Many of us are guilty of simply refilling the water bowl when it gets close to empty, but the water that sits around will form a slimy residue that hosts dangerous bacteria and fungus that can begin to grow.
Some pet guardians may not even notice that their pet will start shying away from a dirty water bowl and become mildly dehydrated or, worse yet, seek water from unsafe areas indoors or out.
And what about the food dish? No, licking the bowl ‘clean’ isn’t a possibility. Please be kind.
Plastic Bowls Are a Bad Idea
Plastic dishes may contain a hazardous substance called BPA which leaches into your pet’s water and is a known carcinogen. This can break down further in the dishwasher. Plastics also absorbs odors and become unpleasant to a pet’s sensitive sense of smell.
Three Best Ways To Wash Your Pet’s Bowls Daily
- Run them through the hottest cycle of the dishwasher to get them really clean and sterilized.
- Wash and thoroughly rinse with dish detergent and a clean abrasive sponge to release all organic material from the sides of the bowls.
- Try scrubbing with a mix of equal parts baking soda, salt and warm water.
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