How to Eliminate the Smell of Dog Urine

By Elizabeth Chaplin


Just when you think your dog is completely potty-trained, Fluffy or Rover has an “accident” on the carpet. According to The Humane Society, it is necessary to retrain your pet to avoid urinating indoors. Even if you cannot smell any lingering odor, other dogs can, and may attempt to mark over that area. For odors that do linger, there are a few key tips to follow when cleaning up dog urine. Besides removing the excess urine, it is necessary to deodorize the area, as well.

Step 1

Blot up excess urine with paper towels. Then, set a thick chunk of paper towels over the area and step on it to blot up as much urine as possible.

Step 2

Rinse the entire area with cool water to dilute the urine. Place a folded towel over the area and step on it to absorb the moisture.

Step 3

Pour club soda over the affected area, then blot the moisture up with towels.

Step 4

Place one or two dry towels over the damp area. Set a heavy, flat object such as books or a heavy box over the towels. Let the towels absorb for a few hours until the carpet is dry or nearly dry.

Step 5

Apply an enzymatic pet odor cleaner to the area to neutralize the odor. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on the packaging. Examples of cleaners are Nature’s Miracle, Urine Gone, and Odorsol, which are found in most pet stores.
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