How to Control Urine Odor in Dog Kennels


Urine odors can linger a long time after the actual deed has been done, especially if the urine is not cleaned up properly. If you want to keep your dog kennel from smelling like dog urine, be vigilant in your kennel cleaning.

Choose Your Cleaning Product

You can clean dog kennels with an assortment of cleaning products, though not all products will be equally effective.

Bleach is a common choice for kennel cleaning because it is an effective disinfectant and does a fair job at removing odors. The recommended mixture for cleaning animal kennels with bleach is 1 part bleach to 32 parts water. For deep cleaning, you can use 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.

Enzyme-based cleaning products work by neutralizing odors. You can buy a wide assortment of enzyme-based cleaners in any pet store or big box retailer as well as online.

Homemade cleaners can be used to clean up dog kennels, though they may not be as effective at disinfecting the kennels as bleach or a commercial product designed for cleaning pet messes. To make a homemade cleaner that will help reduce odors, mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water and allow it to sit on the area for 5 to 10 minutes before cleaning up excess fluid. You also can pour undiluted white vinegar on the soiled area.

Proper Kennel Cleaning

  1. Before you start your cleaning process, remove all the animals from the kennel. 
  2. Remove all of your dog's supplies from the kennel and clean the items independently. This means that hard objects, such as food dishes and hard toys, should be soaked in a disinfectant cleaner. Soft objects, such as bedding and stuffed animals, should be either hand or machine washed with a mild detergent.
  3. Use a shovel or scoop to remove all solid waste from the kennel and spray the kennel with hot water.
  4. Apply the cleaning product of your choice to the kennel. Follow all product instructions exactly to ensure the product works effectively.
  5. Scrub the kennel thoroughly with a stiff bristled brush. Make sure you thoroughly clean all surfaces inside the kennel.
  6. Rinse the kennel completely to remove all traces of cleaning product. Allow the area to air dry completely.
  7. Return your dog's dishes, bedding and toys to the kennel and allow the dog to re-enter.


  • Cleaning your dog's kennel every day will help to reduce urine and other odors. The cleaner you keep the kennel, the less likely it is to develop a long-lasting and pervasive urine odor and the cleaner your dogs will be.

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