How to Treat Potty Training Carpet Stains

Updated on February 06, 2008
B.B. asks from Del Rio, TX
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My 2yr-old daughter is potty training, and she of course has had accidents on the carpet. Can anyone recommend a good all-in-one product that will disinfect, remove odor, and keep the carpet from staining? I prefer natural products if at all possible. Thanks!

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Thank you so much for all of your suggestions! I am new to Mamasource and this is my first posting -- I have been OVERWHELMED by the number of responses! What a great community this is! We live in a small-ish town so I will definitely start with what is readily available, then try some of the other suggestions. My good friend sells Melaleuka, so I will ask her about the Solumel. Thanks for the advice on hot-water extraction for carpet cleaning, and for suggesting I look for products w/ enzymes to break down the proteins. (An SAHM is a Stay-At-Home Mom.) Take care, ladies!

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B.R.

answers from Houston on

1:1 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water in a spray bottle. helps disinfect and deodorize. Peroxide is also good for yeast infections, 2 capfuls of peroxide in bottle of water, good for canker sores 2 capfuls in mouth swish and spit(whitens teeth also)!

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C.G.

answers from Austin on

Good ol' vinegar and water in a spray bottle and blot up...otherwise Frebreeze? or similar products (well, it does smell better!) It is the proteins that you are trying to deal with...

I am sooo glad I don't have to do that anymore!!

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D.W.

answers from Austin on

go to the pet department. I don't remember the name brand. But, you can get a pet stain and order removal. It comes in a spray can. If it works on pets, it should work on toddlers.

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P.B.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.,I have a couple products on my website I think you would be impressed with.Go to http://www.northbuffalo.jerkydirect.com then go to home care for engage organic homecare products.
Another product I have been happy with is natures miracle line found in pet stores.

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S.D.

answers from Houston on

Put regular table salt on it. PILE it on and let it dry (overnight) then vacuum it up. It will pull out all of the wetness so you don't have to worry about odor or mildew forming in the pad below. If the area is still wet, repeat the process. I find that if you put enough on the first time you don't need to repeat. After you vacuum, you can spray with Lysol, etc. I learned this while potty training my dog but it worked great with my two kids as well. I never had a stain or residual odor and it is very economical.

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C.W.

answers from Waco on

When my kids were potty training I would pour about 1 cup baking soda on the spot. Or as much as it takes to soak up most of the liquid it is cheap so I keep a few extra boxes around...just to get as much of the liquid up as possible. Let it soak up as much as possible and then sweep up the baking soda and then use vinegar and water or the pet stain remover everybody suggested.

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M.P.

answers from Corpus Christi on

We have used the Oxy Pet for all stains and it works great - I assume it is ok for your family. We also use the Melaleuca Solumel that works ok but for harder stains like that, we prefer the Oxy stuff. You don't have to scrub it at all - it just disappears - amazing...you can get it at Home Depot or in Wal Mart in the carpet cleaning stuff.

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L.M.

answers from Odessa on

Though I have not reached the "accident" phase of potty training YET... what I did when I had a dog was use a vinegard and water mixture. It really worked and I can only guess that dog urine is much worse than toddler.

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S.T.

answers from Houston on

Thanks to all the responses. This has been a problem of ours for three years! It's nice to know I don't have to pull up all our carpet, I'll try the Pets Mart one and see how it helps!

T.F.

answers from Dallas on

I am not the most "natural" person around here but the products from Home Depot brand Zep work wonders for me and out 3 dogs. It has removed pet vomit, red wine and pet potty training stains. I LOVE it.

Another tool is vinegar. It works well, you just have to use more and be more patient.

Good luck.
Susan

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B.H.

answers from Dallas on

B. to B., I'll ditto the Solumel suggestion. It works wonderfully, and is so gentle, it's the same stuff I spray directly on the children as mosquito repellant!

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L.E.

answers from El Paso on

Kids and Pets is the one I have used this time around. I've found it at both Walmart and Target. Hope this blesses you in some way.

