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Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

So we are getting to grips with a shared laundry in the new apartment and I wondered what pet owners did about washing their pets bedding? I like to keep mine fresh as possible but I'd always had my own machine. I would wash it regularly and then put my machine on for another hot cycle to make sure it was clear of any animal hairs. I dont know if this is acceptable or not :/ I almost daren't try incase the extra rinse doesnt do the trick....my dogs aren't overly hairy - they have to be clipped intact but it's not nice for anyone to have someone else dog hairs on their clothes.... I havent seen a launderette here yet which was something I had considered....

Any tips on having fresh smelling dog beds and being a good neighbour too?
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Re: Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

Personally I buy very cheap beddings for my (small) dog, and simply throw it away every few months. There's no way I'd clog my machine with that, and I wouldn't do it to my neighbours in the building machine.
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Personally I buy very cheap beddings for my (small) dog, and simply throw it away every few months. There's no way I'd clog my machine with that, and I wouldn't do it to my neighbours in the building machine.
I used to do that years but it feels like a form of eco-terrorism......
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Re: Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

And what if you vacuum the beddings thoroughly, and then spray it with Febreze to neutralize any smell left? It does the trick with my dog. I also wash (and shampoo) her regularly (every 6 weeks or so), so she doesn't actually smell of dog.
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Re: Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

I have a large laundry bag designed for horse blankets. Works a treat and my machine never had dog hairs from bedding. A friend got it for me when she bought one herself in Belgium so sorry can't suggest a supplier.
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And what if you vacuum the beddings thoroughly, and then spray it with Febreze to neutralize any smell left? It does the trick with my dog. I also wash (and shampoo) her regularly (every 6 weeks or so), so she doesn't actually smell of dog.
I do that too but I still want to wash their beds....they aren't especially doggy smelling but I'd want mine washing from time to time too I also have 2 little coats that my sick dog is wearing at the moment that get water splashed and the occasional pee spray so I definitely need some kind of washing solution....

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I have a large laundry bag designed for horse blankets. Works a treat and my machine never had dog hairs from bedding. A friend got it for me when she bought one herself in Belgium so sorry can't suggest a supplier.
That sounds awesome.....will investigate....
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I have a large laundry bag designed for horse blankets. Works a treat and my machine never had dog hairs from bedding. A friend got it for me when she bought one herself in Belgium so sorry can't suggest a supplier.
Still, it is disgusting to wash animal bedding in a shared machine.
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Still, it is disgusting to wash animal bedding in a shared machine.
thanks for your observation!

What would be your solution....I'm posting because even I dont really like the idea.....
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thanks for your observation!

What would be your solution....I'm posting because even I dont really like the idea.....
Hand wash in the bathtub?

That being said, my dog hates it when I wash/change herr beddings! Must be a smell issue I suppose
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Still, it is disgusting to wash animal bedding in a shared machine.
No more disgusting than soiled baby clothes, dirty kitchen towels, dirty human clothes. Hot water is hot water.
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Re: Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

I use a continental pillowcase from Ikea, it is like a big square bag with a zip. I throw the bed in there and wash as usual. Same with his little coats, which get treated the same way.
I don't see the problem with it to be honest.
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Re: Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

I vacuum the bedding and shake it. Then I wash it in a washing machine with an extra rinse option. No problem with fur (vacuuming) and with detergent smell (rinse). No complaints from the neighbours.
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That being said, my dog hates it when I wash/change herr beddings! Must be a smell issue I suppose
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No more disgusting than soiled baby clothes, dirty kitchen towels, dirty human clothes. Hot water is hot water.
Agree on the soil issue assuming everyone uses hot water. I'd just be annoyed if my clothes came out with pet hairs on them (as I no longer have pets). So if OP can vacuum up the pet hair first, seems fine.
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Re: Laundering pet bedding.....shared machine....

If after using a lint brush and vacuuming the items before washing you are still worried about leaving pet hair in the machine, run a second cycle with just a few microfaser dust cloths - any residual fur will stick to them.

(And of course wipe the machine drum clean. But you'd be doing that anyway in a shared machine...)
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If after using a lint brush and vacuuming the items before washing you are still worried about leaving pet hair in the machine, run a second cycle with just a few microfaser dust cloths - any residual fur will stick to them.

(And of course wipe the machine drum clean. But you'd be doing that anyway in a shared machine...)
yes the machine is always spotless so I want to keep it that way. are the dust cloths are something I'll pick up in the supermarket MC?

edit: just googled them and I have definitely seen those
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yes the machine is always spotless so I want to keep it that way. are the dust cloths are something I'll pick up in the supermarket MC?
Yes you can find them in all the supermarkets and in places like Jumbo etc.

