Step-By-Step Instructions On Cleaning A Smelly Dog Bed

You dog needs a cozy bed to curl and rest. But it is difficult to keep the bed dog clean all the time since your dog leaves a lot of hair, saliva, dirt, and germs. So how can you clean the dog bed properly so that our pet stays clean, happy, and healthy? Let’s find out the simple steps to clean your dog bed. 

How to clean a dog bed

How to clean a dog bed?

Why Do You Need To Clean Your Dog Bed Frequently?

Most dog beds come with detailed instructions on how to wash the bed properly. Be sure that you have read all the instructions. And before allowing your dog to sleep in its new bed, you should wash the item carefully to remove the chemicals on the bed.

Moreover, you need to clean the bed dog often since bacteria, viruses, and parasites can cling on to your dog’s bed for a year. These organisms can stay active and affect badly to your pet’s health. You dog may get sick seriously because of these organisms. Additionally, you can be in danger when playing with your dog because you be infected with these organisms.

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How To Clean Your Dog Bed?

Here are some steps you can follow to clean your dog bed quickly.

Step 1: Remove the dirt and the fur

Shake out the dog bed

To remove the dirt and the fur, you need to shake out the dog bed strongly. It would be better if you do this outdoors or in a place that you can easily sweep and collect the dirt. You can remove the stubborn pieces of dirt by beating the bed with a broom or stick.

Vacuum the dog bed

The next step is to vacuum the dog bed. Pay attention to the seams and folds in the bed as this is where dust, debris, fur, and insects may hide and accumulate. It would be better if you change the crevice tool to clean out the stitching.

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Step 2: Laundry the bed

Remove the cover

The cover seems to be the dirtiest part of your dog bed. That’s why you need to remove the cover, if possible. Also, you need to re-zip the cover without the cushion to prevent the zipper from snagging during cleaning.

If your dog bed doesn’t have a removable cover, you clean the entire bed followed by the steps below.

Read the tag

It is necessary to read the tag before washing the cover and the cushion. The tag will tell you everything you need to remember when washing the dog bed. For example, if the tag says hand-wash only, you need to use a low, hand-wash setting on your washer.

How to clean a dog bed

Read the tag carefully before washing the dog bed

Wash the cover and the cushion

Use the right settings on the washing machine along with the pet-friendly detergent. It would be better if you check your local pet store or ask your vet for the most suitable products for your dogs. Some dogs are extremely sensitive to some kinds of chemicals, so carefully check the product’s ingredients to ensure that it is safe for your pet.

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If the cover or cushion needs to be washed in the warm water, soak the liner in boiling hot water for 2 minutes before washing to disinfect it.

Note: It is necessary to check if your washing machine can be used for cleaning the cushion or not. If it cannot be used for washing the cushion, you can use the bathtub and wash it by hand.

Step 3: Combat stains

If you find any stubborn stain that is difficult to remove even if you have used the washing machine, here are some tips that may help you.


You can place a little washing powder on the top of the patches and soak the bed for 10 to 20 minutes. After that, you can use a brush to flake away stubborn patches of dirt.


Clean it with a damp cloth, and then vacuum when it is dry to remove dirt.


You can apply a mixture of 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda to make the stains become much easier to clean. If the urine stays for a long time, you sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain and leave it there for five to ten minutes. Then, blot again with a soft cloth to absorb and wipe clean the stain.


Apply a mixture of 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1/2 cup of vinegar on to the stain. Leave it there for around five minutes and clean the stain. If the stain is too tough, you can sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the stain and leave it there for five to ten minutes. Then, you can wash the surface with warm water.

Step 4: Dry the bed

If you have a dryer, you can use it for this process. Choose the setting with the highest temperature, because the heat helps to kill microbes in the dog bed. If you are not keen on using a dryer, you can hang the bed in a sunny place and leave it dry naturally. The sun is one of the best antibacterial agents to kill microbes in doggie’s bed.

How to clean a dog bed

It is necessary to hang out the cover and the cushion in the sunshine

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Before You Buy A Dog Bed

The best way to make the dog bed cleaning process much easier is to find a product that would be easy to clean. You should buy a dog bed with a removable cover. This will make washing the bed dog become simpler.

Also, you should read all the washing instructions and look for the one that is machine-washable. It will save you a lot of time since you have to wash the dog bed regularly.

Another thing to remember when buying the dog bed is to check the material information. This will help you avoid buying a bed with the material you dog is allergic to.

Here are some simple steps you can follow to clean your bed dogs. If you need any further help, leave a comment below and we will reply as soon as possible.

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