How to Clean Up Cow Manure

Did you grow up on or near a farm? If you did, then you likely understand the power of the smell of cow manure. It’s frequently used as a fertilizer on crops in most rural areas. With that sort of scent, it’s not hard to image that it also has a lot of power in terms of making a mess and staining clothing. If you live on or around cows, it’s important for you to know how to clean up cow manure.

How to Clean Up Cow Manure

Cleaning Up Cow Manure Off of Your Clothing

Farmers all over the world understand the pain of getting cow manure on your clothing. Whether you took a fall into some cow paddies or got some on your clothes while you were cleaning it out of the pits in the barn, cow manure both stinks and stains. So, if this is your issue, there are a variety of things that you can do to get the cow manure off of your clothing. This is a common ay for

What you will need:

  • WD40 or another lubricant/oil penetration spray
  • Water (spray bottle or hose)
  • Paint scraper
  • Baking soda
  1. Try to get any of the excess cow manure off of your clothing. Use a paint scraper to do this; this object can get the dried up manure off of your clothing without spreading it or staining it further.
  2. Take the WD40 and apply it over the affected area. Hang it out of reach of children and/or animals and allow it to sit overnight.
  3. Spray the entire article of clothing with a spray bottle or hose. Make sure that most, if not all, of the WD-40 has been rinsed away. Allow it to air dry. If the stain is not gone at this point, repeat the previous step.
  4. Sprinkle the baking soda over the entire article of clothing and allow it to sit overnight.
  5. Wash the article of clothing as you usually would, double checking that the stain is completely eliminated before you put it in the drier. If it is not, repeat steps 2 to 4. 

Cleaning Cow Manure off of Tile

Many people who live on farms have a mud room on the front or back part of their home. Many of these rooms have tile or wood floors. Even if you’re not tracking the cow manure all over the house, you will want to clean up your mud room on occasion. Here’s a failsafe way of getting rid of the cow manure on your tile.

What you will need:

  • Mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Vinegar and water solution (50/50)
  • Baking soda
  1. You will want to make sure that you have a mop that is solely for this purpose, because the smell of cow manure can get into everything if you’re not careful. Fill your mop bucket (or another bucket) with the vinegar and water solution.
  2. Take your mop and mop the floor as you usually would, with the solution. You will note that this solution has quite a strong smell. That’s why you use the vinegar and water mixture rather than traditional soap or other standard remedies. The smell of the vinegar (and its natural cleaning properties) will eat away at any of the cow manure stench you may have on the tile.
  3. Allow the floor to air dry; if there are windows, open them up to help speed up the process.
  4. Take the baking soda and sprinkle it over the whole area before you go to bed (so you don’t have to worry about anyone stepping on it). Allow it to sit overnight.
  5. Mop the area again in the morning, this time with regular water. At this point, most of the cow manure smell should be almost totally gone and your floors should be spotless. If not, allow it to sit for a few days and then repeat the process.