If you have a pet, there’s a high chance that you spend a huge amount of your time cleaning up after them. After all, you probably have to give them a bath every once in a while, you may wipe their feet every time they come in from the wet and cold, and you may have to wipe the slobber or the food off their toys. Yet, how often do you clean your pet’s bedding? Well, it seems as though experts have now weighed in on the matter, and the real answer is out there.
Keeping it clean
One of the main reasons for cleaning your pet’s bedding regularly is to not only keep it clean but to also reduce odors. Pet owners will know that strange-smelling odors can not only fill up the house but also linger around the area where they sleep. This, in turn, makes the animal itself small less than desirable, so it’s important to wash every now and then. Petco has suggested that it’s important to wash your pet’s bedding at least once a week. They advise that you do this on a high water temperature, and with a perfume-free detergent to avoid any reactions or inter-mingling smells. Of course, you probably don’t need us to tell you that you shouldn’t wash your pet’s bedding with your own laundry.
Toys and other belongings
However, it’s not just your pet’s bedding that you should clean regularly. According to one pet study, pet toys can become some of the dirtiest and germ-ridden items in our homes, and this means that they are a breeding ground for bacteria. If you look at one of your pet’s toys and see that it’s falling apart, has rips in it, or the stuffing has started to come out, it might be time to replace it once and for all. If it’s still in fairly good condition, though, you can wash it to keep it clean. If it’s a plastic toy, you just need to place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher to give it a good clean. If it’s a soft toy, tossing it in the washing machine can do the job without you having to worry too much about it.
Their eating bowls
Alongside the germs that will inevitably make their way onto your pet’s toys, it’s also an idea to clean the bowls that they eat out of. That’s because food – especially food containing meat – can also be a breeding ground for bacteria, and the last thing you want is for your pet to become ill. According to pet experts, the feeding bowl should be cleaned properly after every meal to ensure that your animal and their food stays as clean and healthy as possible.
If you have a pet, there’s a high chance that you want to do as much for them as you possibly can. You want to ensure that they are happy and healthy at all times, and much of that process involves cleaning their bedding and keeping their belongings clean.