16 Uses for Bleach: Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo?

www.HealthySkin4Dogs.com               Karen Helton Rhodes, DVM, DACVD                                                 Terri Bonenberger, DVM, DACVD                                  16 Interesting Uses for Bleach:  sneak preview….. #2 is “hypoallergenic dog shampoo”! Bleach is enjoying a surge in popularity in a number of uses.  Some of these uses are medical in nature as antibacterial rinses and hypoallergenic dog shampoo while others are more typical household uses.  Let’s explore some of the uses for bleach (both dogs and people)!   #1  Eczema treatment:  a dilute bleach bath (1/2 cup bleach to 40 gallons water) can help relieve itchy uncomfortable eczema.  Bleach will kill the bacteria on the surface of the skin which contribute to irritation and redness. #2  Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo:  Bleach is the topical treatment of choice for multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria in both the dog and in people.  If you are in the hospital with MRSA, you will likely receive instructions for soaking in a bleach bath.  These difficult strains of bacteria are not resistant to bleach!  A new use for an old ingredient!  Dogs with allergy are prone to secondary bacterial and yeast infections due to a damaged epidermal lipid barrier. 

www.HealthySkin4Dogs.com               Karen Helton Rhodes, DVM, DACVD     

                                           Terri Bonenberger, DVM, DACVD                                 

16 Interesting Uses for Bleach:  sneak preview….. #2 is “hypoallergenic dog shampoo”!

Bleach is enjoying a surge in popularity in a number of uses.  Some of these uses are medical in nature as antibacterial rinses and hypoallergenic dog shampoo while others are more typical household uses.  Let’s explore some of the uses for bleach (both dogs and people)!

 

#1  Eczema treatment:  a dilute bleach bath (1/2 cup bleach to 40 gallons water) can help relieve itchy uncomfortable eczema.  Bleach will kill the bacteria on the surface of the skin which contribute to irritation and redness.

#2  Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo:  Bleach is the topical treatment of choice for multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria in both the dog and in people.  If you are in the hospital with MRSA, you will likely receive instructions for soaking in a bleach bath.  These difficult strains of bacteria are not resistant to bleach!  A new use for an old ingredient!  Dogs with allergy are prone to secondary bacterial and yeast infections due to a damaged epidermal lipid barrier. 

This damaged skin barrier allows bacteria and allergens to gain easy access.  Dilute bleach (sodium hypochlorite….not hypochlorous acid) combined with ingredients to hydrate and repair a damaged skin barrier is the perfect answer for an allergic dog (or person!).  

This damaged skin barrier allows bacteria and allergens to gain easy access.  Dilute bleach (sodium hypochlorite….not hypochlorous acid) combined with ingredients to hydrate and repair a damaged skin barrier is the perfect answer for an allergic dog (or person!).  

The product will both treat the rash and redness as well as prevent recurrence…..all at the same time as repairing a damaged epidermal lipid barrier.  Treat, prevent, & repair!

It's all about the ingredients. Any perfect recipe, high quality, effective ingredients, combined in exactly the right proportions, are critical to a product’s success. These are the key ingredients that make Recovery Shampoo & Spray so effective at clearing infection and helping to prevent new breakouts. It is widely known that dilute concentrations of Sodium Hypochlorite can be used to prevent and treat skin infections in people and pets but yet still be gentle enough for daily use. You’ll find it in both steps 1 and 2. Salicylic acid (step 1) is excellent at removing debris from the skin’s surface that contributes to infection, inflammation and odor. Rosemary-mint (step 1) and Eucalyptus (step 2) are soothing, calming and will give your dog that spa experience. Ceramides, Vitamin E, Fatty Acids (step 1) and Allantoin (step 2) nourish and repair damaged skin. Used in the right sequence and in our proprietary formulations, these tried and true ingredients both treat and control your dog’s skin problems.

It's all about the ingredients.

Any perfect recipe, high quality, effective ingredients, combined in exactly the right proportions, are critical to a product’s success. These are the key ingredients that make Recovery Shampoo & Spray so effective at clearing infection and helping to prevent new breakouts.

