How to Clean Pig Poop

Do you live on a farm, or do you have a couple of pigs that you are raising? No matter where they came from, your pigs are integral to your everyday life and routine. Because of this, learning how to clean pig poop and how to prevent it from becoming a problem is vital to making sure that you enjoy your pigs instead of resenting them.

How to Clean Pig Poop

How to Prevent Pig Poop Problems

We often think about putting our pigs into a pen. In those pens, they eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. That doesn’t seem like a very efficient way to do things, now does it? But that’s how we try to make our pigs live. That means that we are cleaning those pens frequently and possibly wasting a lot of time. There are ways that you can actually prevent having to deal with such awkward (and sometimes painful) pig poop problems.

One suggestion is to try to make sure that your pigs are moving throughout the day. Instead of having just one pen, have a couple places that they are able to go. Make one area available only during feeding times, then transfer them to a different part of the pen (or a totally different pen) so that they use that for their bathroom. If this area is farther away from your home, it’s not going to really be an issue when it comes down to having to clean the poop up. Some people even recommend pasture raising their pigs.

Some people recommend using wood ash on pig poop in order to eat away at the poop and to get rid of the gross smell. Other people recommend using lime; this also eats away at the poop and deodorizes the smell. Either of these products is safe for your pigs and it can help with getting rid of the poop before it gets nasty.

Diet can also affect the poop; if you focus on feeding your pig grains, pellets, and straw, they are less likely to have disgusting, stinky poop. Instead, their poop will be harder like that of other herbivores. 

How to Clean Pig Poop from your Boots

If you’re out working with the pigs all day, it’s very likely that you’re going to get pig poop on your boots. But, that’s what they’re for, right? Before you go tracking that pig poop into the house, you should definitely get to cleaning it off. Cleaning pig poop from your boots is a relatively simple task.

What you will need:

  • Hose
  • Dishsoap
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Toothpick or chopstick
  1. First, take your boots off. It’s a lot easier to get them cleaned if they aren’t on your feet.
  2. Then, take your hose and go to an area that where you don’t have to worry about runoff. Rinse off your boots thoroughly. This should get rid of a majority of the pig poop.
  3. Take the dishsoap, put it into a gallon bucket with some warm water. Then, use the sponge or cloth and wipe each of the boots down, rinsing them shortly thereafter.
  4. Flip each boot over. If there is any mud or pig poop stuck in the ridges of your sole, use the toothpick or chopstick to pick away at it. Use the sponge or cloth to wipe the soles off as well.
  5. Rinse off the boots entirely again, and allow them to air dry outside before you decide to use them again.

As you can see, cleaning the pig poop off your boots is not difficult and only takes a few minutes. You don’t have to thoroughly disinfect your boots like this every time you come back from the pig pen, but doing it once a month or so is a good idea.