How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Odor

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Dog urine odor can ruin even the nicest of homes. In an apartment especially, the smell that comes with a dog pee stain travels fast. Just wiping and blotting the stain away is not enough to eliminate odors. Instead, you must completely remove the dog pee stain to get rid of the foul smell.

Prevent Future Accidents

While you’re working on removing the stain, you need to address your dog’s behavior to prevent future accidents. If you catch him in the act, you should reprimand him verbally, but you must also examine the situation. Have you been taking your dog out at regular intervals throughout the day? Dogs thrive on schedules and should be brought out to relieve themselves at the same times every day.

You might be leaving your dog with access to too much water while you’re gone. Instead, leave your dog with several ice cubes in a dish to lick. (If the dog eats the cubes, this may not be the best solution.) If the dog still urinates indoors, you might consider behavioral training. Take your dog to the vet to be examined to make sure a medical problem is not the culprit.

What You Will Need

To remove the dog urine odor, you will need the following:

  • Paper towels
  • Hand towel or cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Vacuum
  • Hair dryer or fan (optional)
  • Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon dish detergent mixed with 3.4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Cold water
  • A commercial dog odor and stain remover or
  • Distilled white vinegar and
  • Warm water

1- Catch the Dog Urine Stain Early

The sooner you can begin to remove the stain, the more likely you are to be able to eliminate odors effectively. Immediately blot–not rub–the stain with paper towels. Pour cold water on it to flush the stain and blot again. If the stain is already dry when you find it, begin with the cold water.

2- Use Cleanser

Next, you can begin to eliminate the dog urine odor by saturating a hand towel with a commercial cleanser or your vinegar and warm water solution. You can use this solution on carpets, upholstery and most hard surfaces, but do not use on stone or marble surfaces. If unsure, test the solution on a small patch first to see if it will stain. Wipe the stain with the soaked cloth in circular motions. Let air dry or dry with a hair dryer or fan.

3- Sprinkle Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the best tools available to eliminate odors. Cover the stain entirely with baking soda. Pour the hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent solution over the baking soda. Although it should be okay, test the peroxide solution on a tiny area to check if it will stain. Use a scrub brush to work the mixture into the dog pee stain. Allow the mixture to soak in for a few minutes.

4- Vacuum

Vacuum the baking soda mixture away. This should have worked to get rid of the dog urine odor. However, you can repeat Steps 3-4 if needed.

Eliminating dog urine odor is usually relatively easy, but it’s important that you work fast and address your dog’s behavior to prevent future accidents. Soon you can look forward to a fresh-smelling home!

One Response to “How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Odor”

  1. September 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm, JJ Henry said:

    I love apartment living, but the downside is you don’t know anything about the people that lived there before you. So many times I have moved into apartments that just had horrendous smells. Sometimes it was heavy cigarette smoke odor, pet urine smells, burnt food or other smells that are just unidentifiable. I tried a few things, but I found this odor eliminator that worked really well that was recommended to me by my mother. It works great and is safe around kids and pets because it is environmentally friendly. You can find it at


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