Dos and don’ts of washing dog toys
5-step guide to washing dog toys
Sort and Inspect
Separate the dog toys based on their material types (plush, rubber, plastic) and inspect each toy for any damage or loose parts. Discard any toys that are torn or pose a safety risk.
For machine-washable toys – Place the toys in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to protect them. Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle and use a mild detergent.
Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals. Wash the toys along with similar items to balance the load (skip to tep 4).
For hand-washable toys – Fill a sink or basin with warm water.
Add a small amount of dog-friendly soap or mild detergent.
Submerge the toys and gently scrub them using a sponge or brush.
Pay extra attention to crevices and hard-to-reach areas.
Regardless of the washing method used, ensure that you rinse the toys thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Leftover soap can be harmful to your dog if ingested.
Drying – After washing, squeeze out excess water from the toy. If the toy is machine washable, you can use a low heat setting in the dryer or let it air dry. For hand-washed toys, towel-drying is usually sufficient. Make sure the toy is completely dry before giving it back to your dog to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
Can I wash all types of dog toys?
While many dog toys can be washed, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions or labels for specific cleaning guidelines. Some toys may not be suitable for washing or may require special care.
Can I wash plush dog toys in the washing machine?
Plush dog toys are often machine washable. Place them in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to protect them during the wash cycle. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent. Check for any specific instructions provided by the manufacturer.
How do I clean rubber or plastic toys?
Rubber or plastic toys can typically be washed with warm water and mild soap. Scrub them gently with a sponge or brush, paying attention to any crevices. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
Can I use bleach to clean dog toys?
It’s generally best to avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals on dog toys, as they can be harmful to your dog. Stick to mild detergents or dog-friendly soaps for cleaning.
How do I clean dog toys with squeakers?
Toys with squeakers should be spot cleaned instead of submerged in water to avoid damaging the squeaker. Use a cloth or sponge with mild soap to clean the surface.
Can I wash rope dog toys?
Rope toys can be tricky to wash, as they can unravel or get damaged in the washing machine. It’s best to hand wash them using warm water and mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and let them air dry.
How should I clean treat-dispensing dog toys?
Treat-dispensing toys often require frequent cleaning. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for disassembling and cleaning these toys. Some may be dishwasher safe, while others need to be hand washed.
When should I replace dog toys instead of washing them?
If a toy is severely damaged, torn, or has loose parts, it’s safer to replace it rather than attempting to clean it. Additionally, if a toy becomes excessively worn or shows signs of wear and tear, it’s a good idea to replace it to prevent any potential hazards.