Cleaning Up After Your Pet

Some pets are just messier than others -- it's a fact you have to face when you decide whether or not to keep your furry friend. If you have the bad fortune to get a dog or cat that frequently soils your carpet and other surfaces around your home, there are ways you can still be a frugal pet owner while thoroughly cleaning up after your pet. Try some of these cheap solutions to get rid of those unwanted stains and smells!

Your pet dog sleeping on the carpet.

Homemade carpet cleaner is a great all-purpose tool to have, pets or not. And when your carpet gets grubby from the constant deluge of pet hair and paws (and the dirt those track in), it's good to have a way to get the carpet back to cleanliness without paying exorbitant cleaner fees. Mix together white vinegar and baking soda together to create a paste, then, using an old toothbrush, scrub the paste into spots on the carpet. If you need to use a steam cleaner instead, you can mix together equal parts white vinegar and warm water and pour that into the cleaner in lieu of a chemical solution.

Is your home starting to smell like your pet? Use white vinegar as a frugal air freshener to make your home smell like it should again. Fill a misting spray bottle with white vinegar and spritz it in the locations that are smelling a little foul; the acetic acid in the vinegar will absorb the odors and fade quickly, so your house won't smell like vinegar. If the smells are more localized on a stain or object, you can soak a rag in vinegar and wipe down the offending item.

Some pets go so far as to pee on the carpet, and then you're left worrying about the urine smell! Try this homemade dog urine stain removal mixture. First, if you find the stain while it is still fresh, absorb as much of the urine as possible with a rag or bunch of paper towels. Then mix together equal parts warm water and white vinegar and work this solution into the stain with a scrub brush; absorb the excess moisture, then sprinkle baking soda over the spot. In a cup, mix together 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with a teaspoon of plain liquid dishwashing detergent, and then slowly pour this over the area once it has dried. Make sure to wear rubber gloves, and work in this solution and the remaining baking soda with your fingers. Vacuum thoroughly once the area has dried.

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Maria Angela Roxas
Maria Angela Roxas
2/13/2013 10:09:28 AM #

My pet god "Nesto" is killing me right now. He's a 3 yr old labrador-doberman and is staying at my room. It's really hard to keep my room clean with him around me. He sometimes pees in my carpet and I can't just pull the carpet out and clean it. May be I'll try to find and use homemade carpet cleaner you talked about. Maybe I Need to train him to use the bathroom haha Laughing thank you.

Erika Jane Montes
Erika Jane Montes
2/13/2013 10:15:37 AM #

I had this dog named Bogart, a pekingese. At first, he was really hard to train to take urinate and "poo" in the right places. Before, I had to map off his stool from our tiles and sometimes even use my hand but of course with a paper to handle his poop. But despite all of that, I bought these cleaning tools specially designed for pets to make things work. Now he takes his poop and urinates outside; I really love my dog and if you do, you should do everything to take care of him/her. doglover

Sherlyn Amarille
Sherlyn Amarille
2/13/2013 10:20:36 AM #

OMG!!! I should really try this white vinegar mixture at home cause it starts to stink in here. I just have a question, can I use any vinegar or just white vinegar? Thanks, awaiting for more articles about pets Sheryl,

Charles Coleman
Charles Coleman
2/15/2013 2:49:32 AM #

Sheryl - could help if you could just the white vinegar since other types of vinegars have different levels of acidity and may affect the effectivity of this mixture. Based from experience, its enough to use white vinegar, just spray it evenly and it wouldn't even leave a stink in your carpet or home.

George Cooper
George Cooper
2/15/2013 2:53:02 AM #

Should start combing your pet's fur to remove falling hair and prevent it from sticking to your carpets. Once or twice a day I think would do it. You could buy those over the counter dog shampoos to make your dogs fur better and prevent it from falling every now and then. I just use a small brush for my dogs to keep them tidy.

Paul Arthur Robinson
Paul Arthur Robinson
2/15/2013 3:01:50 AM #

To say that taking care of pets especially dogs is hard is an understatement. Its this meticulous job of making sure their healthy and cleaning up their "mess." I only have one dog right now and I cant imagine how it would be to have lots of dogs, it would be a disaster to say the least haha. Having their stool and urine all over the place would be have a negative impression to your friends or relatives visiting you. Better clean up and put things in order

Blake  Lewis
Blake Lewis
2/15/2013 3:09:10 AM #

Had this girl i was courting while I was in college. It was my own idea to get her to go to my place. She just couldn't refuse because of my charm. We were alone in my crib with the exception of my dog Sasha who was nice and well behaved not until he urinated on my girl's bag which was on the floor while were watching television. She was so pissed that she did not contact me since then, what a tragic event that was. Looking at the bright side, I still have Sasha Laughing

Julian Wade
Julian Wade
2/16/2013 8:39:45 AM #

Jealous of my cousin's dogs, they all take a pee outside the house. Her pug even goes to the comfort room and its really amazing. want to have dogs like them huhu ...if you have puppies just pm me Frown

Robert Morris
Robert Morris
2/19/2013 10:25:15 AM #


I can’t imagine how disgusting  that is to step on a dog poop. Worst if it happens when your barefoot uhmmm… that’s why I always let my dogs stay outside on the porch or the garden. Its best for both parties since they can roam around all they want without making any mess inside my house.

