Whether you’ve got a puppy or an adult dog, cleaning up doggy accidents in the house can be annoying and frustrating.
So that you can disinfect the accident, remove it and deodorise it – leaving the area looking and smelling fresh and clean – we thought we’d put together a guide about:
- Reasons your puppy or dog might be leaving accidents in the house, and how you might minimise or manage them
- What your options are to clean the mess – best dog and pet odor and stain removers
- Things to consider when picking a cleaning option
- How to clean a surface and deodorise properly and efficiently
If you have a puppy, you can read more in this guide about German Shepherd puppy potty training.
If you have an adult dog dog, and you suspect your dog is territory marking or spraying, you might see a vet or animal behavior specialist to find out why.
Let’s jump into this guide!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
How To Clean Up Dog & German Shepherd Pee/Urine, Poop & Vomit On The Carpet & Other Surfaces
Here is a list of natural or commonly used dog and pet stain and odor removal products we mention in the guide:
- Sunny and Honey Pet Stain and Odor Cleaner (on Amazon)
- Nature’s Miracle Original Pet & General Stain and Odor Spray Bottle (on Amazon)
- Radiance Naturals Pet Stain and Odor Remover Spray (on Amazon)
Reasons Why A Puppy or Dog Might Pee, Poop Or Vomit Inside The House
There are a few of the reasons why a dog may engage in this behavior.
Options to Clean Up Urine, Poop & Vomit On The Carpet & Other Surfaces
You’ve really got three options when it comes to cleaning up messes and accidents:
1. Use a commercial cleaner
A Natural biodegradeable, non-toxic (hypoallergenic also helps) cleaner like Kleenfree – needs to disinfect, remove the stain and remove the odor.
The good thing about a commercial natural clean is that firstly they are generally safe and non toxic for you, your kids and pets, and secondly, they are formulated to remove the mess.
Also, it tends to be easier.
Commercial cleaners usually come as either a pre-formed spray, or a liquid solution you mix with water in different ratios.
2. Go completely homemade
Usually involves a combination of using either vinegar or club soda with water (1:1) in a spray bottle. And then drying with salt or bi-carb soda, before vacuuming up any residue.
You can also use a house soap and a wet vac.
Homemade lets you treat the mess with household products you likely already have, but the drawback is you don’t really know if they are going to work unless it’s worked for you previously – they aren’t specifically formulated for the task.
3. Combine the two
A popular option. Combine a commercial natural cleaner with bi-carb soda, and vacuum once dry. You can also use soap and/or vinegar as required. You get the best of both worlds.
Whichever option you choose, the general clean up process can be found at the bottom of this guide.
Things To Look Out For When Picking A Cleaning Option or Product
When choosing natural stain removers, disinfectants and deodorisers, you might consider:
- Is it biodegradable and environmentally friendly?
- What does the label say the functions of the product are – does it break up, disinfect, remove the stain and remove the odor? Some sprays and pour on (bottle and cap) products might remove a stain, but be ineffective as a deodoriser for example – so check this
- Does is double as a stain remover or cleaner for normal household messes? If so, that’s great value for money
- The individual ingredients and how natural they are. An example of good natural ingredients might be water, naturally occuring, non-bacterial, readily biodegradable, enzymatic solution derived from sources like safe yeast strains and mild surfactant blends
- The smell – is it strong or non invasive and pleasant? – Is it safe for kids and pets who might have sensitive sense of smell? Odorless pet stain removers can be a good options
- Does it work on a range of surfaces – carpet, tiles, hardwood, furniture, vinyl, car interior etc.?
- Does it work on a range of pet stains and odors: urine, feces, vomit, drool etc. – usually labeled as an all purpose cleaner
- Does the product damage exisitng carpet or dull hard floors like wood? This may need to be tested by you on the surface when you buy it
- Can the product be used as both a spot cleaner (hand cleaning), and in a machine washer like a carpet cleaner?
- Is it an enzyme based pet stain remover? These removers and cleaners can be less effective if inhibitors are present such as very high or very low temperatures, too much moisture is present in the enviornment, if your pet is on any special medication or diets. If those situations apply – you may look to a non-enzyme based cleaner – the label should tell you which it is
- Does the product discourage the pet from peeing in the same spot again?
- Overall – always read labels, warnings, and directions very closely before using or consuming a product. Make sure it suits your particular situation in terms of what you, your family and your pets can be exposed to – and consult a health professional if you need professional medical or safety advice.
What Are Some Of The Best Dog/Pet Stain and Odor Removers?
You might like to get a non toxic cleaning products with natural ingredients, that is biodegradable (good for the environment), and hypoallergenic (for people and animals with allergies).
