Washing your pet’s toys for them is like getting a brand new toy. As a pet sitter in Mesa, AZ I see A LOT of dirty pet toys and wonder how often pet parents wash their pet’s toys, or if they even considered the benefits of washing them.
So I ask, How often do you wash your pet’s toys? Your pet may destroy their toys before they need washing, but, if your pet’s treat them like treasures and like to keep them around for a long time, you may want to consider washing them on occasion. Washing your pet toys will remove outside dirt (mud, fertilizer, urine) and slimy saliva from hours of playtime. Washing them will also remove your pet’s scent from the toys which might make them a little crazy, but give them hours of fun putting their scent back on their favorite toys. It’s like getting a brand new toy (that you already know they love to play with) and you don’t have to spend the money on new toys!
How do you wash pet toys? As a pet sitter I’ve read the tags and the packaging to make sure I’m washing them correctly.
Plush Toys should be hand washed with a mild soap and rinsed thoroughly. Depending on the time of year, I may set them outside in the sun to let them dry, or put them in the dryer without a dryer softener.
Hard Plastic Toys can be washed in the dishwasher on the the top rack. I would suggest washing them without any dishes in the dish washer, well, just because the thought is kinda gross 🙂
How often should you wash your pet’s toys? That is a hard question to answer. That really depends on how often you pet’s play with them and hard dirty they get. I have my home exterminated once a month and pick all the toys up so they don’t accidentally get sprayed. I make this the time to wash the toys. So they get cleaned once a month unless there are unusual circumstances where they get exceptionally dirty, then a toy might get washed more frequently.
Best time to wash your pet’s toys:
After a long, hard play session at the dog park when other dogs may come into contact with your pet’s toys.
After playing fetch in a muddy backyard.
If you noticed your pet “marked” his/her toy.
Inside toys…once a month or when you notice a change in color to a definite brown (dirty) color.
If you notice an unpleasant odor coming from them.
Just because your pet’s toys get dirty, doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. A good cleaning will freshen them up and help them last longer.
What do you think about washing your pet’s toys? Do they last long enough to get washed?