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How To Clean Pet Clothes & Accessories

So your pet’s got a killer wardrobe. But rolling around in the mud and normal, everyday pet odors can cause sweaters, collars, and other accessories to get dirty and smelling less than fresh. Everything you need to get them back to baseline (and preserve them in the process) is right here.

Your cleaning toolkit: Pet Messes Kit, Wash & Stain Bar, Mesh Bag Bundle, Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Delicate Wash, Darks Detergent, Wash Tub Basin, Pet & Lint Brush, Fabric Fresh Classic, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth, Glass Bottle Sprayer

Step 1: Master Messes

Cuddling up with your pooch is always a treat...until you notice mud and grass marks on their outfit. To remove stains, treat them with our Wash & Stain Bar. Work the bar into a lather using the Stain Brush, then massage the brush into the affected area. Use a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth to wipe away excess soap, then blot with a dry end or wash as normal. (Scroll down for tips on that!)

Step 2: Scrub Away Stink

Unwanted smells on pet clothes, scarves, and collars are all bark and no bite! Deodorize smelly items before washing by presoaking in 1/4 cup of Scented Vinegar and warm water. The special formula works to absorb smells, but because it’s blended with our fresh and herbaceous No.247 scent, it won’t leave behind a lingering vinegar odor.

A treat for you: Did you know the fast-acting cleaning properties of Scented Vinegar can also fight odors and stains caused by pet messes on rugs and upholstery? Just spritz directly to the mess (add to a spray bottle like our Glass Bottle Sprayer first) and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing or blotting with a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Stains and stinkiness, who?!

Step 3: Clean Fido’s Fashions

To wash…

Acrylic Items: To machine wash acrylic items (like this fabulous Christian Cowan Feather Jumper) first turn item inside out and place in a Mesh Bag to prevent snagging during the machine cycle. Select a delicate cycle, a cool water temperature, and 2-3 capfuls of Delicate Wash. After washing, remove items from the Mesh Bag and lay flat to dry on a clean surface.

Raincoats: Keep pet raincoats like our favorite Maxbone Talon Raincoat looking and feeling bright by pretreating with our Wash & Stain Bar. Dissolve dirt and grime from rainy days by working the bar into a lather using our Stain Brush, then placing the coat into a Mesh Bag to protect snaps and drawstrings. Machine launder using a few capfuls of Delicate Wash in a delicate and cool water wash setting. Always hang dry raincoats to preserve their waterproofing properties!

Woolen & Knit Sweaters:
Does your pooch love to snuggle up in woolen jumpers? Wool can absorb pet odors easily, but it is easy to lift smells without stripping the delicate fabric by laundering with our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Here’s how: Turn sweaters inside out and place them inside a Mesh Bag Bundle. Then, select a cold water setting with a low spin cycle and launder with 2-3 capfuls of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. After washing, gently reshape woolen items and lay flat to dry!

Cotton & Everyday Fabric Accessories:
Show everyday pet clothes and accessories like scarves some puppy love by washing in our Darks Detergent! This hero formula for cottons and durable synthetics is designed to prevent fading and even helps to lift lint and pet hair. Pretreat brightly patterned items (we love this adorable Maxbone Hoodie) with the Wash & Stain Bar to remove stains and prevent dinginess, and turn inside out. Launder on a regular, warm water setting using 1-2 capfuls of Darks Detergent. For best results, air dry, or machine dry on a low heat setting.

To clean collars, harnesses, leashes and other accessories made of everyday fabrics, hand wash in Darks Detergent, or spot-treat using our dirt and grime-removing Wash & Stain Bar !

Step 4: Stay Fresh and Fur-Free
Avoid hairy situations by brushing both pet and human clothes with our Pet & Lint Brush before and between washes. This gentle tool uses the power of friction to lift excess fur and hair like a magnet from fabric surfaces. You can even use it on pet beds, upholstery, and car interiors to ditch fuzz and lint. Finally, keep Fido’s fit smelling fresh for longer with a spritz of Fabric Fresh Classic in between cleanings.

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