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Cleaning Dog Toys with Bleach

Is it OK to clean dog toys with bleach?

- Deb F.

Just like virtually any chemical, natural or man-made, bleach can be harmful if used inappropriately or if an exposure to a large enough concentration occurs. Because of this, Deb, it is important to follow instructions for use in order to help avoid damage to what you are cleaning, and to ensure that a potentially harmful exposure does not occur.

The bottom line is this—disinfecting your nonporous dog toys with a properly diluted bleach solution, followed by a thorough rinsing and airing out to remove any residue, would not be expected to cause harm to your pet. However, if you prefer to use an alternative without the potential for harsh fumes, you can try using hot water along with a mild liquid dish soap, such as Dawn or Palmolive, to clean your dog's toys.