It is widely known that dilute concentrations of Sodium Hypochlorite can be used to prevent and treat skin infections in people and pets but yet still be gentle enough for daily use. You’ll find it in both steps 1 and 2. Salicylic acid (step 1) is excellent at removing debris from the skin’s surface that contributes to infection, inflammation and odor. Rosemary-mint (step 1) and Eucalyptus (step 2) are soothing, calming and will give your dog that spa experience. Ceramides, Vitamin E, Fatty Acids (step 1) and Allantoin (step 2) nourish and repair damaged skin. Used in the right sequence and in our proprietary formulations, these tried and true ingredients both treat and control your dog’s skin problems.

#3 Fight Foot Odor:  Smelly feet in people can be embarrassing.  Bleach can eliminate that odor.  Mix one gallon of warm water with ½ cup of bleach and soak.

 

#4  Purify Water:  In an emergency…….bleach can be used to purify water.  Add small quantity and let stand for 1 hour before consuming. 

 

#5  Clean Plastic Lawn FurnitureMix one cup bleach to one gallon water to remove stains and mildew from lawn furniture.

 

#6  Kill Weeds:  Pour undiluted bleach in cracks and crevices of your sidewalk to kill weeds and prevent regrowth.

 

#7  Extend the life of your cut flowers:  Add a small amount of bleach (approx.. ¼ teaspoon/ quart water) to keep your flowers fresh and prevent bacterial growth that clouds the water.  Be careful, don’t add too much bleach or you could damage the flowers……remember tip #6!

 

#8  Disinfect Toys:  Prevent the spread of germs by cleaning children’s toys.  Soak toys for 10 minutes in a dilute solution of ¼ cup bleach to one gallon of water.  Then rinse and dry before placing in the toy box.

 

#9  Clean Glassware :  Add a capful of bleach to your dishwasher to make glassware sparkle.

 

#10  Remove Stains :  Soak stubborn stains on old china for an hour in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of bleach to one cup of water, rinse and wipe dry.

 

 

#11 Remove Moss and Algae:  Scrub away moss and algae from your concrete, brick, stone, stucco, or tile walkways with bleach.  Mix one gallon of water wit ¾ cup of bleach.

 

#12  Clean Counters and Cutting Boards :  One teaspoon of bleach diluted in 2 quarts of water can be used to clean counter tops and wood cutting boards.  Be careful not to saturate the wood.  Wipe in small circles and then wipe with damp paper towel.

 

#13  Disinfect trash cans  :  Bleach will remove both odor and harmful bacteria.

 

#14  Disinfect Gardening tools :  Prevent the chance of transferring disease from one plant to another by cleaning gardening tools with bleach.

 

#15  Clean the Garbage Disposal

 

#16  Clean Grout in the Bathroom

 

Bleach is an amazing ingredient when used in the correct proportions.  

How to Use We know dogs’ skin. Recurrent itch, rash and inflamed skin typically occurs due to skin allergies (eczema/atopic dermatitis, flea allergy, food allergy). Skin allergies in dogs create a “perfect storm” of microscopic events- bacterial & yeast overgrowth, excess oil production, dead skin cells and inflammation. All these factors cause the odor and itch you notice with your dog. Recovery Shampoo & Spray is a system formulated to heal and clear infection, it also helps to restore skin to a healthy-looking appearance. STEP 1: CLEANSE WITH RECOVERY SHAMPOO When active skin problems are present, bathe 2-3 times weekly until the skin condition resolves, then weekly to maintain skin health.  STEP 2: SOOTHE & REPAIR WITH RECOVERY SPRAY Apply leave-on spray after bathing and once daily in between baths until the skin condition resolves; then several times weekly to maintain skin health. The leave-on spray does not require rinsing and may be applied to wet or dry skin. 

How to Use

We know dogs’ skin. Recurrent itch, rash and inflamed skin typically occurs due to skin allergies (eczema/atopic dermatitis, flea allergy, food allergy). Skin allergies in dogs create a “perfect storm” of microscopic events- bacterial & yeast overgrowth, excess oil production, dead skin cells and inflammation. All these factors cause the odor and itch you notice with your dog. Recovery Shampoo & Spray is a system formulated to heal and clear infection, it also helps to restore skin to a healthy-looking appearance.

STEP 1: CLEANSE WITH RECOVERY SHAMPOO

When active skin problems are present, bathe 2-3 times weekly until the skin condition resolves, then weekly to maintain skin health. 

STEP 2: SOOTHE & REPAIR WITH RECOVERY SPRAY

Apply leave-on spray after bathing and once daily in between baths until the skin condition resolves; then several times weekly to maintain skin health. The leave-on spray does not require rinsing and may be applied to wet or dry skin.