I never thought I would be one of those people who has to Google “how to get pee smell out of a carpet” or anything like that. I mean, I certainly don’t pee on the carpet, I have no children, and my dog is excellently housebroken. I arranged my life this way on purpose because I couldn’t even stand the thought of bodily fluids anywhere other than where they firmly belong (either in your body, or in the city sewage system, thank you).
Then, a few years ago, the dog started having an incontinent bladder. And I realized that when you love someone (or, you know, your furry baby), you can’t really get mad about a little pee in the carpet now and then.
Luckily, she can take a pill to alleviate the condition. Not-so-luckily, she will not take the pill unless forced to do so (and I mean “forced” in the give-a-pill-to-a-barnyard-animal way). Before you call me a fucking horrible dog-mom, I would like to point out that I have tried all of the pill-giving vehicles. ALL OF THEM. Sometimes they work once or twice, but she is like the Borg: she adapts. She figures it out and then won’t touch the pill vehicle either. So it’s an all out pig-wrestle to get her to take her damn pills.
And, consequently, sometimes she misses one here and there and has a little pee dribble on the carpet.
And that was a very round-about way of telling you that I have this fear of my house smelling like dog pee. I don’t think it does. I clean regularly, and any accidents are as immediately as possible cleaned up with spray cleany stuff, but you never know. And sometimes you don’t smell your own house, and, really, who’s going to be brave enough to tell you your house smells like dog pee? Probably no one. So I worry.
Enter the homemade carpet powder on Pinterest.
It’s really easy: baking soda and essential oil.
The blog post uses orange essential oil, but all I had was eucalyptus, so I figured that would do.
And then I tried it out on the doggiest room in the house, the office.
I sprinkled it (over the mounds of damn dog hair that have accumulated since last week) and then left it sit for fifteen minutes, which was more difficult than you would think because the dog was really interested in it and I was afraid she was going to eat it, so I had to keep chasing her out.
Then I vacuumed. And, as per usual, the dog chased me around as I vacuumed, barking and trying to bite the vacuum cleaner. She’s so very helpful.
That, people, is the amount of crap I vacuumed up from one small carpet.
There’s also about a half a cup of smelly-good baking soda in there…
So did it work? Well, while I was vacuuming, I was not convinced. It just sort of smelled like a dog who had perhaps gotten in to the VapoRub. But I went back to check later on, and it really was kind of nice-smelling. Not overpowering, really, but better-than-dog smell.
I guess in order to really test this, you need a friend who’s willing to be honest about whether your house smells like piss or not. I don’t have one of those (and honestly don’t really want one), so my educated guess is that this kinda works and it certainly doesn’t hurt anything.