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How to Clean the Ceramic Dog Bowl Correctly?

May 16, 2023



How often do you wash the food and water bowls for your dog? If you're like most pet parents, you probably have a lot of other things to do. But stop and think: Your dog's bowl can be one of the dirtiest things in your house because their paws, nose, and food can carry germs. In fact, study shows that dog bowls are the ninth dirtiest of 32 common household surfaces. In some homes, the dog food bowl has even more germs than the toilet bowl.

Can Rinsing a Ceramic Dog Bowl Do the Cleaning?

Rinsing a pottery dog bowl will eliminate food particles on the bowl's surface, but water alone is not enough to clean the bowl well. It's easy to see why you don't think cleaning your dish in water for a few seconds makes it clean enough to use again, and the same is true for ceramic dog bowls. Rinsing with water might get rid of some food particles you can see, but it doesn't get rid of harmful germs that may still be on the surface. Bacteria can grow in a damp setting, especially if the bowl isn't cleaned often or well.
Studies have found that ceramic dog bowls can have a lot of germs in them, which could make dogs and their owners sick.
If you don't clean dog bowls correctly, germs like E. coli and salmonella can grow and spread. People and dogs can get very sick from these germs. Some of the symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Proper cleaning is an important part of making sure that both pets and their humans stay healthy and happy.
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5 Easy Steps to Cleaning Ceramic Dog Bowl

Here are five easy steps to help you clean your dog's bowl:

Before the start:

  • ● Get your hands clean. Before and after you clean the dog bowl, wash your hands. It doesn't make sense to put your dog at risk of getting sick from the germs on the dog bowl that could be transferred from your hands and fingers. Your dog's health can be better protected if you clean up quickly.
  • ● Wash dishes by hand. Using the dishwasher is convenient, but washing dishes by hand keeps them from getting dirty from other bowls, plates, and utensils in the machine and gives you more control over how clean they are. Make sure to change your sponge often, and think about getting a separate sponge for your dog's bowl.

Dishwashing steps:

  • Use hot water and dish soap to clean
Soak the ceramic dog bowl in warm water and dish soap, and then wipe the surface with a soft cloth or sponge to remove leftover food and germs. Run hot water over it and let it dry. Be careful not to use too hot of water or rough cloth to clean the bowl, as this could damage it.
  • Disinfect with bleach
Soak the clay dog bowl in diluted bleach water for 20 minutes. To do this, add 5 ml of bleach per liter of water. Be sure to wash the bowl with clean water before putting it in bleach water. If not, the bleach won't be able to kill germs.
  • Use a steam sterilizer
Bacteria and viruses can be killed by using a steam sterilizer. Put the pottery bowl for your dog in the steam sterilizer and do what it says. Most steam sterilizers take between 15 and 30 minutes to heat up. Dry the bowl well after using it. Use hot water. You can get rid of any buildup in your dog's bowl by washing it with hot water and the rough end of the sponge. This is also true for bowls of water.
If you follow the steps above, you will never have to worry about your dog getting sick from the germs in the bowl again. But it's also very important to change out dog bowls often. Biofilm is a slimy, greasy substance that can build up in a dog's bowl over time. It can be a place where bad bacteria grow and spread. Even though you can't stop it from happening, you can change your dog's bowl every six months to a year to make sure it doesn't get to a point where it's dangerous.
In conclusion, it is very important for dog owners to clean their dog's bowls often, and this will help keep your dog safe from bacteria that can be dangerous.


From what's been said so far, it's clear that keeping ceramic dog bowls clean is an important part of keeping pets healthy. Using the right ways to clean and disinfect can kill germs and viruses and stop pet food poisoning and diseases that spread from person to person. Also, it is very important to replace things on a frequent basis. People with pets should learn to care for themselves and keep their dogs' bowls clean and sanitary. We should care about the health and happiness of our pets and give them a place to eat that is safe and clean.

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