You should never give any hamsters a bath in water. It upsets them greatly and causes them distress and stress which can lead to health conditions. The best way to keep your hamster’s fur clean and shiny is to give them a sand bath. Dwarf Hamsters especially seem to love a sand bath, more so than the larger Syrian hamster.

You will need to use a clean, dedicated pet sand such as chinchilla sand to clean your hamster, and you will need a ‘bath’ suitable container such as a heavy ceramic bowl. A better option would be a proper hamster bath with a covered top to prevent sand spillage.

The Best Hamster Baths

We have listed some of the best hamster baths available for your convenience!

Kaytee Critter Bath - Available in 4 Colors. Ideal for Small Hamsters and Mice. Made from Ceramic Chew-Proof Material.
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Chinchilla Sand - Made from the highest quality materials. 100% Safe for Pets. Keeps your dwarf hamsters entertained for hours.
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FATPET Hamster Bathroom - Ideal for dwarf hamsters and other small furry animals.Made with hamster safe material. Easy to clean and resistant to odors.
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Uxcell Hamster Bath - Ideal for dwarf hamsters and other small furry animals. Made with safe material. Easy to clean and resistant to odors.
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Kaytee Ceramic Critter Bath is a perfect option as it is the right size for a Dwarf Hamster and it is made of a durable chew proof ceramic material as well as coming in a variety of colors that make your hamsters cage more pleasing to the eye. You can make a sand bath cheaply by cutting an ice-cream container into a shallow tub about 3cm deep.
Kaytee Ceramic Critter Bath

Chinchilla Sand from Amazon is a perfect sand suitable for Dwarf hamsters. Many other brands are far too dusty and dirt-like however this one appears to be perfectly and grit-like with no dust that might cause respiratory problems. You can use Children’s Play Pit Sand cheaply from most DIY stores, and you can use it straight away. If you want to be 100% sure that there is no bacteria or bugs you can place some on a baking tray and bake at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Chinchilla Sand