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Dog Urine Odor Cure

Updated on July 16, 2010

Heidi, my baby! Who would ever think this little thing could pee so much!

Easy Way To Get Rid Of Dog Urine Odor



Do you have a problem with dog urine odor in your house? This article could save you a lot of money, and will tell you how to get rid of that odor without replacing your carpet, and without huge expense. In fact, the solution I found costs right around four bucks! What is it? Plain old borax! Please read on for complete instructions and helpful hints.

First things first, if you are bringing a new puppy home and it pees on your carpet, the best way to clean it up is to blot it first with paper toweling. You can even step on that toweling to draw as much moisture out of the carpet as possible. Next, pour rubbing alcohol, straight from the bottle on the pee stain. If you do this, you will never have a pee odor! This also works on old stains.  NEVER use ammonia, or cleaners with ammonia in them. That is just like telling your dog it's okay to pee wherever you spray the ammonia. Urine has ammonia in it, which is why you never want to clean with ammonia products if you have a dog.

Okay now that we have that cleared up, we are going to move on to the next problem, and that is undetected pee! This is the bad stuff folks! This is the kind of pee that soaks deep into the carpet and just lurks there waiting to gross you out with a funky odor. If you have a puppy, or an older dog that has lost control, then you have a potential undetected pee situation. It happened to me, and it could happen to you, but don't despair, because I have found a very good remedy for this problem!

First you need to go to your local hardware store and get a black light. Darken the room, and turn on the black light, and you will see just what your dog has been up to. This is a lot easier than getting down on your hands and knees and sniffing the areas out. Just believe me...okay?

The first time I used the black light I almost fainted! Never did I think my little five pound puppy was peeing that much, all over the place, and even after she was being taken outside on a regular basis! No wonder there was a bad pee odor in my house, and here I thought I was catching every naughty accident!

Once you find the pee areas you are now ready for action, but you need one more thing first, and that it a box of good old borax, the popular brand name being 20 Mule Borax, you can find it at Wal-Mart, or just about any grocery store by the clothes detergents. This stuff is an awesome pee odor eliminator.

Before you use the borax, try using rubbing alcohol, straight from the bottle. This may get rid of the problem, but if it does not, then go to the next step below.

For instant relief you simply sprinkle the area with borax, let is sit for two days and vacuum. This will usually take care of the problem, but not always. If the carpet has been soiled over and over in the same area, then you will have to get your scrub bucket out, better yet a carpet shampooer.

Once again you want to sprinkle borax on the pee areas. Next, dissolve one cup of borax into two quarts of warm water and shampoo the carpet with this solution. Go right over the borax that you have sprinkled on the carpet, and work it all into the carpet fibers, allow to dry and then vacuum.

Of course, some dogs have stronger urine than others. If you still smell an odor after the borax treatment, you can give the borax treatment one more try. If you continue to have a problem, you need professional help. Go online and get professional carpet cleaning products that are guaranteed to remove any odor! However, in most cases, the borax will work!

Also, a lot depends on just how long the problem has been going on. If you have a puppy for two months with a few indoor accidents, you should be able to get rid of that odor. On the other hand, if you have a multiple dog house, all peeing in a certain area for a long time, that might be the kind of thing that is going to lead to carpet removal, and maybe even the removal of the floor below to get rid of the odor! Common sense will dictate as to how to proceed.

In the end, if your pet is peeing in your house, it is up to you to provide the solution. Sometimes that solution is a litter box for dogs, and I might add, that was the way I went and it worked out quite well for me and my puppy. You simply go to Walmart and get a nice large, shallow, plastic container. The larger the dog, the bigger the container. Fill it with wood chips, or wood pellets, and you have a litter box for a dog. Go to and follow the links for litter box training your dog. Purina has excellent and explicit, step by step instructions on using this technique.

Now we will move on to the last part of this article which includes a few tips on the other mess dogs make. This is the stuff you don't want to step in when you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. If you have a puppy, or want a puppy, this is a very real possibility! If this grosses you out, don't get a dog!

Poop happens! If you have an inside dog, do yourself a favor, and feed it nothing but a high grade, dry dog food. Purina and Iams are two good brands. These brands are more nutritious, so your dog will poop less, and the stools will have less odor and will be very firm and easy to pick up when there is an accident.

The best way to clean up poop accidents is to wait until it hardens and then pick it up with a piece of toilet paper. Next, spray rubbing alcohol on the spot where the poop was. Or you can use Lysol spray. You want to sanitize that area. If you have small children that play on the floor, don't get a puppy. Instead adopt an older dog that is already housetrained, it is a lot easier in the end, and you will be saving a dog's life that would otherwise be put down. Personally, all my dogs were older and trained, except the one that I have now, and that was because this pup needed a home right away. The mother was hit by a car, and left four, 5 week old puppies behind. That puppy is now almost 8 months old, and she still has accidents from time to time. House training a dog is not that easy. Once again, remember that this is just a very natural consequence of owning a puppy.

