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How to Clean Dog Poop Out of Carpet

Owning a dog is one of the most rewarding and joyful experiences in one’s life. Unfortunately, this overwhelming and unwavering love sometimes comes with a price. While you and I can verbalize our need for a bathroom and in most cases physically get ourselves to a toilet, a puppy does not have this luxury. If you are a new pet owner you will find some surprises throughout your house especially in the early and late years of your dog’s life, as they are adjusting to new foods or suffering from old age. Often times these accidents are solid and left on tile or wood flooring in which case cleanup is very easy. But, other times man’s best friend will leave you a hot, soup like, stool right on the new carpet! Below we explain how to clean dog poop out of carpet, especially if it is diarrhea.

Cleaning dog DIARRHEA out of carpet:

What you are going to need:

  • Latex gloves
  • Garbage bag or old plastic grocery bag (look out for holes!)
  • Warm Water
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl x 2
  • Paper towels
  • Fork
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum Cleaner


  1. Take one of the large bowls and place it over the stain. We want the diarrhea to dry so we are not smudging it around the carpet making it worse. Placing the bowl over the satin will confine the odor so the room does not stink while this is taking place.
  2. Wearing the latex gloves with an open a plastic garbage by your side begin to remove any excess waste you can by scooping with the paper towel. Be careful not to push the stain deeper into the carpet or drop feces around you. After a few scoops place the soiled paper towel in the garbage bag.
  3. In the other large bowl, combine 1 ½ cups warm water and with 1 cup white vinegar. Mix gently and then let it sit until step 5.
  4. Use the fork to scrape up the dried feces. The motion should be much like raking leaves. Remove as much of the dried feces as possible, but if you notices the carpet fibers pulling up or becoming damaged stop right away.
  5. Use the vacuum cleaner to run over the stain removing any chunks, chips, or flakes that have come loose when using the fork.
  6. Pour the vinegar/water solution over the remains of stain. Blot the solution from the carpet with paper towels until you absorb the excess liquid.
  7. Add more of the vinegar solution to the area if you still notice the stain. Continue to blot the area until you remove the stain.
  8. Sprinkle baking soda over the area to remove any lingering odor. Let the baking soda sit for two to three hours.
  9. Vacuum the area to remove the baking soda and remaining fecal particles.
  10. Finally, spray a quick spritz of our favorite disinfecting spray such as Lysol to kill any remaining bacterial.


Cleaning dog poop out of carpet (solid):

Cleaning solid dog poop out of carpet is very similar to the method described above dependent on the consistency of the stool.

  1. If it is a very solid poop
    1. Wearing the latex gloves, pick up the feces with a paper towel.
    2. Inspect the area for any poop reminisces. If none can be found spray the area with a disinfecting spray and blot dry with paper towel.
    3. Run over the area with a vacuum to remove any tiny particles.
  2. If the poop is semi-solid (leaves soft poop in carpet after the large particles are removed)
    1. Wearing the latex gloves, pick up as much feces as possible with a paper towel. Be careful not to push the poop further into the carpet.
    2. Follow the instructions above for diarrhea…

Updated: August 21, 2015 — 12:15 am

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