How To Clean Dog Toys
Dog toys really do get grimy, slimy and covered in drool, dirt, fur and of course bacteria. Here’s how to clean dog toys safely and in a natural way without using harsh chemicals.
1. Rubber, vinyl and hard toys.
Soak hard toys in a solution of 1 part warm water 1 part white vinegar for 30 minutes. Use an old toothbrush to wash off any debris. Toys that are dishwasher safe can then be placed in the dishwasher. Do not use any detergent. The hot water alone and the vinegar pre-cleanse will be enough. Allow to air dry.
2. Plush and soft toys
For soft toys use an old toothbrush or an old comb to brush off hard debris. For tough stains sprinkle on baking soda and brush into stains. Put toys in the washing machine inside a laundry bag or a pillow case and wash on a gentle cycle. Do not use laundry detergent but do add a disinfectant into the wash such as Dettol laundry disinfectant. Allow to air dry. I like to hang Jake’s soft toys on the line.
3. Rope toys
Soak rope toys in a solution of 1 part warm water 1 part white vinegar for 30 minutes. Use an old toothbrush to wash off any debris. Place in a microwave and heat on high power for 1 minute. The steam will kill any bacteria. Be careful when removing the toys from the microwave because they will be really hot. Allow to air dry.
5. Don’t forget the Toy Box
Empty out all of the toys and then vacuum out any fur and dust. Make up a solution of 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar. It’s a good idea to make the solution into a spray bottle, it is easy to simply spray the solution over the toy box and wipe. Leave to air dry before refilling the toy box with clean toys.
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6. Kongs and other treat and food dispenser toys
Use washing up liquid to soak the treat dispenser in warm soapy water to loosen any dried food. Use an old toothbrush or a bottle brush to get inside the dispenser. A bottle brush is perfect for cleaning out Kongs. Some dispensers can safely be added to the dishwasher on a hot cycle but without the detergent. I like to soak Jake’s Kongs for 20 minutes in sterilising fluid just like you would a baby bottle. I use Milton sterilising liquid to be sure that no bacteria remains inside the Kong.
7. Steam cleaning
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