Time To Clean The Toy Box

Your dogs toys are a investment. Keep them in shape.

Out of everything your dog uses, the most used, abused, and snuggled are TOYS. It makes sense these favorites are the dirtiest, smelliest, and slobbered on items in the house. Regular cleaning and inspection is better for your pet’s health and safety, as well as helping your home smell better.

In reality, Toys are an investment, and like all investments, you want to get the best return on your investment. Routine cleaning, inspection, and repairs go a long way in extending the life of Toys while removing possible safety hazards for your furry loved one.

Routine cleaning, inspection and repairs go a long way in extending the life of Toys.

Gathering & Grouping Pets Toys

Let’s start with gathering all the dog toys and putting them into two groups, hard and plush.


Hard toys  - rubber and hard plastic toys.

Plush toys - soft or canvas stuffed toys, many with a squeaker.

Hard Puzzle

Soft Puzzle

Inspect, Repair or Discard

Hard Toys

Check all the hard toys for chips and splits in the mold of the toy. A small nick or chip isn’t always a safety issue, but you want to make sure the dog can’t swallow a broken piece of plastic or rubber. Discard any toys that you feel is a safety hazard.

Plush Toys

Inspect all the plush toys for ripped seams, missing limbs, or areas stuffing might be showing. Is the toy worth fixing? A little thread, stuffing and a new squeaker can bring a Plush toy back to life.

Toy Repair Tip: You can use stuffing and squeaker from a toy too far gone to repair.

Cleaning Toys

Hard Toys - Dishwasher

Rubber Chew Toys, puzzles, and sturdy plastics can be cleaned in the dishwasher without soap or rinse additives, on the hot cycle. The heat, water pressure will clean dirt, grime, and slobber, while killing most of the germs.

Plush Toys - Washing Machine

We place all our plush toys in a laundry bag. We them run them on a delicate setting, using a laundry detergent for sensitive skin (or baby detergent), on a cold water setting. The wash will remove pollen, dander, bacteria, dirt and all the slobber.

Note: DO NOT use regular fabric sheets or softeners, these are Toxic to pets.



We were given this tip many years ago and found it works out great. We have 3 small bins of toys, each mixed with hard and plush toys. Each month we change out the boxes. Not only does this extend the life and cleaning cycles of the toys, but not surprising everything is new again! Dogs always have renewed interest in old favorites.

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