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05/07/2012 23:27:00 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  4207  views, category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs


It makes sense that you would want to keep your pet’s food and water bowls clean since you keep your own food plates clean. But, is it really safe to clean your pet’s bowls the same way you clean your plates?

The short answer is yes. However, your pet’s bowls are a little different from our plates and bowls, so there are a few tips you should know.

Why Stainless Steel?
The first point to mention is why stainless steel? They sell plastic, ceramic, and bowls made out of other materials, but stainless steel is the best choice. There are many reasons for this conclusion, including:

-Stainless steel is non porous so bacteria is unable to grow on it.
-Stainless steel bowls are easier to take care of and sanitize. These bowls can even be put right in the dishwasher.
-Stainless steel bowls are inexpensive and can be replaced without worry.
-Stainless steel bowls can easily be used in standard sized raised food bowl holders.
-Stainless steel bowls do not chip or crack like ceramic and cannot be chewed on by the pets.
-Stainless steel bowls will not harm your pet like plastic bowls can. When pets bite on these bowls, it forms sharp pieces that can cut pet’s mouths.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Bowls
Here is the step by step process on how to clean your dog’s or cat’s stainless steel bowls.

1. Either wait for your pet to finish eating or drinking the contents or the bowls or empty them yourself.

2. Bring the bowls over to the sink and turn on the hot water

3. Take one of the bowls and rinse it out with the warm water.

4. Put one or two drops of dish soap on a sponge.

5. Use the sponge to clean the inside of the bowl. It works best to start on the inside near the center and work your way out.

*Tip: Use cooler than normal water since the water will heat the bowls up enough to be too hot for you to handle.

6. Rinse the bowl with water.

7. Check the bowl for any spots or smells. If the bowl still has spots or smells, repeat steps 4-7.

8. Put this bowl aside to be dried off later.

9. Repeat this entire process for the other bowl.

* If the bowls are still not spotless, you can try a mild multi surface cleaner. Put the cleaner on a sponge and clean the bowls with it. Make sure to rinse the bowls well before filling them up again.

* Take a natural approach by using a mixture of vinegar and water instead of dish soap.

* You can also try putting these stainless steel bowls in the dishwasher.

The most important point to remember is the importance of keeping your pet’s bowls clean. If you would not want to eat out of them, your pet probably would not want to either.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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