How to Get Stains Out of Dog Fur

by Louise Lawson
A quick scrub in the tub may help remove some stains.

A quick scrub in the tub may help remove some stains.

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Whether on your laundry or on your beloved pooch, stains are unsightly and unattractive. Stains occur for a number of reasons, including excessive tears, spilled dog food or accidental contact with an unwieldy marker. Regardless of their origin, a little extra grooming will restore your dog’s fur to its former fluffy glory.

Step 1

Brush problem areas daily to cut down on stains. Stains are likely to build up under the eyes, around the mouth and under the dog’s nail, and a few passes with a brush every day will dramatically reduce stains. Short-haired dogs may also benefit from a quick wipe-down with a baby wipe once or twice a day.

Step 2

Wash the stained area with regular dog shampoo. As simple as it sounds, a quick spot wash is enough to wash away some stains. Wet the stained fur and scrub a few drops of shampoo into the stain. Let it sit on the fur for a few minutes, and rinse with clean, warm water. Dry the spot with a clean towel.

Step 3

Dab witch hazel into the stained fur. Leave the stain to soak for five minutes, rinse with water and shampoo away any residue. Witch hazel is a super stain buster, and will lift away discoloration without damaging your dog’s fur.

Step 4

Add 2 tablespoons baking powder to a bowl, and sprinkle in enough cold water to make a thick paste. Scoop the paste onto an old toothbrush, and brush it into the stain. Coat the entire spot with the paste, and let it dry into a crusty spot on the fur. Baking soda is an all-natural stain lifter, and will polish away ugly stains while leaving your pup’s fur unharmed. Wipe the dried paste away with a damp rag, and wash the spot clean with a bit of dog shampoo.

Items You Will Need

  • Brush
  • Baby wipe
  • Dog shampoo
  • Towel
  • Witch hazel
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring spoon
  • Bowl
  • Small toothbrush


  • Never use bleach or any other chemical stain removers on your dog. Not only will they damage the coat, they could cause serious illnesses and painful skin damage.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.