Fido Deserves Chemical-Free Too!

Manufacturers of animal bath products are just as guilty as the makers of human bath and beauty products when it comes to pumping shampoos, soaps, and conditioners full of harmful chemicals and unnecessary ingredients.

Those of us with pets know that they are not just animals who live with us, they are family members. We care for our pets in many ways on a daily basis, so why not treat their skin and fur with the same care you show your own skin, or your children’s skin?

If you read the back of your pet’s shampoo bottle, can you pronounce all of the ingredients? Does it contain sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, or boric acid? Steer clear! There are​ chemicals used in many animal shampoos that should be avoided, especially in the shampoos advertising tick and flea prevention/extermination. Not only are you potentially harming your pet’s skin by washing them with those chemical-filled shampoos, but they are probably ingesting some of it too. Dr. Mercola’s website has a great article that goes into more detail about some of the toxins you will commonly find in animal shampoos, and what he feels is safe for them as an alternative.

Molly’s Suds Dog Shampoo was created as a way to eliminate a source of chemicals in your home and on your loved ones. Four-legged friends deserve a shampoo that is cleansing, nourishing, safe, and smells good too!

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The ingredients on the Molly’s Suds Dog Shampoo are as follows:

Proprietary blend of purified water and coconut oil, folic acid, minerals and enzymes from edible and seed bearing plants, essential oils of lavender and organic peppermint.

All real ingredients. They are natural, chemical-free, and good for your dog’s skin and coat. This was really important to me, as I have to give my dog up to three baths per week! Whenever she has a nice long roll in the grass, I am forced to bathe her because of my pollen and grass allergies. Washing a dog so many times per week with other dog shampoos, you risk drying out your dog’s skin and may cause them to develop rashes and irritation. With Molly’s Dog Shampoo, there has been no problem. In fact, the addition of coconut oil to the shampoo makes for a great moisturizer for dogs with already sensitive and dry skin.

Still using your generic dog shampoo with mystery ingredients? Try a bottle of Molly’s Suds Dog Shampoo to see what you’ve been missing. After one bath, I bet you won’t go back.

By Courtney Perry

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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: What You Need To Know About This Common Ingredient

You’ve seen the words “sodium lauryl sulfate” written on ingredients lists hundreds of times. Maybe you’ve wondered what it is, or maybe not. Any ingredient that appears in so many different products has to be safe, right? Much research suggests otherwise.

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Crest Toothpaste Label

I never had any reason to question sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) before a few years ago when my dentist recommended switching to an SLS-free toothpaste in order to put an end to the canker sores I was continuously getting. I made the switch (Burt’s Bees SLS and Fluoride Free Toothpaste) and haven’t had a canker sore since. Actually, that’s not true. Last weekend I was on vacation and forgot to pack my SLS-free toothpaste. Within 3 days of using a “regular” toothpaste, I had a giant, painful canker sore. Not a coincidence! Now that I’m back home to my SLS-free toothpaste, my mouth is back to normal, and feeling good.

So what IS sodium lauryl sulfate?

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic and even cleaning products. If I challenged you to go to a convenience store right now and bring home a shampoo or toothpaste without SLS, I guarantee you would come back empty handed. It’s what makes shampoo lather and toothpaste bubble.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is actually derived from coconuts, but the process of manufacturing it is what makes it dangerous. SLS is contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product. In fact, several deaths have occurred when workers have been accidentally exposed to it. So while the argument has been made that SLS alone is not dangerous or carcinogenic, why take the risk?

Some of the other risks of ingesting or topically using SLS are irritation of the skin and eyes, developmental and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, hair loss, scalp irritation, and respiratory illness.

The great news is that more and more companies are starting to find ways to create quality, safe products without the use of sodium lauryl sulfate or any of its sister ingredients, like sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulphate.

Check out these products to see for yourself if going SLS-free improves your skin and health the way it has mine:

Shampoo/Conditioner

Toothpaste (SLS and fluoride free!)

Cleaners

Refer to our “DIY cleaning products” post!

Have questions about SLS or other product recommendations? Leave us a comment below!

By Courtney Perry