How to Easily Clean A Dog Bed in 5 Remarkably Simple Steps

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Just what you look forward to every month…cleaning your stinky, but sweet dog’s bed. You have a choice whether to make it fun and easy OR cumbersome and with little thrill. Choosing fun and easy sure seems like the way to go. So, turn up the music, open up the windows, enjoy the nice spring day and follow these easy tips to make cleaning your dog’s bed simple, easy, and fast!

Vacuum the cover: You’ll first want to get as much of the dog’s hair off of the bed before washing. We know how pet hair likes to stick to wet fabric in the washing machine, so be sure to remove as much as you can beforehand to get a cleaner bed. It’s easiest to use your vacuum hose and an upholstery attachment. Keep your focus on the sleeping surface; however, make sure to remove dust and fur from the entire cover. 

Remove the cover: Most dog beds have removable covers, so that washing is made simple. Be sure to remove the cover completely. If the cover is not removable, check the washing instructions and follow the directions. You may need to take it to a laundromat to use the larger, high-capacity washers.

Use stain/odor remover: If you have dogs like ours, a good stain/odor remover is essential to cleaning the dog bed most efficiently. Simply washing it may not effectively remove all the stains from the dog bed cover. Most people search high and low to find a product that will actually do what it says and take the odor out from our wonderfully smelling dog’s bed. Check out the #1 Release on Amazon, Apply Guard PET, that will leave you utterly speechless on how clean your dog’s bed becomes with the use of this product. Dogs are sensitive to chemicals, which is why this product is highly recommended…there are NO harmful chemicals used in Apply Guard PET.

Wash the bed: Load the cover or entire bed into a front-load washing machine and wash it in hot water to destroy any pet dander or unwanted creatures that may be on the bed. If the dog bed is too large to be washed in the washing machine, you can simply hand wash it in a bathtub using hot water and mild detergent. Remember the music is playing, the sun and breeze are coming in…this is a fun project! Make sure to thoroughly rinse all detergent from the bed before drying.

Dry the bed: If you live in the South or a warm climate, simply hang the bed outside to air dry, especially if the cover is too large to dry in your home dryer. Using a dryer sheet will reduce static and will also help to separate any remaining pet fur from the bed. Be sure to hang the pet supplies in a well ventilated area to dry to prevent mildew and mold from growing.

These simple dog bed cleaning steps will help you get back to enjoying your beautiful day and your precious dog will thank you!

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Healthier Is What Happens When You Have Pets Around

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If you’ve ever owned a pet, you are well aware how much fun and affection they can bring. But did you know that pets also come with some powerful mental and physical health benefits?  There is no doubt about it: Animals can make people feel good. And the ones you love most can help you stay well. You may be surprised at just how many ways a pet can improve your health.

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Pets Boost your Mood

Spending only a few minutes each day watching a fish swim or loving on your cat or dog can make you feel calmer and less stressed. There is actually a physical change that your body experiences in that time that makes a difference in your mood. The stress hormone, cortisol, lowers. And the chemical, seratonin, that makes you feel good increases.

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Pets Help Ease Depression

Not too many others love you without condition other than your pet. Your pet will listen to you talk for hours if you need it. You also might feel more calm when you pet a cat or dog. Also, when you take care of an animal — take it for a walk, groom it, play with it — takes you away from your own thoughts and helps you feel better about the way you choose to spend your time.

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Pet Boost Your Fitness

If you have a dog, it’s likely that you are probably more active than someone who does not have one. A 30-minute daily walk with your pet helps keep you active and moving. You could even split it up and take two 15-minute walks, one in the morning and one in the evening. Add in a game of fetch in the yard with your dog and you’ll get even better results.

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Pets Help Us Make More Connections

A key to a healthy mind is to stay connected with others. You are likely to see pet owners talking with one another while taking their dogs out for walk. A dog is a conversation waiting to happen. Try going to a dog park to socialize with other owners while your pets play. You’ll be surprised the new friends you might make.

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Pets Help us Have Fewer Allergies & Stronger Immunity

When children have a dog or cat in the home growing up, they are less likely to develop allergies. It is also true for those children who live on a farm with large animals. Higher levels of certain immune system chemicals show a better immune system, which will help keep them healthy as they grow older.

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