Washing the Dog with Dr. Bronner’s (Video)

Check out this updated 2018 video: Dog Washing with Dr. Bronner’s Soap

Meet Sandy. She’s my 12-ish year old dachshound-something-or-other. She has kindly agreed to be my model in demonstrating how great the castile soap is in washing dogs. The castile soap works fabulously to remove the dirt, oils, and even pests on dogs. (We’re not certified about the pest part, but it does work.) It is very gentle on sensitive skin and can help dogs who have itching issues. And, although I’ve been fortunate enough not to know this firsthand, the Peppermint Castile soap apparently is a fabulous de-skunker.

The principles are pretty much the same as with washing people, except you’ll need more soap because dogs are hairier (usually) and dirtier (usually). You still want to be careful to keep the soap out of their eyes, and keep water out of their ears.

317 thoughts on “Washing the Dog with Dr. Bronner’s (Video)

    • Hi Monica – No one likes a pup with itchy or irritated skin. Tea tree is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it could be helpful for your pup. Another option is the Unscented, which great for people with sensitive skin.

  1. Hello! Beside peppermint , what other scent can I use on my dog? Don’t you that is unscented?

    • Hi Rosellina- If your pup has sensitive skin, the Unscented Castile soap is a good bet, but otherwise all of our scents work equally well in getting your dog clean.

  2. Hi, Is plant extracts be used as substitute of water? Or if it is possible to add it, when is the best time to add it on liquid castile soap? Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you

    • Hi Jerica- I’m afraid I don’t know what you mean by plant extracts. Can you give me a little more information?

    • Hi Dawn – Yes, the Castile is perfect for puppies. You might want to consider using the Unscented Castile, just to be extra gentle on them.

      Tucker got another bath just this morning! I used pure Eucalyptus because it was a little chilly for the cooling effect of the Peppermint. He would have been fine. I would have been the one that got cold!

  3. Please don’t recommend Tea Tree oil for pets. It is actually toxic to dogs. Better option that are non toxic are Lavender or rosemary.

    • Hi Julie- Thanks for bringing this up. Tea Tree essential oil is an excellent natural antimicrobial – fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Although it is a natural substance, extracted directly from a plant, it is still quite potent. As you point out, dogs can be sickened with too high of a concentration. In our soaps, because the tea tree oil is low at 2%, and the soap is then washed off leaving a very small window of time for absorption, there is no danger. Dogs also do not clean themselves as enthusiastically as cats, so even if there were some residue from the tea tree oil, they would be unlikely to ingest it. But if there is a concern, I can say that Tucker enjoys the Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Lavender all equally well. For bathing cats, we recommend the Unscented Castile soap with no essential oils exclusively, because they do so arduously bathe themselves.

  4. What about cats? Can you wash cats with this, since they lick themselves? I had heard essential oils can be toxic for cats and to be careful with diffusing them around cats but not sure if that’s true.

    • Hi Faye- Yes, essential oils can be toxic to cats. Because cats are fastidious bathers, recommend the Unscented Castile Soap for bathing cats, as it contains no essential oils.

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