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C.T.

answers from Dallas on

My daughter's potty training too so believe me I know about the carpet accidents and the bed, recliner, couch you name it she's peed on it :) I've been using this stuff called out "Out" they sell it at Walmart it's a pet stain and odor remover but it uses natural enzymes to clean the spot and remove the odor. I think it's great and it's not an abrasive chemical like carpet cleaners and it doesn't leave a carpet cleaner residue...and No PEEE SMELL!! Luv it ! They sell another one at Target I think it's called KIDS N PETS same thing works awesome. Hope this helps! Good luck with the potty training let me know if have any good tricks :)

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J.S.

answers from Killeen on

I work with a company called Melaleuca, The Wellness Company. We have a product called Sol-U-Mel that does everything you're looking for and more - to include removing sharpie marker, boosting laundry detergent, etc. It is ecosafe. PLS let me know if you're interested in learning more.

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N.A.

answers from Houston on

Hi B. B. I am N., I just completed potty training with my granddaughter. The product I found works best is called thieves and it is sold by young living products it is all natural and a great produce I think you will love it I do and I use it for everything it really works great. go to young living.com

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N.B.

answers from Austin on

I use Nature's Wonder. You can buy it pet stores. It is expensive, but works amazing! Good luck!

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R.S.

answers from Houston on

The best thing that I have found is something called LOC(liquid organic cleaner). It is an all natural cleaner made my Amway. You have to find a distributor to get it. I can get it for you, or you can go to www.Quixtar.com and order it yourself. It is great for carpet, clothes to get all kind of stains out. It is fantastic to get blood out of clothes too. My husband got some blood on his white shirt collar from shaving just before he was going to leave for work. I took some LOC and rubbed it on the collar and it disappeared instantly without a trace. I keep some in my laundry room to help get out any kind of stains. It works great on carpet also, and it doesn't have any kind of chemical to hurt your pets or children.

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P.S.

answers from Dallas on

Plain white vinegar. Takes the odor and the stain out.

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L.W.

answers from Dallas on

Have you tried diluted white vinegar? This works great for any stains.

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C.S.

answers from Dallas on

Ditto the vote for Bac-Out by BioKleen. It's awesome! The pet stain/odor spray from Mrs. Meyer's is also good.

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C.N.

answers from San Antonio on

I don't think it's organic, but Folex works great on carpet stains. It's pretty cheap and can be found in HEB.

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C.W.

answers from Dallas on

With any potty accidents,i've always used Natures miracle. Target now has another product in their pet care dept. that is totally natural,and seems to work just as well..but,i'm afraid that I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head.

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K.M.

answers from Dallas on

I buy Nature's Miracle by the gallon! I use it for kid pee, poop, and vomit . . . . cat pee, poop and vomit(fortunately rarely have much of the first two) . . . spilled milk in the car . . . anything organic that will stink. I buy it in PetSmart in the cat section.

A word on use . . . you must saturate and then let it completely dry. It may take days to dry. It will stink while drying. Don't give up!

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B.L.

answers from Beaumont on

We use Melaleuca's Sol-U-Mel. It's safe and works on anything and everything! We're really funny about what we use in our home, so Sol-U-Mel has been a lifesaver!
Let me know what you think!
B.
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C.C.

answers from Wichita Falls on

If you have a Sam's Club membership or access to a helpful friend that will pick it up for you, there's a wonderful natural product called Odo-Ban. Safe, effective and has 101 uses. Good luck!

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D.O.

answers from Dallas on

Solumel does exactly that! I have used it to clean my carpets (people & doggy stains---YUCK). It works great. I use it as a stain remover and deodorizer. Plus, it doesn't have any really harsh chemicals in it. Let me know if you'd like to know how to order some!

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S.V.

answers from Austin on

We have gotten out tons of stuff with Kids N Pets -- 2 boys in the house, need I say more? I get it at Target.

