A post on a forum asking about pet bowls in the dishwasher has sparked an online debate.
The Mumsnet user wrote – “Pet bowls in dishwasher”
“Do you put cat food/water bowls in the d/w?
“We have a sensor cycle, which is most economic, also a hygiene cycle, which is super hot – think practically boiling. Loathe to use that one all the time. What do you do?”
Members of the forum were soon divided over whether or not it was hygienic.
Yes, All Good!
Some users said Yes, totally fine!
“Why wouldn’t they? Seriously some of the stuff in my dog’s food is better quality than what I eat, it’s all organic etc but sure I put both in and can’t see why not.”
While other users said hell NO that is disgusting.
– “No they just get washed and rinsed then put straight back down.”
– “Omg NO! We once stayed with DH’s family and I saw them, in the morning, taking the pet dishes out of the dishwasher then pull out plates to put our breakfast on. It still fills me with disgust.
We wash out pet dishes separately by hand. I wouldn’t use the same dishcloth on their bowls that I would use on our food prep surfaces so why would I wash their dishes with ours? It’s not the actual pet food that bothers me but the fact they spend half the day licking their butts. Hardly hygienic.”
– “No way. Need to be washed separately.”
– “Nope, never put dog bowls in dishwasher, just wash in sink after other dishes done. I think any germs get circulated.”
– Another said “I can’t bare the thought of that. I’m ok with germs in general but when it comes to animals it freaks me out, seeing dogs on beds makes me want to vom! How can people sleep in beds dogs jave been lying?! Or any animal. I can’t handle the thought of touching a bowl a dogs licked never mind putting it amongst my plates. It seems I’m pretty much alone with this.”
– Another commented, ” No, just the thought makes me want to be sick! I’ve heard of people putting their loo brushes in as well?!?!”
Do you wash the pet bowls separately?
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