Today’s product review: Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Grooming Wipes by guest blogger Kasi Faulkins.
As someone with a service dog, it’s critical to make sure that he’s always visually appealing – not only does he need to /be/ clean, he also has to /look/ clean. In addition, Tatanka has pretty sensitive skin and severe allergies, which means bathing is out of the question except about once per year. How, then, do I help him stay looking his best? Enter, grooming wipes.
I purchased the 100 ct box of Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Grooming Wipes as an impulse buy from the local pet store for about $15; you can also get them online for about $10 (Amazon has them for only $9.39 & free shipping – aff. link); somewhere between ten and fifteen cents per wipe.
When I’m checking out products for my dogs, quality is the key feature – in this case:
– Are they hypo-allergenic enough for Tatanka’s skin?
– Does it leave him looking clean?
– How durable are they? Is there enough cleanser?
Price is (of course) also important:
– How many am I getting?
– How much does it cost/ how much does it come down to per wipe?
– How many wipes do I need for one dog, and thus how many cleanings will I get per box?
Upon opening the package, I was impressed at the size and weight of the wipes; they’re larger than my hand, and thick enough that they stood up to several passes across the dog, both back and forth. I was able to give Charlie’s muzzle a good scrub with no pilling or anything on the wipe, which I was also impressed with.
As far as the cleaning itself goes, I was a little disappointed in the amount of cleanser – that said, when it comes to hypo-allergenic, less is often more.
If there had been a little more moisture/cleanser on them, I could have done the entire dog with one wipe. As it stands, the moisture lasted enough for me to be satisfied with using two wipes each on my larger dogs (short hair, approx 75 lbs), and one wipe on my ‘smaller’ dog (short hair, approx 65 lbs). Since it was the 100 count box, and I bought it for $15, that means it’s going to be about fifty uses, and 30 cents per ‘bath’ (less if purchased online). Not bad at all.
The most important question, though, is this – does it work?
In my experience, yes! Tatanka didn’t have any skin reactions, which lives up to the ‘hypo-allergenic’ claim, and his coat was left looking shiny, feeling softer, and smelling great (the wipes left a very mild, ‘clean’ scent).
Great product, with the only downside for me being the less-than-satisfying feel of very little moisture in the wipes.
Overall score: 4.25 out of 5