Even our most beloved and well-behaved furry friends can have accidents inside our houses, it happens to the best of us. Fortunately, we have the fix for even the most smelly of “gifts” like a helpful DIY recipe and a super simple guide to effectively clean up dog poop. Keep reading to find out how to rid your home of your pup’s “present” without a trace.
You’re Not the Only One
If you think you’re the only one to deal with little “gifts” from your furry friends, we can promise that you’re not. In fact, most homes that have dogs have dealt with the same problem. Wondering just how many households have dogs? Well, American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 48.2 million households own a dog.
Imagine how many of those homes have also dealt with having to clean up their dog’s poop. No matter how long you’ve had your furry friend and how well-trained they are, accidents can and will happen, and that’s okay! You just have to know how to take care of them properly.
Cleaning Dog Poop Smell From Carpet
Everyone’s favorite and most trusted cleaning product is back again to make cleaning your pet’s little “present” from your carpet. That’s right, baking soda is once again here to save the day. Baking soda is our favorite and most recommended odor-fighting product that works to absorb and remove unpleasant smells from around your home instead of just disguising them.
It is also a natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly alternative to other products on the market, making this a safe and effective product to use around kids and furry friends.
What You Need
Before you get started with the cleaning process, it is important to make sure you have all the tools and products you’ll need on hand. Curious about what that includes? Here is a list of the basics to help you get started:
- Rubber gloves
- Cleaning cloths or paper towels
- Baby Wipes
- Non-Bleach Dish Soap Water
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
How to Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet
Luckily, cleaning can be pretty straightforward when you know what to do. Here is the easiest and most effective way to clean up dog poop from your carpets:
1. Act Fast
The faster you catch and clean up your furry friend’s little “gift” the better. When the poop has time to settle into the carpet it will unfortunately also have time to leave a more stubborn stain, so make sure you catch and clean the mess as soon as possible.
2. Pick Up the Mess
Break out your rubber gloves (and maybe a mask if you’re sensitive to smells!) and paper towels because the first step in cleaning up puppy poop is picking up all the potential droppings. There really is no better way of telling you you have to pick up poop is there?
3. Wipe Up the Mess
Unfortunately, sometimes our beloved pups can have some less-than-solid accidents in the house, and that’s okay. It is, however, important to wipe up as much of this mess as possible. Baby wipes are a good product to use in this situation, just remember to also have those rubber gloves handy.
4. Mix Up a Dog Poop Cleaning Solution
Once the primary source of any staining has been removed and wiped away, you can get to work treating any stains. In order to do this, here is a great DIY recipe you can create to help the process:
- In a bowl or spray bottle mix together: 2 cups of cold water, 1 tablespoon of non-bleach dish soap & 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- Mix all these ingredients very well each time you use the solution, especially when in a spray bottle.
- Be sure to check that your dish soap isn’t bleach based or contain any bleach whatsoever. Bleach should never be mixed with cleaning acids like vinegar as this will result in highly toxic fumes.
5. Apply the DIY Poop Spray
Use the solution you just created by spraying or pouring a small amount directly onto the stained area. Allow the solution to set into the stain for about 10 minutes, and then blot the stain until it is no longer visible. This requires patience and may need several rounds, but the stain should lift with some work.
Once the stain has been fully lifted and blotted away, pour some clear cold water over the area you’ve been treating. Blot this up with a microfiber cloth or paper towels to remove any remaining cleaning solution and water.
7. Treat the Smells
To remedy any lingering smells, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the affected area. Allow the powder to sit for 10 minutes or even overnight (for larger messes) to fully treat and remove any lingering odors.
Once the baking soda has been left to sit and absorb any odors, you can remove it by thoroughly vacuuming the entire area. And voila! No more stains and no more smells.
What Cleaning Products Clean Dog Poop Stains From Carpet?
When you’re in need of an efficient product that can tackle stains and odors all in one, you’ll want to look for a good enzyme cleaner. Enzyme based cleaners work by releasing probiotics that are activated when you spray the product and begin working as soon as they hit the affected area.
As long as you reapply and keep the area damp with the product, those probiotics will continue to multiply and remove the offending stain and odor until they’re gone. These products are basically the Holy Grail if you are dealing with pet urine, vomit or poop so you’ll want to make sure you find the right product for your home.
When looking for an enzymatic cleaner, it is important to find one that contains protease enzymes, such as Nature’s Miracle Advanced Dog Enzymatic Stain and Odor Eliminator, since those types of enzymes break down proteins or you can also try Bissell Professional Pet Stain and Odor Removing Formula. Let us know what you think of these products in the comments below and feel free to suggest your favorite enzyme cleaner to others!
More Tips & Tricks in Cleaning Up Dog Poop From Carpet
- If you’re using any pre-formulated cleaning products, always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using them on your carpet. A few products can be harmful to your carpet if they aren’t used correctly.
- Always remember to blot, not rub! Rubbing at stains will drive the stain deeper into the carpet fibers, resulting in a more stubborn spot and smells that might never leave.
- Remember to test any cleaning formulas in a small, hidden area on your carpet before cleaning to avoid any permanent damage. This applies to pre-formulated and DIY cleaning products.
- Unfortunately, getting creative when it comes to mixing cleaning products actually isn’t the best idea, especially around pets and kids. In fact, mixing products that contain bleach with acidic products like vinegar can create highly toxic gases. Find out more about why you should never mix bleach and vinegar for cleaning here!
Related Video: Check out this video on how you can clean dog poop from shag carpet in under 2 minutes.