It’s quite likely that if you’ve stumbled upon this article, you most likely find yourself in the one of the following scenarios:
- You recently acquired your first kitten.
- You recently saved a stray.
- You recently brought a newborn home.
- You recently moved to a new home.
- Your in-laws moved are staying for a while… Yay!
Of course, it’s possible that you don’t fit into any the aforementioned scenarios, however unlikely. Either way, you’re looking for a simple homemade remedy to help clean up your cat(s) attitude from amidst your carpeting (area rugs are different)… the struggle is real. So, let’s get to it:
Vinegar and Water – Ol’ Reliable
“Vinny” is such a great natural solution that this is going to help relieve most cases in part, if not in full. This mixture is useful for both old and new stains and it goes a little something like this: combine equal parts white vinegar and water, mix and apply to the effected area. Let this magical concoction sit for 3-5 minutes and blot up (no rubbing, please) with a towel until dry(ish).
Baking Soda – Mmmmm… Cookies!
No, we are not baking chocolate cookies right now. You can do that once you’ve rid yourself of this evil. Focus! Now, baking soda is a fantastic cookie… sorry, let me start that again. It’s a great odor-eliminating agent, which is kind of weird, but trust us. Nearly every pantry on earth has some, but in case you ran out (or don’t have enough), it’s super cheap to buy at the store. How much should you use, exactly? Well, a heck of a lot. Make sure the entire area is covered with a thick layer of this wonderful, white powder.
Patience – Netflix and Chill
Sit back, relax and enjoy the entire latest season of your favourite show in one sitting, because you’re going to need to let this pile do its thing. Once a few hours have passed, grab your vacuum and suck out that putrid stench. The area will remain a bit damp, but it’ll dry up soon enough for your feline to start sniffing around, confused as to why its mark of discontent has been sullied. Victory!
Of course, there are scenarios when once you’ve done all that you could, it still wasn’t enough to rid your carpet of Kitty’s disapproval. In these cases – and especially in the case of area rugs – we’re here to help.