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T.M.

answers from Dallas on

Hello!! Natures Miracle, find it at pet store. It is great! Also, Kids and Pets. Both natural. Good Luck!!

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N.T.

answers from San Antonio on

Believe it or not try OxyClean. Get a little of it and mix it with a little water. Almost making a paste. Rub it into the stain or area and let it sit a while. Blot it out and the stain and odor will be gone. I tried it on a very bad coffee stain on light carpet after I had tried everything under the sun. It worked and the stain never reappeared. I also have a friend who has been in the carpet business for many many years. He states the vinegar and water method as several have mentioned. He says this is all natural and does not break down your carpet. I have tried it but you have to repeat a lot and have to blot not rub. It will eventually come out.

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K.T.

answers from Houston on

there is a product at Petco called Natures Way that my friend swears by. She uses it all the time. I tried it, but it didn't get it out 100% because I had already put a ton of different products on it. It should be your first go to. It is for all nature occurring stains. Hey, what's a SAHM?

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T.V.

answers from Houston on

Go to PetSmart or PetCo and buy the stuff they have that contains natural enzymes. It works for all kinds of stuff. I think it's called Nature's Miracle.

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J.W.

answers from Houston on

What I found works wonders, go to a pet store such as Petsmart or Petco whatever may be in your area. They carry many natural products for pet urin removel that work great and leave no harmful chemicals, nor do they discolor carpets. My favorite has been "Nature's Miracle". I am a grandmother now and after using a few natural products for my dogs,I tried them while my granddaughter was potty training and found them to be great.

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R.W.

answers from Beaumont on

I have heard that vinegar kills germs but not sure(you may want to research this a little more) but I do know that it is good for removing stains on the carpet. With any stain you want to remove as much excess moisture with dry rag (by bloting not scrubbing). Then put straight vinegar on it & let set for just a few second& blot that up. Again getting as much of the moisture out by blotting with a rag. Then follow the same procedure except with water to get the vinegar smell out. You may have to repeat a time or two depending on the stain but this is an all natural way of doing it & it is safe for the carpet. A freind owns a carpet store & this is her suggestion. Hope it helps!

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R.L.

answers from Houston on

HI B.,
There is a great product called Nature's Miracle. It is a natural enzyme based product. You can find it at the pet stores but it works for pet and people stains. Since we have a dog, a cat and a 7 year old I always have it handy. It has taken stain out of my sons clothes as well as the smell. It works great on carpet and other fabrics as well. Because it is enzyme based it really elimnates the stain and odor not just covers it. It is important to use an enzyme cleaner because other cleaners can actually set the smell (not just the stain!) I knwo this from experience!

Good luck!

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K.B.

answers from Austin on

We use "Kids and Pets". I find it at HEB. We've also used Folex from Home Depot for tougher visible stains. Both are fantastic.

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K.S.

answers from Dallas on

I soak it up with paper towels right away. Then pour a half water / half white vinegar solution on the area. Let it stand a while then wipe it up. Deodorizes and removes all but toughest stains if used immediately. However,nothing can be done for the carpet padding underneath. I plan to just replace carpet once everyone is trained.

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A.E.

answers from San Antonio on

I do know that there is a product line out there called Meleauca and it is completely natural. You will have to look it up on line becuase it is not available in stores. It will take rust off a bumper and all those other wonderful sayings. I really like it and it is safe around the children, not to mention, it really works. I think that you will be pleased. Not to mention it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. The challenge will be finding someone who sells it. But if you need help with that let me know

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K.S.

answers from Dallas on

I like a product manufactured by Bio-Kleen called Bac-Out. You can get it at Whole Foods, and I am sure there are other places in the area that carry it. If you decide to hire someone to clean your carpets, consider 'zero residue'. I think process just uses hot water extraction so your carpet doesn't loose it's stain protector...and so dirt is not attracted to your carpet, as the chemical process does. ~K.

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E.G.

answers from San Antonio on

Diluted, with water, white vinegar. It is a natural disinfectant and odor remover. Repeat several times.

Good luck

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