How to remove dog urine from turf

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you have artificial turf or real grass constitutes your turf, dog urine will have a detrimental effect on the look and smell of your lawn. Removing urine from natural grass is not possible due to the absorbing nature of the soil below the turf, but you can remove the smell using a product available at your local home and garden supply store. You can remove dog urine on natural turf more completely if you follow some simple instructions.

Take a soil sample to your local county extension office, and ask them to perform a test to determine the amount of lime you should use on your lawn. The lime will neutralise the odours from urine, but adding too much can have a detrimental effect on your grass.

Put on a face mask to protect your lungs from the lime powder once you have obtained the proper measurements and are ready to begin the liming process.

Fill a lawn spreader with lime. Set the dial to the dispensation amount given to you at the extension office.

Treat the area affected by dog urine only to neutralise odours, or treat the entire lawn to neutralise acidity and improve lawn growth if desired.

Locate the area that is affected by the dog urine.

Mix a few drops of liquid dish detergent into a gallon of water in the bucket.

Pour the mixture directly onto the turf. If desired, use a "green" cleaner that is safe for pets rather than the dish detergent. Allow the detergent to sit on the surface for at least five minutes.

Rinse the area clean using the hose with nozzle attachment set on the "spray" setting.


Do not apply lime to your turf on hot days, as it can burn your grass. Do not use a cleaner that contains bleach or alcohol on your artificial turf.

Things You'll Need

  • Face mask
  • Lime powder
  • Lawn spreader
  • Hose
  • Nozzle attachment
  • Bucket
  • Mild dish soap
  • Water
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Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.