for removing urine smells and odors from carpets. Bissels’ Green machine is a consumer favorite and usually retails for about $80.00. A less expensive option is to rent a steam cleaner from a local Home Depot or food store.

To Soak Up Urine From a Carpet

Baby Diaper

Open a clean baby diaper and place over urine spot. Place some heavy books on top of the diaper and leave for about an hour. Then use one of the cleaning remedies listed above.

Paper Towels

Lay a bunch of paper towels over the soiled area and walk on top with it with shoed feet. Throw away soiled paper towels, add more a few more and walk over again. Continue to do this until almost no dampness remains. Follow up by using one of the remedies mentioned above.

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