Whether you’re dealing with pet urine or kid urine, this simple hack (and unexpected ingredient) will teach you how to clean pee off furniture and carpets!
“Mommy, I went potty!” Cooper sing-songs as I walk in the back door.
“On the couch!”
This is a typical conversation a few months after potty-training our now-3-year-old. She does a great job most of the time. And then randomly pees on the couch, chairs, or floor.
But a few years back I learned a genius (and weird) hack for how to clean pee off furniture and carpets. And it didn’t require buying any special cleaning products—just one normal household ingredient.
Before Rob and I were married, I lived with a family who had an older dog. Every so often I would pass by one of the carpeted rooms and see a small pile of white SOMETHING on the carpet. I had no idea what the heck it was and didn’t want to ask.
But when they went out of town and left me in charge of the dog, I learned what these piles were. SALT.
Every time the dog would pee in the house, they poured a heaping amount of salt onto the spot while it was still wet. Yep, table salt.
The salt will literally draw the liquid from the area, leaving a cake-like pile of salt you can vacuum up. Urine problem solved!
Want to try? It’s super simple.
How to Clean Pee Off Furniture or Carpets
- Pour a heaping amount of salt over the affected area.
- Wait at least an hour or two.
- Vacuum up the salt. (If still wet underneath, repeat steps 1 & 2.)
- Clean area with your normal cleaning spray or solution. (See my list of favorite cleaners HERE!)
You can try to soak up some of the urine with a rag or something before, but I’m always afraid (especially with couch cushions) that I’ll be pushing it IN. So I simply leave the salt on for a few hours, then vacuum. If there is still a wet spot, I reapply and do it all again. Be sure you pour a LOT of salt on the area.
This is also a really cool teaching moment for kids about osmosis. (See this experiment with potatoes for a fun activity!)
Oh, and if you’re using vegetables that have a high water concentration, you can do this too. It works well with eggplant and cucumber. (See my Easy Eggplant Parmesan recipe on Penney Lane for how I use this method!)
Have you ever tried this? I mean, hopefully you don’t have to. But I’m guessing you aren’t reading this post unless you’ve heard your kid say, “Mom, I just peed…on the couch!”
Let me know in the comments if you try this or have another hack for how to clean pee off furniture or rugs!