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Keeping Your Pet's Food and Water Bowls Clean

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Keeping your pet's bowls clean is good for their health, as bacteria can grow in both food and water dishes. This page is about keeping your pet's food and water bowls clean.


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When I clean my pets' food and water bowls, after they dry, I lightly grease the inside of them with olive oil to make them easier to clean next time. This keeps food from sticking and the olive oil is good for their coat. Since they are cleaned so often, this is very helpful.

By Nan Corpe from Cocoa Beach, FL

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November 8, 2010

Keep pet dishes clean without the mess, I love this idea that we stumbled onto with two finicky kitties! Use a sufficient (usually small) piece of "Glad Press n' Seal", or another clear wrap with one sticky side, to line your pet dishes.

When they are dirty, you simply pull up the wrap along with the old food, and you have a self-sealing sanitary means of disposal, and the dish beneath remains clean. Pets appreciate their fresh newly wrapped dishes and you won't be washing nasty pet food bowls each and every day!

By Marilu from Tacoma, WA

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If you rub a small amount of sunflower oil around the inside of your pet bowls before feeding, the food won't stick to the bowl making clean up easier. Plus the oil is good for their coats and can help with hairball in cats.


By suzanne lewis from West Sussex, UK

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March 2, 2017

You can cut down on washing messy pet food dishes by lining them with inexpensive coffee filters. This is a page about coffee filters as pet dish liners.

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