You remember to wash your clothes and bedding, but have you washed your dog’s bowl and toys recently? Yes, even though dogs appear to have stomachs of steel, their bowl and toys can become a health risk to your dog and even you! In fact, a study done by NSF International found that pet food dishes are the 4th germiest product found in the average home!
Why do I need to wash my dog’s toys and bowl?
When you’ve witnessed your dog eating cat poop, dead birds or old bones they’ve buried in the garden, it can be difficult to understand why you should be washing your dog’s belongings regularly.
But, a new study at Hartpury University in the UK has revealed that “potentially fatal bacteria, including E.coli, salmonella and MRSA, which can all be transferred from pets to their owners, have been discovered in different types of dishes”. Your dogs’ toys also collect dirt, bacteria, yeast and mould.
If your dog is a puppy, very old or has a weaker immune system, this bacteria can be really dangerous and might eventually lead to a trip to the vets – not fun for anyone right?
How often should you wash your dog’s belongings?
As dog bowls are used several times a day, they should be washed more regularly. Here’s a guide of how often you should wash your dog’s bowls:
- If you feed with kibble, your dog’s bowl should be washed daily, after the final meal of the day.
- If you feed with canned food or raw meat, your dog’s bowl should be washed and sanitized after every meal
- Your dog’s water bowl should be washed once per day.
- If you use a mat to protect your floor or carpet from spills, then that too should be cleaned daily.
For dog toys, you can be more lenient, but if they are soiled, smelly, or you know young children will be playing with your dog, you should give them a good clean. You should wash stuffable toys every time you add food and treats.
So, how do you ensure that your dog’s toys and bowl is kept clean? Before you reach for the bleach or antibacterial spray, consider how safe the cleaner you are using will be for your dog.
You can’t just use any old cleaner. After all, these items will be back in your dog’s mouth in no time, so you need to make sure you are using a safe, non-toxic dog bowl and toy cleaner.
How to clean your dog’s toys and bowls
Using our non-toxic, plant-powered Pet Toy & Bowl Sanitiser:
Step 1: Give the surface of their toys and bowls a quick rinse with warm water and allow to dry
Step 2: Shake well. Spray directly on the surface or toy
Step 3: Wipe with a clean cloth & allow to air dry completely
Step 4: No need to rinse (but you can if you want)
This cleaner can be used with plush toys, rubber, neoprene, ceramic, stainless steel and other items that may come in contact with your dog’s mouth. It’s free of dyes, masking agents, synthetic perfumes, chlorine, bleach, sodium lauryl sulphates & phosphates that can be found in typical cleaning products.
Other tips to keep your dog’s belongings clean
- Choose stainless steel food and water bowls. Plastic and ceramic are more likely to have bacterial growth.
- Keep soft dog toys inside and give your dogs rubber toys to play with outside. This will make it easier to keep them clean.
If you’re looking for a non-toxic dog bowl cleaner, dog toy cleaner, or pet stain & odour remover discover the range of plant-based pet cleaning products at Good Scruff.