Thursday, August 13, 2009

He did a bad, bad thing

Look at this face -- so sweet, so innocent. Surely he would *never* do something as diabolical as pee on the carpet...on purpose? I know this is not the most glamorous topic. But for those of us who are cat lovers and cat owners,
it happens. Ours happened while we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago. Our senior citizen man-cat, Mango, got a little ticked off that we were away and decided to pee in my daughter's closet, on her vintage wooden dollhouse. Yeah I know, he really couldn't have picked a more irritating place to make his statement. What didn't soak into the dollhouse ran down the side into the carpet. I pretreated the carpet with Natures Miracle (which usually does work miracles) and then ran the carpet scrubber...4 times. Each time it dried, it smelled just as bad as it did before I scrubbed it. I was getting really frustrated. So I did what most modern day house divas do, I googled it! My search led me to where I found the solution. A very simple recipe made of common household ingredients that you probably already have onhand: Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Dishwashing Liquid & Hydrogen Peroxide (3%). That's it! Here's the recipe and instructions if you're interested. I mixed it all up, worked it into the carpet, let it dry overnight (with the help of a small fan) and vacuumed it up the next morning. I'll have to run the scrubber one more time to perk the carpet up but we're oh-so-happy the smell is finally gone! Thanks for this most awesome DIY remedy for a very unpleasant little problem.


  1. Hey Leslie,

    The peroxide didn't bleach your carpet at all? I remember the good old days bleaching my hair with the stuff!


  2. He did do a bad thing but he looks like such a sweetie!

    I had a cat sitter come by and feed my sweetie Anni while we were on vacation a while back. She seemed quite happy when we returned but when we were not looking she decided to leave us a nice little present in the middle of the living room floor. I almost stepped into it!

  3. It didn't bleach my carpet at all. It's rather diluted with the vinegar, water and dish soap. And wow, Anni was a naughty girl too huh?


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