How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Smell in the Garden

Lisa Parris

Having a garden can be a rewarding hobby, and having a dog can be equally gratifying. However, sometimes the two do not go well together, particularly when the family pooch has taken to relieving himself in the vegetable patch. Dog urine saturates the soil, and the scent tends to linger.

Even outdoors, the odor of dog urine can be overwhelming.

The odor can be particularly strong in the hot summer weather when most gardening activity takes place. By applying common garden and household chemicals, you can remove the lingering aroma of dog urine.


Chemicals such as chlorine bleach or household cleaners such as white vinegar are frequently used to remove offensive odors. However, these products can damage or even kill garden plants and should be avoided.

Remove Dog Urine Odor

  1. Identify the affected regions of the garden. Dogs tend to use the same area over and over again once they have marked it with their urine.

  2. Saturate the selected regions of the garden with water. Use a garden hose to thoroughly douse the vegetation and underlying soil, diluting the urine and reducing the accompanying odor.

  3. Allow the area to dry slightly and then spread agricultural lime over the treated portions of the garden. Follow the package directions to determine the correct quantity.

  4. Rake the soil lightly, spreading the lime evenly throughout the affected area, and allow it to stand for 24 hours.

  5. Mix 32 oz. of hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda and ½ teaspoon of mild, liquid dish-washing soap in a large bucket. Transfer the soap solution to a spray bottle and apply it directly on top of the lime. Be sure to thoroughly saturate the area to achieve the greatest effect.