How to Eliminate Dog Urine Odor

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Dog urine leaves behind an unpleasant odor, and if you do not tend to it immediately, it can seep into your carpet, hardwood or tile floors, and upholstery. Use a solution of vinegar and baking soda to remove the urine odor. Once you remove the urine and clean the area properly, your home will smell better.

Things You'll Need

  • Black light
  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum or mop
  • Soak up fresh dog urine with paper towels. For dog urine that has already dried, search for urine stains with a black light.

  • Combine 1 cup vinegar with 3 cups water.

  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the dog urine area.

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the vinegar solution. Allow it to set for 10 minutes.

  • Scrub the area with a sponge. The vinegar and baking soda form a paste that eliminates the odor.

  • Vacuum or rinse the baking soda paste away. If you are vacuuming the area, allow the paste to dry to make it easier to vacuum. Use a mop with warm water to rinse the solution off of hard surfaces.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test an inconspicuous area on your carpet or furniture to ensure that the solution will not ruin the fabric.
  • Do not use an ammonia-based product to clean the urine, as the smell encourages dogs to use the bathroom in that same spot.

References

  • Photo Credit dog image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com
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