We get the question a lot – how often should I clean my pet’s dishes? The answer may surprise you. You should wash your pet’s dishes after every single use, just as you would do for your own dishes. Is that the answer you expected?
Most pet parents that ask us this question say that they’re okay with rinsing it under hot water and getting the grime off of the bowl but we can tell you that is just not enough. With that being said, please do use soap to get your pet’s bowls as fresh and clean as possible. It takes under 30 seconds to properly scrub and clean your pet’s dishes, keeping them fresh for their next meal or drink.
In addition to hand washing, we recommend running them through the dishwasher whenever you get a chance. Typically, dishwashers run in the range of 130-170 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to kill the nasty grime living in your pet’s bowls. We promise your pets will appreciate the extra work you’ve put in to give them a fresh bowl to eat or drink out of.
Want to cut back on even more bacteria living in your pet’s bowls? Stick to materials that are not plastic, as they are not susceptible to harboring bacteria like plastic does. We recommend finding nice ceramic bowls as they are easy to clean.
Our pets are family, and they deserve the same cleanliness that we require of our dishes on a daily basis. The three minutes of hard washing every day will keep your pet much happier and healthier in the long run.
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