How to Remove the Smell of Poop from Clothes ( 3 Effective Ways)

As a parent and a pet owner, I know how upsetting it can be to discover that your child or pet has soiled their clothes. It’s doubly upsetting when the accident happens in public, leaving you with no choice but to make do with what you have on hand.

I’ve discovered that there are two keys to removing poop from clothing. The first is attacking it as soon as possible before it has a chance to set in. The second is using an enzyme-based cleaner, which helps break down the organic material in feces and urine.

Are poop stains and smells are permanent?

Poop stains and smells are not permanent but they can be difficult to remove from clothing because they are made up of oils and bacteria, so it’s important to tackle them as soon as possible. However, if you act quickly, you should be able to remove the stain and odor from your clothes without any problems.

How to remove the smell of poop from clothes

You might think a heavy dose of detergent will do the trick, but it takes more than a little soap and water to get rid of that unmistakable poop smell. 

Whether it’s your kid’s or your pet’s or even your own, poop is a fact of life. 

Here are some ways to get rid of the smell of poop from clothing and other fabrics.

1. Use Dishwashing liquid, vinegar, and water

Mix two cups of lukewarm water, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Stir to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Apply this mixture over the soiled area and let it soak for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary until the stain is gone. Wash as usual.

2. Use baking soda

Baking soda is well known as the best smell remover because of its odor-absorbing properties. Sprinkle the soiled area with baking soda and leave it overnight. Wash as usual in the morning. 

You can also sprinkle some baking soda in your laundry machine when washing poopy clothes, or add baking soda when washing whites with detergent to get rid of stains and odors faster.

3. Use Borax

Borax is a natural cleaning product that can help remove tough stains such as poop from clothes. Mix half a cup of borax with warm water and rub it over the affected area on your garment before washing it as usual with detergent and hot water (if safe for your clothing).

How to remove poop smell from room

Poop is smelly. That’s why you have air fresheners and scented candles. But what if the smell won’t go away?

How do you get rid of that poop smell in the bathroom or your child’s bedroom?

First, find the source of the smell. It may be a diaper pail, a bathroom trash can, or even just a piece of carpet where a dog had an accident. Once you’ve found it, use one of these methods to eliminate the odor:

Use baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda over furniture and carpets to absorb bad smells. Let it sit for several hours and then vacuum up the baking soda.

White vinegar

White vinegar neutralizes odors naturally. Use it on carpets, couches, and chairs by spraying it on (you can dilute it with water if you prefer) and letting it dry.


Borax is a natural cleaning product that absorbs moisture and eliminates odors. Sprinkle borax on carpets and let sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming up the borax along with the bad smell.

How to get rid of poop smell on skin

Dealing with poop smell, especially when it occurs on your skin, can be a challenge. Not only is it unpleasant, but it can also trigger feelings of embarrassment.

There are several ways to remove the poop smell from your skin. The most common method is to wash the area with soap and water. You may want to try some alternative techniques if soap and water aren’t effective or if you’d rather not use soap.

Salt rub

Salt is often used as an exfoliant in face scrubs. It can also be used to treat body odor. It helps reduce both sweat production and bacteria that cause body odor.

To make a salt scrub, combine salt with a small amount of water to make a paste. Apply the scrub to affected areas of your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

Vinegar and baking soda rub

Mix vinegar and baking soda in a 1:2 ratio and apply it directly to your dog’s skin, leave for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.

Citrus rub

Another method is to use citrus juice, such as lemon or lime, sprinkled on some baking soda to make a paste, which you can rub into your dog’s skin. The acidity of the juice will help break up the odor-causing bacteria. Rinse off after 10 minutes.

Toothpaste rub

Toothpaste can be used as an odor neutralizer, just combine toothpaste and salt in equal parts, mix well, then spread over your dog’s skin before rinsing thoroughly with warm water for about 20 minutes.

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