Best options for cleaning dog tags

Cleaning dog tags

When you have a white dog, it’s very easy to see when they need a bath. Cooper tended to get dirty on the upper part of his chest and for a while, I couldn’t figure out why. I know, I know, not my sharpest moment. Once it hit me that he wasn’t getting into anything, I went online to see the best options for cleaning dog tags. My goal was to make them readable if the unthinkable happens and he ends up lost. Cleaning dog tags is easy and there are many options to get the job done.

The options I chose for cleaning pet tags are simple and effective. There are many materials used to make ID tags so use your discretion should your pet’s tags be a bit more high end. 

Cleaning options

  • Typically I reach for white vinegar first when it comes to any type of cleaning because it is safe for dogs (as a cleaning agent, not to consume). One way of cleaning dog tags is to combine equal parts white vinegar and water and soak the tags for an hour, then remove and dry. 
  • Another good option is to mix warm water and a tablespoon of dish detergent, soak for 20 minutes and then scrub with a toothbrush. 
  • For metal and aluminum tags you can create a mixture of a mild dishwashing soap and water. Submerge a clean cloth into the solution, wipe off any dirt from the tags using the cloth, then dry with a soft towel. If they are especially dirty consider adding baking soda to the mixture.
  • Depending upon the type of tag, you can also dip them in a commercial jewelry cleaner and wipe with a soft cloth. 

For any tags with gems, be sure to wipe or dab around the stone to prevent them from dislodging.

Now that I know it’s a simple task, I will be doing this more often. Cooper is thankful I made this discovery so he won’t have to suffer additional baths. 

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