How to Clean a Metal Dog Crate

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-30
What You'll Need
Garden hose (for outdoor crates)
Large sponge
Scrub brush
Gentle dish soap
Cleaning bucket
Natural pet-safe cleaning items
Vinegar (for odor removal)
Spray bottle

A metal dog crate provides a safe place to keep your pet while traveling or just when you're out of the house for a while. Keeping the crate clean is important for both you and your animal's health. Here are a few simple tips for keeping it clean.

Step 1 - Hose It Down

If you have an outdoor wire crate, or an expandable crate that is stored outdoors, you should go ahead and use the garden hose to get any debris out of it. If you have a spray nozzle for your hose, a jet spray will work best for this. If not, you can still use the hose to start the cleaning, it just may take you longer. Make sure any large debris (such as leaves, dirt clumps, etc) are out of the crate before moving on.

Step 2 - Scrub It Down

Add 1 tablespoon of dish soap (make sure it's something gentle like Dawn) to every gallon of hot water you will use in your cleaning bucket. Once you have a hot soapy mix you can start to use the sponge to clean the metal. If you have any spots that have rusted or have built up grime, the scrub brush will need to be used. Rinse all the soap away making sure you don't miss any spots.

Step 3 - Disinfect the Cage

A simple trip to any pet supply store will give you many options for pet-safe cleaning products. It's important to make sure the products you use are safe since harsh chemicals can linger around for a while. Follow the directions on the product label. In most cases, it will be as simple as spraying it on and sponging it back off.

Step 4 - Odor Elimination

If you have a problem with nasty pet odors in the cage, you can make a solution of vinegar and water. Distilled apple cider vinegar won't leave a lingering odor behind, but any vinegar will work. You will mix the solution with 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Use a spray bottle to spray the vinegar solution liberally throughout the metal crate. If you find the smell of vinegar offensive, rinse the vinegar solution off with plain water after about 15 minutes.

Step 5 - Dry It Off

To avoid rust building up on the metal, use the towel to remove all moisture. After the crate is completely dry it is ready for your pet again.