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How To Clean Your Dog Accessories - Furry Tails

How To Clean Your Dog Accessories

So, you've brought the cutest little set for your adorable pooch?


Dog's being dog's are always going to get their harnesses dirty,


That's why we have put together our top tips for keeping your dog accessories feeling, looking and smelling fresh. Not only is it important for maintaining your pup's hygiene but also for keeping them in good condition.


By cleaning the accessories regularly, you can prevent the build-up of dirt, grime, and bacteria, which can cause skin irritation, bad odours, and even infections (yikes!).





Here are some tips on how to clean your dog's accessories;


1. First things first: Check the care instructions: Before cleaning your dog's accessories, check the care instructions on the label or packaging. This will help you determine the right cleaning method and prevent any damage to the material. Some accessories may require hand-washing, while others can be machine-washed.


2. Shake off excess dirt and debris: Before washing, shake off any excess dirt or debris from the accessory. If the accessory is a leash or collar, use a soft-bristled brush to remove any hair or debris that has become lodged in the material


3. Hand-wash or machine-wash: Depending on the type of accessory, you may need to hand-wash it or machine-wash it. For hand-washing, use a gentle soap or detergent and warm water. Soak the accessory in the soapy water for a few minutes and then rub it gently with your hands. Rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residue. If you are machine-washing, put the accessory in a laundry bag or pillowcase to protect it from damage. Use a gentle cycle and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners. If the stains are prominent, try using a stain remover before washing.


4. Dry thoroughly: After washing, dry the accessory thoroughly before using it again. If the accessory is machine-washable, you can put it in the dryer on a low heat setting. Alternatively, hang it to air-dry in a well-ventilated area. Make sure it is completely dry before using it again.


5. Clean metal and plastic parts: If the accessory has metal or plastic parts, wipe them clean with a damp cloth. For tough stains, use a mild cleaner and a soft-bristled brush. Dry the metal or plastic parts thoroughly to prevent rust or corrosion.





Ok, so how often?


It's good to get in a habit of washing your dog's accessories and other things like beds and toys. The frequency with which you should clean your dog's accessories depends on a few factors, such as the type of accessory, your dog's activity level, and their overall hygiene. Here are some general guidelines for how often you should clean your dog's accessories:


  • Collars and leads: You should clean your dog's collar and lead at least once a month, or more frequently if they are frequently used, get wet or soiled, or if your dog is prone to skin irritation.


  • Harnesses: Harnesses can be prone to accumulating dirt, hair, and bacteria, so you should clean them at least once every 2 weeks, or more frequently if your dog wears them regularly or has skin sensitivities.


  • Bedding and toys: Your dog's bedding and toys should be cleaned regularly, at least once a month or more frequently if they become dirty or smelly. Toys that are used for outdoor activities, such as fetch, should be cleaned after each use.


  • Clothing: If your dog wears clothing or coats, you should wash them at least once a month or more frequently if they get dirty or soiled.



Happy washing (anyone else love making things smell beautiful?)





Sarah x


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