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Have you ever thought about using something other than shampoo to clean your dog? The answer, it turns out, is pretty straightforward. You may want to use soap.

By Laura Pakis, Certified Dog Trainer and Cynologist,

Your dog needs a bath, but after walking down the pet aisle, you’ve noticed there are quite a few options. What’s good?  And what isn’t the best?  Penny and Autumn had the chance to try out Homebrewed dog soap. That’s right, a soap, not a shampoo, and we all think the results were fantastic.

Why Homebrewed Dog Soap is great

The bathing product should have a pH appropriate for the dog’s skin

When looking for something to bath your dog with making sure the pH value is especially formulated for a dog’s delicate skin (between 6.5 to 7.5).

HomeBrewed Dog Soap is between this range.

The bathing product should use mild cleansing ingredients which also moisturize.

HomeBrewed Dog Soap is made with their HomeBrewed Beer and oils of Safflower, Coconut, Olive, and Castor. They use a unique blend of 100% essential oils that will help to fight off nasty pests while leaving your dog smelling fresh! 

The bathing product should be easy to rinse out.

The soap worked beautifully on Penny and Autumn.  After rubbing the soap into a lather, we could easily rinse both their coats out reasonably quickly.

Avoid bathing products that contain parabens, sulfates, artificial dyes, phthalates.

Parabens like methylparaben, propylparaben and isopropylparaben are used as preservatives. The problem with parabens is they can act as endocrine disruptors that may increase the likelihood of cancerous growths further down the road. Not only can these chemicals be absorbed by the skin (your pet’s and yours), they can also be flushed into our drinking supply. Surfactants like ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate are known carcinogens that cause skin irritation. Artificial dyes are typically made from petroleum and can contain a host of by-products that aren’t always harmless. Phthalates are molecules found in some fragrances linked to congenital disabilities.

HomeBrewed Dog Soap is made with natural oils, butters, natural colorants, additives, and essential oils.

The bathing product does not need to be expensive to be good.

Dog-specific shampoos can be a bit pricey.

When using a bar of soap, those last bits and pieces can be put into a bag and used on your pup!  What I loved was that I could hold it in my hand and rub the oils on both Penny and Autumn’s coat. Then put the bar down and work the oils into a nice creamy lather. There is no waste with this dog shampoo bar, and you don’t have to worry about using too much as you control that!


We do have one word of warning – make sure to keep the soap away from your dog’s reach as the smell may entice them to take a bite!  We almost had an incident with Autumn. Ingestion of soap can be harmful.

Four out of Four Paws

Acme Canine gives HomeBrewed Soaps for Dogs 4 paws up.  It meets all the qualities of a great dog bathing product and smells lovely as well.

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