How to Clean Up Dog Poop

The housetraining process is not for the faint of heart. Many people get frustrated with their puppy or dog during the process of housetraining because it’s just so gross. But even the most housetrained of dogs have accidents once in awhile, so it’s important to know how to clean up dog poop before it causes a problem. There is a lot of different bacterium in a dog’s fecal matter, so it is important that you learn how to clean up dog poop quickly and thoroughly.  

How to Clean Up Dog Poop

Cleaning Dog Poop off Your Shoes

Sadly, some of us don’t notice dog poop until we step in it. This is, unfortunately, quite disgusting and a pain to deal with. If this happens in the house, you just need to go wash off your foot in the bathtub; just make sure that you wash it thoroughly so you don’t get sick from the bacteria. But what if you’re wearing shoes? Inside or outside, how you care for your shoes after you step in poop is important.

What time of year is it? If it’s snowing or raining and you are outside, step in the snow or a puddle. That will help you to get the initial residue off so that you don’t track it all over the place. But that still leaves whatever got stuck in the creases of your shoe; it may take some effort to get that out.

What You Will Need:

  • Old toothbrush, boot scraper, or small toilet brush
  • Plastic or rubber gloves
  • Dish soap
  • Hose
  • Toothpick of chopsticks (optional)
  • Disinfecting wipe (optional)
  1. Scrub away at the gunk and grime on the bottom of your shoe using the toothbrush, boot scraper, or small toilet brush and the dish soap.
  2. If the item you’re using can’t get some of the smaller areas of your sole, consider grabbing a toothpick or chopsticks to get into the smallest of places.
  3. After all of the dog poop appears to be gone, rinse off the shoe and allow it to dry. Some people even recommend wiping the sole down with a disinfecting wipe after it has dried. Then, your shoe will be as good as new!

Note: This is also a good way to get of mud, dirt, and other things that get stuck in the creases and divots of your soles. It’s not a bad idea to do this as a regular part of shoe care to keep your soles in tip-top shape. 

Cleaning Dog Poop off of Socks

If you’re really unlucky, you had socks on when you stepped in the present that your puppy left for you during housetraining. This is especially disgusting, because dog poop on cloth just makes it uncomfortable and gross. Thankfully, it’s relatively simple to get rid of dog poop on your socks (and other clothing as well!).

What You Will Need:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Cold water
  • Baking Soda
  1. Soak your sock in cold water, or rub at it (while wearing gloves), before you put it in the laundry. Cold water will help to agitate the excess poop come loose; don’t use hot water, because the poop will get caked on from the heat.
  2. Wash your sock or other article of clothing as you normally would (cold water). In most cases, this will totally eliminate the issue and you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
  3. Check the article of clothing before switching it to the dryer. If there is still poop, give it another soak in cold water with baking soda. This will help to eliminate any leftover odor and will start to eat away at the poop.
  4. After allowing the sock to dry, try to scrape away what’s left and toss it in the laundry again. If it doesn’t work this time, then it may just be time for you to get a new pair of socks.