How To Clean Dog Beds

Keeping My Dog Bed Fresh and Clean!

Pictured Is A Small Dog

Pictured Is A Small Dog


Dog beds are not just a comfortable resting place for your furry friend; they are a breeding ground for dirt, odors, and allergens. Regular bed cleaning helps. It will keep the bed free from those nasty odors and is crucial for maintaining a clean and healthy living environment for both your pet and your family.

Refreshing your pet’s bed takes a firm and gentle approach. Skin allergies and odor sensitivities are common in dogs. It is also important on the type of cleaning solution you use to clean the bed. Some cleaning solutions can be aggressive and emit an odor or can irritate your dog when they use the bed. Be sure to use a safe cleaning solution your dog will not be allergic too.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to effectively clean your dog’s bed, ensuring their comfort and well-being are maintained.

Why Regular Cleaning Matters

Essentia Kingston Large Organic Dog Bed

Essentia Kingston Large Organic Dog Bed

Regular cleaning is important because dog beds can accumulate a variety of debris over time, including dirt, fur, saliva, dander, and even outdoor allergens and pests. Neglecting to clean your dog’s bed can lead to unpleasant odors, potential health issues for your furry friend, and a less inviting living space for everyone in the family.

Regular cleaning not only helps extend the lifespan of the dog bed but also ensures a hygienic environment for both your dog and your home. You should try to clean the dog bed at least once every two weeks. It is even better if you can do it weekly. So, include dog bed cleaning to your regular household chores.

Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before beginning to clean your dog’s bed, gather all of the necessary cleaning supplies. Check out the list of supplies below:

  1. Vacuum cleaner: Use the vacuum, with the upholstery attachment, to remove any loose dirt, hair, and debris from the dog bed.
  2. Lint roller: You can follow the vacuum using the lint roller which is ideal for quickly removing surface hair and debris.
  3. Laundry detergent: If the cover or bed can be washed, choose a pet-safe and hypoallergenic detergent. These can be found at your local pet store.
  4. Stain remover: In some cases, you may find stains on the bed or bed cover. Look for a pet-safe stain remover to tackle tougher stains and odors.
  5. Spray bottle: You can use a spray bottle to remove those smelly odors. Fill the bottle with a mixture of water and vinegar (1:1 ratio) for a natural deodorizer. Spray the bed with the mixture where the odors are coming from.
  6. Soft-bristle brush: This can be useful for scrubbing and loosening any dirt from the beds surface.
  7. Rubber gloves: These can be helpful when you are dealing with stains and messes.
  8. Spare covers: If your dog bed has a removable cover, having a spare cover is convenient for rotation when cleaning the dirty cover. Try to find waterproof or water-resistant covers when getting a spare.

Step By Step Cleaning Process

Dog Bed Being Vacuumed

Dog Bed Being Vacuumed

Follow the steps below to effectively clean the dog bed:

  1. Preparation

Start by taking the bed outdoors if possible or place it on a washable surface indoors. This will prevent dirt and debris from spreading throughout your living space during the cleaning process.

  1. Remove Loose Debris

Use a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery attachment to thoroughly vacuum the entire surface of the bed to remove dirt and debris. Pay close attention to seams, crevices, and corners where dirt and hair tend to accumulate. It your vacuum has a HEPA filter; it will help capture allergens effectively.

  1. Lint Rolling

After vacuuming, use a lint roller to pick up any remaining hair, fur, or debris from the bed’s surface. This step is especially helpful for removing smaller particles that the vacuum might have missed.

  1. Treating Stains and Odors

If there are any visible stains or odors on the bed, treat them using a pet-safe stain remover. Apply the stain remover according to the product’s instructions and allow it to sit for the recommended time. Gently scrub the stained area with a soft-bristle brush to lift the stain.

  1. Machine Washable Beds

For dog beds with removable covers that are machine washable, follow these steps:

  • Remove the cover and wash it separately according to the care label instructions. Use a pet-safe detergent and wash it on a gently cycle with cold water to preserve the fabric’s quality.
  • If the cover has a zipper, remember to zip it closed before washing to prevent any damage to the zipper and other laundry items.
  1. Non-Removable Covers or Foam Beds

For beds without removable covers or those that contain foam padding, follow these steps:

  • Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar. This natural solution helps neutralize odors.
  • Lightly spray the surface of the bed with the water and vinegar mixture. Be careful not to saturate the bed, as excessive moisture can lead to mold growth.
  • Allow the bed to air out and dry in a well-ventilated area. Direct sunlight can help eliminate odors but avoid excessive exposure as it might damage the fabric.
  1. Regular Maintenance

To keep your dog’s bed clean between deep cleanings:

  • Encourage your dog to be clean before getting on the bed, especially after outdoor activities. You might have to clean his paws of any dirt or debris before going to his bed.
  • Brush your dog regularly to minimize shedding of his hair.
  • Wash your dog’s paws after walks or training sessions to prevent dirt and allergens from being transferred to the bed.
  • Use a removable, washable blanket or cover on top of the bed for easy maintenance. Note: Have a replacement cover on hand so your dog can use his bed while it is being cleaned.
  1. Cleaning Bed Without Washing

There is a way to clean the dog bed without washing it. Place the bedding in direct sunlight at least once a week to kill bacteria and remove any stale odors. Sprinkle baking soda over the bed and leave it on for a few hours before vacuuming up the powder. Use a removable waterproof cover to protect the bedding from stains.


Cleaning your dog’s bed is not only about aesthetics but also about creating a safe and healthy environment for both your pet and your family members. Regular cleaning and maintenance not only extend the life of the bed but also contributes to your dog’s overall well-being.

We shared some tips on how to keep your dog bed clean. By following the above steps and using pet-safe cleaning products, you can ensure that your dog’s bed remains comfortable and healthy for him. A clean dog bed will also provide an inviting space for him to rest and relax anytime during the day.

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