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Wash & Care: Complete Guide to Washing Dog Collars, Harnesses, Leashes, and Clothing

Dogs have a knack for finding mud puddles and rolling in who-knows-what, which means their accessories and clothing can get dirty fast.

Regular cleaning is essential not only for hygiene but also to extend the life of their gear. Here’s how to keep everything from neoprene harnesses to winter coats looking and smelling fresh.

Cleaning Guide for Different Materials

Neoprene Harness 

  1. Hand Wash Recommended: Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add mild detergent.

  2. Soak: Let the harness soak for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Scrub Gently: Use a soft brush to remove dirt.

  4. Rinse Thoroughly: Ensure all soap is washed out.

  5. Air Dry: Hang to dry, avoiding direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Vegan Leather Step In Harness

  1. Wipe Clean: Use a damp cloth to remove dirt.

  2. Mild Soap Solution: Clean with a soft cloth dipped in a mild soap solution.

  3. Wipe Dry: Remove soap with a clean damp cloth.

  4. Dry Naturally: Air dry away from direct heat sources.

PVC Leash

  1. Soak: Place in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes.

  2. Scrub: Clean with a soft brush or sponge.

  3. Rinse and Dry: Rinse well and pat dry with a towel.

Cotton Dog Hoodie and Sweatshirt

  1. Machine Washable: Use a gentle cycle with cold water.

  2. Mild Detergent: Opt for a pet-safe, gentle detergent.

  3. Air Dry: Lay flat to dry to avoid shrinking.

Winter Dog Puffer Vests and Coats

  1. Spot Clean: Use a damp cloth with mild soap for small stains.

  2. Hand Wash if Necessary: For a full clean, hand wash in cold water.

  3. Rinse and Air Dry: Rinse well and let air dry.

Dog Raincoat

  1. Wipe Clean: Remove mud and dirt with a damp cloth.

  2. Hand Wash: Use lukewarm water and mild detergent if a deeper clean is needed.

  3. Rinse and Hang Dry: Rinse thoroughly and hang to dry.

Pro Tips:

  • Remove Hair First: Before washing, use a lint roller or brush to remove hair from the items. This helps prevent clogs in your washing machine.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Use mild, pet-safe detergents to prevent irritation.

  • No Dryer: Avoid drying dog accessories in a dryer as heat can damage the materials.

  • Backup Gear: Keep spare accessories handy while the originals dry.

Dogs will be dogs, but with these cleaning tips, you can keep their gear looking and smelling good. Regular maintenance will not only keep your pup happy and healthy but also ensure their favorite accessories last longer.

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