Dogs love their toys. Whether it is playing catch or chewing a fake animal, toys are a surefire way to get a dog excited. However, it can be a drag if you’re constantly replacing dog toys. There is no need to throw away and replace dog toys just because they are dirty. Keeping toys clean and well-maintained will ensure that they are around for a long time.
So how do you clean your dog toys?
Well, the best way I scrape off visible dirt and debris from my dog toy is by using toothbrush. Yes! TOOTHBRUSH. You can use a toothbrush to brush away any dirt, leaves, grass, or food particles. Getting the big pieces off is the first step before you try to disinfect the toy of any microbes or smaller bacteria.
What about you?
Seriously it's not funny for some people cleaning their dog toys. It actually took me time before i got a better method. Using toothbrush is really a good idea and I'm gonna try it out. But here is how i clean my dog toys:
I will fill the sink with hot water and add a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, I will hold each toy under the running water and scrub it with a sponge or by hand. If you want to adopt this method, be sure to wash away any food that may be stuck in stuff-able chew toys, and rub out grass stains, dirt stains and other noticeable imperfections.
Either toothbrush or washing in the sink, the important is washing dog toys frequently and keeping them germ-free is a good way to keep them in good shape. However, you don’t need to clean the toy every day or even every week, but a few times a month should be good. The dog toys will stay in better condition and your animal will be able to enjoy them for longer.
As for me, most of Bingo's toys are rope toys so it's easier washing them by putting them in the dishwater. Although it isn't a good idea to put stuffed animal toys or anything with plastic inside of it in the dishwasher, rope toys are fine. If you don’t have a microwave and you want to clean a rope toy you can easily throw it in a dishwasher with no detergent
If you don’t want to put your dog’s toys in the dishwasher or if you are worried that simple soap and water isn’t enough, there are a few cleaning products that are safe for dogs. The safest "Do It Yourself" option may be a vinegar and water solution – just mix one part distilled white vinegar with one part water and soak the toys for 30 minutes. After soaking, scrub the toys and rinse them clean. You may be able to use a weak bleach-and-water solution as an alternative, but be sure to thoroughly rinse the toys before giving them back to your dog.
It actually depends. Cleaning methods you use for hard versus soft dog toys will vary depending on the materials the toy is made from. Hard rubber toys are some of the most durable toys out there and they are also very easy to clean. Just soak them in warm soapy water then scrub by hand and rinse clean. Some hard rubber or plastic toys can even be cleaned in the dishwasher, just make sure you run them through the hot cycle without any detergent and the heat of the water should be enough to kill any germs and to clean the toy.