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?”

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Members of the forum were soon divided over whether or not it was hygeinec.

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 cant 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?

Share your comments below

  • Not a fan but I think it would actually be okay. The thought of it prevents me from trying.


  • Is the fork washed properly in hot soapy water??
    What most people are nor aware of is the fact that pet food companies have to keep their factories up to human food hygiene standards and be able to swap to our food processing in emergency or war situations.


  • I know someone who just gets an everyday fork out of the cutlery drawer to use to get the dog food out of the tin then washes it and goes back in with the rest of the cutlery again.


  • Yeaurgh. Yeah, ours get washed in the laundry and never put in the dishwasher.


  • Yes ours is rinsed and goes into the dishwasher.


  • They’re dogs. Just rinse it under the outside tap. Who would waste the dishwasher space?


  • I hand rinse my dog’s bowl each morning and night but I also regularly give them a thorough wash in the dishwasher. Seriously people. They’ve been rinsed virtually clean first. The idea of a dish washer is to wash the dishes. They’re coming out clean, not with a mix of dog germs.


  • I actually wash my dogs’ bowl by hand then put it through the dishwasher. I can’t see a problem with doing this.


  • Personally no..I know the water is hotter and the dishwasher gets rid of all the nasties.
    I just think it should be separated.
    I even use a special spoon for the animals can food.


  • Dont see the issue, its hotter and cleaner than i can get it in the sink
    Plus we give the dog scraps off our plate


  • Absolutely not. I wash my dog’s bowls outside, not with our plates!!


  • No way! My pet bowls get washed outside with a disposable cloth and the hose!


  • I don’t have dogs or cats, but certainly wouldn’t.


  • Not something I would do


  • No dogs or cats


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