PO Box 77
Lucernemines, PA 15754
9/18/2013 7:32 PM
© 2013 STAR
What's so special about it?
For the last 30 years, Dawn dish detergent has been the number one
choice of wildlife rehabilitators in cleaning up the messes caused by
oil spills in the ocean. It is very forgiving towards the environment-
you can use it outside without worrying about chemical pollution,
killing grass, or other general harm to the environment. It has no
fumes and is totally biodegradable. Up to 90% of wildlife rescued in
oil spills is successfully cleaned up and released thanks to DAWN!
What's it have to do with dogs?
The most effective skunk solution out there includes Dawn dish
detergent (2tsp), hydrogen peroxide (1qt 3%) and baking soda (1/4c). An
alternate, successful method is to use vinegar with the Dawn, either
beforehand or mixed in with it. The Dawn is a degreasing agent and
strips the odor containing skunk oils from the coat. While many dish
soaps can work in its place, Dawn has been hailed as the most effective
and it does remain one of the safest soaps out there. It works
similarly with most stenches, like that of dogs who roll in poop or get
into garbage, etc.
Dawn does, however, have the capability to cause some harm- but in a
beneficial way to you and your dog. Dawn's powerful degreasing ability
can strip the protective coating from most insects' bodies, allowing
the moisture of soap and water to breach their external layers and
cause them to drown. Green gardeners use a mild soap and water solution
(a couple teaspoons soap per gallon of water) to kill bugs on plants.
Though some plants can be sensitive to anything like that, most aren't,
it's so safe! Ever find an insect in a bowl or puddle of water outside,
able to "swim" on the surface and often climb back out once they get to
the edge? Won't happen with Dawn. In fact, because Dawn helps to break
the surface tension of water and changes its density, most insects
can't even stay on the surface, they simply sink.
Flea and tick shampoos often contain harmful, toxic pesticides that
don't even work as well as this simple, everyday household item in
killing fleas and ticks. Expensive dips that groomers use, especially
those containing Neem, create fumes that can be DEADLY to your dogs or
cats, and if your pet swallows the shampoos/dips that contain these,
they can become very ill or die. If your pet swallows Dawn, chances are
they won't even get nauseous- unless, of course, they ingest a high
volume so no letting them drink from the bottle. Just watch the eyes- irritation can occur as with most soaps and shampoos.
We have always used dish soap to kill fleas on our dogs. Just lather
them up, let it sit for up to five minutes, rinse and if possible,
follow up with a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner since the Dawn
will have stripped all the oils from their coat and skin. Last week the auther
took her Irish setter, Toby, for a walk and he came home covered in gross TICKS. They
weren't attached yet, but I had to take a flea comb all over him and
brush them out, sometimes pulling 4 or 5 out of his fur with one stroke
of the comb. I had taken a metal dog bowl filled with water, added a
teaspoon or two of regular blue Dawn to it and stirred it up a bit, and
as I pulled the ticks off the dog I dumped them into the bowl. Every
single tick sank to the bottom quickly and was dead within a minute.
Following the initial combover (after which 20 ticks were in the bowl)
I gave Toby a bath in the soap, lathering him up good and waiting
around 3 or 4 minutes before attempting to rinse. Nearly a dozen dead ticks fell off
him when the clean water ran over his head and chest- they never had a
chance! As an added bonus, Toby has very waxy ears that must be cleaned
all the time, and so the hair around the outside gets coated with wax,
ear medication and cleaners, etc, and is oily all the time. I put
cotton balls in the ear to help keep them from getting water inside and
carefully rinsed away the Dawn I'd rubbed into the hair around his
ears, and it dried into a nice clean silky texture instead of the usual
waxy, clumpy, oily mess.
I wanted to write this page so that people who are interested in safe
and effective ways of dealing with some common dog owner problems can
have one more great, versatile tool in their arsenal. It is so safe it
can be used on puppies as young as one week old!
The best part!
Dawn is currently running a promotion to help raise money for two
wildlife conservation groups, the International Bird Rescue Research
Center and the Marine Mammal Center. Every bottle of Dawn you buy (look
for the ones with pics of birds and mammals on them) will equal a
dollar (US) donated to these causes, up to $500,000. You just have to
go onto their website (www.dawnhelpswildlife.com) and enter the code from your bottle to register your donation.