It’s Saturday night, and you’re ready to go out, but it looks like your puppy has used your new kicks as a urinal again. While getting the yellow flecks off your white sneakers may be as easy as wiping them down with a paper towel, what are you supposed to do about the smell?

Here, you’ll find five ways how to get that pee smell out of shoes, once and for all.

divider 10The 5 Methods to Get Dog Pee Smell Out of Shoes & Boots

1.If You Can, Toss Them in the Washing Machine

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This is going to be the quickest and easiest (and likely most effective) solution. If you really want those shoes smelling clean again, toss them in the washing machine for a cycle.

This is only for shoes made of canvas, nylon, cotton, or polyester, and even then, you should read the care instructions before you do anything. You’ll also want to remove the insoles and laces before tossing them in the machine. If there’s pee on the insoles, they’ll likely need to be replaced (although you can try hand-washing them), but the laces can be put in a garment bag and washed with the shoes.

If there’s other debris besides dog urine on the shoes, take a brush or something similar, and knock everything off before putting your kicks in the machine. Then, put the shoes in a separate garment bag from the laces and toss them in the machine. You may want to include a few old towels to help balance the load.

Use a delicate setting to wash your shoes, preferably with no spin cycle. You’ll want to use a liquid detergent, as powder can get stuck in the various crevices of your shoes. You may also want to include a stain remover, although you should spot-test it beforehand.

Once the cycle is completed, take out your shoes and wipe off any excess moisture. It’s also a good idea to stuff rags or paper towels inside them; not only will this soak up water, but it will help them retain their shape. Then, put them somewhere where they’ll get plenty of sunlight and wait for them to dry completely before wearing them again.

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