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Cleaning Pet Toys and Bedding

Our pets are a part of our families. We want to make sure they’re taken care of just like all the other members our family. For the same reason you insist on using natural, safe detergents and cleaners for your spouse and children, you’ll want to do the same for your pets.

Your pets have likely collected a few possessions over the years: balls, chew toys, stuffed animals, beds, blankets, and baskets. Many people don’t clean these items as often as they should, or simply throw them away when they look dingy. What waste!

Here are some tips to help you clean your pets’ toys and bedding.

1. Use Our Active Wear Detergent.

Our Platinum Series detergent is specially designed to safely clean pet toys and bedding. Typical detergents leave behind various chemicals (like optical brighteners, fabric softeners and fragrances) that could be dangerous to your pets’ delicate systems. Rockin' Green detergents are safe and clean rinsing. Pets are family, and we wouldn’t risk the health of our human family members.

2. Scrape off the visible dirt and debris.

This piece of advice applies to anything you wash. Lots of people toss their toys and clothes into the washer before removing the easy-to-remove stuff by hand first. Large chunks of dirt can be ground into the item as it collides with other items in the washer. This makes your job tougher than it needs to be. Scrape any grass, mud, clumps of dirt or sand off all of your pets’ toys.

3. Soak hard rubber and plastic toys in the tub or bucket.

You can’t put the harder toys in your washer, but you can let them soak a while in the tub. Add a few scoops of Rockin' Green Active Wear Detergent depending on the size of your container and the number of toys you’re cleaning. Hold each under running water for a moment to rinse anyway any grime, and then let them soak for an hour to make sure all the bacteria is killed.

You may have to rub out some stains with a hand towel or sponge. Be sure to get into any creases or crevices where bacteria can build up unimpeded.

4. Sanitize toys in the dishwasher.

If you think your toy can withstand the heat and pressure, send it through the dishwasher with your next load. Our Auto Dish Detergent uses natural ingredients like the rest of our products, so your pet toys will be safe. If you feel there’s no need to use detergent, you can run your machine without any soap as well.

5. Wash plush toys and bedding in your washer.

There’s no reason your pet bedding can’t run through the machine like anything else. Again, use our Active Wear Detergent so you know you get a safe and effective clean. Check the tags firs to make sure the item is safe for the washer. Depending on the size and delicacy of the toy, you may want to stuff it in a garment bag so it doesn’t get pulled around too much.

If you’re ever in doubt about what’s safe to use for around your pet, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian, the ASPCA or The Human Society.


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