Top Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

Top Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

It’s springtime, which means it’s a great time to start decluttering your home. Part of this process includes cleaning out your pet’s living area, toys, and more so they stay safe and healthy. While it may not be your favorite activity, letting your pet join in on the tradition can help make it a bonding experience you both can enjoy.

To help you get ahead of spring cleaning, we’ve rounded up our top ways you can help keep your pet’s home free of clutter and bacteria so they have a fresh start to the new season.

Prep for playtime

If your pet’s toy box is overflowing, it may be time to get rid of ones with ripped seams, missing squeakers, and rough edges that could cause injuries or illnesses. If there are some toys that are still in good condition but need a good wash, use mild dish soap and hot water for rubber toys and the washing machine (delicate cycle) for plush toys.

Clean up their bowls

Your pet’s food and water bowls can carry a lot of bacteria, so it’s important to wash them weekly with hot water and mild dish soap to help your pet stay healthy. If you’re short on time, you can also (usually) put them on the top rack of the dishwasher. Lastly, if their bowls have any cracks or rust, we recommend replacing them with a stainless steel or ceramic bowl.

Check expiration dates

From food and treats to supplements and medications, springtime is a great time to sort through these items and throw out any that are expired. If you do this, make sure you replace them quickly depending on how often your pet needs them. For Yummers, all our recipes have an expiration date on the packaging and should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Make sure to keep the bag tightly sealed to help the food stay fresh for as long as possible.

Freshen up their bed

Pet blankets, beds, and crate bedding should all be washed regularly, no matter what time of year. Make sure to use a pet-safe detergent so their skin and coat don’t get irritated and upset. Additionally, it’s best to avoid fabric softener unless it’s specifically made for pets. Before washing anything, make sure to check the tag for instructions. If you’re replacing their bed, we recommend getting one 25% bigger than your pet so they have enough space to curl up and stretch.

Hand wash pet accessories

Leashes, collars, and harnesses all carry bacteria and dirt, just like your pet’s bed and bowls. During spring cleaning, hand wash these items in warm water with mild dish soap or dog shampoo. Then, let them soak for 10-15 minutes, scrub them, and allow them to air dry. You can also spot clean with a gentle brush.

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