Chemicals for odor control for dog poop

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Chemicals for odor control for dog poop
Dogs are cute critters, but they can also be smelly. (dog image by cathy stancil from

Though dog poop is a fact of life for pet owners, it's not a very easy smell to get used to. In fact, the smell is downright unpleasant. This is especially true for dog owners who are dealing with untrained pups and for those who allow their canine to use indoor potty mats. Once the faeces get onto your carpet, flooring or indoor mat, the scent is difficult to get rid of. The key to dog poop odour elimination is to thoroughly scrub the area with a strong cleaner. Always rinse the area as thoroughly as possible to ensure your pet remains healthy.

Enzyme Cleaner

Because animal waste contains a lot of protein, bacteria adhere to the faeces and consume it. This is what makes the unpleasant odour stick around for so long. One of the best ways to eliminate the smell of lingering dog waste is to apply an enzyme-based chemical cleaner to the affected area. This eats away at the proteins which makes it a less desirable target for the bacteria.

Bleach Solution

An easy way to eliminate dog poop odours quickly is with a diluted bleach solution. Bleach is a strong chemical that cleans while it deodorises. Obviously, you only want to use a bleach solution on items that won't be harmed by it. That includes the bottom of your shoes, patios, sidewalks and other durable surfaces. Combine one part bleach and two parts water and scrub the affected area. Rinse thoroughly and repeat, if necessary.

Pet Odor Neutralizer

Select a high quality pet odour neutraliser from your local pet store. They contain chemical cleaners that are not hazardous to your pet's health, but are still effective when it comes to eliminating odours. Only apply the neutraliser after you've removed all traces of dog faeces from the affected surface. All products vary, but some common chemicals found in pet odour neutralisers include phenol xylene, naphthalene and cresol.

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