Step-By-Step Instructions on How to Wash Dog Toys

by Ashlyn Etree
    Washing dog toys removes dirt and debris.

    Washing dog toys removes dirt and debris.

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    Toys provide dogs with mental stimulation and exercise, which are vital to maintaining your dog's health and happiness. According to the American Pet Products Association's 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey, 56.7 million American households own a dog and spend $41 per year on toys. A dirty or smelly dog toy doesn't necessarily need to be thrown out. Most pet toys can be washed. In addition to lengthening the lifespan of your dog's favorite toys, washing pet toys provides an opportunity for you to inspect them for safety issues.

    Hard Toys

    Step 1

    Remove crusted dirt and debris from the outside of rubber, nylon and plastic toys with a dish brush. It is often easier to scrape away debris when the toy is dry. Use a toothbrush to clear out leftover food particles from the inside of treat-dispensing dog toys.

    Hard Toys

    Step 2

    Wash your dog's toys. Place the toys in a sink filled with warm soapy water. Use a mild dish detergent. With a sponge, wash your dog's toys and remove remaining dirt. Thoroughly rinse the toys with fresh water.

    Hard Toys

    Step 3

    Sanitize your dog's toys. According to the ASPCA, water-diluted bleach is safe to use on nonporous toys. Mix 2 tsp. of bleach with one gallon of cool water. Soak your dog's toys in the diluted solution for two minutes. Remove the toys wearing gloves to protect your skin. Set the toys on a towel to air dry. Rinsing the toys is not necessary. However, make certain your dog's toys are fully dry after sanitizing toys with bleach solution to prevent your dog from ingesting bleach.

    Plush and Rope Toys

    Step 1

    Lightly brush dirt and debris from your dog's plush toys and rope toys with your hands. Cut away any dangling or loose threads with scissors.

    Plush and Rope Toys

    Step 2

    Sanitize your dog's plush and rope toys in the dishwasher or microwave oven. Plush dog toys and rope toys are breeding grounds for bacteria, yeast and molds. Wet the plush and rope toys and place them in your microwave for one minute. Alternatively, place your dog's toys in the dishwasher and run the drying cycle without detergent.

    Plush and Rope Toys

    Step 3

    Remove your dog's plush and rope toys from the microwave or dishwasher with caution as they can be hot. Place the toys out of your dog's reach untile they have cooled down.

    Items You Will Need

    • Dish brush
    • Toothbrush
    • Dish soap
    • Sponge
    • Bleach
    • Gloves
    • Towels

    Photo Credits

    • mf-photos/iStock/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Ashlyn Etree has more than a decade of experience in public relations. She now serves as a writer for various publications, specializing in business, marketing and travel articles. Etree earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Central Florida.

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