Dogs of all sizes can be a wonderful addition to your family, but they may sometimes cause some problems when they make messes in your yard. For homes with artificial grass, odor and stains from dog messes can become very unappealing.

If you’re searching for a quick and surefire way to remove dog odors from your artificial grass, keep reading. We’ll go over an extremely simple yet highly effective way to get rid of this horrible smell from your outdoor spaces.

Quick and Thorough Cleaning Options

If you live in an area where it rains often, you may not have to worry with regular cleaning. A heavy rainstorm can do your work for you. However, if it doesn’t rain often or only rains gently, you may still find yourself dealing with odors on your artificial grass.

If you want a thorough odor eliminating cleaning option that is chemical free and safe for your pets, consider using vinegar. Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are great for neutralizing strong odors and are perfectly safe for use around children and pets.

Clean your grass off by spraying it down with the water hose. After this, use a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to coat the areas where the odor is strongest. Leave it on the area for a few minutes before rinsing it off.

If you notice extremely difficult odors that simply won’t rinse away, use a floor scrubbing brush with your vinegar solution and leave it to soak into the artificial grass for up to one hour. After this time, use hot water to rinse the area before continuing to spray it off with the water hose.

In general, vinegar will soak into the area of artificial grass, will quickly neutralize the odors, and can be rinsed away without hassle. You won’t notice any discoloration to the grass such as you would with bleach, and you won’t have to worry about unwanted chemicals from other cleaning products causing problems the next time your dog uses the grass.

For homes that have pets and children, the vinegar solution is the preferred method to use as it is effective and safe for everyone involved.

Staying on Top of Maintenance

Once you have neutralized the odor with your water and vinegar solution, stay on top of ongoing maintenance by spot treating areas your dog uses most often. If the odor becomes strong due to changes in the seasonal temperatures, you can spot treat the areas with straight vinegar without any water dilution.

If you find vinegar is not removing the entire odor, look for actual turf cleaning solutions. However, these chemicals should be used sparingly as they may not all be safe for use around pets and children.

Luckily, both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar is normally strong enough to neutralize odors and sanitize the area without being dangerous to your children, pets, or the environment.