How To Bathe A Guinea Pig Without Shampoo

Have you ever wondered how to bathe a guinea pig without shampoo? Well, as long as you don’t get them to their eyes, it’s okay.

Nothing beats a refreshing bath. That feeling that we’ve cleaned our body and wash off all those dirt.

But have you ever wondered how your pets would react or feel when they too take a bath?

People have probably asked you how to bathe guinea pigs? Do you use shampoo or not? Did you know you can cleanse a guinea pig without shampoo? It could lessen your expenses.


Bathing Your Guinea Pigs Without Using A Shampoo

Guinea pigs are known to be clean animals, but even though they may seem clean, they still need to take a bath when their fur turns sticky.

Don’t you worry, first-time pet owners, as we’ve come up with the complete step by step instructions on how to bathe a guinea pig without shampoo?

You will need to prepare a few things before you start bathing them. Here are the things that you will use:


#1. Water

Who doesn’t use water when taking a bath? Of course, we all do.

But when it comes to bathing your guinea pig, just getting water from your faucet is not enough.

It is essential to check the temperature of the water first. Everyone has a preference in the temperature of the bathing water.

Some don’t want too cold, not too hot bathing water, which goes the same with your precious little guinea pigs.

Ensuring the temperature will also provide a comfortable bathing experience for your guinea pigs. (please read here why does my Guinea pig drink so much water)


#2. Bathtub or a bowl

Imagine how cute they will look in a little bathtub. They will look adorable.

But in case you don’t have one, a bowl would do just fine.

If you have a shorter guinea pig, you will also need smaller bowls to clean them off and a bigger one for long legs or bodies.

If you are a first-time owner, it is recommendable to place a bowl in a bathtub to limit their space and prevent them from escaping bath time.

You can do this until you get used to bathing them, and comfortable for you two.


#3. Towel

A towel is essential in drying off. Your bath towel is not the right type of bath towel for your pet. You will need a smaller one that could cover them just enough.

Having a big towel could weigh your guinea pig down, so it’s a big NO.

A cloth with fiber will also do as an alternative, be mindful that it has to be proportional to your guinea pig’s size.


#4. Shampoo alternative

As we’ve mentioned above, we will not use shampoos. At least the commercially sold ones, you can use some shampoo alternatives to bathe your guinea pigs. These alternatives could be easily found inside your house!

Here are the things you will need:

  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of liquid detergent
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 empty plastic bottle with cap
  • 2 tbsp. of sweet almond oil
  • 8 drops of essential oil


All you have to do is combine the cider vinegar, liquid detergent, and water inside the empty plastic bottle.

Shake till mixed very well, then add the sweet almond (Do Guinea pigs like almond) oil and the essential oil. Shake it thoroughly, then let it sit overnight before you use it.


#5. Pet wipes

Instead of using some shampoo alternative, pet wipes could also be used. You can clean off the dirt present on their fur by wiping them with pet wipes.

This method can just be used when your pet is not overly dirty. More dirt means he needs to take a bath.


#6. Brush

Brushes could get rid of the dirt that is hiding behind their fur. If not removed, this could cause the manifestation of ticks on their skin and may irritate them. (Please read here how to trim Guinea pig Teeth)


Steps In Bathing Your Guinea Pig

Cleaning a guinea pig may be a hassle with all those jumping and escaping, especially if you don’t know how to bathe them properly.

So follow these step-by-step process in how to cleanse your guinea pig.


Step #1. Calming

If you are a first-timer, you might be nervous about bathing your guinea pig for the first time.

First and foremost, you have to calm yourself. Guinea pigs tend to pick up emotions, so it is best to stay calm when bathing them.

Next is to calm your guinea pig. It sure isn’t very comforting to be placed in a bowl with water, so it is best to make them calm.

Use a soothing voice and talk to them. Wash them one at a time slowly so they will get used to the temperature of the water.


Step #2. Use cloth or brush

To remove the dirt on their fur, you will have to use a cloth or a brush. There might be some dirt hiding on their coat, so you will have to wipe or brush them off to get them removed.

To do this, submerge the cloth or brush in warm water and brush their fur gently.


Step #3. Rinsing

Lower your guinea pig and let them settle on the water. Make sure that the water is at their belly level to avoid accidental drowning.

Scoop the water and gently wet their fur. Be cautious that you avoid their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth in soaking them.


Step #4. Apply shampoo

You can use the shampoo alternative or skip this step. A few drops will do gently lathe them in their fur. Their skin is sensitive so take note of your force when shampooing them.

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Step #5. Rinse parts

After applying the shampoo, rinse them off by scooping clean water and gently pouring it on your guinea pig.

Make sure to remove all the residue altogether so that there will be no irritation to their fur or skin.


Step #6. Drying

With a clean towel, wrap them up. The towel will absorb the moisture of water, which will keep them dry.

Use a soft drying towel and wipe their fur dry. Do not scrub the towel, and their fur may fall out if you do this.

After drying them off, brush their fur to prevent any tangles. Your pet will love this part as my Ginger did.

Touching their skin is the same as petting them, so it will serve as you grooming and petting them also bonding with them all at the same time.



Having to bathe your guinea pig is the same as having time to both with them. You can do this at least once a month to ensure your guinea pig’s hygiene at its tip-top shape.

Now you have an idea of how to bathe a guinea pig without shampoo. I hope these steps will help you as it did with me.

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