We love our dogs. They entertain, comfort, and protect us. We do our best to take care of them, feed them the best food, and give them the love they need to thrive.
We also clean up after our dogs. And all dogs, regardless of their size, poop. As a responsible dog owner, you pick up your pup’s poop. If you’re like most people, that poop ends up in your trash can. It sits for up to a week until your neighborhood’s next trash pick-up.
If you store your trash cans in your garage, the poop smell will eventually spread, and you will end up with a stinky garage. Hot weather can make it even worse.
So, what can a dog owner do? How can you responsibly clean up after your dog without having to live with a smelly garage?
Luckily, there are five proven methods to prevent this from happening. Let’s get to it.
1. Use Individual Trash Bags
One easy way to contain the smell of dog poop in your garage is to use individual dog poop bags. Use a new bag every time you pick up your dog’s poop. Make sure you seal it by tying a tight knot at the top or using a twist tie before putting it in your trash can. If you decide to use individual trash bags, make sure you are using one of the many eco-friendly varieties that are on the market.
You can also keep your garage from smelling like dog poop by using a deodorizer. Even though these powders are made for cat litter boxes, they can work wonders on your dog poop problem as well. A quick dusting of deodorizing powder in your trash can after you toss in the poop bag will help neutralize the odor.
If you don’t want to buy a separate product just to contain the smell of your dog’s poop, you can also use the baking soda you already have in your pantry or refrigerator.
Many of us have used the open box of baking soda to capture bad smells in our refrigerator. It can be used in the same way in your garage. Simply set the open box on top of the trash can lid and it will absorb the odors from the bin. You can also sprinkle some baking soda on the poop bags, just as you would the cat litter deodorizer.
3. Upgrade Trash Containers
Your choice of trash container can also impact the level of stinkiness dog poop leaves in your garage.
If you are using a regular garbage can, it needs to have a tight-fitting lid. An improperly fitting lid will allow odors to escape from the trash can. The lid should be kept tightly closed when the can is in the garage. This will prevent unpleasant odors from seeping into your garage. It will also keep out unwanted pests and prevent flies from breeding inside.
If you have been using a regular trash can and still have a problem with the dog poop odor, you may want to try a Diaper Genie instead. Diaper Genies are used to dispose of soiled baby diapers and are specifically designed to conceal odors. Tossing your dog waste bags into a properly sealed Diaper Genie can be an effective odor control method.
Clean & Disinfect:
Whichever type of receptacle you decide to use, clean it frequently. Even the hardiest trash bags can leak, leaving behind traces of rotting food and other waste. The same is true of your sealed dog poop bags. It only takes a small bit of stinky waste to make your entire trash can—and in return your entire garage—smelly. Dirty garbage cans also make fertile breeding grounds for flies.
Luckily, you can effectively clean your trash can with common household materials like distilled white vinegar and dish soap. Regular cleaning will keep your trash can odors from spreading throughout your garage. Just make sure you rinse and dry your garbage cans thoroughly before using them again.
Store Bins Outside:
If you have tried the above methods and still find that your garage smells like dog poop, consider storing your trash cans outside. Always check with your city or homeowner’s association for rules about garbage can storage. If you can store them outside, you’ll want to keep something heavy on the lids to prevent pests like raccoons and opossums from getting into your trash.
There are alternatives to throwing your dog’s poop into the trash. If you are finding it difficult to control the smell in your garage and cannot store your trash cans outdoors, consider trying one of these poop disposal methods instead.
Some dog owners don’t bother with poop bags at all. Instead, they simply pick up the poop and flush it down the toilet. This may work better if you have a small dog whose poop is easier to pick up or ample time to retrieve and flush frequent poops. Most dog owners that employ this technique claim it is an easy solution once you get in the habit. It is also better for the environment than multiple trash bags.
If you already have or are thinking of starting a compost bin, try adding your dog’s poop to the compost pile. When mixed with your organic yard waste and compostable food scraps, poop makes a great fertilizer. Not only will you not stink up your garage, but you’ll also end up with natural, eco-friendly compost for your garden.
Cleaning up after dogs may not be the best part of pet-owning, but it doesn’t have to be painful. With a few simple fixes, some of which you may already have around the house, you can stop poop from smelling up your garage. You can even forgo trashing the poop altogether and, instead, use it to create beneficial compost.
Whichever method you choose, it is comforting to know that having a dog doesn’t mean you have to live with a smelly garage!
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