But when they went out of town and left me in charge of the dog, I learned what these piles were: SALT. Like the kind you keep in the kitchen that’s less than a dollar at the store or on Amazon.
Every time the dog would pee in the house, they poured a heaping amount of salt onto the spot while it was still wet. Yep, table salt. Kind of like this:
The salt will literally draw the liquid from the area, leaving a cake-like pile of salt you can vacuum up. Urine problem solved!
Want to try? It’s super simple.
HOW TO CLEAN PEE OFF FURNITURE OR CARPETS
Pour a heaping amount of salt over the affected area.
Wait at least an hour or two for it to fully dry. (I often wait more, but depends on how highly trafficked the area is.)
Vacuum up the salt. (If still wet underneath, repeat steps 1 & 2.)
Clean area with your normal cleaning spray or solution. (See my list of favorite cleaners HERE!)
Want to know the one secret ingredient to clean pee off furniture?
You can try to soak up some of the urine with a rag or something before, but I’m always afraid (especially with couch cushions or rugs) that I’ll be pushing it IN. So I simply leave the salt on for a few hours, then vacuum. If there is still a wet spot, I reapply and do it all again. Be sure you pour a LOT of salt on the area.
This is also a really cool teaching moment for kids about osmosis. (See this experiment with potatoes for a fun activity!) Oh, and if you’re using vegetables that have a high water concentration, you can use salt to pull out moisture too. It works well with eggplant and cucumber. (See my Easy Eggplant Parmesan recipe on Penney Lane for how I use this method!)
Have you ever tried this? I mean, hopefully you don’t have to. But I’m guessing you aren’t reading this post unless you’ve heard your kid say, “Mom, I just peed…on the couch!”