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Are Human Wet Wipes Safe... to Use on Your Furry Friend?

 

Wet wipes are every parent’s saving grace. They can be great for quickly cleaning spills, getting dirt off grubby faces, make-up off clothes, and much, much more. Most people keep wet wipes or even baby wipes at hand in their homes to clean up easy messes, regardless of if they have kids!

In fact these have been one of the MOST frantically scooped up items in amongst the COVID-19 shelf clearing drama of late.

But what if your kid happens to have four legs and a tail? As a pet parent, can you use your regular wet wipes or baby wipes on your fur babies as well?

The answer is simply: no.

Human wet wipes and baby wipes are not suitable for use on pets. In fact, Human wipes can be up to 200 times too acidic for your pet’s skin. This is because the pH balance of your pet’s skin is very different to that of a human’s.
pH Scale

To give you an idea, the pH scale runs from 1 to 14, with 1 being the highest level of acidity and each step on the scale toward 1 equalling a 100x increase in acidity. A human’s skin has a pH balance between 5.0-6.0 and a dog’s skin sits between 6.5 – 7.5. This means that human skin is far more acidic than a dog’s and can therefore withstand products which contain much higher amounts of acidity. Using wipes intended for humans on pets can lead to irritation, itching, sores and even leave your little friend at risk of potentially developing dermatitis or fungal infections.

So, the next time your furry friend runs through the house with muddy paws, remember to steer clear of those human wet wipes!

If you're someone who loves using wipes for solving most of lives messes, then be sure to try our new Bamboo Bio Wipes. These wipes are pH balanced especially for your pet’s skin, are made from bamboo, contain a soothing chamomile extract and even mild antibacterial. They’ll make tasks like getting mud or dirt off paws, cleaning away drool and other stains around their mouth or under eye gunk easy.

Plus, we wouldn’t be doing our part to keep Australia clean if our Bamboo Bio Wipes weren’t also completely biodegradable, meaning they’ll break down in landfill within just 12 months. 

Keep your pet happy and healthy by making sure if your reaching for a wipe to use on your pet it’s correctly pH balanced to suits their skin.