This cleaning product should have the functions of breaking up messes and pet stains, disinfecting the mess, removing any coloring or stain (without damaging the carpet or surface), and leaving it deodorised and smelling fresh and clean.
t’s very hard to find one product that does everything though. For example, most products are good at stain removal and might have mostly natural ingredients, but might be less effective at odor removal. In this case you might experiment with different products, and try some homemade solutions.
Below are some products that might meet some or all of the above criteria:
Nature’s Miracle Original Pet & General Stain and Odor Spray Bottle
- Stain and odor remover trigger spray that helps clean up dog-related messes
- Works on accidents, grass stains, mud, vomit, blood and odors
- Can be used on be used on carpets, hard surfaces, clothing, kennels and carriers + more
- Very popular and affordable stain and odor remover
- Comes in different sizes
- Comes in different types such as spray, pour, extendable wand spray, and measure and pour bottles
- The best Nature’s Miracle product from the general feedback from the user community is the original stain and odor (white bottle) spray
- Nature’s Miracle recently updated their original spray to the advanced formulas (come in red bottles) to make them more effective – but, there has been some negative feedback in the user community over the smell and the effectiveness of the formula.
- Ingredients might include ingredients similar to Water, Oxygen Boosters Isopropyl Alcohol, Nature’s Bio-Enzymatic Blend, Surfactant, Citrus Scent or other scent like lavender
Sunny and Honey Pet Stain and Odor Cleaner (Spray)
- Enzyme cleaner
- For most stains and odors – urine, feces, vomit, & drool.
- Can be used on a range of surfaces like carpets, rugs, hardwood, tile, cloth and leather furniture, animal bedding, automobiles, rv’s, pet crates, litter boxes, pet travel bags, and many other surfaces
- Child and pet safe
- Environmentally friendly
- Made in the USA & 10% of profits are donated to animal rescues & animal shelters.
- Comes with a guarantee
- Main ingredients include water, bacteria/enymes, nonionic surfactant, fragance and opacifier
- Has a spring/minty smell
Radiance Naturals Pet Stain and Odor Remover Spray
- Designed for urine, feces, vomit, food stains, and all other organic stains. Also cleans other stains like food and wine stains
- Designed for odor and stain removal
- Enzyme based and plant based cleaning formula of water, plant-based surfactant, all natural fragrance, & beneficial bacteria cultures
- For a range of surfaces like carpet, pet beds & crates, car upholstery, fabric, hardwoods, tile, and furniture
- Has a fresh and light scent
- Cruelty free – not tested on animals
- Safe for most kids and pets
- Made in the USA
- Comes with a guarantee
How To Clean Pee, Poop, Vomit & Other Accidents On The Carpet, Hardwood, Tiles, In The Car & Other Surfaces
Make sure you clean with the kids and pets at a safe distance away.
Always follow the directions on the product cleaning label for warnings, safety factors and directions of use.
Clean up the mess sooner rather than later – particularly with vomit which is acidic. Urine is a liquid that might seep into the base of absorbent surfaces like carpet – so make sure to deep clean urine.
The general clean up process involves:
1. Remove solid pieces of mess with a paper towel or scoop
2. Dab or Blot up surface mess with a paper towel (don’t rub the mess in further or apply hard pressure) or dry cloth
3. Break up, disinfect, deodorise and remove mess particles, stain and smell with cleaning product or club soda/vinegar/soap, and water. Do this by hand with a dark colored rag or cloth. Make sure you start from the outside of the stain and work your way in – and even start from outside of the visible area of the stain as there can be invisible bacteria and nasties in this area.
4. Use a wet vac at this point once the stain looks removed (optional)
5. Dry the area naturally with ventilation and air, or consider applying a drying powder like bi-carb
6. Vacuum the area of any left over residue with a dry vac
7. If the area hasn’t deodorised properly, consider buying some scented carpet powder fragrance which you can leave for a few hours and vaccum up
8. If your dog still sprays the area – consider taking them to a professional trainer for tips on how to minimise this behavior. Some say the neurtering and spaying also works – so it may be worth talking to your vet.
Notes On Cleaning Different Surfaces
Tiles are generally the easiest and hardest wearing surfaces to clean, as well as sealed hardwood, vinyl and other generally waterproof type surfaces that don’t absorb the mess.
For carpets and car interiors, you’ll want to be mindful of discoloration (some wood hard floors are prone to discoloration too).
The best way to test this is as soon as you get a commercial cleaner, read the label and apply it to a hidden or concealed part of your carpet or other surface to test it’s effect.
When the accident does come, you’ll know how it reacts with the surface.
Also worth noting is that with carpets and car interiors – they will absorb liquid and stay damp – which can result in molding or mildew. It’s important to dry out the area by giving it plenty of natural ventilation or considering a natural non harmful drying poweder like bicarbonate soda.
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