Think you are done spring cleaning your house? If you haven’t given your pet’s beds the same attention that you gave to the rest of your home, it’s time to give them a spring cleaning makeover.
How to Clean Your Pet Beds
Dirty pet beds can be unsightly, smelly, and even dangerous; nasty germs from your pet’s feces, urine, vomit, and even saliva can live on your pet’s bedding for months. Ready to protect your pet (and the rest of your family? Here’s how to thoroughly clean your pet beds in four easy steps.
- First, remove the cover from your pet’s bed, if you can. If your pet’s bed does not have a removable cover, try using (or making) a pillowcase to cover the bed for easier washing. Remove as much pet hair from the bed and cover as you can. Try shaking it outside, or using a lint roller, brush, broom, or your vacuum.
- Next, soak the cover and bed in a tub with detergent or vinegar and very hot (even boiling) water for at least an hour. Rinse the bed, and then put it in your washing machine. This step can help kill any pests (or their eggs) that may be lurking in your dog or cat’s bed.
- Wash the bed (or cover) in your washing machine using the setting indicated on the tag. If there is no tag, we recommend the most heavy-duty setting that you think the bed will withstand.
- If you have the option, dry your pet’s bed outside in the sunlight or on a laundry line. This will prevent shrinking, and can help it smell even fresher. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest or most gentle setting.
If your dog’s bed is inside of a crate, be sure to give the crate a good cleaning as well. You can use antibacterial wipes or a damp cloth, but make sure that you avoid ammonia-based cleansers. Ammonia can smell like urine to dogs, confusing them and leading to accidents.
Take the time to wash your pet beds at least once every two weeks, or even more often if your dog is very active, or if members of your family suffer from allergies. Making sure that this important project gets done can lead to a happier, healthier life - for both you and your pet.