Apartment Pets: Here’s How Often You Should Clean Your Pet Bowls

As apartment pet parents, we strive to give our “fur-babies” the best lives possible. But proper pet care isn’t always as obvious as it seems. Consider your pet’s water and food bowls, for instance. If you’re anything like us, you refill the bowls when they run out of water or food, and give them a good scrubbing a couple times a month. Unfortunately, we were in for a wake-up call after learning the recommended schedule for pet bowl cleaning. Here’s what we found out:

It shouldn’t come as that much of a shock, but pet bowls are pretty gross. So gross, in fact, that they’ve been considered one of the “germiest” things in your house, along with kitchen sponges and toothbrush holders, among other items. Because your pet’s bowls are such prime spots for bacteria to grow, you’ll need to up your cleaning game if you want to create a healthier environment for you and your dog or cat.

Ideally, you should be washing your pet bowls on a daily basis. This can be done in a sanitizing dishwasher, or it can be done by hand. If you plan to do it the old-fashioned way, be sure to use a good amount of hot, soapy water to scrub away the grub. To make sure you’re killing all germs, soak the bowls in a bleach solution about once a week. Let them soak for about 10 minutes before thoroughly rinsing them out.

A little extra effort can go a long way to giving your apartment pets a happy life. And a happy pet means a happy pet-parent. It’s a win for everybody.

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