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(Oily) Hair of the Dog remedies

Does anyone know the best way to get sump oil out of dog hair? One of my idiot hounds managed to clear a bin and land in a tray of used sump oil, before showing me what he had managed by jumping on me. I have tried fairy liquid, coconut shampoo and swarfega and now we are both sick of me trying to keep a lathered up nutter in a bath tub. He is still pretty oily, anyone had this problem before?
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I had similar thing happen but with not quite so much oil; some on his face and back from climbing under my bike to look at the sump-plug.

Problem is that my dog is jet-black so I didn't notice the oil until he'd "itched" himself; along the hall wall, up the stairs, lounge carpet, washing machine, kitchen units, etc,etc. All I can say is that a dog would make a pretty good paintbrush.

I used white spirit on the inanimate objects and we ended up using moisturiser (maybe E45) to loosen up the oil, followed by dog shampoo on the mutt.

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Sounds daft but the best thing I've used for shifting oil is Dove soap. I've also heard that baby shampoo does a pretty good job but haven't tried it.
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We had a cat once that dipped its back legs up to the hips (do cats have hips?) in a bucket of sump oil. The vet shaved its legs. It was perhaps the funniest thing I've ever seen.
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If I shaved the dog he would look even more like a pig (he already does), he jumped in a load of stagnant water and a lake out in the Peak district so that got a lot of it. Now he has landed on his tail after trying to jump over a wheelie bin (and failing). It's a dog life, eh?

Thanks for the tips everyone, ketchup on standby!!
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