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With spring just around the corner, it’s about that time of year to do a little spring cleaning and get rid of things that you no longer need. While spring cleaning is normally associated with household items and clothing, it can also apply to your furry friends’ belongings.

 

Beds: Dog and cat beds are often covered in excess hair, dirt, food, and more. We recommend purchasing machine washable beds, so you can simply take off the bed cover and throw it in the washing machine with a pet-safe detergent. These beds can also be vacuumed regularly to eliminate unwanted pet hair.

 

Crates: Crates and pet carriers can be cleaned with warm soapy water. We suggest using dishwashing detergent and a washcloth both on the inside and outside of the crate. After washing the crate, you can dry it off with a towel or let it air dry.

 

Food/Water Bowls: Food and water bowls also develop buildup over time and it is easy to forget about cleaning them. The majority of food and water bowls can be placed in the dishwasher to clean off germs and bacteria. They can also be hand washed in the sink using dishwashing detergent.

 

Leash/Collar: Pet collars and leashes can get filthy, especially in the springtime when there is plenty of dirt for your pets to roll around in. Collars and leashes should soak in warm soapy water for approximately 20-30 minutes and then be scrubbed. Washing these items regularly will help ensure that your pets’ collar does not breed bacteria and irritate their skin.

 

Toys: We all know that toys can get smelly and grimy over time, which is why your pet toys likely need a refresher now more than ever. Tennis balls and furry chew toys can be placed into the washing machine and cleaned using a pet-safe detergent, while rubber toys can be washed and scrubbed in the sink or bathtub using the same detergent.

 

It is easy to fall behind on cleaning your pets’ belongings, but now is the perfect opportunity to start fresh. Trust us, your pets will thank you for it!

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