Phoebe Ross
Phoebe Ross
2/19/2013 10:28:03 AM #

How rude of you ROBERT. You got dogs but let them stay outside of the cold? Tsk. You should grow up and learn to take care of your dogs, treat them as family and not just as mere animals or things you could use to guard your house with. If you can’t treat them right and afford to clean up their mess then better give them away to a shelter where they could have an opportunity to have a better owner and be treated well which they deserve.

Amanda Simmons
Amanda Simmons
2/19/2013 10:33:11 AM #

I just started to let my dog "Bunny" inside our house. She urinates everywhere but I'm patient since this is her first day only. I can teach and train her where to urinate properly. I guess I still have a lot of ground to cover. In spite of that daunting task, I very optimistic that I will succeed and even if I fail along the way, I will continue to be patient and understanding to my dog.

George Cooper
George Cooper
2/22/2013 9:59:46 AM #

My dog Abby, who is a pug, is beside me right now. I remembered to read this article again because of her. Although I do not have problems cleaning up their mess because we don't have carpets at home, I just sweep their falling fur on the tiles, and map off their urine. Most of the times, Abby goes to our comfort room immediately and urinates there.

Julian Wade
Julian Wade
2/22/2013 10:02:43 AM #

How did you do that George? Can you give me some tips I could use? My dog by the way is a shitsu...

Damion James
Damion James
2/22/2013 2:13:14 PM #

Choosing a dog could be a great addition to the family, so choose your dog wisely. If you need an intelligent , healthy and a good family companion then you can choose poodle. It's the only breed which comes in three different sizes, the standard, the miniature and the toy.

If you're looking to train a dog then you could be as bold as you can when training this intelligent breed. They can be trained to be helpers in hospitals, their nature is to please so they can retrieve keys, pick up things, open drawers and even turn on an off light switches. The only downside is you will spend a lot of money in maintaining the quality of their fur. You may need to go to the parlor every two to three weeks and spend $100-$150 for one session only. Every dog has its own characteristics and each one is unique so choose wisely Smile

Dion Waters
Dion Waters
2/22/2013 2:43:18 PM #

One of the most successful and famous breed of all time is the labrador retriever. It has  been cross breed with poodles, dobermans, and a lot more. They are good guard dogs and are really good when it comes  children. They tend to protect their family and are generally not aggressive. They're built as swimmers with their paws designed to propel them faster than ducks. They are also excellent in catch and fetch games and can be trained to retrieve things at home.

Jason Grant
Jason Grant
2/22/2013 2:55:12 PM #

Chihuahuas are great with older children but are not advised for younger children to play with. Because of their small body built, they are prone to injury since they have an open fontanel on their heads like infants which it eventually closes around 12-18 months. But they're easy to maintain and they only way less than 6 pounds so cleaning after their mess is not an issue at all. They're always in alert mode since they don't have much to protect themselves. They react to noises easily and bark aimlessly the moment they feel threatened.

Starting at a young age, they should be trained because comparing a 5-8 month old chihuahua and training a 3 year old is a different story. It can be quite a challenge to train older ones since they're more stubborn and it's not easy to change the behavior they're used to. Better start early training chihuahuas, prevention is the key.

Sherlyn Amarille
Sherlyn Amarille
2/22/2013 2:58:43 PM #

Charles COLEMAN, thanks Smile I've tried the vinegar mixture mentioned and it was effective as hell. It left no stink and the carpet smell and looked as good as new after I washed and vacuumed it. I then hung it outside under the heat of the sun to kill all those bacteria which accumulated these past few months and now, I enjoy sitting in my carpet without worrying of the mess that I might be sitting or lying in.

Henry Peck
Henry Peck
2/23/2013 10:49:13 PM #

Have you seen the show, Dog Whisperer? A guy comes in to help you with your dog issues and no matter how aggressive or shy your dog is, at the end he/she will be able to train them and make them a normal, relaxed, calm and submissive dog. He has a knack for dogs, it's like he was born to talk to dogs. Just google it. He also gives tips on how to train your dog at home

Chauncey Morrow
Chauncey Morrow
2/24/2013 1:48:36 AM #

A simple way to solve your problem in cleaning your pet's mess is walking them for a short period each day. You need to be consistent so they would get the routine and do it themselves when they're used to it. The best time would be after their meals because they still have the urge to defecate and urinate. It would just take a few minutes to walk your dog rather than sweep their poop off the floor and wiping their urine.

Jet Korver
Jet Korver
2/24/2013 1:56:45 AM #

Clean their stool or urine immediately if you don't want them to do it again. The stink that is left of the stool sends a signal to their brain that tells them it's alright for them to defecate in that area because their owners did not clean up their mess. Just be patient and don't hit your dog when your frustration catches up to you.

Maxxine Coleman
Maxxine Coleman
3/9/2013 12:34:16 AM #

I'd like to have a dog but the problem is, I hate cleaning up their mess. In the end, I do not have one. I had a friend before whose willing to give one her dog's puppies but my mom refused to accept it. She told me she doesn't want to compromise our business (made to order pastries). So I also didn't forced her since she has a point but another fact is, my mom is not a a pet lover at all. ahahhahaha

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