How to Wash Dog Collars

You would not like to wear the same shirt for months without washing it. The same case is with your dog’s collar. A dirty collar makes both you and your dog uncomfortable. Also, if you leave water or dirt on your dog’s collar, it will give rise to the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. Luckily, cleaning your dog’s collar is very simple; doing so will make the collar looks new and getting rid of a foul smell. Click Here to get a broad range of washable collars for your dogs!

Your dog has a right on you, and it’s your moral duty to wash its collar regularly!

Simple DIY For Washing Dog’s Collars at Homes

You can follow these simple steps if you’re searching for an all-purpose solution for proper collar washing regularly. It’ll only take 10-15 minutes.

Items Required

  • Rubber gloves
  • A toothbrush or any other brush
  • Baking soda
  • Bowl or bucket
  • Towel
  • Lavender oil or any essential oil

Step 1: Make Cleaning Solution

Make a cleaning solution by adding two tablespoons of baking soda in a bucket or bowl filled with warm water or stir it well.

Step 2: Soak the Collar

Soak the collar in this cleaning solution for almost 10-12 minutes.

Step 3: Scrubbing Time

Scrub the collar using a toothbrush or any other brush to scrub the collar. Repeat steps 1- 3 until the collar is clean.

Step 4: Rinse All the Things

Rinse and clean the bucket or bowl and collar with fresh water and again fill bucket or bowl with water.

Step 5: Add Lavender Oil

Add two or few drops of lavender oil to it. You also have the choice of utilizing peppermint oil/essential oil. Dip the collar in it till the bad smell faded away.

Step 6: Rinse Well Again

Rinse the collar again by placing it under running water or tap.

Step 7: Dry Well

You did well! Your fresh-smelling dog’s collar is ready to place on your dog. Place the collar on a flat surface to dry it properly.

You can use above mentioned cleaning procedure can be used for nylon, leather, or fabric collars.

Additional Useful Tips

  • If the collar has deep stains, add one teaspoon of apple cider to the cleaning solution.
  • Leather collars may require additional cleaning.
  • Use saddle soap if you observe discoloration or stains on the leather.
  • You may also use dog shampoo to wash synthetic fabric collars.
  • You may use dog shampoo or gentle dish wash to clean the metal collar.

Caution & Considerations

  • Wear rubber gloves to avoid drying and irritation of skin using vinegar.
  • Never use bleach on your dog’s collar.
  • Submerging leather collars in water may run leather, so avoid this.
  • Never use commercial leather cleaning products to wash collars as these may irritate dogs and may prove poisonous to dogs.
  • Only place a thoroughly dried collar on your dog. A week collar may cause rashes or irritating to your dog’s skin and provide a perfect environment for breeding microorganisms like bacteria. It may then lead to infections.


Washing your dog’s collar when bathing him will take only some extra minutes of yours but can protect your dog from many diseases and avoiding the buildup of grime and dirt that leads to foul odor.

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