Dog pee on carpet? Here's how to clean it up

Dalmatian puppy peeing on the floor

Bringing a puppy home is exciting – you know there’s plenty of cuddles and fun ahead. But! There are also plenty of challenges ahead, and one of the earliest is potty training. It’s perfectly normal to find dog wee on the carpet and hear shouts of ‘the puppy peed in the house’ during the early days, but it won’t last long.

Once you know how to clean dog urine, these issues won’t be much of a problem. Let’s look at how to clean dog urine and how to neutralise the unpleasant smell.

How to get rid of dog urine smell

Whether you witness it first hand, notice the wet patch after, or pick up on that stinky dog urine smell first, acting quickly to remove it from the carpet can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Here’s how to get rid of dog urine smell from the carpet:

  • Blot at the puppy pee with Plenty kitchen paper to soak up as much as you can.
  • Dust some baking soda over the area and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Mix together equal parts of white vinegar and water, and then spray or pour it onto the baking soda.
  • Leave the mixture to do its work for around five minutes, then blot at the stain and it should be gone… along with that pesky dog urine smell.

How to clean dog wee on the carpet

In addition to the above method, you can also use a combo of warm water and detergent to clean up dog pee on carpets. Follow these simple steps on how to get dog urine out of the carpet:

  • Blot the stain thoroughly with clean kitchen towels – the faster you do this, the better!
  • Mix a small amount of detergent (no more than half a teaspoon) with a cup of warm water.
  • Pour the solution into a bottle and spray it all over the offending area.
  • Scrub and then soak up the mixture with kitchen towels.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly until the stain disappears.


We recommend using Plenty kitchen paper to get the job done. Not only are they super absorbent and able to soak up the pee, they’re wringable, scrubbable, and super strong too, so they won’t fall apart when wet – the perfect puppy-pee-problem companion.

How to clean dog urine on wooden floors

Now that you know how to get dog pee out of the carpet, cleaning wooden floors might sound easy. Whilst you might think it’s as simple as soaking up the pee and using your usual wooden floor cleaner, there can be a little more to cleaning hardwood floors.

One of the biggest problems with hardwood floor cleaners is that they often contain bleach. This is fine when you use it quickly, but you don’t want to leave it on wooden floors to break down smells, as this can cause damage. Give the vinegar and baking soda method a go, and then you can give it a good once over with your regular cleaner.

There you have it: how to get dog urine out of the carpet and off the floors with the power of baking soda, vinegar and detergent. All three of these items can be used to effectively clean dog urine and eliminate nasty odours that come with the new puppy territory. So the next time you hear: ‘Oh not again! The dog peed in the house!’ rest assured that you now know exactly how to get dog pee out of your carpet.

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