Is your dog anything like my dirty, messy bulldog? Then, you’ve probably needed to clean their paws off every time they come inside!
These DIY Dog Paw Wipes and Spray are the perfect chemist solution. They clean, disinfect, soothe, and are really just a few pennies per batch. This little mixture was created because Ruger always gets so dirty when he goes in the backyard (I think he does it on purpose lol). But he has very sensitive skin, so I have to be careful what I use on him.
I combined some of my favorite chemist ingredients so it would be a fast solution too. No need for much scrubbing! Just wipe off!
You can also put this solution in a spray bottle to just spray your dogs paws. Even if they don’t have any actual dirt, it is still a great disinfectant.
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3 Cups Water (distilled or bottled is best if your tap water is hard)
1 Tbsp Dawn® Dishwashing Liquid (or another good quality mild dish soap)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide (3% First Aide)
For the Wipes:
Paper Towel Roll Cut in Half
Container with Lid to Fit the Paper Towels
For the Spray:
Just a Spray Bottle
1. In a large mixing bowl, add in 3 cups of water.
2. Add in the dish soap, coconut oil, and peroxide. Whisk until well combined.
3. For the wipes, stick your half paper towel roll into a jar or container. Pull out the center card board part.
4. Pour the mixture into the container, soaking all the part of the paper towels.
5. Pull wipes up from the center. It should work like store bought wipes (see picture below)
Another method for the wipes: You can buy think paper napkins and put them in a shallow container and just take a napkin off the top. Similar to how diaper wipes are packaged.
For the Spray: Simply put the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray your dogs paws on the bottom and top to disinfectant. Wipe off it desired.
Chemist Tips on Why This Solution Works:
This solution removes dirt, disinfects, and soothes all at the same time, so it is the perfect combination for a dogs paw. With the addition of hydrogen peroxide, it can also whiten white fur that is dirty. Ruger has mainly white hair, the peroxide cleans and whitens it so well!
Hydrogen Peroxide is one of my favorite chemicals in the home. It is natural, safe and has so many important benefits like anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and a very effective oxidizer (stain removal!).
I have had two different veterinarians tell us about using Dawn® dish washing liquid as a dog shampoo. When you dilute it really well with water, it is great for dogs with sensitive skin. You’ve probably seen commercials about how it is used on ducks with oil on their feathers. It is gentle and effective, so it is perfect on dirt. If you don’t have access to this brand, try another good quality dish soap that is also mild.
Dish soaps are great surfactants, so they will repel dirt and grease.
Lastly, the coconut oil plays a roll in soothing and moisturizing. Coconut oil is natural and good for dogs internally, but also great externally since it’s gentle and soothes their skin. Ruger has really sensitive skin, and is constantly getting little rashes or dry spots that get irritated. Since using this solution on his paws, he doesn’t have anymore irritation from being outside.
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If you use store-bought wipes for your dogs, you may be surprised the ingredients they contain. I noticed numerous brands contain various alcohols in the solution. Alcohols are great for disinfecting and cleaning, but they can really dry out a dogs skin. Ruger did not do well with store-bought!
Does your dog lick his paws after application?
Mine does not. In fact, this is the only type of wipes I use that don’t make him lick his paws.
Is Dawn safe for dogs though?
Yes, we do not use ANYTHING on our animals unless approved by our licensed vet. Our local veterinarian recommended DILUTED dawn dish soap for Ruger’s sensitive skin since all other soaps irritate him. Even natural ones. Dawn removes allergens and dirt more efficiently than other soaps. No, it is not toxic to dogs according to our licensed vet. You can read various articles on how it is used to clean animals safely.
Do the towels get soggy?
I use bounty paper towels. They do not get soggy, but make sure to use a thick high quality paper towel to avoid that.
How long does this solution last?
I have had to last 6 months or so. I recommend using it within that time to make sure it stays fresh.
Is the coconut oil necessary?
I think so because it is the part that moisturizes the pad. Without it, you will have a solution that just cleans well. The coconut oil helps with dry pads especially in the winter.
Can I use other soap?
You can swap out some of your dogs usual shampoo if you have that on hand. I have found it doesn’t remove dirt quit as well, but will still clean the paws.
Can you use this all the time?
I do for Ruger. I keep a bottle next to the door and wipe his paws when they are dirty. Again, this is the ONLY solution I have used on Ruger that doesn’t irritate his sensitive bulldog skin. Please remember all dogs are different, so always test things first.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a trained veterinarian, these are my chemist opinions along with suggestions from our personal veterinarian. Please consult with your pets vet if they have sensitivities or are being treated with any topical medication!