You know whats the worst? Being hit by a wave of stench when you open the front door after spending two hours corralling four kids at church.  That was my Sunday this week.  I opened the door and looked down to see dog poo, pee and puke splattered around the front door and dribbling down the hallway.  Ugh.

Our sweet dog has been under the weather recently.  I took him to the vet on Thursday and came home with no less than four medications.  Clearly he was still feeling terrible.

Three of the four kiddos were lined up behind me and they were ready to be home.  I took quick stock of the entire situation then carried one child at a time over the danger zone, started a Pixar Shorts dvd in the living room, and got to work making our house less of a biohazard zone.

In 5 minutes everything was taken care of.


How is that even possible, you ask? Practice my friend, years and yeeeears of practice.  When you have a dog who frequently freaks out when you leave the house, or you have at least one toddler, you learn to deal with poop.  so. much. poop.  Now that I’m learning how to mother a child who is also incontinent, I’m really happy to have a system for cleaning up bodily fluids and I’m going to share it with you!

Here’s what ya do:

  1. Get any solids out of the house immediately!
  2. If you have a corner of the house that holds old yucky air, get a fan going to move that air out. In our house it’s the hallway right around the corner from the biohazard zone.  If you don’t get that area of the house aired out, it will hold the smell long after the mess is cleaned up and you will spend days wandering around wondering where the smell is coming from.  It’s even worse in winter when you can air out the house.
  3. Wipe up any liquids with an old absorbent rag.  Don’t waste time with paper towels at time like this.  Good ol’ prefold diapers are an excellent option.
  4. Whip up a spray bottle of this cleaning cocktail: 2 part water, 1 part white vinegar, 1 part ECOS Stain & Odor remover.  You can add a few drops of an essential oil if you’d like.  (Btw I have sealed wooden floors, not waxed.)  I have a spray bottle, vinegar, and the ECOs remover all in one location under the kitchen sink for just such emergencies.  I’ve tried oodles of cleaners to take care of organic odors (what a nice way to phrase that) and the ECO wins hands down.  Since all four of my kids spend most of the day crawling around on the floor, it is very important to use kid safe cleaning agents that still actually CLEAN.  The stain and odor remover is an enzyme based cleaner and it is creature friendly so my kids and pets are safe.
  5. Spritz your cleaning cocktail along the entire hallway for good measure.
  6. Wipe up with another prefold diaper secured to a swiffer.
  7. Toss a quick load of laundry in the machine to take care of all the soiled fabrics.
  8.  Go make a cup of tea for a job well done.


Oooooh, ahhhhh, look at that nice shiny clean floor.  Only minutes ago this was filled with revolting stuff.  The vinegar does have a strong vinegar smell, but that only lingers for about 15 to 30 minutes.  By the time the vinegar smell disappeared, the vomit/urine/poop smells were entirely gone as well.


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