How to remove pet stains and odours

You can be the best pet owner in the whole world, but it still won’t save you from discovering surprise pet stains on your clothes, carpets and furniture every once in a while. Learn how to get rid of stubborn stains and malodours with Ariel!

The delights (and drawbacks) of keeping a pet

There is so much to love about pets – they’re affectionate, fun, soft to the touch, and adorable – but their stains aren’t. You can get lots of stains from your pets, the most unpleasant being urine and faeces. Most pet stains are protein based, but they can also have other components, like uric acid, which can be difficult to remove even with normal cleaning solutions like bleach. This uric acid also means it’s better to use lukewarm or cool water, as hot water can permanently set the stain and odour by bonding the protein to the fibres.

Muddy Paw Stains On White Floor Mat

Before, when you wanted to remove pet stains from your clothes, you needed to pre-treat the stain with a liquid washing detergent – but not anymore. Thanks to Ariel Platinum PODS® + Febreze Odour Defence, you can get rid of stubborn stains as well as the unpleasant pet smells they leave behind simply and effectively. Follow our step-by-step guide and become an expert pet stain remover!

How to remove pet stains

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    Turn the garment inside out

    Rinse your clothing with water to dilute pet stains and remove excess.

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    Add detergent

    Place one Ariel Platinum PODS® + Febreze Odour Defence washing tablet into the bottom of the drum of your washing machine. Use two capsules if you have a large load and three if you’re dealing with an extra-large load of washing.

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    Use scent boosters

    For a more perfumed result and a high endurance freshness, add Lenor Unstoppables Active In-Wash scent boosters directly to your washing machine’s drum.

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    Load your garments

    Place your clothes into the washing machine, but make sure that you do not overfill the drum.

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    Choose the highest temperature setting as indicated by the fabric care label and watch as the stains and pet odours disappear!

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    When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

How to remove pet stains from carpet and furniture

For clothes, trusting in the power of wash pods is enough – as for lifting a pet stains out of upholstery and carpets, you’ll have to rely on more traditional and time-consuming tactics.

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    Pour some white vinegar over the stain.

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    Sprinkle with baking soda.

    Use a generous amount of baking soda over the entire stain.

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    Allow the mixture to sit.

    Wait until the mixture of baking soda and white vinegar works its magic. To keep your pets from spreading the baking soda around the house, place a dish over the stain until the vinegar dries and the stain lifts.

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    Use a vacuum cleaner.

    Clean up the leftover baking soda and marvel at the odourless, stainless result!

Effective stain removal on a variety of stains

Pet stains can be difficult to remove, but they are not the only tough stains out there. Find out more on how to remove urinemud or poo stains, and other difficult to remove stains from your clothes with Ariel, for outstanding stain removal results from the first wash!