One of my favorite homemade cleaning supply recipes is this stuff. It works very well for getting out odors from "accidents" and one-time things, though if you have a spot where a pet is repeatedly urinating, you'll need something stronger.
Pet Urine/Skunk Odor Eliminator Formula
- 1 qt. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/4 c. Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Liquid Hand Soap
Mix together using a plastic spoon for one minute. Pour into
a plastic squirt bottle (like a mustard bottle) or spray bottle.
Spray evenly on the main odor area and saturate the carpet. It
is extremely important that it gets penetrated into the carpet
pad. When main odor area is saturated, then apply solution to
surrounding areas where urine may have been sprayed or splashed.
Let the solution dry by itself for 1-2 days. There is a chance
that the baking soda has left a white residue on the carpet.
This will usually clean up when you vacuum. If not, just wash
the area thoroughly with a sponge and water and let it dry. It
may also feel like there are tiny air bubbles on top of the carpet
which is residual oxygen that has surfaced.
Hydrogen peroxide may lift color from some materials, so spot test
before applying to carpets, upholstery, etc.
This solution must be used immediately after mixing to be effective.
DO NOT store the solution in any type of closed container as it
may explode due to the chemical reaction. Any unused solution can
be safely disposed of down your sink or toilet.
This may also be used to remove skunk spray/odor from pets. Mix
as directed then apply to pet's coat. Allow to work for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces from coat.
On the anti-bacterial thing, ugh, don't get me started! Anti-bacterial EVERYTHING is one of my pet peeves. Anti-bacterial dog beds and cutting boards and hand soap and pillowcases and blah blah blah. It's totally ridiculous. If you are in a medical environment, it's necessary, but no one, except the extremely immunocompromised, needs an triclosan-laced anti-bacterial bed, let alone an anti-bacterial dog bed. And how hard is it these days to find normal liquid handsoap?
Shouldn't this stuff be regulated and available only by prescription, like other antibiotics?