Got a new collar?
Your dog will be wearing their collar for long periods of time. Since dogs naturally carry oils within their fur from their skin, these oils (combined with mud, dirt, grass and other stains from contact) can cause collars to stain or smell.
Remove all ID Tags or charms from the collar before cleaning. Fill a container with warm water and a Tablespoon (more or less depending on the size of your container) of baking soda. You can also use a natural soap (peppermint soap will kill the odor lingering on the collar) to mix and soak the collar for 30 minutes - 2 hours depending on the severity of the stains. Once it's done, remove the collar from the mix and scrub any remaining stains with a scrub brush (a shoe scrub brush or toothbrush will work for this) before rinsing with clean soap-free water.
When you're all finished, be sure to hang your collar in a well ventilated area. Avoid hanging your collar in direct sunlight - sunlight can fade fabrics and crack leather with constant exposure, especially when wet.
Make sure the collar is completely dry before putting it back on your dog. The best time to clean your collar is right after their last walk, so you can allow it to dry overnight.
Remember that all collars - even metal ones - need cleaning to remove debris and natural oils.
Be sure to always hand wash your collar and do not put your collar in the washing machine, as the weight of the buckle and consistent banging can damage the interior of your machine and your buckle.