In a study, APPA shows that pet owners’ expenditure on pet accessories (toys collars, clothing, food, leashes, bowls, OTC medications and etc.) has risen by 6% from 2017 to 2019.
With this increasing accessories buying rate, people are being more conscious about the hygiene and cleanliness of their pets, house and themselves.
Dogs can carry germs and bacteria which can cause illness in humans. The most common illness includes- tapeworm, campylobacter, rabies, and roundworm. So, it has become a must for all dog owners to learn how to wash dog clothes and beds properly.
How often to wash dog Clothes.
Most pet owners maintain a hygiene routine but it differs from one person to another. So, you might want to know the standard routine of washing dog clothes.
The National Safety Federation (NSF) reveals in a study that, your pets’ food bowl can be the germiest spot in your house. So it suggests washing the food and drinking bowls at least (not limited to) once in a month.
In cases of clothes and beds, it is best recommended to rotate or alter the bedding and blanket once in every week. If you do so, then you can extend the washing routine. But however, it should never exceed more than one month. Usually, you know it is time when your dog clothes start to smell.
No matter how frequently you wash your dogs’ clothes and beddings, always maintain the consistency.
Preparations before Washing Dog Clothes.
You can always hire a dog bed cleaning service to wash your dogs’ belongings. But if you want to do it yourself then you need to ensure a few things before washing your dog clothes.
- Always vacuum your dogs’ hair to remove dog hair from clothes. Or, you can use hair removing laundry detergent to wash off the hair as well.
- Follow the wash care label by the dogs’ clothing manufacturer to do it right. Check whether it is machine washable or hand washable.
- Check if the bedding or sweaters have any loose seam or tears in it. If you find these, it’s best to discard the piece of clothes.
- Prepare for pet-safe natural laundry detergent for wet washing. Differentiate it right for hand washable clothes and machine-washable clothes.
How to Wash Dog Clothes and Accessories.
It may sound like a common method of washing is applicable for all dog’s accessories. But it is not so. Depending on the items and materials of the item, the washing methods and laundry detergent can vary. However, in this section below, we have tried to cover washing methods for all your dogs’ belongings.
How to wash smelly dog Blankets and Clothes?
When it comes to pet laundry, you need to ensure to make it germfree and clean. Here are the simple steps for washing dog clothes and sweaters.
- Step 1: Read out the care label by the manufacturers of dog sweaters, blankets, and clothes. Most of them are machine washable, while some require hand wash.
- Step 2: Dog clothes can catch up stains from food or mud. So, always pretreat the stains before you go for main washing with a soft or heavy-duty stain removing detergent (as required)
- Step 3: Use lukewarm to warm water as per the care label mentions and mix some pet detergent or hypoallergenic detergent which are free of perfumes and dyes since they might cause skin irritations for your dogs.
- Step 4: Sometimes washing dog clothes and blankets is not enough. The smell of your dog and its pee/potty won’t go away so easily. For stinking clothes, beds, and blankets, after washing it in the warm water-detergent solution you need to soak it overnight in cool water and baking soda solution. For making the solution take two quarts of cool water and one cup of baking soda and make the stink removing solution. And then rewash it.
- Step 5: Then simply air dry all clothes and blankets. Avoid using direct heat since it might cause shrinkage.
- Step 6: Leave it to dry completely before allowing your dogs to use them again.
How to wash Fabric and Nylon Dog Accessories?
Most dog collars, leashes, and harnesses are made of fabric and nylon. These accessories come in regular and direct contact with the dogs’ skin.
So it is necessary to wash these accessories biweekly or weekly basis. Since fabric and nylon accessories are easy to wash, it won’t feel that troublesome. Just follow this simplest method-
- Step 1: Take a bucket and fill with lukewarm to hot water (depending on the wash care label of the accessories).
- Step 2: Add a squeeze of pet shampoo. You can also use a hypoallergenic detergent to wash the nylon belt and leashes.
- Step 3: Soak them for at least 30 minutes and in between this period, rub off the stains (if any) using a soft brush. Use more shampoo or detergent for tough stains if necessary.
- Step 4: Rinse it well and make sure no cleaning solution left on the collars and accessories. And leave it to air dry completely.
Here’s a video for that might help!
How to wash Leather Dog Collars and leashes?
Don’t bother whether the leather of your dogs’ collar/leash is finished or unfinished. For both types of leather collars, you can use the same method. Follow these simple steps-
- Step 1: Take a soft, clean napkin or cloth and dip it into a leather or saddle soap solution in lukewarm water.
- Step 2: Wipe down both inside and outside of the leather surface.
- Step 3: Wipe it with a clean and dry cloth.
- Step 4: Allow it to air dry completely from both sides. Try to keep it away from direct heat.
- Step 5: Now it’s time for after-Wash Care. In order to retain the flexibility of unfinished leather, we recommend using a commercial leather conditioner.
- Step 6: For finished leather, you can make and apply a homemade leather conditioner. For that, mix two parts of boiled linseed oil and one part of distilled white vinegar. Stir the solution well. Then dip a cloth into the solution and rub it on the leather to give it a shine. After rubbing it just air dry it.
Here’s a video demonstrating the process. Though it’s not exactly what I said but will still work great!