Can You Wash A Dog Bed In A Washing Machine?

Regularly cleaning your dog’s bed is great for keeping odors away and, at the same time keeping your pet healthier. If you haven’t washed your dog’s bed since you bought it, then it’s time to give it a spin.

Dogs usually play in dirty places and may even bring pests into your house. It is possible for fleas to nest in your dog’s bed, so if you notice your dog is scratching a lot in his bed, it may be a sign to give that dog bed a wash.

Using A Washing Machine For Dog Beds

Vacuuming is the best way to start cleaning your dog’s bedding. This removes dirt and hair that may be deposited on the bed. Most dog beds have a removable cover, which should be removed before washing. Take off the removable cover. If you want, you can take it outside and give it a good dusting to remove any leftover dirt.

Put the removable cover in the washing machine with a detergent that does not irritate the dog’s skin (some dogs are more sensitive than others). Tumble dry or hang out in a well-ventilated area to avoid mildew or the formation of mould. Once it’s dry, put the removable cover back on the bed.

Without A Removable Cover

First, you have to remove the loose dirt by vacuuming. If the bed has some stains, then you should deal with them later. Use hot water to clean the beds thoroughly. Squeeze out as much water as possible and then keep it from the sun or put it in a dryer to dry completely.

Depending on the material your dog bed is made from, you may not be able to wash it in the washing machine or even use a dryer. The biggest problem is when you soak a fabric that doesn’t dry very well.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can try washing the bed by hand in your bath or a large plastic tub. Use cold water and laundry detergent to soak the dog bed and give it a good scrub.

The hard part of this process is finding a way to dry out the dog bed. Ideally, you’ll want to hang the dog bed in a well-ventilated area where it can air dry quickly.

Quick Dog Bed Cleaning (No Wash)

The quickest way may not be the most effective, but you can vacuum your dog’s bed once or twice a week. This will remove any dirt or hair that may be sitting and causing odours. You can also leave a dog bed hanging somewhere outside where it can air out. If you’re desperate to get rid of an odour (even temporarily), you can freeze the dog bed as freezing can kill bacteria and germs.

What To Use To Clean Your Dog Bed

You will need a vacuum cleaner to blow away fur and light dirt. Skin-friendly detergents, hot water, and washing machines are also essential. Lastly, a drying place, either a dry cleaner or some well-ventilated place to dry the washed beddings. With all these requirements and commitment, your dog and his bed will stay clean.


Dog beds can be washed in a washing machine. It takes some commitment to keep a dog bed from smelling, but in the long run, you can keep your dog cleaner and your home smelling nicer. It’s also helpful in preventing pest problems such as fleas.

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Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the owner and editor for Puppy Leader. He has two dogs and loves to train them daily. Every day, Peter takes his dogs to the park and lets them run around and play together. He also trains them each day with different commands and tricks.