How to Get Rid of Dog Smell in Dirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose

  • Water

  • Scoop

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda


Lime can also be used to treat soil smells but the heavy acidity can damage nearby plants if it is not diluted. Enzyme cleaners are also feasible, but check the packaging for their effects on plants.

Dogs can cause a foul odor in your lawn or garden if the source is left untreated.

Dogs can create or be the cause of many foul odors in the home or yard. Urine, defecation and dirt buildup can combine to form a potpourri of nastiness that frequently lingers for extended periods of time. One common source of dog odor is the outside yard. Many dogs prefer to urinate in the same locations repeatedly and these scents easily spread throughout the yard, especially as the temperature rises. Getting rid of dog smells from the dirt in your garden is a simple process that requires a little care.


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Step 1

Remove any dog feces from the area and discard them.

Step 2

Soak the smelly dirt with water from a garden hose to help rinse out the urine and other odor sources.

Step 3

Dig up the dirt with a small scoop to rotate it and allow fresh air to carry some of the scent away.

Step 4

Spray a mixture of water and white vinegar in a 3 to 1 solution into the smelly areas. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer that is very effective in reducing or eliminating pet odors and the vinegar smell dissipates within minutes. The water dilutes the solution to help prevent damage to the root systems of any nearby plants.

Step 5

Sprinkle baking soda into the dirt as well and then rotate the soil again with the scoop. Much of the smell should be gone within an hour or so.



Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.