It’s so much fun watching pets play with their toys. But as they blissfully gnaw and lick, they’re creating a bacterial paradise. And if that well-loved toy makes its way onto a bed or a couch, the whole family could soon be sharing that microbial mess.
So, give those toys a once-over now and then. Pitch the ones that are disintegrating but save the others for a good cleaning.
Hard rubber toys clean up nicely in warm soapy water. You can also use the dishwasher — just skip the detergent and let hot water do all the work. Rope toys also fare well in the dishwasher — or you can soak them in cold water, then microwave on high for a minute.
As for pet-safe cleaning products, vinegar and water are an inexpensive option — but pet-friendly products work too.
And when you’re done, make sure you wash up well as well.