They look something like this.

https://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do...FQkcwwodpqQAjg

A couple of normal face cloths / face flannels will do the same job at gathering up any stray hairs left in the machine.
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So we are getting to grips with a shared laundry in the new apartment and I wondered what pet owners did about washing their pets bedding? I like to keep mine fresh as possible but I'd always had my own machine. I would wash it regularly and then put my machine on for another hot cycle to make sure it was clear of any animal hairs. I dont know if this is acceptable or not :/ I almost daren't try incase the extra rinse doesnt do the trick....my dogs aren't overly hairy - they have to be clipped intact but it's not nice for anyone to have someone else dog hairs on their clothes.... I havent seen a launderette here yet which was something I had considered....

Any tips on having fresh smelling dog beds and being a good neighbour too?
Here is my "recipe" for a hair free wash and washing machine.

After doing all your normal washing, lastly do the blankets + cushions etc. First give them a good shake out and/or vacuum, place in machine. Along with your usual washing powder/liquid, add a dash of table vinegar into the soap doser, I use the Migros budget one, it's perfect i think.

Next, chuck in three or four of these marvellous little hair collectors.



They can be found in Coop, Migros, Fressnapf and all other pet stores.

After you take out your washing, wipe down the machine as usual, nothing more needs to be done ( apart from trying to figure out how to get more life out of them! i find they get full pretty quickly, so I give them a quick sizzle with a cigarette lighter to gain a few more washes out of them and unless I take a sewing unpicker to them- nope!- they don't last more than a month or two ) .

I have been doing this for years now and have never had any issues with neighbours or washing machines. Try this and see how you go.

Hope this helps a little in your trials with the laundry system and rather more, with your ailing Canine, all the best to you and yours.
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Still, it is disgusting to wash animal bedding in a shared machine.
So washing clothes worn playing sports is pleasant? Or cloth diapers? Or clothes worn working in the garden?

Machines in apartment buildings are of a different standard than those for individual household use. They are usually an industrial standard. If the items are washed properly (do not overload the machine) it should be fine. Detergents today are designed to wash in cold water. Sometimes pet bedding can only be washed in temperatures of 40, possibly 60 degrees.

As has been suggested, the more hair you can remove from the items before they go in the machine the better. You can rinse items in the shower first - buy a strainer for the drain to catch the dog hair. This is also a good stage to use vinegar. I won't put vinegar in my machine. Where I find the hair sticks is the rubber seal on the front opening of the machine in the gap between the drum and the seal.

You should make sure you clean the filter on the washing machine. It is unlikely hair will get stuck in there (it never does on my machine) but the trouble is that if someone before you didn't clean it, the hair might stick to stuff already stuck there.

If the bedding is going in the dryer, this is where hair really does collect. Vacuum the lint filter(s) when you are done.

The pet beds from Coop (you can buy them using points) are really super. Completely waterproof covering on the pillow- it does unzip and you can rinse it if need be. The extra covering on the top is soft and unzips. You can wash this in the tub or shower and hang it to dry. It dries quickly.

I also have plastic dog beds with a waterproof mattress in the bottom. The only thing which needs laundering is what I put on top. If I asked the dogs they would tell me to never wash any of the bedding.
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So washing clothes worn playing sports is pleasant? Or cloth diapers? Or clothes worn working in the garden?

Machines in apartment buildings are of a different standard than those for individual household use. They are usually an industrial standard. If the items are washed properly (do not overload the machine) it should be fine. Detergents today are designed to wash in cold water. Sometimes pet bedding can only be washed in temperatures of 40, possibly 60 degrees.

As has been suggested, the more hair you can remove from the items before they go in the machine the better. You can rinse items in the shower first - buy a strainer for the drain to catch the dog hair. This is also a good stage to use vinegar. I won't put vinegar in my machine. Where I find the hair sticks is the rubber seal on the front opening of the machine in the gap between the drum and the seal.

You should make sure you clean the filter on the washing machine. It is unlikely hair will get stuck in there (it never does on my machine) but the trouble is that if someone before you didn't clean it, the hair might stick to stuff already stuck there.

If the bedding is going in the dryer, this is where hair really does collect. Vacuum the lint filter(s) when you are done.

The pet beds from Coop (you can buy them using points) are really super. Completely waterproof covering on the pillow- it does unzip and you can rinse it if need be. The extra covering on the top is soft and unzips. You can wash this in the tub or shower and hang it to dry. It dries quickly.

I also have plastic dog beds with a waterproof mattress in the bottom. The only thing which needs laundering is what I put on top. If I asked the dogs they would tell me to never wash any of the bedding.
What are the product names of your pet beds? Can they still be found in Coop? Thanks
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