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Got Puppy? How to Remove Pet Odors with Vodka

by Elissa Rand - February 16, 2021

Pets sometimes pee on the rug—it happens, but we still love them.

 

How to Remove Pet Odors with Vodka

Vodka, which is ethanol and water at about 40 percent purity, is a surprisingly effective way to remove pet urine and its odor from carpet naturally. Vodka acts as a disinfectant, killing bacteria and fungus, and as a stain fighter, removing oil-based stains.

Gather these materials to remove odors from carpet naturally:

  • Rags or paper towels
  • A bottle of cheap vodka (No need to use top-shelf stuff)
  • A spray bottle
  • Optional: Baking soda
  • Optional: Vacuum

Follow these steps for a natural way to get dog and cat urine out of the carpet:

  1.  Spot clean with paper towels to remove as much urine as possible.
  2.  Add vodka to a spray bottle. You can dilute the vodka with water using a mixture of 50 percent vodka/50 percent water to make it last longer.
  3.  Spray the vodka (or mixture) on the spot. Allow it to sit on the stain for at least 10-15 minutes.
  4.  Blot the stain with the absorbent materials.
  5.  Optional: Sprinkle the area with baking soda to absorb the remaining moisture. Vacuum the spot after the baking soda is dry.

Be aware that vodka, in high concentrations, can dissolve wood flooring finishes. This option is best for carpets and tile.