How to Clean Children's Urine in the Carpet

Cleaning carpet with cloth and  sprayer close up
Woman cleaning a carpet with a sponge and cleaning solution. (Image: belchonock/iStock/Getty Images)

Potty training is a challenging time for both parents and children. If your child doesn't make it to the toilet and pees in the carpet as an accident, it may make him feel embarrassed. There are easy ways to clean urine from carpet that will help you not only remove the bad odor but also feel less stressed about the situation and more apt to support your child during his learning process.

Step 1

Fill a cup with lukewarm water and spill it on the area that has your child’s urine. This will dilute the urine and also make it easier to soak it up if it is already dry.

Step 2

Place a thick towel over the wet carpet and apply pressure by stepping firmly on it or using your hands while applying most of your body weight as you do so. This will help absorb the water and urine. You can later wash your towel with laundry detergent and bleach if the towel is white. Paper towels can work as an alternative although they will not soak up as much liquid as a towel will, and you may end up wasting a lot of paper towels in the process.

Step 3

Apply a pet urine cleaning detergent to the area to wash out the urine. Detergents made to clean pet urine have enzymes that break down pet urine odors and work just as well on human urine. You can find them at any pet store in your area.

Step 4

Rinse out the detergent with lukewarm water and repeat the process of soaking up the liquid with a clean towel.

Step 5

Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle it along with a pinch of baking soda to the area you have treated to help remove any remaining smells and remove detergent residues, suggests the website Good Housekeeping.

Step 6

Use another clean and dry towel to soak up any remaining liquid to speed up the drying process of your carpet.

Step 7

Place a fan directly on the area treated to dry it completely. Alternately you can use a blow dryer if you have time to hold it while the carpet dries, or leave a window open.

Step 8

Wash all your towels immediately so they don’t retain any urine smells.

Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Towels

  • Paper towels (alternative)

  • Pet urine detergent

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Fan or blow dryer

Tip

Keep your urine cleaning supplies handy in case this happens again.

You can use this same method for cleaning mattresses if your child had a bed-wetting occurrence.

Warning

Keep the pet urine detergent away from your child's reach as it may be toxic to his skin and poisonous if swallowed.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.