How to Remove Poop Stains

Poop stains can happen in almost any situation. Whether it’s your child’s poop, your dog’s poop, your cat’s poop, or some other sort of poop, you can end up with poop stains almost anywhere. It’s important to clean up poop as soon as you notice it because it can cause the people around you to become very sick, but some people don’t know how to remove poop stains. We’ve got some tips for you on removing poop stains. 

How to Remove Poop Stains

How to Remove Poop Stains from Clothing

If you’re like some people who leave their clothes on the floor after a shower or while folding laundry, you may have had the unfortunate experience of getting poop stains on your clothing. Sometimes, you may step in it while in your socks. Get the poop itself off as soon as you can to prevent disease. No matter why you got it on your clothes, it’s pretty much disgusting. It’s not a difficult process to get rid of poop stains on your clothing unless they’re incredibly set in.

What You Will Need

  • Cold water and vinegar mixture (2 to 1)
  • Cold water and baking soda mixture (1 to 1)
  1. First, soak the piece of clothing in a mixture of cold water and vinegar for about an hour. The vinegar will help prevent the odor from setting in and will start to eat away at the stain. You do not ever want to use warm or hot water on a stain because it will “cook” the stain in and make it more difficult to clean in the long run.
  2. Wash your article of clothing as you normally would, but make sure that it is in cold water (for the same reason listed above). In most cases, this is all that you will have to do in order to eliminate the stain.
  3. As with any clothing stain, take a look at the article of clothing before switching it to the dryer. If there is still a stain, make another mixture, this time of cold water and baking soda, and allow it to sit in the mixture overnight.
  4. Try washing the item of clothing again. If the stain is not gone at this point, you may just have to get rid of the piece of clothing; thankfully, that doesn’t happen often, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that. 

How to Remove Poop Stains from Wood

Carpets and clothing can be difficult to remove poop stains from because of the way that fabric is put together. Wood floors can be a bit simpler to eliminate the stains from, especially because it’s harder for them to set into it. This, of course, is dependent on how long it has been since the fecal matter was deposited, but overall, it’s a much simpler process.

What You Will Need

  • Gloves
  • Enzyme cleaner or mixture of dishwasher detergent and water
  • Soft-bristle rbush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towel
  • Baking soda
  1. After you’ve put on some rubber gloves and removed the fecal matter from the area, assess the damage. If the finish on your floor is good, there may not be any problems at all. But, if the floor has some scratches, you’ll have to take more action to get the poop out of the nooks and crannies.
  2. Spray the area with enzyme cleaner (if you have it) or a mixture of a couple of drops of dishwasher detergent in some warm water. Wait several minutes and then use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the area. If there is no stain after the wood dries, then you’re done.
  3. If there’s a bit of staining, take hydrogen peroxide (3%) and gently pat it into the stain using a paper towel. Wait 5 minutes between applications, check if the stain is fading, and then apply more if it has not.
  4. After the stain is mostly gone, sprinkle baking soda over the area to pull up any of the excess fecal matter or staining, let it sit overnight, and your wood floor should look as good as new.