Is Dawn dish soap safe for turtles?
Works ok, but I was told by a reptile vet that Dawn dish washer soap (the original blue one) is actually very much safe to use on a turtle shell as long as you make sure to thoroughly wash it all off and don't use too much obviously.
Can turtles die from soap?
Though your first thought may be to grab a sponge and soap, you should never use dish soap, hand soap, or any sort of detergent on your turtle tank. No matter how much you scrub afterwards, residue will be left over that could harm or even kill your turtle once you put him back in.
How often should you bathe a tortoise?
The tortoise should be bathed immediately by standing it in a bath of shallow, luke-warm water. This should be done daily, until the urates return to normal. Generally, this bathing should be done two to three times every week (more often for hatchlings, who can dehydrate more rapidly than adults).