Dog owners know that their canine pals get dirty almost any chance they get. However, it’s not always possible to give your dog a full bath every time they get a little messy. Sometimes they just need spot cleaning and not a full dunk in the tub.
Luckily, grooming wipes are an easy solution. When your dog needs refreshing, these convenient wipes will remove dirt, skin oil buildup, and other gunk from your dog’s fur. Some wipes even deodorize, leaving behind a fresh scent. For dogs with wrinkly skin, wipes can be used to keep the folds of their skin clean between bathing to prevent infections.
No two wipes are the same and there are so many options to choose from on the market today. To help, we’ve gathered our favorites with reviews so you can find the right one for your dog.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Dog Wipes
1. International Veterinary Sciences Quick Bath Dog Wipes – Best Overall
The International Veterinary Sciences Quick Bath Dog Wipes are made for large dog breeds but can be used on dogs of all sizes, making them our best overall choice. Each wipe measures 8” x 10” and is specially formulated to remove dirt and odor from your dog’s coat.
Aloe vera and vitamins A and E work to moisturize and soothe skin, so these wipes are safe for daily use. They contain no harsh chemicals or fragrances. They’re made to use all over your dog from nose to tail. The packaging is easy to carry with you on the go.
These wipes are thick, so they won’t easily fall apart as you’re wiping down your large dog. They will last until you’re through cleaning and won’t shred on your dog’s paws and nails. The downside is that only 10 come in the package. They’re also unscented so they won’t leave a long-lasting fragrance on your dog.
2. PL360 Mandarin Scented Dog Grooming Wipes – Best Value
PL360 Mandarin Scented Dog Grooming Wipes are plant-based and durable. Each resealable package contains 40 wipes, making this our best value choice for the money. While they wipe away dirt and debris, they leave behind a mandarin orange scent. They’re made with flower extracts and vegetable oils. These gentle wipes contain no toxins, sulfates, soap, or alcohol.
The wipes work great to freshen up your dog during hot weather when they start to develop an odor. They’re perfect for a light cleaning between baths. They can also be used on cats and small animals if you have a multi-pet household.
While the package is resealable, the wipes may still start to dry out over time. You can wet them with water to try and reactivate them. There’s no easy way to remove them from the package to store them in a different container without pulling them out one by one. Keeping the package in a sealed plastic bag may help preserve them.
3. Nature’s Miracle Honey Sage Dog Bath Wipes – Premium Choice
The deodorizing power of the Nature’s Miracle Honey Sage Dog Bath Wipes will eliminate dirty dog smell while leaving behind a fresh honey and sage scent. These alcohol-free wipes won’t dry your dog’s skin and they are gentle enough to use daily. They’re safe to use on dogs over 6 weeks old.
The wipes are enriched with conditioners that nourish your dog’s skin to keep it soft and healthy. Coats are left shiny and silky, making them easier to brush.
One issue with these wipes is that they come in a package that is hard to open with one hand. If you’re trying to wrangle a dirty dog before they run through your house, fighting with this packaging can be frustrating. It can also be difficult to pull out one wipe at a time. Sometimes two come out at once. Overall, they’re a great option for keeping your dog clean between baths.
4. Wet Ones Delicate Clean Puppy Wipes – Best for Puppies
These handy Wet Ones Delicate Clean Puppy Wipes are great for puppy accidents. These deodorizing wipes will leave them smelling like the tropics. They’re safe for pups with sensitive skin. Made with oatmeal, they work to soothe and moisturize skin and coats. While they’re made with puppies in mind, they’re suitable for older dogs, as well.
Best of all, this package contains 30 gentle cleansing wipes at an affordable price. They’re easy to keep on hand for trips to the dog park or after coming in from a muddy walk.
A downside to the wipes is that while most people enjoy the scent, some find it to be overwhelming.
5. Vetnique Labs Furbliss Pet Wipes
Made with aloe, vitamin E, and moisturizers, Vetnique Labs Furbliss Pet Wipes clean and deodorize to keep your dog fresh until their next bath. They leave coats healthy and shiny after use. These wipes are made with an enzymatic deodorizer that removes unpleasant odors instead of just covering them up. They leave behind a light and pleasant fragrance. Plus, they’re thick enough to handle heavy dirt and grime.
The wipes are hypoallergenic, so you don’t have to worry if your dog has sensitive skin. They also work well for cleaning eyes and paws. The problem most people face lies in the packaging design. The closure sticks shut, but after a few uses, the lid stops sticking.
6. Paws & Pals Aloe Vera & Witch Hazel Dog Wipes
The Paws & Pals Aloe Vera & Witch Hazel Dog Wipes are made with bamboo fiber that enables them to hold more moisture than other brands. They are effective at cleaning and safe enough for daily use.
Made without parabens or chemical fragrances, they’re gentle on sensitive skin. They can be used on dogs of all ages and are even suitable for cats.
The wipes are small and one issue with them is that one is not enough to use on a large dog. If your pup needs heavy-duty cleaning, multiple wipes may need to be used. To preserve them longer, the package can be stored in a sealed plastic bag. This will keep them from drying out.
7. Pogi’s Pet Supplies Dog Grooming Wipes
Pogi’s Pet Supplies Dog Grooming Wipes use aloe vera, vitamin E, and Hawaiian Awapuhi to clean your dog’s coat without the use of chemicals or strong fragrances. They’re suitable for all breeds but are effective for cleaning large dogs. Each wipe is 8” x 9” and can tackle heavy, thick coats, leaving behind a green tea leaf scent.
The wipes are made of eco-friendly bamboo which enables them to break down quickly without harming the environment. Best of all, they are hypoallergenic. They aren’t as wet as some of the other brands. The packaging is a pop-up dispenser, and sometimes multiple wipes come out at once. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to clean your dog and slow down the process.
