Experts reveal how often you should clean your dog’s belongings

As a dog owner, there is nothing more enjoyable than watching your four-legged friend play with their favourite toy, nestle into their beloved blanket or run free on your daily walk.

But, what about the dirt and bacteria that can build up on their favourite toys and accessories? have shared a handy guide on how to clean your pet’s favourite items and how regularly it needs to be done to ensure top hygiene at home.

Even though most dogs lick their bowls clean, the National Sanitation Foundation says pet bowls are one of the most germ-infested items in your household.

They rank fourth on the list for the highest concentration of germs – being overtaken by only the kitchen sink, toothbrush holder and kitchen sponge. This is because the leftover residue on your dog's bowl harbours bacteria, including salmonella and E. Coli.

Therefore, you should clean your pet’s bowl every day to prevent the growth of mould, yeast, algae and fungi.

This may sound like hard work but you can simply toss them in the dishwasher on a sanitising cycle. Or the National Sanitation Foundation suggests deep cleaning your dog bowl by hand.

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Dogs are no different to us when it comes to snuggling up in front of the fire at home. They enjoy nestling into their favourite blanket and sitting tight for the evening.

However, the issue is, dogs come into contact with lots of different types of bacteria and fungus, which mean their bed can become a sea of mites, fleas and ticks if not cleaned regularly.

These organisms can survive on fabric for up to 12 months, making it even more important to wash your pet's belongings regularly to maintain optimum dog hygiene and prevent flea infestations.

But how do you wash your dog’s beloved bed? Simple. Start by hoovering any hair, crumbs and muck from the bed. Use a stain remover to treat any stains on the fabric and then toss it in the washing machine.

However, you must remember to use pet-safe laundry detergent to prevent any unwanted reaction to your dog’s skin.

Did you know that that your watch could be up to eight times more dirty than your toilet due to the daily build-up of bacteria, according to research?

Well, now imagine you are a dog, running through bushes, jumping in puddles and rolling in mud, while wearing a similar accessory.

You need to wash your dog’s collar on a regular basis. While the washing machine seems like the easiest option, not all materials can withstand it. Some items can fall apart or become damaged if the setting is too high.

The best option is to wash by hand, using a mild detergent, dish soap or even dog shampoo. However, you must make sure all the cleaning products have been thoroughly rinsed out as they could irritate your dog's skin.

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Dogs are fascinated by toys and spend the majority of their time licking, chewing and slobbering all over them. They also carry their toys around the house, dropping them in various locations throughout the day. Therefore, your dog’s toys are at risk of picking up potentially harmful bacteria, germs, mould and mildew.

Toys that are played with frequently should be washed at least once a week, while those that are noticeably covered in dribble, dirt or food, should be wiped immediately.

But how should you go about deep cleaning your dog’s favourite toys? Some rubber toys can be placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher to be cleaned. While others will need to be hand-washed with soapy water.

The best method to clean fabric toys is to place them into an old pillowcase and put them on a gentle cycle in the washing machine, using a pet-friendly detergent.

It is also important you avoid using any disinfecting products containing bleach, even when diluted it can still pose a threat to your canine companion as it's highly toxic when consumed.

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