How to disinfect and clean dog paws when they’re really muddy

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 muddy wet golden retriever dog sitting on the grass

There’s something really lovely about your dog bounding in through the front door. However, that warm fuzzy feeling doesn’t last long if you can’t clean dog’s paws before they start padding all over your clean carpet!

Thorough cleaning is an essential part of dog paw maintenance, and we’re going to show you how to clean dog paws to make sure they stay healthy. From paw care for dogs to washing dog paws, let’s look at the best ways to get rid of the mud and look after your pooch’s feet long term.

Why clean dog paws are so important

In addition to making sure that mud doesn’t get trampled all over the house, thorough cleaning is a vital part of paw care for dogs. For starters, when you wash dog paws regularly you’ll not only be keeping them clean, you’ll also be able to check for nasties like ticks, cuts, scrapes etc.

Consistent cleaning will also help prevent the build-up of bacteria and infection, making sure your canine friend’s feet are clean, comfortable and healthy.


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

Make a plan and implement it before your pooch heads into the house or gets back into the car. That includes keeping hold of them when you open the door, if need be. That way you can wash dog paws before they have the chance to spread the mud all over your lovely clean home. Follow this step-by-step guide to get the job done:

  1. Before washing dog paws, you should remove large clumps of dirt and debris by hand, using a household towel to keep yourself clean – that’ll make the cleaning process a lot easier.
  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.

Follow these tips and not only will you be able to keep your home clean after walks, you’ll have a happy and healthy dog too.

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