Asked on Jun 20, 2016

How to get rid of dog urine smell outside on my walkway

Mae Mullis
by Mae Mullis
My dogs pee on and around my front walkway and in the yard. The smell is strong .What could be used to get rid of the odor and not harm the plants?
  17 answers
  • Spr7194915 Spr7194915 on Jun 20, 2016
    Lemon scented washing up liquid works for me. Put the liquid directly on the area and leave for a few minutes then throw some water over it to rinse it off (or do as I do and let the rain rinse it off)
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 20, 2016
    Baking soda into a paste with water would be your bet way as not to harm the plants.Leave in on long enough for the solution to work.
  • Kim Eckard Kim Eckard on Jun 20, 2016
    I have the same problem. Why is the pee so strong is what I wonder too. I'm hoping to get an answer as to what to do off of this too
    • Spr7194915 Spr7194915 on Jun 21, 2016
      It's the acid in it that makes it so strong, it's also why you get brown patches on your lawn. Some pet shops sell drops you can add to dogs drinking water to get rid of the acid
  • Scible Scible on Jun 21, 2016
    I spray it down with vinegar then rinse it with clean water. Deters them from marking the same spot.
  • Bob Bob on Jun 21, 2016
    Not an answer to you problem but try a drop of vinegar to their water bowl to neutralise the acid in their urine. I know it sounds odd but try it
  • 1240839 1240839 on Jun 22, 2016
    I sprinkle baking soda where our dogs do their business, works wonders.
  • Michele Szabo Michele Szabo on Apr 23, 2019


    I have multiple large dogs that have been using the same enclosure for 20 years. The best urine odor oxidizing solution I have found is a mixture of oxiclean (or store brand equivalent) and baking soda.

    I make the solution in a large sprinkling can. I fill can 1/2 way with HOT water then add 1/4 cup oxiclean and 1/4 cup baking soda. Stir until dissolved, a long paint mixing stick works well. Then fill the sprinkling can the rest of the way with cool water and add a few drops of dish detergent as a wetting agent.

    Go out and sprinkle solution over area making sure to wet area thoroughly. Do not rinse. Solution is harmless to pets and people but do not breath dry oxiclean dust when mixing.

  • Jeff Taylor Jeff Taylor on Dec 01, 2020

    Get uricide at tried dozens of products over the years, none of them worked...I have two german shepards and one bulldog and they pee all over my yard...The smell was unbearable...Uricide is a living bacteria product, not a enzyme cover up product that only works for a day..It is the only product that works..

  • Annie Annie on Jun 24, 2021

    I second the uricide treatment, it really works great

  • on Jun 24, 2021

    Regular hosing down with plain old water might not get rid of all the odour but will definitely not hurt your plants, so maybe just start with that? After that, Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator is very well-reviewed and non-toxic, so it shouldn't hurt plants, but still might want to try it on a small area first.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 30, 2021

    Sprinkle baking soda

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on Jun 30, 2021

    Dawn dish soap mixed with vinegar an lemon juice

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 19, 2023

    You could take your dogs for walks and have them pee elsewhere, otherwise you are treating the symptom rather than the problem.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 01, 2023

    Make a mixture of one teaspoon vinegar with four teaspoons of water. You can use either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar for this purpose. Both help in neutralizing pee odor. With the help of a spray bottle, apply this all over the affected soil or grass.

  • The urine may already be harming the plants. Try some baking soda.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 25, 2024

    A sprinkling can is a container with a spout and handle, the head of the spout has holes that distribute the contents to a wider area than a pour. Google it for images.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 26, 2024

    Hi Mae: I use a product called Odormute, and you can get it online at Chewy and I think Walmart sells it, too. Https:// It's an enzyme eater, which you need to get rid of the urine smell. It is non-toxic and you can even use it on your pet and clothes. I have used it for years with wonderful results.