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Your new puppy has been a lot of fun so far. They're adorable, hyperactive little bundles of goodness... until you step in their excrement, that is.

One of the worst things about owning a dog is dealing with situations like this one. Stepping on someone is annoying, and it's amplified if you've already annoyed them. else’s canine excrement

As a general rule, shoes have ridges on the bottom that can be difficult to clean.

Where do you start when scrubbing dog poop off your shoe? To begin, remove as much of the poop as you can by hosing down your shoe or using a paper towel. Then, get between the divots with an old toothbrush or another small scrub brush. It is also possible to use a hose on the "jet" setting or a handheld steamer for this.

If you've stepped in dog poop and need help getting it off your shoes, read on!

Step One: Hook Up a Hose

When cleaning your shoes after stepping in poop in the yard, a hose is your best bet.

However, not everyone has access to this solution. Move on to Option 2 if you don't have a hose, it's too cold outside, or getting your shoe wet will damage it.

If not, though, do as follows:

  • Remove your shoe It's not a good idea to clean it while it's on your foot because you'll get wet and could lose your balance.
  • If you have a hose without an attachment, use it on a low setting to gently rinse off as much of the waste as you can. Place shoe on ground and direct hose toward it. To avoid getting sprayed in the face with poop, start off on a low setting. (It isn't entertaining, believe me. ) You might need a brush or paper towel to remove the feces.
  • To clean in between the groves, switch to the "jet" mode. Keep in mind that the shoe will bounce off this setting, so be wary of getting too close! If you have to hold your shoe while you spray it, aim the hose at an angle rather than straight out. It ought to clean the shoe pretty well, if not completely.
  • Use a tiny brush to scrub off any remaining debris from your shoelaces. In this case, an old toothbrush will do just fine. Scrub the feces loose, and then spray it away with the garden hose.

The Second Way: A Good Scrubbing

Cleaning your shoes without a hose is easy; it's just more personal and stinky.

Follow these steps to ensure your shoes are spotless:

  • Get rid of the majority of the feces with a paper towel. First, use a dry one to get rid of any clumps, and then, use a wet one to wash the remaining bits off the edges.
  • Cleaning the folds requires a small brush, such as a toothbrush. Put some regular dish soap in the shoe, turn it so that the sole faces away from you, and scrub vigorously to loosen the waste. To avoid a clutter, you should do this in the open air or over a sink. It could be beneficial to remove any additional dirt or debris from your shoe.
  • If you have a sink, give it a quick rinse. Rinse your shoe in the sink to loosen the poop so you can brush it off more easily. Instead of the kitchen sink, I suggest using the one in the bathroom or the laundry room. Use a wet paper towel to remove the waste if you don't have access to a sink.
  • If necessary, repeat steps two and three. The feces may become looser after washing, but you may find more feces that you missed in the underlying layers. Just keep going until your shoe is spotless.
  • Once you've finished, clean and disinfect the sink. Of course, if you use your sink, you should give it a good scrub afterward. Remember to disinfect as well

If you're feeling particularly resourceful, you can replace the dish soap with WD 40 and still achieve the same results.  

Washing it in a machine is the third option.

To save time, you can wash your shoes in the washing machine if they are machine-washable.  

However, hold up—don't toss it in there with a clump of feces still clinging to it.

  • You should pick up the majority of the slack The first step of each procedure above explains how to accomplish this with either a paper towel or a hose.
  • Throw it in the washing machine and wash it. To avoid ruining your shoes, it's important to follow the care instructions provided. Otherwise, throw them in a garment bag with a few old towels for padding and run the washer on the gentle cycle while setting the temperature to the coldest setting.
  • Put your shoes in the air to dry. Don't risk ruining them by drying them in the dryer. To prevent this, you can stuff them with paper towels to soak up any excess moisture and then store them somewhere dry like the summer sun or a heater vent.

Option Four: Make Use of a Portable Steamer

Small, portable steamers such as this one (Amazon link) made by Bissell is a popular choice because it makes cleaning hard-to-reach places a breeze.  

These days, every cleaning-oriented YouTuber seems to have one. (Yes, I do enjoy watching YouTube videos of housecleaning. I can't say that I know why it's so soothing. )

They appear to be very effective at pulverizing grime and dirt, at least in the demonstration videos. The budget-friendly products are ideal for places like the shoe grooves that are difficult to reach with traditional cleaning methods.

