May 31, 2021


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?

Share your comments below

  • each to their own. i prefer to hand wash the dog bowls. but as long as your dishwasher works well/does a good job, don’t see why not – after all a lot more dirtier items go in.


  • Depends on how good your dishwasher is. But they can be easily washed separately


  • I suppose we are all different and will have different opinions on what we want to do here.
    I personally wouldn’t but I don’t want to judge those that do that.


  • not sure about this one


  • My husband does this. It grossed me out the first time but then I realised that as long as I trust the dishwasher cleaning, then there isn’t an issue. Similar to putting regular clothes onto my nappies wash, if I trust the cleaning process there’s no issue, if I don’t trust the cleaning process then I need to fix the process.


  • I do it separately.


  • Pet bowls can be handwahed separate please!


  • I wash my pet bowls separately.


  • I don’t have a dog, but the idea disgusts me


  • My face actually cringed ???? each to their own but I definitely wouldn’t do it. Use the hose outside ????


  • Lots of interesting answers here! I personally wouldn’t do it


  • I just wash my pet’s bowls separately in the laundry trough. It doesn’t take long. I don’t think putting the pets bowls in the dishwasher is too hygienic


  • I would not put any animal food bowls in the dishwasher. I thing it is pretty unhygienic


  • That’s a no from me! Sometimes when I take dishes out of the dishwasher they are still dirty to a degree. The water inside the dishwasher just moves the food around from item to item so everything would be covered in the dogs saliva. I know you can wash it separately but it’s still gross. Again, dishwashers themselves need to be cleaned. And as much as we would love to wash them frequently, it just doesn’t happen as often as it should


  • I would definitely do this if we had a dishwasher but just put them through on a seperate load to our dishes


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