The Best Washable Dog Bed for Your Stinky Furry Companion

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Here’s our top pick washable dog bed that we will be reviewing:

Caring for your dog’s bed 101

Are dog beds machine washable?

Each bed is different and it is best to check any labels on your dog’s bed before washing it in the washing machine. If your dog’s bed can be washed in the machine, wash all of your dog’s bedding (including the cover and your dog’s blankets) at at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If your washing machine does not have a temperature gauge, choose the highest setting possible. The hot water will kill the most germs off of their bed. If your dog’s bed cannot be washed in the washing machine, or it is too big to fit in the washing machine, you can hand wash it in the bathtub with hot water.

Most beds can be dried in the dryer, but it is best to check the tags on the specific bed. Tumble dry the dog bed for 20 minutes with a pet safe dryer sheet. Bed with polyester filling will clump in the dryer. If the bed should not be placed in the dryer, air dry the bed and then fluff up the filling so that it is comfortable for your dog.

What is the best detergent to wash dog bedding?

When washing your dog’s bed, make sure to avoid using any detergent that has a fragrance in it, as that can irritate your dog’s skin.

Always use a mild detergent that is made for baby laundry or one specifically designed for pet laundry. Certain chemicals that can be found in regular laundry detergent could be dangerous for your dog if they chew on the bedding after it is washed.

If your dog’s beds and blankets are smelly, you may be tempted to make them smell better by using a fragranced detergent. To counter the smell, you can add a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar to your load of laundry to neutralize the smells in your dog’s bedding.

How often should I wash my dog’s bed?

You should wash your dog’s bed at least once a week. You may need to wash your dog’s bed more often if your dog sheds a lot or spends a lot of time outdoors. It is also recommended that you wash your dog’s bed more frequently if they have any allergies, or if any (human) members of your household have any pet allergies.

How can I clean my dog’s bed if it does not have a removable cover?

If your dog’s bed does not have a removable cover that you can wash, run your vacuum’s hose over the bed to pick up any loose hair, dander, and dirt. Then use a spot treatment to clean up any mud or drool stains that may have formed on your dog’s bed. 

Soak the bed in hot water in your bathtub. Add a little bit of pet safe laundry detergent. After it has soaked, drain the water from the tub. Rinse the bed out very well and let it air dry in the sun or tumble dry it in the dryer.

How often should you change your dog’s bed?

Replace your dog’s bed at least once a year. Get a new dog bed if you noticed that your dog is sensitive or allergic to any of the materials in the bed or things like dust mites.

If your dog chews or loves to tumble around on his bed, then you might need a new bed sooner. If you are noticing that your dog is no longer showing any interest in their bed, try moving it to another location. Otherwise, you can also hide the bed in a closet and bring it out again in a few weeks. Reintroducing the bed may pique your dog’s interest again.

You can try washing everything and covering the bed with a new cover or sheet. That might get them to go back to their bed. But if they are still not interested, maybe it’s time to pass the bed on. Your dog’s bed may no longer be comfortable for him anymore. If it gets too worn or flat, it will not offer your dog enough support or comfort.

Can I spray Febreze on my dog’s bed?

Yes, you can spray Febreze fabric spray on your dog’s bed. It is best to pick a fragrance free option, because a spray with fragrance could lead to irritation on your dog’s skin.

Follow the manufacturers guide when spraying your dog’s bed with Febreze. Lightly mist the dog bed and make sure to let it dry completely before allowing your dog to use it again. You can spray your dog’s bed with Febreze up to once a week, but make sure that the room that you are spraying the Febreze in is well ventilated.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals has confirmed that Febreze is completely safe to use around your dogs.

How can I freshen my dog’s bed?

The best way to freshen up your dog’s bed is to launder the covers. If the bed inserts cannot be washed, put them outside in the sun to freshen them up. Putting your dog’s bed in the sun to bake it will keep the moisture out of your dog’s bed. This will reduce the chance of bacteria or mold forming in your dog’s bed.

Why is it so important to wash my dog’s bed?

Your dog’s bed harbors all kinds of nasties. Your dog may drool in their bed, bring particles of food into their bed, or simply just the amount of shedding your dog does. Nasties like microbes, fleas, bacteria, or fungi could also be lurking in your dog’s bed. Washing your dog’s bed regularly will make sure that your dog’s bed stays fresh and clean. 

