Dogs love to play with toys, and we love to see them happy. Nothing looks happier than a dog with their favorite toy. After a while toys can get dirty and require cleaning or replacement. Below are some tips to keeping dog toys clean and safe for play.
Cleaning Rubber/non Absorbent Toys
- Warm water and dish soap are safe
- Baking soda works too
- Most are dishwasher safe and may not require detergent
- Bottle brushes work great on toys with holes such as Kongs
Cleaning Rope Toys
Rope toys are absorbent, and therefore have more room for bacteria to grow. Fear not, there is an easy solution.
- Wet the toy then microwave it for a minute (keep an eye on it)
- The dishwasher is an alternative and almost as good as the microwave
- Be careful removing the toy, it may be hot
- If you notice a odd or rancid smell after washing, throw it out
Cleaning Stuffed Animals
Be sure to check for choking hazards such as fake eyes or plastic bits
- Always check the washing instructions tab
- Washing machines are almost always acceptable
- Baking soda helps here too
- Dryers are usually safe, but consider the material of the toy and the heat it will be exposed to
- If you notice an odd or rancid smell after washing, throw it out
When it’s time for a new toy
- When the toy has many missing bits and may present a choking hazard
- When your dog is eating it (when it’s not supposed to)
- When the toy has an odd or rancid smell despite washing
Sometimes a toy has to be thrown out, but that just means your dog had fun with it. Afterwards, you get the joy of your dog thanking you for a new toy; so it’s a win-win.