How to Clean Dog Toys: Keeping your furry friend safe

How to Clean Dog Toys: Keeping your furry friend safe

Your dog’s toys have to be pretty resilient to stand up to the constant chewing and playing. However, dog toys can harbour nasty germs, bacteria and other pathogens if they are not regularly cleaned. Regularly cleaning your pups favourite toys will keep harmful germs at bay.

Most dog toys will have cleaning instructions on the label or packaging. Wherever possible, follow the manufacturers recommendations for cleaning the toys. If the tag has been removed, then search for instructions on the brands website or follow toy cleaning guidelines.

Cleaning Products for dog toys

Some dog toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher or microwave, however if that is not an option for you, there is a safe DIY option. Mix one-part distilled white vinegar and one-part water and leave the toys to soak for 30 minutes. If the toys are packed with deep grime and dirt, there are a range of pet-friendly cleaning products on the market.

Plastic, rubber and nylon chew toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained and their teeth clean. But these toys require regular cleaning to minimise germs and bacteria in your home. Some hard toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, however only clean them in the dishwasher if the manufacturer’s guidelines state that the toy is dishwasher safe. The extreme temperatures of a dishwasher may damage the structure of the toy and potentially release harmful chemicals.

Once the toys are clean, thoroughly rinse them with clean water and leave them to dry.

The cleaning method will be dependent on the type of toy. From plastic and rubber toys to rope and soft toys, here are the best methods for cleaning.

Hard toys: Some hard toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, however only clean them in the dishwasher if the manufacturer’s guidelines state that the toy is dishwasher safe. The extreme temperatures of a dishwasher may damage the structure of the toy and potentially release harmful chemicals.

Rope toys: The easiest way to clean rope toys is to soak the toy in clean water and then microwave it on a high heat to kill any germs. Be careful when removing it from the microwave as it will be very hot and leave it to completely dry before allowing your dog to play with it again.

Soft dog toys: The good news is most soft dog toys can be washed in the washing machine. You can use a dog-safe laundry detergent to clean and sanitise the toys or you can opt for a totally natural method of baking soda and white vinegar during the washing cycle.

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