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How to Clean Dog Poop Indoors or Outside

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I love my little dog, but she has a knack for pooping in the house at the most inconvenient times. It’s not just the ick factor of cleaning it up that’s annoying: it’s the time involved in getting rid of the dangerous germs.

And outside? Well, those germs are there, too. Only there’s an added bonus of sunlight hitting them. Sure, it can eliminate some of the germs but it can also make your entire backyard smell.

How to Clean Dog Poop Indoors

  • Wet dog poop: Scoop up as much as you can with a paper plate or piece of cardboard. Sprinkle any remaining wet mess with baking soda, corn starch or clay cat litter to absorb the mess. Then scoop it up. You may need to repeat this a few times, brave soul.
  • Solid dog poop: Cover your hand with a plastic bag and use it to pick up the waste. Knot the end of the bag and take it outside to the trash so it doesn’t stink up your home.

On Carpeting or Rugs

To clean dog poop on carpeting, combine equal parts cold water and vinegar then add a couple drops of liquid dish soap. Spray it on and blot the mess to lift the stain, repeating until the mess is gone. Avoid rubbing so you don’t spread the problem. This combination helps dissolve the proteins and dyes in poop without setting the stain.

To disinfect the area, wipe it with rubbing alcohol or a spray disinfectant like Lysol. Keep your pet and children away from the area until it is thoroughly dry.

Pro Tip

To get rid of lingering dog poop odors, pour on a heavy layer or baking soda then cover it with a box so your pet doesn’t track through the mess. The next day, vacuum it up.

On Hard Floors

If your dog pooped on hard flooring, clean the mess and then wash the area with warm, soapy water and an old cloth. Scrub as needed to remove the mess then use a disinfecting wipe or my homemade floor cleaner which also disinfects.

On Upholstered Furniture

Use the steps described to remove the initial mess, then clean the area with cool soapy water. Add a little Oxiclean or homemade oxygen bleach to the mix if the stain is stubborn. Once it’s gone, press a clean, fresh towel onto the spot to blot it, then wipe the area with rubbing alcohol or a disinfecting wipe. Keep pets and children away from the area the disinfectant has completely dried.

How to Clean Dog Poop on Shoes

If you just stepped in the mess, scrape it off with a piece of cardboard then rinse the bottom of your shoe with a hose or spray bottle of water. For dried dog poop on your shoes, dislodge what you can with a stiff piece of cardboard or plastic utensil. Then wash your shoes or use a disinfecting wipe if they’re not washable.

How to Clean Dog Poop Outdoors

In the yard

To pick up dog poop from grass, use a pooper scooper or a small shovel set aside for this purpose. Or slip your hand in a plastic bag, pick up the mess, then pull your hand back through the bag’s opening. Now you can tie the bag shut and throw it out.

On Concrete

Remove dog feces as quickly as possible to avoid stains on concrete. You can scoop it up with your hand in a bag, or use a piece of cardboard. Then hose off the area and sprinkle it with a small amount of Oxiclean or DIY oxygen bleach. Wait 5 minutes then rinse.

How to Clean a Dog Covered in Poop

When your dog is covered in poop, you need to act fast. First, sprinkle their fur with baking soda to help control the smell and make the mess easier to wash away. Then soap that puppy up with dog shampoo, baby shampoo, or a mild dish soap and work the lather in to remove all of the baking soda and poop. Rinse your pup well then it’s time for a towel dry and treats.

There’s no need to use vinegar or anything else on your dog’s fur after bathing—soap and water do a good job removing bacteria from hair and skin. You, on the other hand, might need a shower next and after that check out my homemade bathroom disinfectant to get your shower clean.

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  1. Gerard kiely says:

    I work in an animal rescue and in the morning there is a lot of poo on the ground and the sides of the kennels, Is there a good way of making cleaning easier?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I wish I could think of something to help you, but I’m stumped. Sorry!

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