We all have items that could be cleaned more often, like our phones, water bottles, and even pajamas. But for the dog owners, then chances are there’s one particularly dirty item in your home that desperately needs cleaning: your dog’s leash. Reader’s Digest reminds dog owners that leashes get dirty fast. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned yours, it’s past due to be sanitized.

Leashes get overlooked when cleaning things, despite how easily they get soiled. Like anything you touch on a regular basis, your dog’s leash will develop a buildup of microbes and oils from your hands. Plus, let’s be real, your dog is probably contributing to the grime and grub as well, with his/her fur, saliva, mud, and maybe even poop or pee (I’ve seen leashes be dragged around and peed on more than once!). This creates a lovely concoction of germs and nastiness that’s regularly hanging beside your front door.

If you want to determine if your leash needs a cleaning, first think back: when was the last time it was cleaned? If you can’t remember or it was a long time ago, it could use proper sanitization. Or, simply look at it closely. Is it visibly dirty, with mud or hair? If so, it definitely needs to be cleaned. Regardless of how a leash looks, it should be cleaned once a month to prevent germ build-up. How you clean your dog’s leash will depend on what it’s made of!

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For rope and nylon leashes…

Let it soak in hot, soapy water for around 10 minutes. Rinse it and hang it to dry. For tougher messes, like caked-on dirt, you may need to gently scrub the leash with a soft brush.

Other leashes…

For sturdier leashes, you can easily and safely clean them by throwing them in the washing machine in a delicates bag.

When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s leash?