How to Sustainably Remove Urine Stains from Furniture, Carpet and Clothing

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Need to remove urine stains from your furniture, clothing, and carpets sustainably? Look no further. Whether it’s pet pee or little ones who just couldn’t wait, here are a few ways to fix it.

1. Remove Urine Stains From Furniture With a Spray Bottle

Sometimes pets can get a little excited, or a puppy or kitten’s toilet training ends in an accident on the carpet. Every pet owner probably knows similar situations and has had to remove urine from the couch or armchair at least once. This stain removal method is easy to perform and will also help remove any remaining odors and works on both furniture and carpets.

Ingredients:

  • 20 ml warm water
  • 10 ml white vinegar
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Method:

  1. If you have an empty spray bottle at hand, mix all of these together and give it a good shake before you spray on the stained area. If you don’t have a spray bottle, mixing your ingredients in a bowl and using a cloth to soak in the mixture is just fine. Vinegar works as a disinfectant, so will help to kill off any nasty bacteria too.
  2. Dampen the area with the mixture and use a clean cloth to scrub away the stain. Once it’s all gone, you can wipe it over again with a clean warm wet cloth, and then pat or leave to dry.

If the stain is dry, it will need dampening with a wet cloth first before spraying your mixture on. This helps to loosen the stain. If you have an old stain and this method won’t do the trick, try our homemade stain remover. 

2. How to Sustainably Remove Stains from Clothes

Remove urine stains from clothing with a simple home remedy.
Remove urine stains from clothing with a simple home remedy.
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It might have been an overexcited pet, or maybe a little one in the family couldn’t make it to the restroom in time, either way, removing urine from clothes naturally is super easy.

For this method, you will need 2 tbsp baking soda.

Method:

  1. Fill up your clean sink with warm water.
  2. Add two tbsp baking soda.
  3. Submerge the item of clothing and use your hands to scrub and squeeze the urine away.
  4. Soak for around 5 minutes, drain the sink and rinse out your item of clothing under some warm water.  

Once you’ve done this, we suggest then giving the item of clothing a run through the washing machine. For doing this, a natural laundry detergent is best, as they pollute our water systems less and tend to be softer on our planet’s fragile ecosystem overall. You can easily make your own laundry detergent at home.

Getting Rid of the Smell

If these methods alone haven’t done the trick to remove the smell, you can mix a few drops of essential oils you like into a spray bottle of clean water, and spray it over the scented area. The best ones to use to counteract a faint urine smell are rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, and bergamot. Some of them can also double as a natural mosquito repellent, which makes it even more worthwhile buying a small bottle.

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