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How to Clean Dog Toys of All Kinds

Dec 10 2010 - 12:00pm

If your pet has new toys on his Christmas list this year, it's a perfect time to seek out overused goods in his toy box. Remember to discard any tattered toys with broken or peeling pieces but, from rubber to rope, follow these steps to clean each type!

Plush or Cloth Toys

After you've selected a great all-natural or specifically pet-safe detergent [1], add these toys to the washing machine to make them good as new. I'd recommend a hot water cycle with high heat drying to kill any germs or bacteria still present before presenting them back to a pet.

Tennis Balls

Tennis balls and other toys made of the same felt-like material can be tossed in the washing machine with pet-safe detergent as well. As a special bonus, putting them in the dryer with sheets and towels [2] can fluff up your goods, too!


Rope toy looking less than fresh? Using a similar technique to cleaning a sponge, wet the rope, shake off excess water, and place it in the microwave on a microwave-safe dish for about a minute. Let it cool down and dry completely before placing it back in his toy box.

Rubber, Plastic, or Nylon Toys

Fill your sink with hot water and let any rubber, plastic, or nylon toys soak in it for about 30 minutes. Using a dish scrubbing brush (and a baby bottle brush, if you have it [3]) with antibacterial soap, loosen any dirt — or peanut butter remnants — before rinsing thoroughly and resoaking them for another 30 minutes. Then rinse one final time before setting on a paper towel to cool and dry.

Natural Bones

Similar to the rubber toy technique, natural bones can be rinsed in the sink but with no soap since that can seep into the bone, even if you leave it on for just a minute. Use a brush to scrub off the outermost layer (and any accompanying dust or grime), rinse, and let dry completely before giving back this treat.

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