How Often Should I Wash My Pet Bowls? 🍲
What is your pet bowl cleansing regime? Do you wash daily? Weekly? Do you think if they lick it clean that's good enough 🤣 ?
Some public health organizations rated pet food and water bowls the fourth dirtiest spot in our homes! Yikes!
Bowls that don't get washed can be teaming with dangerous bacteria and fungus. Bowls should be cleaned DAILY (preferably with hot water and nontoxic soap and/or run thru a dishwasher). Wash the inside AND outside—my dog regularly licks the sides of her bowl.
A WORD ON BOWLS: Consider switching from plastic to more nontoxic materials. HealthyStuff.org tests pet products for lead, chlorine, arsenic, and other toxic substances. Lots of plastic contains a known carcinogen called BPA which leaches into water and food. Some plastic bowls that are BPA free contain lead. Plastic also absorbs odors and scratches up easily, those scratches are teaming with bacteria that you cannot get rid of by cleaning.
Invest in a sturdy glass bowl or quality stainless steel (some imported bowls have tested positive for toxic substances, like lead).
You may prefer a colorful ceramic bowl—make sure it has a lead-free food-grade glaze. Get rid of chipped, cracked, scratched bowls—all those nooks and crannies harbor germs.
Care for your fur baby bowls like you do your own dishes—pets are family and depend on us to provide a healthy, clean bowl for every meal.
If I wouldnt eat out of it I dont expect my pet to. Basil our african grey is cleaned out from top to bottom everyday and his bowls are cleaned too his water bowl is cleaned several times a day.
Murphy has a ceramic water bowl and a glass food bowl that is cleaned after each meal.
Ah this reminds me, I should go wash Max's bowls. Thanks for the information - I had no idea it was that harmful!
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