By HokiesMom on May 29, 2012
Photo by Chef #1477496
Photo by Chef #1477496
"My poor pooch had a couple of fleas on her this summer (never had this issue before) and I needed a way to bathe her and kill the fleas without causing skin reactions as she has so many allergies. I found this through the e-how website and IT WORKED! The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process. Cooking time is actually the time to leave the solution on the dog."
Serving Size: 1 (1287 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"THIS IS AMAZING. I signed up JUST to review this. My dog was absolutely ridden with fleas, and I didn't even know it until I used this concoction. I used a biodegradeable, natural, dye-free dish soap. I began by getting him wet, then starting at his head and working the suds down to his rump. I was shocked to look beneath him and see tons of fleas trying to scurry away from the soap. Soon enough, the scurrying stopped and they were DEAD. As I was rinsing him off and thought I had gotten all the fleas, I noticed a bunch more between his legs... exactly where I hadn't gotten any of the soap. So I applied more and sure enough, they died quickly. It took about 30-40 minutes total because there were SO many fleas and my dog has a thick, long coat (golden retriever mix). After rinsing him, I went through his hair with a nit comb and found a few live fleas, but most were dead. I am going to give him the same treatment in a few days to kill off any remaining fleas. I'm not sure HOW this works, but it does. I would like to know what it does to the eggs, if anything. That is my only concern. I don't want more fleas in a couple days! To be on the safe side, I'm going to spray him with a flea spray, and I expect that to take care of the problem 100%. So glad I found this!!!"
"An economical alternative to those price flee dip shampoos. As the owner of a long haired white dog can tell you some time commercial shampoos do not work in well or worse are hard to rinse out, but this worked in like a dream and rinsed out easier and better than any commercial dog shampoo I have ever used. Best yet is made with things I always have on hand. Thanks so very much for the post. As the dog did not even mined this one we will be making and using again."
"I have been at wit's end with fleas on the dogs this year. I have been treating them with frontline with not a lot of success. I bathed the dogs in this mixture and the fleas came off in droves. They have not been scratching themselves half to death and waking me up with all the scratching."
"IT WORKED! I have 2 mini Doxies(1 L/H, 1 S/H). I applied the shampoo & massaged for 5 mins(atleast). They thoroughly enjoyed that part & rinsed real good. Not a live flea to be found! It not only killed their fleas, made them soft & smelling good. But my s/h has such a prob w grass allergies that it calms down his itchy rash that he gets on his Doxie chest & groin area!(who knew!) Have used this 2x so far. Happy & have a batch made for next time. BRAVO!"
"I haven't used the vinegar but I can attest that Dawn ABSOLUTELY DOES KILL FLEAS :). I saw that tip on pinterest and it worked like a charm. I assume the vinegar is what makes em fluffy because it strips the oils. So if your dog/cat has a smooth or short coat skipping the vinegar should matter much. But be sure to treat your home, pet bedding and yard so that they aren't getting a free ride every time they go out.... It'd defeat the purpose."
"When I saw this on Pinterest, I clicked on it, because my dog had fleas. Did I think it would work? Nope. I thought I would do it, put it on my dog, and nothing. So, I looked on another site, and there it was. So, I tried it. I didn't use White vinegar, because the other site said it wouldn't work as well as apple cider vinegar. I wish I would have used white, it stuck so bad. I washed my dog with his shampoo, and still had to spray perfume on him. Anyways, as I was about to put it on, a flea decided to appear, so I quickly poured it. It jumped off, but quickly died. My only complaint is that my dogs fur is so thick, they just died and stayed on him, so I had to pick them off.
All in all, this actually works. It stinks really bad, but if you can't make it to the vet or can't afford to pay, this is for you! I didn't have time to go, but had to do something. Next time, I will use white, if I have to use it. Also, my dog's coat is very shiny and soft. His white part actually shines."
"My God! It's working wonders! I signed up just to give this a review, as moments ago I finished washing my pup with this recipe. IT'S WORKING! IT'S WORKING! This morning I woke up to seeing my dog scratch profusely and when I examined his underside I saw the ticks moving! I was so horrified and upset that I bathed him and then ran to the nearest pet store for items and I've been cleaning away ever since! I felt as though things would eventually work, but it wasn't working fast enough for me. I searched for flea killing shampoos and this was the most dog-friendly that I could find. I used Braggs Apple Cider vinegar and followed the recipe. Sure enough, after massaging and brushing and rinsing him off I saw the little bstrds... DEAD in the water! And even after I took him out and dried him MORE were coming off, and every time he shook MORE came off of him. I'm so happy that I could cry! Now he's just relaxing and I'm so grateful to you for this easy, thrifty solution!"
