Mastering Potty Training with Carpets: Tips and Tricks for a Clean and Stress-Free Experience

Mastering Potty Training with Carpets: Tips and Tricks for a Clean and Stress-Free Experience
Written by:
Michelle D. Swaney
January 23, 2024

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We'd like to help make potty training a little less stinky of an experience for you.

You're welcome. From, The Potty School

Potty training can be a bittersweet experience for parents.

Sometimes parents feel like they are letting their baby grow-up by potty training them. It can be exciting to be rid of the diapers, but sometimes the process leaves you with more questions than answers.

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Potty training may leave you with questions such as: How do I get this stain out of my carpet? How do I get rid of this urine smell in my bathroom? - The Potty School

Luckily, we've partnered with Rodney Lynch, Associate Training of Rainbow International, a Neighborly company, and he provides you with some tips to make the clean up a bit easier on potty training parents. Check out these 4 tips on how to clean up the following potty training messes.

#1 Removing urine from carpets and upholstery:

To clean urine from carpet or upholstery, try irrigating the spot or stain with club soda. Let the spot dry before liberally sprinkling baking soda on it. Let the baking soda sit for several hours undisturbed. Vacuum the baking soda and repeat the entire baking soda process as necessary until the smell is gone. This procedure may help remove surface stains and smells, but if carpet is affected, it’s important for homeowners to work with a professional carpet cleaning company or restoration expert like Rainbow International, to remove deep, set in stains and odors.

#2 Getting rid of fecal stains from fabrics:

Pretreat the fabric with a prewash stain remover or soak the items in warm water with an enzyme-containing solution and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Using a scrubbing brush, brush away at any remaining stains. Launder with oxygen bleach, if it is safe for the fabric, or use a similar bleach-like solution that may be softer on gentle fabrics. Always reference the care label, when possible, before treating the area for the best cleaning solution.

#3 Cleaning urine and fecal waste from wood and flooring:

Blot or mop the puddle as soon as possible. If fecal waste, pick up the waste with a paper towel and dispose of it properly. Clean the affected area with a gentle detergent, like dish soap, and then use a cleaner that is specific for your flooring type to clean and polish it. This method works best when employed on fresh messes. Remember, urine can soak into wood making the smell nearly impossible to remove without professional grade materials.

#4 Avoiding the use of harsh chemicals when cleaning:

Essential oils, such as eucalyptus and tea tree oil, can be a great alternative to relying on chemical-heavy products to mask odors. After blotting up as much of the urine as you can with a clean white cotton towel, dab the area with water to wash away the urine. Then, fold another clean white cotton towel to cover the spot and place a weight or a heavy book on top of the towel for 24 hours. After that, remove the towel and clean the spot with a mixture of 1 oz dishwashing detergent to 12 oz water. Blot to dry. Then add five to 10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray and saturate the area with the solution. The oils will help eliminate the odor and leave a pleasant scent behind.


Potty training is a major milestone in a child's development, but it can also be a messy one. As you know, you want to make sure that your home is clean and sanitary, especially when your child is learning to use the potty.

That's where professional cleaning services can come in handy. Professional cleaners have the experience and expertise to remove even the most stubborn potty training messes. If you can't afford a professional cleaner, obviously you can try it yourself (hint: use the tips above :)).

In this blog post, we shared four cleaning tips (from professionals) for potty training parents. These tips will help you keep your home clean and fresh, even during the messiest of potty training days. Because heavens knows, especially when starting, there can be some mess. But, your little one can do it!

Here's a summary for you:

  • Use the right cleaning products. Not all cleaning products are created equally. When it comes to potty training messes, you need to use products that are specifically designed to remove urine and fecal stains and odors, if you don't they may look clean, but still smell stinky. So, be prudent in your cleaning supply purchasing!
  • Clean up messes immediately (or as close to that as you can :)). We get it, no one really wants to spend precious nap time cleaning, but the longer a pee/poo mess sits, the harder it will be to clean up. That's why it's important to clean up messes as soon as possible.
  • Don't be afraid to call a professional. If you have a stubborn potty training mess that you can't seem to remove yourself, don't be afraid to call a professional cleaning service. Professional cleaners have the experience and expertise to remove even the most difficult messes.

We hope these tips have been helpful. Good luck with potty training!

For supplies ideas, check out THIS section on our website about suggested supplies.

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