How to get dog urine out of blankets 

Dog in blanket

When we raise dogs, we make an effort to train them to relieve themselves in appropriate areas and not on household items. Nevertheless, accidents can happen, especially when the dog is ill. When soft items like blankets become soiled with urine, it can be challenging to clean them. While the immediate reaction may be to toss them in the washing machine, this is not enough to remove the odor of urine, which can still linger even if the blanket looks clean.

To truly eliminate the smell, it’s necessary to use cleaning agents that target the different components of urine. In this article, we will discuss how to properly clean a blanket soiled with dog urine and explore various methods that can be used to remove the odor. If your blanket has been soiled, don’t despair and throw it away. Read on to discover what you can do to effectively clean it. 


Why does dog urine smell 

Dog urine is made up of water, pheromones, bacteria, urea, creatine, ammonia, and a couple of other components, all of which contribute to the smell of dog urine. Ammonia is one of the main components of urine that contributes to the smell. Ammonia is said to have a pungent odor, which characterizes the smell of the urine. The urine also contains the waste products from some bacteria in the body of the dog. Because of these several components, water alone might not be good enough to get the urine and the smell out of a blanket. 


How to clean dog urine from blankets 

To get the blankets clean, you can follow the following methods. Using the first two might get the problem sorted for you. If not, you might consider the later options. You need to first prepare the blanket for washing by removing some of the urine from it. Use a paper towel to soak as much urine as possible from the blanket. Use as many fresh sheets as possible till you cannot soak any more of the urine. 


Soak the blanket over night 

Soaking clothing helps to makes the material soft and loosen the stain. A lot of stains are water soluble and so will come out of the clothing with just soaking. For stains that are not water soluble, the softness of the material makes it easier to wash them out. To make sure that your soaking works effectively, you could also make use of some white vinegar. White vinegar contains acetic acid which is in itself a solvent. It can break down other chemicals that can be responsible for the stain. It is also effective as a disinfectant as it helps to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. The cleaning action of white vinegar does not negatively affect your fabric. 

Prepare a bucket of water by mixing two cups of white vinegar in a gallon of water. Make sure you use a bucket that can allow you to completely soak the blanket. Drop the blanket in the bucket and make sure it is completely covered by the water-vinegar mixture and let it sit overnight. On the next day, remove the blanket from the bucket and wash it in a washing machine. You can also add a cup of vinegar in the washing machine. You might need to repeat this step more than once if the stain is old.

Clean blanket

Wash the blanket with baking soda 

Washing the blanket with baking soda helps to break down the chemicals that make the urine smell and get rid of the odor. After removing as much urine from the blanket as possible, add two cups of baking soda in the washing machine together with your washing detergent. The baking soda has a similar cleaning effect to white vinegar. 


Dry the blanket in the sun 

After washing the blanket in the washing machine, do not put it in the dryer. Take your blanket and dry it in the sun. UV light from the sun can he