How to Wash a Dog Harness

How to wash a dog harness

We have all been there. It is a beautiful day, and you want to take your dog for a walk. You go to grab the leash, but when you reach into the drawer where it should be – what do you see? A big mess! Your dog’s harness has now turned into an odor-producing machine that will just make your pet smell even worse on their walk.

The worst part about this situation is that it happens more often than not because people don’t know how to wash their dog’s harness properly or even what kind of dog shampoo they need in order to get rid of those pesky smells. Well, we are here today with a few tips on how exactly can you wash your dog’s harness and keep them clean!

Can you machine wash the dog harness?

Yes, you can but, how do you do it correctly? It is important to remember that the manufacturer’s instructions are always your best bet when washing (using a washing machine) any article of clothing or gear for a pet – even if they recommend hand-washing only!

Let’s say we have a Ruffwear Harness. Here are their washing instructions:

  • First, remove all the buckles and straps.
  • Next, put your harness in a clean tub of cool water (cold or warm) with one teaspoon of mild detergent and a squirt of dish soap. If desired, you can also add ¼ cup white vinegar to help cut through stains and odors.
  • Let the harness soak for 15-20 minutes to loosen dirt and odor.
  • After soaking, gently swish it around in the water a bit before removing it from the washtub and draining off excess liquid by hanging or laying on an old towel.
  • If you want your harness to dry quickly after washing, either (A) hang it outside to dry, or (B) put it in the clothes dryer on a low heat cycle.

Cleaning a stinky dog harness

We all know that dogs are known for their smelly behavior, and sometimes they even like to take after themselves with some really stinkin’ smells! So, when your po och’s harness and leash have turned into a dirty, smelly mess – it is time to take action.

When the time comes for you to clean your dog’s stinky gear (harnesses or collars):

  • use white vinegar as it has been proven to be one of the most effective cleaners in removing smells from fabric items.
  • Fill a clean sink with water and add about one cup of vinegar.
  • Swirl the harness around in the water to release any trapped dirt or tough stains
  • Let it soak for 15-20 minutes.

Cleaning a stinky dog collar

While the harness is a common culprit, it’s not always the first thing that needs to be cleaned! If your dog has been spending their time rolling around in something nasty and smelly (like mud or faeces), then you need to do some more laundry than just his stinky harness.

  • It is best to start with their collar and wipe it down with a damp cloth or paper towel, then rinse in cool water.
  • After you have taken care of the collar, fill your sink up halfway with room temperature water mixed with one cup of white vinegar – this will serve as our cleaning solution for the harness!
  • Add about an eighth of a teaspoon of each dish soap and laundry detergent, then gently swirl the harness around in it to loosen dirt and stains.
  • Make sure you soak for at least 15 minutes before removing from water and draining off excess liquid by hanging or laying on an old towel.

How often should you wash your dog’s harness?

Generally, dog owners want their pets’ equipment and fur to be as fresh and clean as possible! But it’s important for us not to overdo things by washing too much or using harsh products like bleach which can have a negative impact on our furry friends.

So, we recommend wiping down any dirt with a damp cloth before rubbing in some dish soap onto stains – this will break them up without harming your pet at all. Then air-dry both collar (inside) and outside of harness before putting it back onto your pup for another walk around town!

It should always be your goal to clean a dog harness after every outing. A dirty or grimy harness can lead to skin irritations, and even infection in some cases.

Wash and sanitize your dog’s collar, harness and the dog’s leash

Even if you are using the same type of material as before (i.e., nylon), it is important that you sanitize any worn areas with alcohol wipes or a spray cleaner.

Universal Fit Harness:

If you have been using this type of harness for a while, it may be worth your while to purchase new straps that are the same size as your original set. This way, you can get rid of the old ones while also ensuring that they will fit and stay secure on your dog’s body at all times. You should always be sure to cut off any worn or frayed areas before continuing with use though!

Nylon Harnesses:

When washing nylon harnesses, make sure not to use bleach so as not to damage their color over time and potentially weaken them from prolonged exposure. Always allow them ample drying time after every wash in order to prevent mildewing or other issues.

Leather Harnesses:

If you have a leather harness, make sure to clean it with soapy water and dry it thoroughly before use. This is the only type of material that should be washed in translucent soap if possible!

Nylon Collar:

If you have been using this type of collar for a while, it may be worth your while to purchase new straps that are the same size as your original set. This way, you can get rid of the old ones while also ensuring that they will fit and stay secure on your dog’s body at all times. You should always be sure to cut off any worn or frayed areas before continuing with use though!

Leather Dog Collars:

When washing leather collars, make sure not to use bleach so as not to damage their color over time and potentially weaken them from prolonged exposure. Always allow them ample drying time after every wash in order to prevent mildewing or other issues.

Cotton Collar:

If you have been using this type of collar for a while, it may be worth your while to purchase new straps that are the same size as your original set. This way, you can get rid of the old ones while also ensuring that they will fit and stay secure on your dog’s body at all times. You should always be sure to cut off any worn or frayed areas before continuing with use though!

If your pet is a fan of water sports then it’s important not to forget about the leash occasionally too! Leashes are often made out of leather or nylon, but they can also be made from cotton. All these materials should be washed with cool water and soap as described above in order to prolong their life span!

Nylon Leash:

If you have been using this type of leash for a while, it may be worth your while to purchase new straps that are the same size as your original set. This way, you can get rid of the old ones while also ensuring that they will fit and stay secure on your dog’s body at all times. You should always be sure to cut off any worn or frayed areas before continuing with use though!

Leather Leash:

When washing leather leashes, make sure not to use bleach so as not to damage their color over time and potentially weaken them from prolonged exposure. Always allow them ample drying time after every wash in order to prevent mildewing or other issues.

Cotton Leash:

If you have been using this type of leash for a while, it may be worth your while to purchase new straps that are the same size as your original set. This way, you can get rid of the old ones while also ensuring that they will fit and stay secure on your dog’s body at all times. You should always be sure to cut off any worn or frayed areas before continuing with use though!

If there is any faded stitching along the length of a nylon leash, then it may not be safe enough for continued use because it could potentially lead to cuts or abrasions. When in doubt, it’s best to retire a leash that shows signs of wear!