How to remove dog urine odour with vinegar

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How to remove dog urine odour with vinegar
Dog urine odour can be removed with vinegar. (dog image by Michal Tudek from

Dog urine often leaves a pungent, unpleasant odour which can make inviting guests over a stressful and potentially embarrassing ordeal. Simple detergent can't fully remove the odour of dog urine. But vinegar, a natural solvent and deodoriser, can eradicate the smell of dog urine for good. Paired properly with the right cleaning supplies, vinegar can restore your carpet and prevent your dog from seeking to soil the same spot again.

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Things you need

  • Washcloths
  • Measuring cup
  • 118 ml (1/2 cup) white vinegar
  • 355 ml (1 1/2 cups) warm water
  • Spoon
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum

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  1. 1

    Soak up the urine. The less urine remaining on the surface, the less deodorising you will have to do. Place a washcloth on top of the urine and allow the cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible.

  2. 2

    Fill a measuring cup with 118 ml (1/2 cup) of vinegar, then add another 355 ml (1 1/2 cups) of warm water.

  3. 3

    Stir the concoction with a spoon, and saturate the urine stain with this mixture. Don't worry if you have more of your solution than seems necessary -- use the entire contents of the measuring cup on the stain.

  4. 4

    Let the mixture sit for five minutes on the urine stain.

  5. 5

    Soak up the vinegar and water mixture with a washcloth. You may need more than one washcloth to absorb up as much wetness as possible.

  6. 6

    Pour baking soda onto the area and allow to dry. Baking soda is a powerful deodoriser when paired with vinegar. Deodorisation of the area is important so the dog will not smell his scent and urinate in the same area again.

  7. 7

    Vacuum the baking soda to complete the removal of the dog urine odour and stain.

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