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high-quality, natural, and pH-balanced pet shampoo bars

Pets are part of our family and also deserve to have high-quality, zero-waste, and natural care products. We developed our pet shampoo bars especially for our own CDO (chief dog officer) and now we’re happy to share them with pets all over Switzerland and beyond. They get your pet really clean, while still being gentle on their skin and on their noses.

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how do i use a nul pet shampoo bar?

To use our pet shampoo bars,

  • First, wet your pet with warm water
  • Then gently rub the shampoo bar all over its body (avoiding the eyes and ears)
  • Then put your bar to the side
  • Use your hands to rub the area you would like to clean
  • Rinse thoroughly (until your pet’s fur feels squeaky clean)

how do i store a nul pet care bar?

It’s best to store your Nul pet care bars out of the direct flow of water and allow for good drainage to make it last as long as possible. While we are currently working on a few solutions but until then we recommend the following:

  • Place on a soap dish with good drainage on a shelf somewhere out of the direct flow of water in your shower or on your basin
  • Place on top of a washcloth or soap rest
  • Remove from the shower or bath each time and place on a soap rest to drain

We’ve written a whole post about how to store soap and shampoo bars. Check it out for more information.

can i use a nul soap bar for my pet instead?

We don’t recommend you use any soap to wash your pet’s fur. This is because the pH of soap is alkaline (8-10) and is incompatible with the acidic pH of your pet’s skin (6.5) and hair (3.5).

The pH of any pet care product is really important. This is because if you expose your pet’s fur to an alkali pH (above 7), it raises the hair cuticle which makes it look dull and dry. But you also want the pH to be high enough so it doesn’t irritate your pet’s skin. So it’s important to look for pet shampoo bars with a pH between 5.5-6.5 (like ours!). Any lower and you risk irritating your pet’s skin, and any higher and your pet won’t have shiny fur.

Soap can also react with hard water. This leaves an alkali residue on your pet’s skin and fur in the form of calcium salt. While an acidic rinse like a vinegar rinse can combat this, a pH-balanced pet shampoo is a much easier way to get rid of any build-up and ensure it doesn’t come back.

what if my dog has very sensitive skin?

If your dog has sensitive skin, you’re in the right place. We don’t use any essential oils or ingredients that are toxic to dogs. A list of toxic essential oils is included below.

Our pet shampoo bars don’t contain any sulfates, parabens, fragrance, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, isothiazolinones, or animal products. All of these ingredients can irritate sensitive skin, or are harmful when ingested (and we know how much our pets love to lick themselves!).

We scent our pet shampoo bars very lightly with safe essential oils that help to repel insects, like lavender and neem oil. We avoid strong scents. This is because our pet’s sense of smell is much better than our own (a dog’s sense of smell is around 40X better!), and anything too strong can be very disturbing for them.

Finally, we use very gentle cleansing agents and fairtrade shea butter (the same we use in our human shampoo) to leave your pet fresh and clean but ensure its skin isn’t stripped of its own natural oils.

Essential oils toxic to dogs

  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Sweet birch
  • Tea tree
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang ylang
  • Anise
  • Clove
  • Thyme
  • Juniper
  • Yarrow
  • Garlic

are your pet shampoo bars anti-bacterial?

Yes. Any surfactant is naturally anti-bacterial, you don’t need any fancy ingredients for this. Shampoos with “active” anti-bacterial ingredients are no more effective than regular shampoo.

Explained simply, the molecules of any surfactant (the cleansing agents we use in our shampoos) have one end that loves water, and one end that loves oil.

If you wash your pet with shampoo, the surfactant molecules act as a link between the water you’re washing with and the oil and grime on your pet’s skin and fur. A molecule of water joins to one end of the surfactant molecule and a molecule of oil joins to the other end.

When you rinse your pet, the whole lot washes off, lifting the oil off your pet’s skin and taking the bacteria with it.

i've run out of my own nul shampoo and all i have left is a nul pet shampoo bar. can i use it on myself?

Sometimes it happens! While the pH of nul pet care bars is specifically tailored to the slightly higher pH of pet skin, we use many of the same high-quality natural ingredients in our pet care bars as we do in our human shampoo bars.

So the short answer is yes. In a pinch, you can use your pet’s shampoo bar until your new nul order arrives.