There is nothing worse than coming home to the distinctive smell of dog urine. Add a little humidity and that odor can be very intense! Whether your dog is a young puppy that is still learning or is in its senior years, just like humans, they can have bladder accidents.
Whatever the reason, you’ve got this stinky wet spot that needs cleaning right away. Read on to find out how you can get rid of dog urine smell in your home!
1. Understand the cause.
A dog’s urine is a combination of ammonia, bacteria, hormones, nitrogen and uric acid. It’s the uric acid that creates that lingering smell even after you’ve cleaned up after your dog.
There are many cleaners available that you can buy at the local superstore, but you can effectively clean the area using items you will likely have on hand in your kitchen pantry. The important thing is to stay clam and get to the spot before it dries.
Your dog’s sense of smell is even stronger than yours and if the smell of dog urine lingers in an area, it can trigger a repeat performance from your dog. Your dog will be tempted to use that very same spot over and over again if the necessity arises. In this article, we break down how to get rid of that dog urine smell from some of the common places it would end up in your home.
2. Urine spots on the carpet
The key thing is to get to the spot while it is still wet. If it dries, the smelly bacteria can multiply, and the odor will be even more difficult to get rid of.
If you have some rubber gloves, put them on. Using a sponge or paper towel, dab the spot and try to get up as much urine as you can by blotting the area. Don’t rub the area because that just pushes the urine further into the carpet fibers.
Prepare a mix of vinegar and water in a one to one ratio. Vinegar works against the ammonia smell in the urine. A spray bottle works well, but you can use a bowl as well if you don’t happen to have one. Soak the spot well and let sit for at least ten minutes.
Dab again with the sponge or if using paper towels, get fresh ones to use. Then sprinkle some baking soda over the area, and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes. Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer, so it will do a great deal of help in getting rid of the bad smell.
After that, go over the entire area with a vacuum to suck up all the powder, and spray with an air freshener for good effect.
3. Urine spots on furniture
Same as the carpet, soak up as much urine as possible with paper towels or a dry sponge by dabbing the area. Prepare a paste of one part baking soda to three parts water and apply to the area with a damp cloth.
Mix Listerine mouthwash with water in a ratio of one part Listerine to two parts water and pour onto the paste. (It’s a good idea to do a spot test to make sure the Listerine won’t discolor your furniture).
Dry the area with a dry cloth, and if possible place the affected furniture out in the sun, or dry with a handheld hair blower. After that, spray with air freshener, or a spray intended for use on fabrics, such as Febreeze.
If none of these solutions work, you can try using Listerine by itself. This doesn’t always get rid of the smell completely, but it will cover it certainly help to cover it up.
4. Urine spots on wood
Dog urine stains on wood can leave dark stains, and even turn the wood black from the uric acid eating away at the tannins that color the wood. Even if you remove the odor, you may have to refinish the wood to restore it to it desired color. Like the other solutions, getting to the stain as early as possible will give you better results.
Clean up whatever liquid remains with paper towels or a dry cloth, trying to sop it up rather than rubbing it in. Then make a mixture of one cup of water with one third of a cup each of vinegar, baking soda and dish soap in an empty spray bottle. Apply the cleaner and scrub with a scrub brush, then rinse the spot and then dry it well.
5. Urine spots outside
If you have a small yard or a preferred area in your yard that your dog repeatedly uses, the smell could get pretty intense, especially on a hot day. If you have more than one dog, that once green lawn could be filled with many yellow dry grassy spots and end up looking like a desert.
If you have a lot of these patches, you can sprinkle garden lime on the urine patches to get neutralize the ammonia. It’s also a good idea to hose down the area with a garden hose, or water sprinkler regularly. This will allow the urine to dissipate and soak into the ground. You can also try some lemon dish soap mixed with a bit of vinegar in a bucket and pour it over the spots.
If the surface is porous, such as cement, and it has dried, you can mix a little chlorine bleach with water and pour it over the area. Allow it to sit on the spot for at least ten minutes and then hose down the area with water.
If you are diligent in training your puppy, frequent accidents in your home can be kept to a minimum. Your dog should be given as many opportunities as possible to relieve itself outdoors to eliminate the sense of urgency your dog may feel if left to go too long.
The smell of urine in your carpet can become quite offensive to visitors to your home, or potential buyers if you were to put your home on the market. People always seem to know if a dog lives there as soon as they enter a home because of the smells. You may become desensitized to the smell if you let it go too long, so take the necessary steps to avoid being in this situation. Nobody likes a smelly home, especially one that smells of dog urine!