Poop smells bad; it’s just a fact of life, even if your dog is happy, healthy, and well-behaved. Getting a good system in place for cleaning up dog poop is tricky, but once it’s in place, you’ll never go back. There are lots of ways to cut down on the smell, and you can even combine these ways to make it even cleaner smelling.
How to Dispose of Dog Poop Without Smell (7 Ways)
1. Bag it Up
The easiest way to cut down on dog poop smell is to bag every time individually. Dog poop bags are fairly cheap and easy to use. We recommend using a biodegradable bag, even if it does cost a little extra. That way, you’re not going through a ton of single-use plastic. These bags are a great option when combined with other methods, but they might not get rid of all smells on their own.
2. Outdoor Bin
Instead of using your kitchen trash can as a doggy doo-doo holder, stick a small metal can somewhere outdoors. Ideally, this can be somewhere out of the way enough that you won’t notice any smells but not too far from where your dog usually relieves himself. Use an odor-busting can liner and stick it in the dumpster before garbage day. The trick is to find the perfect place where it’s accessible but not annoying.
3. Charcoal Filters
Wherever you put your poop, adding extra smell-busting certainly won’t hurt. Charcoal filters are easy to throw into the bottom of any bin, and they’ll break down any existing smells and minimize strong odors. Some bins even have a place to keep filters for maximum efficiency. Different filters should be replaced at different times, so follow the instructions on the package to keep the protection going strong. When combined with other methods, these filters can really be a game-changer!
4. Baking soda
Another option for breaking down odors is baking soda. Sprinkling baking soda in your trash might sound funny, but it will take care of strong smells and neutralize the stink. Baking soda absorbs odors and gets rid of strong smells, just like charcoal does. It’s a cheap and easy option, especially since you probably already have a box in your kitchen. Just be prepared to repeat frequently—at least a few times in every bag of trash.
5. Flush it away
Dog poop is just poop, so in theory, it’s toilet safe. Dropping it into the toilet and flushing is a good way to dispose of dog poop, but you do have to be careful about what you drop it in with. Although there are “flushable” wipes on the market, many toilets get temperamental if you use anything other than toilet paper. It’s a little more work to flush it away without clogging your toilet, but it might be worth it to have the smells contained.
6. Diaper pail
If you can’t dispose of your dog waste outdoors, look no further than the baby aisle of your local store. Diaper pails meant for babies often have all sorts of smell-proof features, and as a bonus, they tend to have child/dog protection locks to keep curious little ones out. You’ll want to dispose of the contents regularly for top protection, and cheap pails might not do much or anything, so you’ll want to shop carefully.
7. Public Waste Bins
Regular walks can be a time to get anything out of your dog’s system while you are out of the house. If you live near a park or other public space that is friendly to dogs, some good timing might mean you can use the park’s trash bins instead of disposing of your waste at home. Many parks even have bins specifically for dog poop. Of course, this only works if your dog reliably poops on walks and not at other times and if you have a public waste bin somewhere convenient.
We love our furry friends, even if they stink sometimes. Cleaning up poop effectively is one of the less glamorous parts of being a pet owner but getting the tools you need for the job is a great way to make being a pet owner a little more pleasant. That way, you don’t have to get frustrated at inconvenient stenches from your dog.
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