How to Clean a Dog's Fur Without a Wet Shampoo

Washing with a wet shampoo can occasionally be inconvenient.
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It is not always possible or even advisable to wash your dog with wet shampoo every time he gets dirty. Whether your dog puts up a fight whenever it's time for a bath or you simply do not have the time to lather, scrub and dry him, consider substituting a dry shampoo for a wet one. Dry shampoos are simple and inexpensive to make and can remove dirt, debris and bad smells from your dog's coat in a pinch.

Step 1

Combine 1 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup baking soda in a large bowl. Mix together thoroughly.

Step 2

Brush your dog's fur from head to tail, brushing out any tangles or knots.

Step 3

Apply the cornstarch mixture to your dog's fur in sections, avoiding the eyes, nose and mouth.

Step 4

Use your fingers to work the mixture into the fur, making sure that it reaches the skin. Dogs with double coats may require a little more effort to ensure that all of the coat is covered.

Step 5

Leave the dry shampoo mixture on your dog for at least five to 10 minutes. Dogs with very dirty or foul-smelling fur may require the mixture to sit for up to 50 minutes.

Step 6

Brush your dog thoroughly once again. The dry shampoo will brush out, along with excess dirt, grease and oil.


  • Apply the dry shampoo outdoors or in a bathtub, as excess powder and dirt can make a mess.

  • You can also use a commercially available dry shampoo to clean your dog without water. You can find these at many pet supply stores.

Items You Will Need

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Dog grooming brush