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Tips For the New Year: Clean Those Toys


I know you all love to spoil your pets like I do and that many lucky critters got bunches of new toys over the holidays! There's no time like the present to get rid of any tattered old toys, especially ones with dangerous loose or broken-off pieces. For those toys that are well-loved, it's also a great time to clean them.

To clean toys (hard and soft), I usually put them in either the washing machine or dishwasher with hot water and no soap or detergent (for set in stains, I use the special pet-formulated Nature's Miracle detergent). This cleans and sterilizes their gear but keeps harmful chemicals present in many soaps from sticking in the crevices. For everyday cleaning of those dog toys that you stuff with sticky food or treats, this Bamboo Toy Cleaning Brush set is amazing. Each set comes with two brushes, one for small and one for medium-sized holes. For set-in stains, first soak in hot water and Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Remover, then use the brush to remove the gook. Poof – they're good as new!

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fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Nature's Miracle is A-MAZE-ING! I am constantly spilling food and various assorted other crap on my clothes. It works like a charm. Couldn't do laundry without the stuff!
arlyle arlyle 8 years
Oooh! Also try bamboo's de-shedding comb. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RI3L7Y?smid=A2LDZGFAGG1QXE&tag=msnshop-pet-mp-20&linkCode=asn My friend recommended it when nothing else was working for my cat; whose black hair wound up on all my light clothes and whose white hair wound up on all my dark stuff. The cat loves loves loves it (he runs towards it when he sees it)and it seriously gets the job done.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
Does putting dog toys in the dishwasher not seem unhygienic? Holly is an outside dog, so obviously all her toys are outside - can't imagine putting them in the dishwasher.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 8 years
I LOOOVE Nature's Miracle! It is definitely the best stain and odor remover- how did people housebreak without it?
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Interesting. I've always wondered if pet owners put toys in the dishwasher.
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