This week I cleaned my Kitchenaid Mixer with a toothpick. I don’t even know how to follow that sentence. It happened. I shared how to clean light switches if you are thinking about doing this with your home. And, once I collected Chloe and Elliott’s slobbered peanut butter and dog hair covered Kongs, I knew what next on my list to clean. Here are 5 dog items to clean more often before the dog days of summer.
5 DOG ITEMS TO CLEAN MORE OFTEN
- Dog Bed Covers I dread cleaning the dog bed covers because of the effort and coordination it takes to fit them back over the bed. It reminds of wrestling with a toddler to get their diaper (Pampers) on them on a changing table in a public restroom.
Look what I found in Elliott’s dog bed from my Christmas stocking. The case did not break!
2. Collars and Leashes My sister reminded me of this tip in a comment she left about my favorite dog finds. My sister suggested I toss their collars and leashes in the top rack of the dishwasher. This was Chloe as a puppy when she decided to help out with the pre-wash cycle.
I usually soak their dog collars in soapy water first to loosen up the debris that finds its way into every crevice or Elliott’s collar. He is a hot mess with his collars. The best way to describe Elliott’s collar is it resembles a seatbelt.
3. Kongs /Titans + Water Bowls
Chloe only gets peanut butter in her Kong so I am not sure how a dozen Goldfish crackers ended up inside her treat dispenser. I had to soak the Kongs in warm soapy water to loosen up the gunk. I followed it up by stacking them in the top rack in the dishwasher.
These are my new favorite Kong like snack dispersers because they are made in the USA! I am going to order these soon.
4. Water + Food Bowls
Do you know what grosses me out more than the Kongs? When a random piece of kibble is found floating in their water dishes. It reminds of the Babe Ruth in the pool in Caddyshack.
Sidenote: I remember when I met my husband and he would quote all of these random lines from that movie. And, I thought he was so immature. Thank goodness he drove a fun car and he wore khakis on the days he worked at a golf course; just like Jake from State Farm.
The sight of the soggy kibble garners a similar reaction. So now I run the food and water bowls through the dishwasher on the lower rack while the Kongs, leashes and collars (don’t forget the collars) get cleaned on the top rack. I prefer the dishwasher because then I don’t have all the gunky germs lingering around my sink.
5. Blankies + Stuffed Animals These are easy to clean. Once a weekish I gather up the dog blankets and stuffed animals. I just toss these in the washing machine. I also add their bandanas and Elliott’s winter scarf.
Thank you for stopping by today! What did I miss on this list? Let me know in the comments. Not ready to leave yet? Check out these other dog friendly posts. Oh, before you go, I just found this all-purpose cleaner and it’s Made in the USA! If you are a follower of Everyday Edits you know I love to support Made in the USA products.
While all of the dog toys and serving pieces are in the wash you can make these 4 ingredient dog bones. They are guaranteed to be a fun treat.
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