How to Get Dog Poop Out of Carpet [Quick and Easy!]

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It’s inevitable – you get a new puppy, and at some point during house training, accidents start happening. 

You try to keep your puppy off of the rugs, but before you know it, you see a pile of dog poop on the floor. 

If you’ve never dealt with pet messes before, you’re probably wondering how to get dog poop out of carpet. After all, you don’t want unsightly stains in the middle of the floor. The good news is that if you catch it quickly, cleaning up dog feces isn’t hard to do.

Here’s what you need to know.

Quick and Easy Method: Remove Dog Poop from Carpet

The best way to remove dog poop from the carpet is to tackle it quickly. Start by picking up as much poop as you can with a paper towel. 

Next, spray the area with a pet stain remover and blot – if the stain is deep down, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub. Blot all of the remaining moisture out of the carpet. Repeat if necessary.

4 Steps to Removing Dog Feces from Carpet and Rugs

Pickup the Solids

The first thing you need to do is pick up the solid pieces. The longer you allow the feces to set, the more damage it will do to your carpet.

One of the easiest methods for picking up dog waste is placing plastic bags over your hand and using them to remove the feces. After you have done this, dampen a paper towel and use it to scrape out any other pieces from the carpet.

When you’re done with this step, you should only see discoloration in your carpet and no pieces of waste.

Treat with a Stain Remover

Now, spray the area with a carpet stain remover. Some of the best pet stain removers for you to try are:

Spray the stain remover on the carpet and then follow the instructions on the bottle. You may have to scrub your carpet with a soft-bristled brush depending on how deep the stain is.

Repeat this process if necessary.

Blot Out Moisture

Once you have the stain removed, blot out the excess moisture. The extra moisture in your carpet could harbor bacteria or cause mold to grow.

Use paper towels or clean, dry cloths to do this.

Sprinkle with Baking Soda and Vacuum

Once your carpet is dry, sprinkle baking soda all over the stain. The baking soda will help absorb and eliminate any remaining odors caused by your pet’s accident.

Allow the baking soda to sit for a couple of hours up to overnight.

Once your baking soda has sat for at least a couple of hours, vacuum your carpet.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do you get dry dog poop out of carpet?

If the dog poop has dried on your carpet, first use a plastic bag or paper towel to remove as much poop as possible. Next, saturate the remaining feces in stain remover and use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the carpet. Pick up any chunks with a paper towel.

Repeat this process until you’ve entirely removed the feces.

Can I use baking soda to remove dog poop from my carpet?

Baking soda won’t remove dog poop from your carpet, but it will help eliminate any lingering odors. Here’s how to use it: After you’ve removed the dog poop and treated the stain, sprinkle the carpet with baking soda.

Allow the baking soda to sit for a couple of hours and then vacuum.

Can I use vinegar to get poop out of my carpet?

Yes, if you don’t have any stain cleaners specially formulated for pet accidents, you can use vinegar. 

Add ½ tablespoon of Dawn dish soap and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to two cups of water. After you’ve removed the solids from the carpet, blot this solution on the stain and wipe or scrub until the stain is gone.


Nobody wants to spend their time removing dog poop from the carpet. However, if you’re house training a new puppy, accidents are the norm.

The best thing you can do to protect your carpet is clean up messes when you spot them.

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Katie Barton lives with her husband and three daughters in an 1800’s style log cabin in southern Ohio. She thinks cleaning is relaxing and is considered the organizing go-to person by her family and friends. She runs the blog Cabin Lane where she shares about cleaning, decluttering, and minimalism. See full biography here.

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