How to clean and disinfect dog paws when they’re caked in mud 

Your pup's paw painting on the kitchen floor isn't as cute as they think it is. Here's how to help them out

A hand wiping muddy paw marks from a table with a kitchen paper towel.

Your dog might not be able to speak to you, but they tell you they love you every single day… maybe it would be a good idea for them to make that very obvious next time they run into the living room and massage mud into your new carpet with their paws. 

But your pooch doesn’t know they’re making a mess – and it’s only going everywhere because they’re so excited to be with you! 

So, here’s how to clean dog paws. We won’t focus on how to completely clean your dog here; this all about paw maintenance and showing your dog you love them back by disinfecting dog paws and caring for dog paw pads so that they stay healthy and happy –  so happy, in fact, that any mud on their tail is going to be wagged everywhere 

Why clean dog paws are so important

We all love stroking our dogs, but paw care for dogs is just as much of a loving act. When you wash dog paws regularly you’ll not only be keeping them clean, you’ll also have to check for ticks, cuts, or scrapes. 

Consistent dog paw maintenance will also help prevent the build up of bacteria and infection, making sure your furry friend’s feet are able to let them tap-tap-tap into the kitchen or carry them around the park at whirlwind speeds.  


When dealing with unhygienic tasks – like the poop your pet has just landed proudly on the kitchen or car floor – use a strong and absorbent piece of kitchen paper, like Plenty The Extra Big One . It’s strong enough to take on the task, and extra hygienic, because you can pop it straight in the bin afterwards.

How to clean dog paws

They were excited to go out, and now they’re even more excited to go into the house. Try to keep hold of them when you open the door – that way you can wash dog paws before they have the chance to squelch mud (or poo) into your carpet.  

  1. Before washing dog paws, remove the big clumps of mud or whatever that is in their paw by hand, using a household towel to keep your hands mud or poo free. 
  2. Check to make sure there’s nothing nasty on your doggie’s feet – if you notice any cuts or scrapes use an antiseptic or antibacterial product. Always consult a vet if the injury looks particularly bad or infected, or if you see something you’re not sure about.
  3. Use some strong-when-wet moistened Plenty kitchen towels (or Plenty Handy Towels if you’re out and about) and wipe down each of your dog’s paws in turn – they’re super strong and absorbent, the perfect combo for getting clean dog paws.
  4. Pay close attention to the areas between the toes and around the nails and be gentle as you go.


Keep Plenty Handy Towels right by the front door and in the car. That way you’ll always have the chance to wipe your dog down before they’re let loose on seats or sofas.

Care for dog paw pads

Looking after dog’s pads is another big part of overall paw care for dogs and helps stop the spread of crumbly mud or gross poo in your house. The pads are common places for injuries, so keeping a close eye on them is important. 

So next time your canine companion comes in with their paws caked in mud, just remind yourself how much fun they had leaping around! Dogs are always going to find a way to get themselves filthy, but at least they’ve had the time of their lives doing it. And now that you can clean your dog’s paws, any high-five or handshake you give them afterwards will be sticky-brown-stuff-free! 

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