Freshen Up Your Games With Clean Toys

Otis here. Dogs enjoy smelling things, even gross things. (Based on how much we enjoy baths, you’d think that we love smelling ourselves.) But, we don’t necessarily like playing with stinky toys.

It’s easy to think of our toys as durable like blue jeans, assuming they can have the same cleaning schedule. (We know that people wear a t-shirt once but wear jeans ten times before washing them.) The truth is that our toys go into our mouths, unlike your jeans. They need to be washed regularly.

Don’t worry. We have tips for toy cleaning.

Whisking Toys Away

If you’ve ever tried to sort through our toys for donations in front of us, you’ve realized that every toy is the absolute most important toy ever. Taking the stinky toy away while we watch is a terrible idea.

You have to get sneaky about bath time for toys. The best option is to clean things up when we’re away at day camp or on a play date. You can even pick things up when we’re snoozing in another room. Just leave a few toys out for us when we return.

Your other option is to swap out toys as soon as we finish play. A snack-filled session with a puzzle toy should be washed and stashed right after a session. Trade another toy for the puzzle toy right away and we’ll eventually expect that as part of the routine.

Rough & Tough Toys

Harder toys can be washed easily. Some toys can be submerged, like rubber balls, bones and floating friends. Fill the sink with your favorite dish soap and hot water. Scrub the cracks and crevices with a bottle brush or old toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly before returning toys to us. Make sure any hidey holes don’t contain excess water.

Not all toys are meant to be soaked in water, like puzzle toys. Try a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water as a natural cleaning solution. Spray and wipe away any debris. A paste made from baking soda and water can be used to scrub away stubborn, stuck-on food bits.

Some toys are dishwasher safe on the top rack. Use a non-toxic dishwasher detergent like the unscented pods from Dropps. Their dishwasher pods are contain plant-based, non-toxic ingredients.

You know how passionate we are about the environment and toxins. It’s best to use a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly detergent when cleaning our toys.

Fluffy Stuffy Toys 

If the plush fur is looking matted, brown or gray, it’s time for a wash. If it stinks of vinegar or dirty socks, it’s definitely time for a wash.

Soft toys can be washed in the washing machine. Toss them in a zippered laundry bag and add some dog towels to fill the load. Wash on cold or warm with a pet-safe, environmentally-friendly detergent. (We like Seventh Generation products or unscented pods for sensitive skin by Dropps.) If they’re really stinky, add a cup of white vinegar to the wash.

Air dry or stuff in a pillowcase and tumble dry low, depending on the toy. Skip the dryer sheets. Since wet fuzz attracts dirt, let soft toys dry completely before returning to us.

The best part about cleaning our toys is not worrying about getting stinky hands when we want you to play fetch with us.

Until next time--

Best Selling Toys

Previous Next Back To Talk Room