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How to Bathe Mice

By Tammy Dray

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Mice are obsessive groomers, so chances are you won't have to bathe them often -- or maybe at all. In addition, mice can be afraid of water, so putting yours into a tub can cause some serious stress. Mousy too dirty? A good option is to try a sponge bath.

Step 1

Grab a small hand towel or a soft thick cloth. Dip it in warm water and then wring it enough so that it is not dripping. You can add a tiny amount -- as in just a few drops -- of puppy shampoo to the water. If you do this, you will need a second bucket of warm water and a second rag to rinse your mouse.

Step 2

Rub your mouse gently with the wet cloth. Make sure there is no water dripping on his nose or eyes. If you used some shampoo, immediately rub with the second, water-only cloth.

Step 3

Use a dry cloth to help dry your mouse. Don't use a hair dryer, as the noise can be quite traumatizing for his little ears. Rub gently until the hair is as dry as possible.

Items you will need

  • 1-3 small towels or cloth
  • Puppy shampoo
  • Warm water
  • Plastic tubs or buckets


  • Mice have a naturally light nice odor. If your mouse has a strong smell on his skin or appears to be suddenly dirty and in need of a bath, talk to your vet. This could be a sign of an underlying health issue.

Photo Credits

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Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.