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How to Get My Maltese Dog's Face Clean

By A.N. Pike | Updated September 26, 2017

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Items you will need

  • Bowl

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Cornstarch

  • Measuring spoon

  • Toothbrush

  • Measuring cup

  • Purified water

  • Cooking pot

  • 2 Clean, white washcloths

Maltese dogs are known for white, fluffy fur. However, with white fur comes facial staining. Many Maltese owners have issues with tear stains and food stains on their dogs' faces. Not doing anything about your dog’s face stains only makes them worse and harder to fix. Clean your dog’s face properly and make a few changes to your dog’s food and water to help prevent deep staining.

Pour 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide into a bowl. Add enough cornstarch to the bowl to make a thick paste. The cornstarch and peroxide help whiten stained hair.

Put a small amount of the paste on the bristles of a soft toothbrush. Apply the paste to your dog’s face. Avoid getting any of the paste in its eyes. Let the paste dry; then gently rub it off with a clean washcloth. Rinse the face with clean, warm water.

Boil a cup of purified water. Let the water cool down until it's lukewarm. Wet a clean, white washcloth with the water. Apply a dab of whitening shampoo to the washcloth. Gently clean your dog’s face with the washcloth. Avoid getting the shampoo in its eyes.

Dip a fresh, clean white cloth in the lukewarm water. Gently rinse the dog’s face with the cloth until you remove all the shampoo.

Photo Credits

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A.N. Pike has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked for the "McKinney Courier-Gazette" and her campus newspaper, now freelancing for various clients. Pike earned her associate's degree in mass communications and journalism from Collin College.