How to Remove Bird Droppings from Carpet

Judy asked: How do I clean bird poop and urine from the carpet? We have cockatiels that have left a mess on our carpet.

When your feathered friends leaves a mess around the house, use this solution to rid the carpet of those nasty stains.

You Will Need:

  • Hand-washing dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Soft cloths
  • Bucket or spray bottle
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Eye dropper

Steps to Remove the Stains:

  1. Begin by mixing two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of soap and one tablespoon vinegar in a bowl, bucket or spray bottle.
  2. Spray the affected area with the solution or blot it on with a soft cloth.
  3. Blot with a clean cloth. You will begin to see the stain transfer from the carpet to the cloth.
  4. Turn the cloth as needed to keep a clean work surface.
  5. Continue applying the solution and blotting until the stain is removed or no more transfers to the cloth.
  6. If some stain remains, carefully apply some hydrogen peroxide to the stain only with an eye dropper. Use caution as this can bleach some carpets. If you are unsure, test a hidden area first.
  7. Follow the peroxide with a few drops of ammonia.
  8. Blot the stain with a cloth moistened with cold water.
  9. Continue to blot until the stain is removed, along with the peroxide and ammonia.
  10. Blot the area with a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture.
  11. Allow the area to air dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If the bird has eaten berries, treat the poop stains the same you would as berry stains.
  • Poop-Off Bird Poop Remover is a commercial cleaning product that is available in several forms (spray, wipes, pump). It is safe to use on any washable surface. Test a small area first to ensure there are no unwanted effects to the carpet color or texture.


  1. Good overall article, but I’d never use ammonia around birds!

  2. I agree with Michelle about the ammonia… I would never use it around birds either. Very dangerous!

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