Spring Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners


Clean your dog’s bedding Stick to a weekly regimen of cleaning your dog’s bedding. Use a small amount of regular, unscented laundry detergent and toss blankets and covers in the washer for a quick spin. Tip: Buy two covers for your dog’s bed so that one is always available when the other is being cleaned.

Disinfect crates and carriers Use warm, soapy water to give your dog’s crate and carrier a thorough cleansing. Be cautious of using traditional household disinfectants, as they can leave behind irritating fumes. If you want to use bleach, mix one ounce of bleach to one quart of water. Be sure to rinse and air out the crate and carrier thoroughly before use.

Wash toys and dishes Your dog’s food and water dishes can be cleaned by hand with warm water and dishwashing soap. Or, put them in the dishwasher for an effortless approach. If the material allows, your pup’s toys can also be washed in the dishwasher. Toys made of fabric can be tossed in the washer with your dog’s bedding.

Clean your dog’s winter clothes Sweater weather is officially behind us! Be sure to wash each item in your dog’s wardrobe before packing them away for the season. Most sweaters and coats are machine washable using a small amount of unscented laundry detergent, but check each label for individual manufacturer recommendations.

It has been a particularly harsh winter in Chicago, but (knock on wood) it finally looks like we’re in the clear. As the days get longer and warmer, take the time to cleanse your home to give you and your four-legged friend a fresh start for the spring season. To make the most of your spring-cleaning extravaganza, consider dropping your pup off for dog daycare at The Doggy Dojo. Whether you need a couple of hours or an entire day to cross your to-do’s off your list, you’ll be free to clean while your pooch has a blast running around with his best buddies. Please let us know how we can help!

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