Hi Gina – I never clean my containers, unless they get grimy from dirt or paired food. With those I just wipe out.

Cotton swabs should not be left in your hide containers unless you’re putting them into another airtight container to preserve the freshness. Because I teach a lot I will do this but I don’t recommend it for most unless you plan to work “old odor.” I will toss them after a couple of weeks. Not a bad thing but you would want to interject fresh odor hides into your program, as well. Just like using more/less cotton swabs you want to vary the aging and the strength of odor you’re training.

IF your cotton swabs have gotten dirty, you can either put them in a different jar or toss them. Do not put contaminated swabs back into a fresh jar of swabs. IF the swabs you’re using are not contaminated, place them back into your odor jar for refreshing and use another day.

Kimberly Buchanan
Joyride K9 Dog Training