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Dawn Dish Soap For Fleas?

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Why Dish Detergent Is Not Safe for Dogsdawndishsoap.png

Recently someone posted on our facebook group about bathing a dog in dawn dish soap for fleas. I thought I’d mention this because I’ve seen this topic come up before about using dish soap to get rid of fleas.

I looked into it further to find many posts saying it was a natural pet care solution! Oh my!

Yes it is used to get oil out and kill fleas and remove odours etc. But it is far from natural in fact it is filled with chemicals and is NOT safe to use on pets, even if people do it all the time. It is about as safe as chemical pesticides in flea sprays and over the counter shampoos.

The purpose of using Dawn dish soap on wildlife after an oil spill is because they need to the oil removed from their bodies as quickly as possible. Otherwise their skin cannot breathe and they will die. Dawn soap is so effective at removing oil because the chemicals in it are caustic and cut through anything basically. No wonder it kills fleas on contact.

Dawn has been known to remove the smell of skunk . A skunk's odoriferous spray has an oily substance in it that adheres to a dog's fur and skin – Dawn breaks it up, helping us to remove the majority of the spray quickly.

How come it can deal with this two very difficult situations?

The theme here is that dawn dish detergent is made with very strong chemicals that are caustic and harmful, even to humans- one of it’s ‘hidden’ ingredients which include a very harsh formaldehyde; it has to be super potent to get the grease out-which makes too harsh for sensitive skin of dogs.

Plus all the added synthetic fragrances and unnatural dyes, neither which are healthy or natural for pets.

The Environmental Working Group, known as the EWG which empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment, gave Dawn dish soap a 'D' grade because it has methylisothiazolinone in it.

which is a huge concern regarding aquatic toxicity; as well as some concern regarding skin irritations, allergie, and skin damage.

Sounds great for dogs, right?

Dawn also contains 1 4-dioxane which has become a problem as a groundwater contaminant.

Another fact about Dawn soap - it is on the Mayo Clinic avoid list of household chemicals due to it containing many contaminates, including quanterium 15 which produces formaldehyde when contacts water.

Quanternium-15 is a preservative and a caustic chemical anti-microbial and a severe cause of dermatitis.

It is also a teratrogen (causes birth defects in animals)

According to some experts, This ingredient is generally safe, BUT will break down in the bottle, or tube, or on the skin to release formaldehyde for which the evidence of its cancer causing properties is very real.

Of course it kills fleas! Maybe killing skin cells too.

Other Ingredients in Dawn dish soap :dawnsoapforfleas.png

  • water
  • sodium lauryl sulfate
  • sodium laurethsulfate
  • c12-14-16 dimethyl amine oxide
  • SD alcohol
  • sodium chloride
  • PPG-26, pei-14 PEG-10/PPG-7 copolymer
  • cyclohexanediamine
  • phenoxyethanol
  • magnesium chloride
  • methylisothiazolinone
  • Synthetic ragrance
  • yellow 5
  • blue 1

There are much safer choices for shampoos to kill fleas on dogs. Don’t you agree?

Here is one: Dr. Bronners peppermint soap cut half in half with vinegar would be just as effective. (You can get Dr. Bronners at Trader Joe’s or any Health food store)

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