Tips for Bathing a Pet With Palmolive

By Jo Chester

Pets ideally should be bathed using shampoo specifically formulated for them. Pet shampoo has been developed for animals’ skin pH levels and to prevent residue from being left on their fur. However, Palmolive can be used in an emergency or to remove heavy soil from animals’ fur, such as oil. It also has been used as an aid to control flea infestation.

Uses for Palmolive Dish Detergent

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Palmolive detergent has a pleasant aroma. This, combined with its powerful cleansing ingredients, may make it useful for battling unpleasant aromas in your pet’s coat. Because Palmolive is formulated to cut grease on dishes, it is useful for removing excess oils on a pet’s coat; however, it may strip the natural oils your pet needs for a healthy coat, so it should not be used often. Palmolive dish detergent may destroy flea exoskeletons, meaning it can be used to kill adult fleas already on your pet before starting regular flea treatment.

Removing the Skunk Scent

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Combine 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to produce an effective treatment for skunk spray aroma. This product is combustible, so do not store it after use.

Rinsing and Conditioning

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Any dish detergent is harsh compared to pet shampoo. Choose basic formulations, such as the green Palmolive dish detergent. Do not use antibacterial detergent. Always rinse your pet well when using Palmolive, to ensure that no harmful residue is left behind. Follow this rinse with a pet conditioner, if possible, to restore healthy oils to the coat.