The best washable dog bed for a clean and fresh home

While dog  beds are made for dogs, many aren’t made for easy cleaning. A washable dog bed is what we recommend if you want to completely overhaul your cleaning process. Vacuuming the dog bed has never quite the same effect as laundering it. Here are our picks for the best washable dog beds to help you narrow down your many options. 

Bully Beds Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed

Best waterproof washable bed

This bed has four and a half pounds of medical grade orthopedic memory foam, making it perfect for any aging dog or dog with arthritis. It is also great for large dogs who naturally have more problems in their joints due to their size and weight. The manufacturer provides a 20 year no-flat guarantee on this bed.

This bed comes with a waterproof liner to protect your dog’s bed from any accidents, muddy paws, or wet dogs. The cover is removable and washable. This bed washes easily and well, making it a great pick for clean freaks like us.

The cover is made out of microfiber, which is a great material for dogs because it is tough and scratch resistant. The bottom of this bed has a no slip base which keeps it in place at all times.

You can get this bed in medium, large, or extra large, and in either tan or chocolate. The extra extra large bed is 60 inches long by 48 inches wide so even large breeds like Great Danes or Mastiffs will be able to lounge comfortably.

This bed is also great for any dog who has allergies because the memory foam is hypoallergenic

Soggy Doggy Crate Mate

Best washable dog bed for crate

We love this crate mat because it is velvety soft, but is also machine washable. This bed can also be tumble dried. The bed is bacteria and odor resistant. 

It is superabsorbent but dries quickly. It can even hold up to seven times its weight in water and soaks up water like a sponge.

This bed is made out of microfiber chenille “noodles” that are durable and long lasting. The noodles also offer a massage-like quality when your dog is sleeping on it. It is about three inches thick which makes it very comfortable for your pup.

You can get it in small, medium, large, or extra large sizes so it will be able to fit any crate. You also get a selection of four colors with this pad.

K9 Ballistics Tough Bolster Nesting Dog Bed

Best heavy duty washable dog bed

K9 has dubbed this bed “virtually indestructible” making it the perfect bed for dogs who love to scratch, dig, and chew. This bed is also great if your dog is a nester. Nesting is when dogs circle and scratch around their bed to create a comfy sleeping “nest.”

This bed is also very comfortable for your dog because the filling is made of a shredded foam mattress. A shredded, instead of solid foam, allows for both comfort and breathability.

The lining on this bed is water resistant and it works hard to repel and liquid or moisture to keep your dog’s bed clean and fresh.

To clean this bed, just throw it in the washing machine and run it through a cold cycle and then it air dry. But you can also clean it with a damp washcloth or hose it down. The material is woven specifically to repel dog hair, dirt, and grime.

This bed can come in multiple sizes and fit most dogs comfortably. You can also select from a wide variety of colors to match your home décor.

Big Barker 7” Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

Best washable dog bed for large dogs

This bed is great for any home that has big dogs! You can get this bed in large (48 inches by 30 inches), extra large (52 inches by 36 inches), or giant (60 inches by 48 inches – designed specifically for Great Danes). No matter which size you chose, this bed is 7 inches thick, making it extremely comfortable for your dog.

This bed has a 100% microsuede cover, which is soft and luxe. It is also machine washable! To wash, simply remove the cover and wash in cold water. It can also be machine dried on the lowest setting, but remember never to put the foam insert in the washer or dryer. Instead, hand wash it with a washcloth, soap, and water.

This bed has a headrest, giving it an almost couch like look, so it’ll look great in your home. This bed can come in a choice of four colors.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that large dogs who use this bed show signs of less pain and are more mobile in just 28 days.

Dogbed4less Heavy Duty Navy Blue Denim Dog Pet Cover

Best washable dog bed cover

If you already have a dog bed that your dog loves, you can cover it with this. You can choose from seven different sizes of this cover, so you are sure to find a cover that will fit your dog’s bed perfectly.

This cover is made from heavy denim so it is thick and tough and will be able to be enjoyed by your dog for years to come. The cover is also machine washable and dryable making care and cleaning for it so easy.

This cover was designed to go over Dogbed4less’s memory foam pad, but can go over other dog beds. You could also fill it with pillows, comforters, or bean bag refill material to make your dog’s bed their own.

This cover is also great for any dogs who are allergic to synthetic material because it is made out of 100% cotton.