How to neutralise dog urine in a dog run

Updated February 21, 2017

For dog owners, one of the most challenging tasks can be neutralising dog urine in a dog run. Dog urine is very acidic and can produce a harsh odour, especially during the summer. When temperatures get higher and the urine odour becomes stronger, remove the odour as quickly and effectively as possible. You can neutralise dog urine by using simple household items that will not cause harm to your pet.

Remove your dogs from the dog run you want to clean, which will allow you to thoroughly clean and neutralise the run.

Spray the area with a water hose using cold water to remove the standing urine. Use a spray nozzle to make cleaning easier.

Mix three cups of water and one cup of vinegar in a large container. Use white vinegar since it naturally neutralises the active enzymes in urine that cause odour and is also safe for use around dogs and other pets.

Apply the mixture liberally to the area where the urine was located. Allow this to sit until the area is dry. If needed, reapply the mixture until the odour is neutralised.

Combine one cup of hydrogen peroxide and two drops of dishwashing liquid in a container or spray bottle. Use this to clean the urine spots that remain on the dog run.

Sprinkle baking soda on any area that has been saturated with urine. Make a paste with the peroxide mixture. Use a scrub brush to remove any urine stains. Allow this mixture to dry to a white powder.

Rinse the dog run with clean, cool water to remove the mixtures. Use this as often as needed to neutralise dog urine in a dog run.


Wash your dog run once a week to keep the urine odour neutralised. If the odour is very bad, mix the vinegar and water solution stronger.


Do not allow your dog to lick the mixture when it is drying.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Scrub brush
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