Keeping It Clean: How to Wash Your Dog Gear

Keeping It Clean: How to Wash Your Dog Gear

As dog owners, we know that our furry friends love nothing more than getting down and dirty on their outdoor adventures. But with all that rolling around in the mud, dirt, and grass, their gear can quickly become dirty, smelly, and covered in bacteria. To keep your dog healthy, happy, and smelling fresh, it's important to know how to properly wash their gear. Regularly cleaning your dog's gear can help extend its lifespan. In this post, we'll walk you through the steps for washing your dog's gear, so they look brand new again!

Step 1: Prepare the gear Before washing your dog's gear, it's important to prepare it by removing any excess dirt or debris. Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub away any mud, dirt, or grass stains. For items like collars and harnesses, make sure to remove any attached tags or accessories.

Step 2: Hand wash or machine wash Depending on the type of gear, you may need to hand wash it or machine wash it. If you don't have to, handwash it to avoid damage. If you need to wash it by machine, be sure to use the gentle cycle and do not put it in the dryer.  Use a gentle detergent that's suitable for the type of fabric or material. In the photo below I soaked the gear in warm water for several hours with the dye-free detergent. 

Dirty dog harness, collar, and leash soaking in a tub filled with dye-free detergent solution for washing and cleaning


Step 3: Rinse thoroughly After washing, make sure to rinse the gear thoroughly to remove any detergent or soap residue. Use cold water and rinse several times to ensure that all the soap has been removed.


Step 4: Dry thoroughly After rinsing, make sure to dry the gear thoroughly before storing or using it again. Hang it up to air dry, and avoid exposing to direct sunlight. This can cause fading or damage.

Step 5: Check for damage After washing and drying, check the gear for any damage or wear and tear. Look for frayed edges, loose stitching, or any signs of damage. If you notice any damage, consider replacing the gear to ensure your dog's safety and comfort.

By following these simple steps, you can effectively wash your dog's gear and keep it fresh and clean for all your outdoor adventures. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! 

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