How to Wash The Joyride Harness

a brindle dog with prick ears wearing a blue harness

When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s harness? While we don’t often think about it, dog harnesses can get dirty quicker than you might think, so you should make washing your dog’s harness a regular household chore. Low-rider dogs, and dogs who enjoy taking mud baths, will likely need their harness washed much more frequently. 

One of the greatest pride and joys of the Joyride Harness is knowing that it is easy to wash. However, not everyone realizes this, and we get a lot of customers asking how to wash their dog’s Joyride Harness. In this blog post, we will walk you through how to wash your dog harness and just how easy it is to get the best results. 

Let's start with some of the questions we get asked most frequently.

Clean Dog Harness FAQ

Q: Can Joyride Harnesses stain? 

A: If you're talking grass stains, yes, the harnesses can but it's nothing that a simple wash won't solve. The majority of the Joyride Harness designs and fabrics are capable of withstanding the toughest stains, but we recommend washing them as soon as possible. 

Q: Is it okay for my dog to swim in their harness? 

A: Yes, it is! The clips and rings will not be affected by outdoor water activities. 

Q: Can you wash a dog harness in the washing machine?

A: You can wash a Joyride Harness in the washing machine! In fact, we recommend it. Learn how to wash your dog harness in a washing machine below. 

Q: Should I wash the dog harness separately from my own clothes? 

A: Yes, especially if you're using hot water when running the washing machine. A hot wash of the harness may cause the dye on the fabric to bleed and potentially stain your other clothes in the wash. For the best results, wash your harness on warm or cool and separate from other clothing and garments or towels.


 a pink and a teal Joyride harness on a table


How to Wash Your Dog Harness

Follow these easy steps, and you will have a clean dog harness in no time! 

  1. Remove the harness from your dog.
  2. Unbuckle and undo the straps.
  3. Inspect the harness to see if there are tough stains.
  4. Use a paper towel, sponge, or washcloth to take hot water and the right amount of detergent to spot clean stains.
  5. Toss the harness into the washing machine.
  6. Set the wash cycle to small load > Warm (or Cool) settings.
  7. Add laundry detergent. (Note: Do not use bleach; we recommend liquid detergent)
  8. Turn on the washing machine.


    How to wash a Joyride Harness in the washing machine


    How to Dry The Joyride Harness

    While our harnesses are machine dry safe, our team recommends avoiding the dryer and instead air drying the harness for the sake of longevity. The best way to navigate this comes recommended by a Joyride Harness customer who purchased two harnesses for their pup, the second harness acting as a placeholder for whichever harness is in the washer. 

    For the best results, find a table or surface that has enough room to lay out the harness completely flat, straps and all. Lay a clean towel down on the table or surface before setting the harness out to dry.


    five dogs sitting on a patch wearing matching harnesses


    (Image: @floof_pack)

    Tip: To prevent the spread of germs and to avoid germs taking up residence in your dog's harness, we recommend washing your dog's harness regularly. Check it off your list when you do the laundry every week. 

    Voila! Now you have a clean dog harness and know how to wash your dog’s gear in the future. Please note that these instructions are for how to wash a Joyride Harness. Not all harnesses may be durable enough to withstand your washing machine.

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