8. Pet MD Aloe Vera & Eucalyptus Ear Wipes
Dog ears are important to clean, but they’re often overlooked in the grooming process. The Pet MD Aloe Vera & Eucalyptus Ear Wipes are here to help. Use these after bathing your dog or wiping them down with grooming wipes. Separate ear wipes are necessary because you won’t want to put the same wipe into your dog’s ears after you just wiped them down with it. Getting a large, clean grooming wipe just for ears can be wasteful. These ear wipes are just the right size for ears and specially formulated to remove dirt, wax, and discharge.
The gentle, alcohol-free formula is gentle on the inner ear and won’t sting. Refreshing eucalyptus oil and aloe vera work to keep ears smelling clean. These wipes can be used on dogs over 12 weeks old.
The biggest issue with these wipes is that they’re thin. You may need more than one to fully clean your dog’s ear. When switching to the other ear, always use a fresh wipe.
9. Petpost Dog Grooming Wipes
Made with oatmeal extract and aloe vera, Petpost Dog Grooming Wipes work to nourish skin as they clean. They can be used on your dog from nose to tail and leave behind a pleasant cherry blossom scent.
Coconut extract provides antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. These wipes clean dirt and bacteria without irritating sensitive skin.
One thing to mention is that these wipes are thinner than others on our list. They can tear easily, and you’ll need to use more than one for a deeper clean. They’re also more expensive than others we’ve reviewed for the amount you receive. There are only 70 per container.
10. Burt’s Bees Multipurpose Dog Wipes
From the popular skincare line for people, Burt’s Bees Multipurpose Dog Wipes use natural, gentle ingredients to clean your pup’s skin and coat. They’re pH balanced for dogs and use honey to clean, leaving your dog with shiny, soft fur.
The ingredients in these wipes won’t dry your dog’s skin. They use no colorants, sulfates, fragrances, or oils. They’re eco-friendly and biodegradable, as well.
The biggest issue with these wipes is the packaging. The tab on top doesn’t stay closed very well, which leads to the wipes drying out. The pop-up dispenser doesn’t separate each wipe correctly so you can accidentally grab too many wipes at once.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Purchase the Best Dog Wipes
When choosing the right dog wipes, here are some things to consider.
Soothing ingredients, especially if your dog has sensitive skin, are best. In general, avoid things like parabens, alcohol, and sulfates. These can be drying and irritating on the skin. Aloe, honey, and coconut are gentle and nourishing.
Added fragrances or essential oils can also cause skin irritation. Plus, you don’t want any added chemicals in the product since dogs can lick them off their coats.
Area of Use
Some wipes are all-purpose grooming wipes, meant to clean everything on your pup from head to tail. Some wipes are for specific areas, though. Always read the labels to make sure the wipes are suited for your cleaning purposes.
Ears and eyes are sensitive areas, so wipes designed especially for them are best to use.
Some wipes have added scents that can be irritating. Dogs have extremely strong senses of smell. The scent should not be too overpowering and should be from natural ingredients, not chemicals. If the scent seems to bother your dog, unscented wipes are best.
Are Dog Wipes Safe to Use?
Dog wipes are safe to use on dogs, but the labels are important to read.
First, the wipes must say they are either suitable specifically for dogs or all animals. Some wipes are made just for cats. These aren’t suitable for dogs because the pH is different. Ingredients that are safe for one animal may not be safe for another. Look for wipes for all or wipes just for dogs.
Use the wipes only as directed. This means not using them in your dog’s eyes or mouth. If you need to clean their eyes, use wipes made just for that. Some all-purpose wipes can be used to clean eye gunk. It depends on the brand you choose.
Can I Just Use Baby Wipes?
It can be tempting to use baby wipes or other wipes made for humans on your dog, especially if you don’t have dog wipes.
Dog wipes and baby wipes are made from different ingredients, so you cannot use baby wipes on dogs. For the record, you also cannot use dog wipes on babies.
The ingredients in baby wipes are not meant to be consumed, and dogs lick themselves. Ingesting baby wipe ingredients could potentially be harmful.
The pH of dog and human skin is different, so wipes formulated for humans could be very irritating to dogs’ skin.
How Often Should Dog Wipes Be Used?
All-purpose wipes can be used daily. Medicated wipes or those prescribed by a veterinarian should be used as instructed or until the issue clears up.
Regular grooming wipes aren’t meant to replace baths, but they can help you keep your dog clean in between bathing. Baths are time-consuming. If your dog doesn’t like water, baths can be frustrating and difficult. Wipes are a handy solution to having to put your dog in the tub whenever they get dirty, but they shouldn’t replace baths altogether. When your dog is too dirty for wipes to handle, a bath is necessary.
Wipes with alcohol or artificial fragrances should be used less often, as they can dry out the skin.
Dog Wipe Benefits
Dog wipes are great for keeping your dog clean and smelling fresh between baths. They’re easy to keep on hand for quick cleanups. They’re also good for cleaning the smaller parts of your dog, like paws and skin folds.
Some wipes have antibacterial properties and can guard against skin infections, especially for wrinkly dogs.
Wipes can remove dander, helping owners with allergies breathe easier. They can also remove pollen and other outside allergens that your dog has brought inside on their coat.
Our best overall choice for dog wipes is the International Veterinary Sciences Quick Bath Dog Wipes. They are large, thick wipes for heavy-duty cleaning. Aloe and skin-nourishing vitamins are added for a soothing clean.
We like the PL360 Mandarin Scented Dog Grooming wipes because of their orange scent and plant-based ingredients. They’re affordable wipes with strong cleaning power.
When choosing dog wipes, always select the wipes that are made with natural, safe ingredients. We hope our reviews helped you find the right wipes for your dog’s cleaning needs.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.