Homemade Flea Shampoo
If a member of your family is of the furry four legged variety, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve had the pleasure of dealing with fleas at one point or another. No matter how you look at it, dealing with these itchy pests is no fun. It’s time consuming, expensive, and worrisome. While I can’t prevent your fur-baby from ever bringing fleas home again, I can help you get rid of them and save money with homemade flea shampoo.
Homemade flea shampoo is an easy and inexpensive way to rid your pet of unwanted guests. Making it only takes a few minutes and the ingredients are pretty cheap (in comparison to most flea prevention or removal products). Plus, this recipe for homemade flea shampoo really works. Forget buying product after product just to find your furry friend is still infested with fleas… this will take care of them.
Another huge advantage of homemade flea shampoo is what is in it. Say goodbye to harsh, foul smelling substances that make you think “is this even safe?” Homemade flea shampoo contains natural and soothing products like lavender and peppermint essential oils. These ingredients are gentle on your pets fur and skin and will leave him or her smelling awesome.
½ cup water
⅓ cup Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (mild)
2 tsp. olive oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops tea tree/melaleuca essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Storage container – like a Mason jar and/or pump bottle
1. Wet your dog thoroughly.
2. Suds up with flea shampoo well.
Note: How many pumps you use depends on the size of your dog, for a small dog use about 5 pumps.
3. Leave flea shampoo on for 5 minutes.
4. Rinse dog thoroughly.
For flea and odor control I recommend bathing once a week with this homemade flea shampoo.
I would not recommend using this recipe for homemade flea shampoo exactly as is for cats, as they process things differently than dogs and other animals due to the way their liver works – peppermint and tea tree are a no-no. You could use lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood instead. Please make sure these are a quality 100% therapeutic grade – if you would not ingest them don’t put them on your pets. Please also use your best judgement, do your research, and speak with your veterinarian.
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