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How do I wash pet bedding?

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Question: How do I wash pet bedding?
Here's how to wash your pet's bedding:

While there are detergents touted as just for pets, as long as you use a mild detergent without dyes or fragrance you can safely wash your pet's bedding and toys in your washer. To help neutralize odor, add one cup of baking soda to the wash water. Do not use liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets which may irritate a pet's skin due to the added perfume.

Line drying bedding and toys will help to freshen and dissipate odors. If you must use a dryer, be certain to clean the lint filter which may be filled with hair.

After washing your pet's laundry, cleanse your washing machine by running a cycle of hot water with 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach. Now you're ready for the next load for the rest of your family.

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