As modern pet parents, we are all about finding sustainable options when caring for our pets. Cats and dogs can produce a lot of waste, more than we think, and so as a pet parent it is our job to find the more eco-friendly options when and where we can.
Reusable pee pads have become a firm favorite of pup parents across the world, offering a more sustainable and wallet-friendly alternative to flimsy disposable pads. Whether you are using potty training pee pads for puppies or need pads for a senior or ill dog, reusable pads are a great choice with their superior absorption, odor control technology and providing greater peace of mind for dog owners.We are going to take you through how to clean and care for your washable pee pads, including how to reduce odor and keep your pad in the best condition for maximum longevity.
Potty Pad Washing Instructions
Just like humans, dogs need to go to the bathroom several times a day, meaning their reusable pad will need regular washing to keep it bacteria and odor free. We would recommend giving your reusable pads a quick wash every day as part of your routine, however this can vary depending on the level of soiling and odor.
Here is our handy step by step guide to washing and maintaining your reusable dog pee pad:
If washing by hand, you will want to mix some warm water with laundry detergent, ensuring that the detergent doesn’t contain bleach - as this can be extremely irritating to a dog’s skin and system. Make sure to fully ring out the pad before hanging it out to dry.
If using a washing machine, run urine soaked pads on a cycle at a temperature up to 90° F / 30° C with laundry detergent. For tougher stains and odors, wash with hot water up to 140° F / 60° C. If tackling resistant stains or odors, oxygen-based bleach (such as OxiClean or Clorox for Colors) is recommended.
When washing the pee pad, it can be tempting to add extra fabric softeners to make it smell nice. However, a fabric softener will make it more difficult for the surface to absorb pee and can break down the waterproof underside of the pad, reducing the effectiveness and lifespan of the pad. Instead, use a little vinegar to freshen up the pads - trust us, it won’t make your pad smell funky!
When it comes to animals, natural is always the best way, and so the best way to dry your puppy pad is by natural sunlight. Hang the pad outside in the sun or allow it to dry over a clothes rail.
A tumble dryer can be used on a very low or medium setting if quicker drying is needed, however it is advised not to do this regularly as dryers can cause damage to the structure and effectiveness of the pad. Sunlight can actually help with any additional odor and neutralize any unpleasant pongs that may still be lingering after washing.
What to do if your puppy goes number two on their Potty Pad
Sometimes you may find that your pup couldn’t hold it and has gone number two on their pee pad. The best thing to do is pick up and dispose of the stool if you can. If the stool is hard and firm there shouldn’t be too much of an issue; you may just want to wipe the pad or spray it with an odor neutralizer for good measure.
If the stool is of a softer consistency it can be harder to dispose of. If you can, remove and dispose of as much of the poo as you can, then target the stains with a hose or by hand, doing as much as you can to remove the stains before popping it in for a wash cycle.
Be sure to use a bleach-free disinfectant when cleaning these stains, as bleach and strong chemicals can be very dangerous and irritating to your dog.
Potty Pad odor control
One of the biggest issues when it comes to pee pads can be odor. The buildup of ammonia from puppy pee can create quite a strong and unpleasant smell, and so knowing how to neutralize these odors is a helpful trick to know.
There are a few home remedies you can try to help neutralize odors on your puppy’s pee pad:
Vinegar - Adding a tablespoon of vinegar to the laundry detergent when washing your dog’s pee pad can be very effective in neutralizing lingering odors. Vinegar can also be used in the home as a dog-safe disinfectant and odor neutralizing spray.
Baking soda - Baking soda can be an excellent odor repellent pre-soak for your pee pads. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 4 cups of boiling water, followed by some cooler water. You can then soak the pee pads for 2-4 hours in this mixture, after which you can pop the pads on for a wash cycle and et voilà…goodbye nasty smells!
How many times can you wash a reusable Potty Pad?
When it comes to Potty Buddy's Reusable Potty Pads, our pads are made of ultra-absorbent, durable materials, meaning they can be washed again and again. And if washed correctly, without the use of corrosive products, these pads can last for ages!
Our puppy pads also feature a unique three-layered design which works to trap odors and prevent leakage, making for a more mess-free toilet experience. In other words, we have focused on the latest in pee pad technology to bring you and your dog the most durable and puppy resistant pads we can.
Our Potty Pads are also incredibly versatile; use them in your dog’s crate, in the car, under their food and water bowls, as well as any other area where you want to contain your pup’s mess.
And that’s not all. These pee pads also work to protect the planet too, with these numbers showing just how much of an impact reusable potty pads can have:
495 Tons of Waste Prevented - through the use of our reusable pads, our customers have prevented over 12 million disposable pads from ending up in landfill
$30/month Average Savings - we are not a one-trick-wonder: our pads can be reused for years to help with pet expenses.
So, do you think reusable pee pads could be good for your and your dog? Come and discover why other pet parents are so excited about Potty Buddy Reusable Pads by grabbing a pack of your own today!
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