"Wow, this was amazing! I did not use Dawn as all I had was Meyer's Clean Day dish soap, but I added the rest of the ingredients and it worked! I was watching a friends dog for the weekend and noticed to my horror tons of big brown fleas moving around her coat. After about a minute of rubbing the shampoo in, all of the fleas died and started lifting from her skin. Disgusting but amazing to see! I'm so glad I didn't have to go spend a bunch of money on nasty chemicals! Thank you for this recipe:)"
"Everyone it is dawn dish soap that kills fleas not the vinegar!!! just wash n the dawn! our local shelters beg for donations of dawn dish detergent."
"Seriously...this is amazing! after 3 rounds of a flea treatment I got brave and decided to throw my cat in the tub! it was worth the scratches to see all of the fleas just rise to the surface of his coat and stop moving! fantastic treatment and so cost effective!"
"This works really well! Ticks dont seem to like this soap either."
"I followed the recipe as written and this made Sugar nice and shiney but it just worked OK on the fleas.. I loved that this called for items I had on hand as her flea dip is getting expensive."
"1) This is not a natural shampoo i it's made with Dawn<br/>2) You don't have to use the vinegar, just washing with dish soap alone will kill fleas"
"Wow....I also signed up just to write this review!.. I have a 3 lb Chihuahua and have trouble finding supplies that are not too harsh for her. This flea removal shampoo worked great!. she had 4 fleas on her which must have felt like a million to the poor little thing, I only had one come off in the bath but 3 more with the comb and all were dead. A bonus is that her little wiry hair even feels kind of soft. :) Happy Us."
"And also, to the ones who said this does NOT work? Your fibbing!!!!!! I don't care how infested your baby is, this WILL work!! Unless you just poured it on and then rinsed right after. You have too rub it into the coat, down to the skin and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. This allows time to drown/kill the fleas. Some people are just negative because they can be. Dunno, I'm just baffled I guess."
"This works, but keep in mind you have to scrub the soap into the fur very thoroughly and make sure it sits on the coat for quite awhile to smother the fleas. The vinegar keeps them from sticking to the coat. Adding some salt or baking soda will also help to spread the solution and get the dog cleaner in the long one. We use this on our dog and it works better than the flea shampoo we have. You still need to make sure you flea proof your house too or they will come back in a few days and it won't kill the eggs so you will need to repeat every 3 or 4 days for 2 weeks. Make sure you treat all animals in the house for best effect."
"Absolutely brilliant have tried everything had the house sprayed spent a fortune on products !! This totally works :-)))"
"This sounds <br/>Ike an excellent home remedy. However, you must treat the PET, YARD, and the HOME. If you don't treat all three you are wasting your time. It is like a cycle. The fleas come in on the host pet and make themselves welcome in the carpet, furniture, bedding,etc. treat your entire yard, and the inside of your house preferably at the same time. It can be a full day project but your pet will love you for it. I knew someone that went on vacation for one week and came home to a full infestation because the hotspot left and the fleas were looking for a new host in the furniture and draperies."
"Pretty good recipe! <br/>We have an 11 m/o puppy and we never found many fleas (maybe 3-4 total) but we noticed he'd been itchy lately, so we decided to make 1/2 batch of this shampoo and it still worked. <br/><br/>We saw fleas migrating to his ears, some dead in the bathtub... After the shower, the puppy was a little itchy, almost as if the fleas were freaking out on his fur, so we gave him his flea treatment (we use Advantage) and we'll see how it goes. <br/><br/>This homemade bath is definitely a good idea if you're short of money or just tired of stuffing your dog with chemicals.<br/><br/>I give it 4 stars because as far as KILLING fleas goes, we don't know yet - he bathed the doggy 2 hours ago. But those little blood-suckers definitely got affected somehow!<br/><br/>Anyway, thanks for sharing this recipe!"
"This recipe was a godsend! Simple to make, using ingredients that we had on hand, and it worked! We could see the fleas dying as we washed our three dogs! I hate the cost and the danger of chemical flea treatments, and this is our new go-to to take care of fleas. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!"