Unless you or your children regularly step in dog poop, I wouldn't recommend purchasing one for this use. Still, if you happen to own one or think it would be helpful in other rooms of the house, here's how to put it to good use:

  • To prevent a sloppy situation, take your shoes outside, to the sink, or lay them on a towel. Don't leave this article and then google "how to clean dog poop off of other surfaces."
  • Scoop out the majority of the garbage. You can either scrape the poop into the trash can with a paper towel or rub your shoe on the grass outside.
  • With the shoe facing away from you, use the steamer to get into the crevices. Be careful not to point the steamer in your direction; otherwise, it will push the poop out of the cracks in your shoes and onto you.
  • Use paper towels to clean. When the feces have been loosened by the steamer and released from your shoe's creases, wipe them clean.
  • If necessary, repeat steps 3-5. It may take more than one wipe to get rid of the shattered poop.

The Fifth Method: Shoe Freezing

You might think this is crazy, and I must confess that I've never been so desperate that I threw a shoe in the freezer that was covered in feces.

If you're willing to give it a shot, though, it's a fairly simple process.

  • Cover your foot with a plastic bag. Do not put it in the freezer without any packaging.
  • Put the shoe freezer on your foot. Don't take your shoe out of the freezer until the poop has solidified.
  • Taking a bite out of the frozen poop The feces can be chipped away from the crevices with the help of a pen, wooden skewer, or another blunt object. Keep your arms at a comfortable length, and place it so that the sole is facing away from you.
  • Remove any remaining waste with a toothbrush or scrub brush. Use a toothbrush dipped in regular dish soap to remove any lingering feces from crevices.

If you don't want to freeze the poop, you can try a similar method of letting it dry on your shoe first.

Sixth Strategy: Using Grass and Sticks

Probably everyone who ever owned a dog as a kid has tried this. It's antiquated, but it served its purpose by preventing athletes from having to come inside to clean or change their shoes before continuing their workouts.

But we're going to go the extra mile to guarantee the quality of your shoe. actually acquires a clean appearance

  • Brush the grass off your shoes. Most of the dog waste will be eliminated in this way and can be picked up with a pooper scooper at a later time. If it's your dog's poop, of course. )
  • Clean the folds with a stick. Even though it won't eliminate all the waste completely, it should be enough to clean things up for the most part.
  • You should clean the remaining feces. Following the steps in Method 3, you can either scrub the remaining poop with a toothbrush and some dish soap, or you can wash it in the washer. Make sure they can withstand being washed in a machine, though, or you might be disappointed with the results.

Eradicating Offending Smells

Having your favorite sneakers start to smell like dog poop is the worst.

First, make sure your shoe is completely dry if the odor persists after cleaning it. Verify all the nooks and crannies of the shoe's sole, as well as the top, bottom, and sides.

Your missed spot is probably the reason your shoe still smells.

It's also possible that your shoe got soaked with poop. To eliminate the smell, use an enzyme cleaner designed for pets. Almost any pet stain or odor can be removed with the enzymatic cleaner by Rocco & Roxie, and I highly recommend it. If you find yourself cleaning a variety of pet "products," including dog poop, you might find some of the reviews on Amazon to be helpful.

If you want to make sure the spray doesn't bleach or stain your shoe, spray a small, inconspicuous area first. The product's instructions will typically state that the affected area (or the spot where the dog poop was) and its surroundings need to be soaked thoroughly.

You can either blot the area with a towel or let it dry, depending on the spray.

Be Cautious of Your Footing

No one knowingly steps in dog poop. Just occasionally, we don't look where we're going.

Perhaps, like me, you put off cleaning up dog waste from the yard during the colder months and end up with a muddle (and, well, a little poop on your shoe). )

No one enjoys constantly cleaning feces from their footwear, so precaution is warranted.

Feces from canine companions can also be harmful to dogs and humanstoxic to canines and humans alike alike In the case of your furry friend, this is an especially serious issue because you can't be sure that the poop you stepped in wasn't carrying any harmful bacteria or parasites. parasites disease or other potentially harmful substances

Take off and clean your shoes before coming inside the house. They aren't done being cleaned if they still have a smell.

Make sure you pick up after your dog.

In conclusion, keep in mind that you aren't the only one who could get sick from stepping in your dog's waste. Don't ever leave dog waste on sidewalks or other public spaces. As we've already established, it's disgusting and poses a threat to human and canine health.

You should remove dog waste from your yard at least once a week, if not more often. Your yard will stink if there is too much feces in it. Yuck