How do you wash a dog leash anyway?

It is apparent I am now immune dog poop. I must be. Every now and then I will end up with some on my hands or on my shoe or on other things that are connected to my body. This used to be revolting. I would run home as fast as I could to wash said item at least three times. But today when a smidge somehow ended up on my hand (I blame the distracting group of cyclists)? I shrugged, wiped my hand on some bark and grass, and then continued on my way, at least thirty minutes from home. Huh. Want to know something really gross? We have been using the same leash for over five years and have never washed it. Not once.

Look familiar? This leash gets around!

Look familiar? This leash gets around!

Is that bad? I assume it’s bad. It would be bad if it was any other item I touched every day for that long. You must be repulsed by me and my doggy grime. But I can reform! After this evening’s “incident” I realized it was time this nylon rope had a bath. Only, I had no idea where to begin. It’s not like I could put it in the washing machine. Right? Nothing for it but the sink. wpid-wp-1406167829254.jpeg   Is this normal? After I’d scrubbed it as best I could with as much hot water as I could, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a better way. wpid-wp-1406167833388.jpeg Once it was as clean as I felt like getting it, I realized I hadn’t considered the drying process. Surely the metal would damage our electric appliances. I don’t own a hair dryer any more – long story – so that wasn’t an option either. I guess one doesn’t live in the driest province of Canada for nothing!

wpid-wp-1406167823473.jpegHurrah for good old Albertan summer sunshine. I am willing to bet it will be dry before I go to bed tonight.

But is there a more sanitary method? Are there people out there with tried and true leash cleaning skills? I’d love to hear any tips you have to share. You’ve got time, of course. It might be another five years before I get to it again.

12 thoughts on “How do you wash a dog leash anyway?

  1. Oh, don’t worry about your leash. I know people who have washed their leashes never! And some of the leashes aren’t in a very good shape anyway. The only solution for them would be to buy a new leash. Washing wouldn’t help anymore 😛
    But I must admit that I’m quite sure I wouldn’t remember to wash it either xD But I’m glad that someones apparently remembers 🙂

    -Lilli-

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  2. The dishwasher works quite well for leashes and collars. Don’t put a leash in the dryer sometimes it can be ruined that way.

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  3. We throw leashes and collars (sans tags) in the washer with a load of towels. It helps buffer the metal parts. We never put them in the dryer though – they can hang dry somewhere. We wash everything when the dogs get washed.

    Monty and Harlow

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  4. I put the leashes in a lingerie bag to protect the inside of the washing machine and dryer. And, yes, I DO put them in the dryer. In some 40-odd years that I’ve been doing it, I’ve never had a clothes dryer harm a leash. But then, I don’t use leather leashes.

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  5. It’s never occurred to me to wash my leashes. There have been a couple of occasions were the leash got dragged a bit too close to some poop, but I just rinse it with the garden hose when I get home and move on. Now the (fabric) collars are another story, because my guys swim in them often. So they end up getting a musty, yucky, never-get-to-dry odor. Those I soak in the sink and let dry.

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  6. I do what you did. It’s Arizona, drying leashes on the line is no problem. Although I hardly ever do it unless the leash smells. The 20 footer I use most often I end up having to replace every year – so it doesn’t get washed despite it being dragged through all sorts of things.

    Dog poop still grosses me out – but I am more matter of fact about it and realize that sometimes, grass or bark will have to do until I can get to a proper sink. I tried carrying hand sanitizer around in my back pack – but it ended up spilling. Of course of all things to spill in my pack – at least it was something that made my pack smell nice!

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