How To Keep Your Dog’s Bed Clean and Odor-Free

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As companions, best friends, and cuddle buddies, pets deserve a comfortable, clean, odor-free place to rest. But as any pet parent knows, that’s not always the reality.

Dogs, as amazing as they are, can be messy. They walk around barefoot, they roll in the grass, and dig in the dirt. They drool, they shed, they sneeze—then they carry everything they’ve picked up on their paws and fur to their beds at naptime.

How often should pet beds be cleaned?

In short, a dog’s bedding should be cleaned as often as you clean your own sheets. If you don’t wash your dog’s bedding that often, don’t be alarmed—only about 20% of dog owners do. But, once you learn what could be lurking in that pet bed on your living room floor, you might just make it a priority.

Dr. Kelly Reynolds, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Arizona found that dog beds are one of the top 10 germiest spots in the entire house due to the amount of funk they can harbor. In addition to dirt, drool, and food stains, pet beds were host to harmful bacteria like MRSA, parasites, fecal matter, urine, pollen, skin cells, body oils, and more.

But don’t worry, it’s easy to keep your dog’s bed clean and fresh so both of you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

How To Disinfect Your Dog’s Bed

As mentioned above, dog beds can harbor a lot of germs. In addition to regular cleaning, you’ll want to disinfect the bed, too. Remember, exposing your dog to disinfectants, especially via the bedding that they spend a lot of time on, can be very dangerous, even life-threatening. Instead, we recommend using heat to kill any germs that may be present.

Dr. Reynolds said that high-heat drying for at least 28-minutes is the most effective way to kill germs and viruses. For smaller pet beds, this is an easy task. Just toss in the dryer and run on a high-heat cycle for about a half hour.

If the pet bed is too large to fit in the dryer, place it outside in direct sunlight for several hours. Allow the sun’s heat plus ultraviolet rays to kill any germs on the bed.

As you can see, it’s important to make cleaning your dog’s bed a part of your regular housekeeping routine. With Unique’s Pet Bed Cleaner, it’s easy.