How to Eliminate Dog Urine Odor


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.

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