I used to use Dawn, or Palmolive, but got away from it, because I was finding that it caused more dryness, and skin problems in alot of clients. I started using the more 'natural' products on them, and they started coming in with much better skin and coats. I could tell the difference if their owners switched to another groomer, and they did them a couple of times in a row, because their issues would return. Now I know that sometimes it's not "just" one product that causes problems with skin and coat, but I found that eliminating that one, definitely DID make a difference in a heck of a lot of clients that I groomed. I also don't like the fact that dish soaps strip the coat of both good and bad oils; which can be sometimes be directly caused TO the problems dogs\cats have because you upset that chemical balance, and it takes a week for those 'good' oils to return.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."