With two new puppies creating puddles of pee and piles of poop every 4 minutes, we've been occupied with substantially more cleaning lately. It's a good thing Mother Nature made puppies so darn cute, even if she did make their deposits smelly. No matter how sorry our puppies seem to be, cleaning up after them is frustrating.
Fortunately, there are specially formulated products to eliminate the smell of urine and feces and to discourage your puppy from a repeat performance. We just heard a detailed lecture about pet odors from our vet at our puppy check-up. Dogs and cats have a gland right under the tail that secretes a hormone every time they pee or poop. They like this smell and come back to the same spot again and again to do the deed. Because this is a biological process, the best way to attack the remaining spots and smells is with biological warfare in the form of beneficial bacteria and enzyme digesters.
How to Clean up an Accident:
First, scoop up the poop or soak up urine by blotting with coffee filters or paper towels. On carpet, rinse the area with water or club soda to dilute the urine, then blot again with a clean towel. It helps to apply pressure with a stack of books and then wait for all the moisture to be absorbed.
Next, apply a cleaner/neutralizer with non-toxic enzymes formulated for pet messes (such as the products listed below) to the carpet or hard floor surface. For carpet, it might help to cover the area with plastic and leave it while the enzyme digester product breaks down the stain. Do not use a commercial stain remover before the enzyme cleaner and do not use ammonia (smells like urine). If the smell persists in carpets, try leaving a mixture of baking soda and lavender oil on the stain for several hours and then vacuuming. Remember that the urine will probably leak to the carpet pad, so that might have to be cleaned as well.
Pet Odor and Stain Removers:
We've known about Nature's Miracle for years and it has a steady track record with pet owners. We wondered what alternatives were available, especially in the eco-friendly category. Cleaning products are available in either a bottle, which is nice for cleaning fabrics, or a sprayer, which is handy for blasting hard surfaces. These options can be purchased at the usual pet stores or on-line (usually discounted) for about $9-12 per 32 oz. .
1. Dog Whisperer By Cesar Millan Natural Odor & Stain Remover -- This one has star power and lemongrass oil for a natural product that can be used on carpets, upholstery, hard surfaces and wood.
2. Earth Friendly Products Natural Stain & Odor Remover -- A gentle, non-toxic cleaner for organic stains that works on dirty laundry, fabric, carpeting, tile, sealed wood floors, upholstery, and furniture.
Four Paws Wee-Wee Super Strength Stain & Odor Remover
3. Four Paws Wee-Wee Super Strength Stain & Odor Remover -- Enzyme based solution that eliminates the odors to prevent pets from soiling again in the same area.
4. Pet Loo Liquid Ate Pet Stain & Odor Remover-- Formulated from 100% natural enzymes and botanicals that are carefully blended to effectively remove, not mask, stains and odors. Safe for water tolerant surfaces and fabrics, plus we like the name "Pet Loo".
5. Stink Free Hardfloor Pet Stain & Odor Remover-- Ideal for sealed wood, vinyl no-wax, ceramic and travertine tile, marble, linoleum, concrete, laminate and cork. Apparently, it removes the stink permanently.
6. Eco-Me Home Kit Natural Cleaning Tool Kit-- This is more of a general cleaning kit, but is utterly safe for cleaning up after pets. The idea is to mix your own solutions with vinegar, baking soda, and the included essential oils. It would be a great gift for a new home or pet owner (retail $29.99).
By the way, while writing this, we have stopped to clean up puppy messes eleven times.
Any other cleaning (or potty training) tips from pet owners?