How to Use Vinegar to Break Down Dog Urine

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Cleaning dog urine accidents requires more than soap and water to remove the stain and odor completely. Using soap may mask the odor for a day or so, but normally it creeps back over a period of time. The acidic component in white vinegar allows it to break down the protein in dog urine. As the vinegar dissolves the urine, you can lift the stain and odor from surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Newspapers
  • Rags
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Cloths
  • Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. liquid dish soap
  • 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Sweeper or hand vac
  • Place two to three paper towels or newspapers over the wet dog urine and let it soak up the liquid. Discard the wet papers and place more down if needed to remove all the urine.

  • Saturate a rag with water. Blot the area with the rag.

  • Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar into 3/4 cup water in a bowl. Wet a cloth with the mixture. Press the cloth into the affected area. Moisten a cloth with water and press or wipe over the area, removing the vinegar solution.

  • Pour baking soda liberally over the area. Mix 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap into 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide.

  • Apply a small amount of the mixture to a damp sponge and rub into the baking soda. Allow the area to air-dry overnight. Vacuum the baking soda from the floor with a sweeper or hand vac.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test the hydrogen peroxide solution on a hidden area before applying to any surface.

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  • Photo Credit dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com
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