How to Clean Up Dog Diarrhea

By Catherine Holden Robinson

Dog owners know that what goes into their canines eventually must come out. Occasionally, your pal might make a colossal mess that requires more than a trip outside with a plastic bag. Cleaning up dog diarrhea is no easy business, but with a little elbow grease, you can restore sparkling clean order to your surroundings.

The First Step

Ultimately, the first step in cleaning up your dog's diarrhea is to remove as much of it as possible from the affected area. Get there fast to keep as much as possible from soaking into the flooring. Latex gloves might come in handy for this step. Using paper towels, remove as much of the mess as possible. Regardless of the area you're cleaning, try to scoop the mess rather than rub it into the surface.

Cleaning the Carpet

It's uncanny how a dog seems to find the best flooring in the house when he has an accident, and carpet can hold stains and odors like a grudge. Remove maximum yuck by folding several paper towels, placing them on the soiled area, and applying pressure -- with your foot, for example, protecting your footwear with a plastic bag.

White vinegar can help neutralize pet odors and reduce the appearance of stains on your rug. Combine 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle or bowl. Cover the area liberally and allow the solution to set for several minutes. Scrub with a clean cloth. You can also choose a commercial product with neutralizing enzymes to remove pet odors and stains, rent a commercial steam cleaner, or arrange to have the carpet professionally cleaned.

Other Surfaces

Homeowners love the beauty of hardwood floors, but your dog can do a number on them if he's having a bout with diarrhea. Consider these tips for cleaning and protecting your hardwood.

  • Remove as much of the liquid mess from the floor as possible. Do this gently, taking care not to force the mess into the grain of the floor.

  • Use a specially formulated wood cleaner to clean and treat your hardwood floors. Despite its neutralizing properties, avoid using vinegar to clean hardwood. Even when diluted, vinegar can damage the finish on your floors.

  • If your pet's accident leaves a stain, you can remove the stain by using 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and a clean rag. Pour a liberal amount of the peroxide onto the rag and rub it onto the floor. The stain should begin to lift.

  • If the mess has seeped into cracks in floor, woodwork, or baseboard, consider a toothbrush for those hard to reach places. Discard the toothbrush after use.

In the Yard

While you hope your dog's diarrhea won't be a reoccurring event, dog waste can leave burn marks on your lawn. Scoop up diarrhea with a garden scoop, and rinse the scoop and grass well with a garden hose to disburse the waste and reduce unsightly burn and bare spots.