How to Wash Grease Off a Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Mike is working in the garage rebuilding his classic car. There are car parts and tools lying all over the place. Muffin, his daughter's snow white, very furry, American Eskimo dog, decides to investigate what's happening in the garage, and no one notices as she brushes up against several greasy engine parts. Now Muffin is covered in grease! This can be dangerous, because if Muffin tries to lick off the grease she could get very sick from toxic substances and grease may be flammable, making a grease and fur covered dog a walking fire hazard. 

Dogs can get into all kinds of trouble and get covered in all kinds of noxious substances present in their environment, including being covered in grease. Whether your dog picks up grease in your home or on an excursion somewhere, you will want to get it off fast. Not only is it unsightly, and your dog can transfer it to you and your property such as vehicle upholstery or household furniture, but it can present a health hazard. Fortunately,  there are several ways of de-greasing your furry friend.

Dog's Perspective

If your dog ingests grease, he can get sick, especially if the grease contains toxic substances. Although your dog may not care, grease can be uncomfortable if it sticks fur together and causes a mat or knot, trapping moisture at the skin and resulting in itching and eventually a sore spot.  If your dog was in an unexpected situation when he got “greased” and then got yelled at as his people ran around in widespread panic trying to protect personal belongs, your dog might be quite upset, so getting him to be calm so you can remove the grease can be a bit of a challenge. If your dog gets grease on him, be calm and move your dog somewhere you can clean him without irritating him and cleaning will go a lot smoother.

The Baking Soda Method

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Make baking soda mixture
Mix baking soda and water in a small bowl. Baking soda absorbs grease.
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Apply paste
Smear paste over greasy spots and let the paste dry for several minutes. You will want to contain your dog so he does not contaminate surrounding with grease and baking soda as it dries.
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Brush off powder
Once baking soda paste has dried, brush it off with a stiff brush to remove as much baking soda as possible.
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Bathe with warm water
Put your dog in a bath full of warm water. Warm water breaks up grease, cold does not, it solidifies it, making it more difficult to remove.
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De-grease with dish soap
Apply a dish soap and let it sit on your dog's coat for about 5 minutes. Dawn dish soap is commonly used to degrease animals. Rinse and repeat shampooing if necessary. Pat dry with towel.
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The Cornstarch and Baby Powder Method

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Remove surface grease
Pat your dog down with a paper towel or other disposable absorbent cloths. Shop towels work as well.
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Check skin and fur
Examine your dog's fur to see if just fur or skin was contaminated by grease.
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Apply powder
Mix cornstarch and baby powder in equal parts and apply to contained fur and skin. Sprinkle right down to skin, parting hair if necessary. Let powder set for several minutes.
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Brush out
Brush out the powder, avoiding your dog's eyes, ears and mouth. If grease is still present, repeat the powder and brush process.
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Bathe
Bath your dog with warm water and de-greasing shampoo. Dish soap mixed in works well. Do not use industrial de-greaser soaps that can damage your dogs skin. Rinse and dry your dog. If grease remains, repeat the process.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Grease can be flammable. Keep your dog away from sources of ignition until grease is cleaned off.
  • Grease can contain toxic substances.  Make sure your dog does not lick or self-groom.
  • If your dog gets grease in his eyes, ears, nose, genitals or mouth or if he has ingested grease, consult a veterinarian, as medical care may be required.
  • If you are unable to get all the grease removed, take your dog to a professional groomer to make sure all residue is removed.
  • Make sure when brushing out grease-contaminated powder that your dog does not get powder in his eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Use warm water to dissolve grease but not too hot so that your dog's skin is not burned

Conclusion

A grease-covered dog may seem like a cause for panic, especially if he is running through your pristine living room while covered in the icky substance. But don’t get too excited as you will only cause your dog to get excited, which will probably result in more grease getting transferred and an agitated dog that is hard to work with. Calmly apply a powder cleaner such as baking soda or cornstarch, brush out the dried cleaner, and bathe in warm water with dish soap to remove grease. You may need to repeat the process if necessary. Be sure to get all residue, as grease can be flammable or toxic. Check right down to your dog's skin by separating hair to ensure you have got all the grease out.

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