How to Clean a Dog Bed

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Dogs are known as a man's best friend for a reason - they are always happy to see us and are always there to provide us with companionship. But sometimes, dogs can be a little messy - especially when it comes to their beds.

If your dog's bed is starting to look a little bit too grungy, don't worry - we're here to help! In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean your dog's bed, as well as how often you should wash it. We will also cover how to clean your dog's bed without using a washing machine. Finally, we will give you some tips on how to disinfect and freshen up your dog's bed.

Whether your dog's bed has a removable cover or a non-removable cover, is washable or not washable, we have you covered. Keep reading to learn how to clean your dog's bed!

How Often Should You Wash Your Dogs Bed?

According to researchers at the University of Colorado, dogs actually raise the bacteria count in your house. While not all of this bacteria is bad (some can even help boost your immune system!), your dog's bed could be laden with harmful bacteria and germs that could make you or your dog sick.

In fact, the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene states that germs and parasites can either be carried by your dog or get trapped in their fur. That being said, it is essential to keep your dog's bed clean to protect you, your family, and your dog from getting sick. We recommend washing your dog's bed at least once every two weeks. However, if your dog is particularly messy or if they or you suffer from allergies, you may need to wash their bed more frequently.

A dog sitting on a CordaRoy's pet bed in the kitchen.

Is It Okay to Wash A Dog Bed in the Washer Machine?

Most of us have experienced the joys and challenges of sharing our lives with a four-legged friend. One of the biggest challenges is keeping their living space clean, especially their bed. If you've ever wondered if it's okay to wash your dog's bed in the washing machine, keep reading!

Not all dog beds are machine washable, so it is important to check the care label before you wash yours. If your dog's bed has a machine washable removable cover like CordaRoy's Forever Pet Beds, we recommend using a mild detergent on a delicate cycle with cold water. You may also want to put their bed cover in a pillowcase or laundry bag to prevent it from getting tangled in the washing machine.

This will help to keep your dog's bed free of dirt, hair, and other allergens. Plus, machine washing is more effective than hand washing when it comes to removing pesky pet odors. So next time your furry friend's bed needs a refresh, simply pop it in the wash, follow the care instructions on the label, and let the machine do the work for you.

How to Clean Your Dog’s Bed Without a Washing Machine

If your dog's bed is in need of a good cleaning but you don't have a washing machine or it does not have a washable removable cover, don't worry - there are still ways to get the job done! Here are a few steps on how to clean your dog's bed and remove stains and odor without using a washing machine:

Step 1

Start by removing any loose dog hair or debris from the bed. A lint roller can be helpful for this step.

Step 2

Next, vacuum the bed thoroughly. Pay special attention to seams and crevices where dirt and hair can accumulate.

Step 3

Once the bed is vacuumed, spot-clean any areas that are particularly dirty with a cloth that is dampened with hot water.

If you own a CordaRoy’s Pet Bed, be sure to not let the foam on the inside of your bed wet. 

Step 4

Finally, sprinkle the bed with baking soda and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming it up again. This will help freshen and deodorize the fabric.

With just a little effort, you can keep your dog's bed clean and comfortable - no washing machine required! For even more convenience, we offer waterproof pet beds to help further protect your dog's bed from getting damaged by accidents, spills, and more.

A brown dog sitting on a CordaRoy's dog bed.

How to Disinfect a Dog Bed?

If you do not have a CordaRoy’s Washable Dog Bed, consider the following for disinfecting. 

Disinfecting a dog bed is important to keep your furry friend healthy and safe. Fortunately, disinfecting a dog bed is easy and only takes a few simple steps. To disinfect your dog's bed, you will need to mix a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts water. Use a cloth or sponge to wipe down the bed with the vinegar solution.

Once the bed is wet, sprinkle baking soda on the bed and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, vacuum the bed to remove the baking soda. Allow the bed to air dry completely before letting your dog use it again. By taking these simple steps, you can help keep your dog's bed clean and free of harmful bacteria.

How to Freshen Up a Dog Bed?

Does your dog's bed seem a little lackluster in between washes? Don't worry, it happens to the best of us! Our furry friends can sometimes leave behind a bit of an odor, especially if they're going outside on a regular basis. But don't despair, there are plenty of ways to freshen up your dog's bed and make it smell as good as new.

One simple way to freshen up your dog's bed is to vacuum it regularly. This will help to remove any dirt, dust, or hair that may be trapped in the fabric. You can also spot clean any areas that seem particularly dirty.

Another great way to keep your dog's bed smelling fresh is to sprinkle it with baking soda. This will help to absorb any odors that may be lingering in the fabric. Just be sure to vacuum up the baking soda before letting your dog back on the bed. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender or chamomile to help keep the bed smelling pleasant.

Still not seeming freshened up? Consider buying a new washable cover like our 40" Waterproof Terry Corduroy Pet Bed Cover or a high-quality 30" Canvas Pet Bed Cover.  Either way, your dog will be sleeping in style and you'll have peace of mind knowing their bed is fresh and clean.

What if My Bed Isn’t Washable?

If your dog's bed isn't washable, don't worry - there are still plenty of ways to keep it clean as mentioned above. One option is to wipe it down with a mixture of water and vinegar. This will help to remove any dirt or debris, and the vinegar will also act as a natural disinfectant. If there is a strong odor, you can sprinkle baking soda on the bed. Let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it up. This will help to absorb any unwanted smells.

If you're tired of dealing with a dirty dog bed, you may want to consider purchasing a washable one like CordaRoy's Pet Beds. These beds are easy to care for, and you won't have to worry about them getting ruined in the washing machine. Plus, they're incredibly comfortable for your furry friend!


At CordaRoy's, we understand that accidents happen - that's why our pet bed covers are machine washable! Whether your furry friend has had an accident or you just want to give their bed a good cleaning, our machine washable covers make it easy to keep their bed looking and smelling great.

We offer dog beds and dog bed covers for our 40-inch and 50-inch pet beds and colors to choose from, so you're sure to find the perfect bed for your dog. Browse our selection today and give your dog the best spot in the house with our Forever Pet Beds and covers!


New CU-Boulder study looks at microbial differences between parents, kids and dogs | University of Colorado Boulder

Home Hygiene | International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

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