How to Clean a Dog Bed

Dogs love their beds. Unfortunately, your canine companion’s bed may be one of the most germ-filled places in your house. In addition to collecting dirt, pollen, and dog hair, they can harbor disease-causing organisms, some of which can infect humans, for up to 12 months.

Mixing dog hair with water causes it to clump up and clog your machine, so before and in-between washings, vacuum the surface and sides of the bed with a pet hair vacuum or a pet hair remover tool.

How to Remove Hair

If the washing machine doesn’t remove stains, these at-home alternatives should. When you use a store-bought cleaner, choose a non-toxic, pet-safe option that doesn’t contain bleach or chlorine.

How to Remove Stains

Immediately pick up and dispose of the waste. Apply an equal amount of cold water and distilled white vinegar to the affected area.


Generously sprinkle baking soda onto the stain and let it sit for five minutes to soak up the liquid.


Let a new stain dry. If the stain is old, twist or bend the affected section of fabric to break off loose dirt and vacuum it up.


If the stain is still wet, soak the section of the bed with blood on it immediately in cold water. Hot or warm water will set the stain.


Begin by vacuuming the bed to get rid of dirt, hair, and debris. Place the bed in a sink or bathtub (if those aren’t big enough, try an outdoor children’s pool). Fill the container with warm water, laundry detergent, and a cup of vinegar.

How to Clean a Handwash-Only Bed

Vacuum the entire removable cover with an upholstery attachment before removing it from the bed. If the cover has a stain on it, follow the above instructions to remove the stain before washing. Always check the bed’s washing instructions.

How to Clean a Bed with a Removable Cover

Use a handheld vacuum or an upholstery attachment to clean every crevice of the memory foam. Spray a combination of ½-cup of laundry detergent and water on the bed without soaking it. Sprinkle the bed with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours to remove odors.

How to Clean a Memory-Foam Bed