Keeping your dog’s bed clean is important because your pet comes in contact with so many bacteria daily! All of these bacteria will get on your dog’s bed and blanket too. So how to wash a dog bed properly?
You’re not the one sleeping in your dog’s bed. However, regularly washing your dog’s bed is important because all of those bacteria will get to you too! Just think about it, your dog sleeps in their bacteria covered bed and then they cuddle up next to you, or kiss you, or you pet them.
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Besides this, your dog’s bed might have a nasty odor or ugly stains that should definitely be removed. And we know how! We have advice on how to wash a dog bed the right way.
How to wash a dog bed
Even though you bathe your dog regularly, that doesn’t mean much if you don’t wash their bed and blankets. This is why washing your dog’s bed is an important regular cleaning task! Preferably you should actually do it once a week!
So, but how do you do it the right way?
Dog beds with non-removable covers
Washing and cleaning dog beds with non-removable covers are a bit more difficult, but nothing you can’t manage!
If your dog has a bed with non-removable covers, you will probably have to wash it by hand, and here’s how you do it.
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Firstly, vacuum the cover well in order to remove all the dog hair, dirt, and other debris.
Then, fill up a large basin or even your bathtub with enough water to completely submerge your dog’s bed. Put a generous amount of non-toxic but strong and effective detergent into the water.
After the detergent has dissolved, submerge your dog’s bed into this mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. You can leave it in longer is you have time.
After this, you want to sprinkle some baking soda onto your dog’s bed and scrub it. The baking soda will help remove any odors that the detergent didn’t eliminate.
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Lastly, rinse the dog bed thoroughly. Rinse it out a few times if necessary, until the water turns clear. After you’ve done this wring it out as much as possible and out it out to dry.
Dog beds with removable covers
Washing dog beds with removable covers is much easier than it is with non-removable!
Firstly, just like you would with the non-removable covers, you need to vacuum your dog’s bed. But try to do it as well as possible in order to remove any dog hairs and dirt.
Remove the covers from your dog’s bed.
Use a non-toxic but strong detergent that will remove all of the stains out and wash the covers on the highest temperature possible in order to kill all the bacteria. Check the instructions on the cover.
If you want you can add some baking soda into your washing machine too. This way all of the stains and odors will get removed.
It’s a good idea to use an extra cycle to make sure that all of the detergent is washed off.
Lastly, you can air-dry the bed or put it in the dryer at low heat. and your dog can enjoy its freshly washed bed!
Another extra tip we have is to clean your machine after washing your dog’s bed. In order to remove any lingering dirt or pet hair running the washer on empty with one cup of vinegar!