Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to Clean Food and Water Bowls

Your dog's food and water bowl can get pretty disgusting and dirty, so it is important to know how to clean food and water bowls the eco-friendly way! Just like human dishes need to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis, so do pet bowls. If your dog eats dry food, you really should wipe or rinse out the bowl after every feeding. However, the bowls still need a good scrubbing and disinfecting frequently as well. If you can put your bowls in the dishwasher that is one option. However, if you are hand washing, this cleaner is great to use once a week to really get the grime and build up off. This eco-friendly cleaner works on all types of bowls as well; stainless steel, plastic, or ceramic.

All Natural Dog Bowl Cleaner Ingredients:

1 lemon
1 TBS baking soda
1 tsp salt

Directions on How to Clean Food and Water Bowls:
  • Put salt and baking soda into bowl
  • Cut lemon in half and squeeze lemon juice from the one half into the baking soda salt mixture
  • Dip other half of lemon into mixture and then spread and scrub all around the bowl
  • Rinse with warm water and repeat as needed or use scouring pad and lemon juice for tough spots
How do these all-natural products clean your dog's bowl? Well....the baking soda deodorizes, the lemon disinfects and the salt helps grind off the tough stains. This eco-friendly dog bowl cleaner also works well as a toilet bowl cleaner, too! ( a place my dog can often be found trying to get a sip of water). 

I have included pictures below of the cleaning process. I also used the cleaner on my dog food bowl holder....which I bought before I started living a more eco-conscious lifestyle......if you are looking for an ECO-FRIENDLY dog bowl holder check out this one made from an old crate that I featured on a previous post. 

Dirty bowl with baking soda and salt ...notice the grime on the sides...GROSS!
Squeezing lemon juice and getting some fizz with the baking soda

Getting mixture on the lemon and scrubbing the bowl with the lemon

Bowl looks much cleaner now....grime is gone!

Eco-friendly dog bowl cleaner works on all types of bowls and bowl holders and mats


  1. Thanks for the idea...but why not just run them through the dishwasher at night?

  2. Denise, I make my own all-natural dishwasher detergent as well, so I have put them in the dishwasher, but sometimes they still don't get really clean and plastic dishes definitely shouldn't go in the dishwasher.

  3. Depends on the plastic. Some plastic can be cleaned on top shelf.

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