How To Wash Dog Toys With Squeakers (Bacteria & Smells)

Squeakers are small, round, often plastic or rubber discs that make a high-pitched squeaking noise when squeezed. They’re often found in pet toys, such as dog chew toys and balls.

Squeaker toys need to be washed frequently because they can harbor bacteria and dirt that can transfer to your dog’s mouth or cause skin irritation.

How To Wash Dog Toys With Squeakers Easily

How to wash dog toys with squeakers
Washing squeaker toys is as easy as filling your bath or sink up with hot water and a few drops of antibac soap.

If your dog loves playing with toys that have squeakers, then you know how annoying it can be when the squeaker stops working. Not to worry, though – it’s easy to fix. All you need is some hot water, soap, and a bit of elbow grease.

First, fill up your sink or bathtub with hot water and add a few drops of dish soap. Swish the water around to create suds. Place the toy in soapy water and use your hands to rub the squeaker until all the dirt and grime are gone.

Rinse the toy off with warm water and allow it to air dry. Your squeaker should be good as new!

If the squeaker is still not working, you may need to replace it. This is easily done by popping open the toy and replacing the old squeaker with a new one. You can find replacement squeakers at most pet stores.

If your dog loves playing with squeaky toys, you’ll want to make sure to keep them clean and fresh. Here’s how to wash dog toys with squeakers that are really dirty.

Step 1: Remove the squeaker then rinse off the toy in warm water. This will help remove any surface dirt or debris.

Step 2: Fill a sink or basin with warm water and mild soap. Submerge the toy in soapy water and let it soak for a few minutes.

Step 3: Use a soft brush to scrub away any remaining dirt or grime. Be sure to pay special attention to any crevices or tight spaces.

Step 4: Rinse the toy thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.

Step 5: Let the toy air dry or use a hairdryer on low heat to dry it completely.

Step 6: Put the squeaker back in and give the toy back to your pup!

How do you dry dog toys?

It’s important to make sure that your dog’s toys are clean and dry before you give them back to him. This can be done in a number of ways, the easiest of which is to just let them air dry.

Another way is to use a hairdryer on low heat. Make sure that the toy is completely dry before you give it back to your dog.

Dogs love their toys, but sometimes they can be a bit messy. That’s why it’s critical to know how to properly wash them, so they stay clean and safe for your pup to play with.

You should wash your dog’s favorite toy regularly to keep it clean and safe for him to play with.

Depending on how often the toy is used, you may need to wash it weekly or monthly. If the toy is starting to look dirty or smell bad, then it’s time for a cleaning. Follow the steps above to properly wash and dry the toy. 

Washing Dog Toys With Squeakers (Pros & Cons)

How to wash dog toys with squeakers
Clean toys keep your dog healthy and minimize the odors in your home.

Advantages of Washing Dog Toys

  • Washing dog toys with squeakers helps to remove any dirt or grime that may have built up over many playtimes.
  • It also helps to disinfect the toy, which is important if your dog has been playing with it in dirty environments or if it has been shared with other dogs.
  • Washing the toy will also help to remove any smells that may have become attached to it, making it more pleasant for you and your dog.
  • If your dog is particularly fond of a particular toy, washing it regularly can help to extend its life by preventing wear and tear.
  • Washing dog toys with squeakers can also be beneficial if you are planning on selling or donating them.
  • Finally, it’s just a good habit to get into to keep your dog’s toys clean!

Disadvantages of not washing toys

  • Dirty toys can wear down or break sooner.
  • Dirty toys can also contain bacteria and fungus, which can make your dog very ill. 
  • If a toy is not washed and is played with by more than one dog, germs can be spread between dogs. 
  • Also, if you have more than one dog, it is important to clean all of their toys regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria and fungus. 

Is Dawn dish soap safe for dogs?

Many people wonder if Dawn dish soap is safe for dogs. The answer is yes. Dawn dish soap is a great cleaner because it cuts through grease and dirt easily. It is safe for dogs, but it’s important to make sure you dilute it properly.

When washing your dog’s toys with Dawn dish soap, be sure to dilute the soap with water before using it. A 1:10 ratio of Dawn dish soap to water should be sufficient.

Soak the toy in the mixture for a few minutes before scrubbing it clean. Rinse the toy off with water and allow it to air dry. Your dog’s toys will be squeaky clean and safe for them to play with!

Can I wash dog toys in the washing machine?

Yes, you can wash most dog toys in the washing machine. However, be sure to remove squeakers or other small parts before putting them in the wash.

You can usually find these parts in the crevices of the toy. If you can’t remove them, you may need to handwash the toy instead.

To wash the toy in the washing machine, place it in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase and close it shut. This will help to prevent the toy from getting lost in the wash.

Wash the toy on a gentle cycle with cold water and liquid detergent. Be sure to rinse the toy thoroughly afterward to remove all the detergents. Air-dry the toy completely before giving it back to your dog.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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