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Just interested in knowing how do you clean your pet toys and does failure to clean up well lead to any serious infections? From experience? Thanks.
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Just interested in knowing how do you clean your pet toys and does failure to clean up well lead to any serious infections? From experience? Thanks.
I've never heard of an infection from toys, though Of course, if you have a sick dog, you wouldn't want any other dog to play with those toys. Plastic toys can be washed in the sink with mild soap and water, and quality stuffed toys or Skineez (unstuffed toys) can just be tossed in the washer and dryer along with your dog bedding. I wash all dog bedding once a week, and tend to throw any grubby looking toys in the washer at the same time.

Outdoor toys, like tennis balls, I tend to just toss when they get gross. Kong toys can go straight in the dishwasher.


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I don't wash Emmie's toys, except when her rubber balls get really muddy, as they're indoor/outdoor balls.

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I wash stuffed toys without squeakers with other laundry if they get too grubby, and rinse off plastic toys once in a while. I've never known what to do with toys that have squeakers, though. I just let them be, and they don't look too dirty. I'd probably not want to look at them under a microscope, though.
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I wash stuffed toys without squeakers with other laundry if they get too grubby, and rinse off plastic toys once in a while. I've never known what to do with toys that have squeakers, though. I just let them be, and they don't look too dirty. I'd probably not want to look at them under a microscope, though.
I wash the ones with squeakers too. They do just fine.


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I wash and dry the ones with squeakers too. Just be sure to squeeze the squeaker before you put it in the dryer to get the water out so it won't be left in there to stagnate.

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I don't usually wash the stuffed ones because they rip up really fast, Scully just goes ham on those. But her kongs and plastic balls I soak them in a small bucket with one part vinegar and 1 part water. For tennis balls I soak and scrub them and when they're clean enough I wrap them in foil then stick them in my laundry. It helps fluff up my sheets and gets static off if I run out of dryer sheets
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I wouldn't worry too much, we are talking about dogs that lick themselves and eat poop.
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I wouldn't worry too much, we are talking about dogs that lick themselves and eat poop.
Ha! That is true. But they are often on my kitchen floor, and I have to look at them!
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Hahaha, good point Karen.







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