Introduction: The Laundry List of Their “No” Answers
A FEW WORDS ABOUT KONG’S: When it comes to dishwasher safe rubber toys, most Kong dogs come with a special warning label on the packaging: “Do not place in dishwasher.” The reason? They break easily.
In the case of our KONG Classic red, we have seen a few instances in which dogs have actually broken their teeth on the hard rubber surface. The black rubber version of our KONG has also been known to break teeth.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER TYPES OF KONG’S!?
We haven’t seen any reports of the softer, non-rubber Kong toys being damaged by the dishwasher. In fact, one dog’s “no” was simply a matter of taste: “These are too mushy.” Another used the word “mushy” when describing the texture of one of our gladiator-style Kongs. We’ve also heard that “unnatural” rubber smells are sometimes a deal-breaker.
4 Surprising Results and What You Should do with Them
All of these results have one thing in common: The dishwasher test wreaked havoc on the rubber toys.
We found out that while a dishwasher is a perfect way to clean your dishes, it can have the opposite effect on something as seemingly simple as a kong.
So what should you do? That’s for you to decide.
But now you know what not to do.
So before we get into the findings, here’s a little background information about the study:
How to Wash Kongs Without Harming their Texture or Smell
Microfiber cloths are typically made from man-made materials, and can be found in the automotive aisle of many stores. Microfiber cloths are ideal for cleaning easily, and are also gentle on wood surfaces. Their natural microfiber, nylon structure make it very durable, and can be placed in the dryer for a few minutes without compromising their integrity.
Because of their soft nature, you may want to make sure that your cloths are washed with other materials that can handle the moisture of your Kongs. You should consider using Woolite with its gentle lanolin content. Be sure to check the label on your cloths as they may contain items not suitable for washing with a non-laundry detergent.
Microfiber is great for cleaning, but will attract lint and pet hair if not taken care of. Microfiber cleaning cloths should be hand-washed. To clean your microfiber, turn your washing machine to the delicate cycle. Wash your microfiber cloths with cold water and one tablespoon of Woolite. Dry them on low heat or using a low-heat setting on the dryer for about 20 minutes to help reduce wrinkles.
If you are more concerned with the effectiveness of your cleaning, then using a traditional cotton cloth would better suit this purpose. This option is also more environmentally friendly.
When Can You Use Soap vs. What Products Should You Use on Your Kong?
As long as you are using the right kind of soap, soaps can be used on any Kong toy. In fact, this is one of the best reasons for using a washing machine or dishwasher. The cleaning agents that are added to dishwashing detergent are designed to remove soils from your dishes without harming the rubber surface. Using soap and a washing machine or dishwasher are the best ways to wash Kong toys. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when using a dishwasher.
Not all soaps are created equally
Most people’s experience with soap is limited to the products that they use in their sinks and showers to wash their hands and bodies. However, not all cleaning agents are alike. Most dish detergents are very good at removing food soils from rubber toys but some perfumed dish detergents can deteriorate rubber and synthetic toys. Before you put your Kong in the dishwasher, check the ingredients of the soap to make sure that it is safe for rubber. If it has a strong perfume or if it contains lecithin (a soybean derivative used as an emulsifier), don’t use it to wash your Kongs.
Kong toys are dishwasher safe
If you’ve got the time and energy to hand wash your Kong toys, then that is still the best way to clean them. However, if you are looking for another option, your dishwasher or washing machine is your best bet. It’s important to note that if you are going to let your Kong toys go through a dishwasher, you should only do so as a last resort. The detergent, heat and harsh chemicals can be harmful to your dog’s toy. So don’t do it too often!
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