How to Sanitize Stainless Steel Dog Bowls

by Susan Revermann Google
    Clean those food and water dishes frequently.

    Clean those food and water dishes frequently.

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    To keep your pooch healthy and happy, cleaning and sanitizing his water and food bowls are a must. Even though stainless steel dog bowls are less likely to grow bacteria on the surface, you should still do this. If you neglect the bowls, bacteria may collect on them and contaminate your dog’s food, which may lead to illness. Plus, gunky food bowls are no fun to look at.

    Step 1

    Empty any leftover food from the dog dish. It’s best to throw it away instead of putting it back into the food bag. This can cause bacterial growth in the food container.

    Step 2

    Rinse the bowl with warm water. Scrub the bowl with a couple drops of dishwashing soap, warm water and a plastic sponge. Take your time and scrub all surfaces of the bowl. This means inside, the sides and the bottom. Rinse the bowl again with water. Examine the bowl to make sure all food residue and odors have been removed. Clean it again if need be.

    Step 3

    Fill a wide bucket with 1 gallon of warm water and 1 tablespoon of bleach. With gloved hands, submerge the bowl into the solution and let it sit in there for a couple of minutes.

    Step 4

    Pull the bowl out and place it upside down on a clean, dry towel. Let the bowl air dry completely before using it again.

    Step 5

    Wash the bowl daily to prevent bacterial growth. Sanitize the bowl weekly.

    Items You Will Need

    • Water
    • Mild soap
    • Plastic sponge
    • Rubber gloves
    • Bucket
    • Bleach
    • Measuring spoon and cup
    • Towel


    • You can always throw the bowl in the dishwasher and wash it on the hottest setting to get a deep clean.


    • Never use full strength bleach for this, always dilute it as instructed.

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    About the Author

    Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.

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