Last but not least, never ever hit your dog, or rub it's nose in an accident! This is only going to make the problem worse! If your dog does have an accident, point to it, and tell your dog in a low, calm voice that it is naughty! "Naughty, naughty girl! What happened? This is soooo naughty!" You get the idea! If you yell at the dog, it is not going to learn anything. A low, calm, accusing voice is going to make your dog understand you better. To test this technique, next time your dog is barking and you want him/her to stop, simply whisper to the dog to calm down. It works every time with my dog. If you are yelling and hyper, your dog will be hyper too and try to "out bark" you.

If you are planning to get a new puppy, let me tell you that puppies are a lot of work. And, no matter what you do, sooner or later they will have an accident in your house, so don't blame the puppy, you have been warned. I have seen people bring home a new pup, only to give it away a few weeks later because they were not prepared to clean up the pee/poop messes.

You can find excellent house training techniques online. Just type "dog housetraining" into Google and you will have numerous expert ways to train your little friend.

Dogs are awesome and amazing creatures! I live on a farm and we have four barn dogs, and one house dog. I love each of them in a very special way, and they truly are a part of the family. Nothing is better than when all five dogs and a few cats too, gather around the TV with the family for an evening together. We just have to be careful not to put on the Animal Channel, because they start to howl if they hear other dogs on the television! Yes, it is funny, but not all that relaxing if it happens often.

How your dog behaves is based on how it is raised. Your dog says a lot about YOU. It is up to you to work with your puppy, to train it with love and understanding, to become a loving and important part of your family. A dog's behavior reveals a lot about your own personality. A well adjusted dog usually has a well adjusted owner.

Owning a dog is one of life's greatest joys. The rewards are endless, both for you and your dog. In every phase of life, a dog can bring enrichment. I see many people going through life lonely and depressed and feeling sorry for themselves because they have no one "special" in their lives. Little do they know, there is an endless supply of love and companionship as near as the local dog pound. There are many dogs out there in need of a loving home. More than anything they just need a chance to make someone happy.




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      2 years ago

      Thanks for your expertise on borax and alchohol. I'm trying it! My Yorkie is supposedly at one year. But will always find a way to poop on once a day! On the csrpet

    • eswar profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Some wonderful never thought ideas i will try these and leave how it works. Does it work if it is not carpet and its directly on the floor.

    • santos88 profile image


      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Forgot to mention, your dog is adorable! I would find it hard to stay mad at her if she tinkled at my house.

    • santos88 profile image


      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Even if the smell goes away, can't the dog still smell the spot since you didn't use the enzyme stuff to break it down? Even if we can't smell it the dog still knows the mark is there.

    • jamiesweeney profile image


      7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Hi Magnoliazz! Your little Heidi is super cute. Great hub on getting rid of urine smell.Useful:)

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      Vic Sinai 

      7 years ago

      Some interesting ideas. Can't say in 22 years of professional pet stain removal I've used many of them. That's not to say they don't work. They're just not accepted industry standards.

      The black light is an excellent tool, works great. Industry generally uses enzyme deoporizers or bonding agents to neutralize urine odors, although may take multiple applications. You can get them at pet stores.

      Please see my website for much more info on how urine stains can be treated.

    • drpastorcarlotta profile image

      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT TIPS!!!!! Voted useful!

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Now, if you could just help me keep my boys' bathroom not smelling like pee.... great hub, BTW

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      8 years ago

      Dont need to read .. votes up .. you are 99 .. lets keep our fingers crossed :)

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Vinegar will work somewhat, however I found that alcohol is what you really need to kill the baceteria that causes the odor.

      recently my brothers large hunting dog peed on my carpet! yikes!

      I blotted up as much as i could with a towel...yes it was a small lake...and then I saturated the entire area with alcohol. Because I found out about it right away...I did not have to do the borax part of it.

      Anyhow...I let the alcohol soak in for about a half hour and then I just blotted that and let it dry. A month odor I know it worked.

      This is the kind of accident that could result in having to replace your carpet because of the smell! Thank goodness I knew what to do.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      When I had my beautiful pets, I struggled with this subject. I never knew that about ammonia. Very helpful Hub! You are absolutely right - training is the key. What is your opinion of vinegar?

    • Kebennett1 profile image


      9 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Thanks for the tips! I will try the alcohol and borax! I am sure I will find plenty under the black light! You have great advise!


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