By HokiesMom on May 29, 2012
Photo by Debbwl
Photo by Debbwl
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I used this shampoo on my pups this past weekend and it worked like a charm. The key to this is leaving it on them for a minimum of 5 minutes. I spoke with my vet about this and she said that the dawn will smother the fleas and she recommended it if you do not want to use the chemicals or give them the pills. One of my pups had a terrible reaction to the pills and I refuse to use them. So glad to have found this recipe. Also makes them very soft and fluffy!"
"Worked wonders on my dogs..will never use anything else"
"This shampoo did not work there are still fleas on my dog.
I think it just makes your dog clean and soft."
"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!"
"I tried this out on my dog (wirehaired dachshund) because he's been scratching like crazy due to fleas. Luckily, I had everything on hand ...but this does NOT work. If anything, he's itching even more now :( The only upside is that he's super soft and extra fluffy now, but this didn't do a single thing to get rid of the fleas / itching problem. Oh well, at least I tried!"
"This did not work at all! My dogs both have a really bad case of fleas and I expected to see a few drop off at least. I did not see one going down the drain. Total waste of ingredients! I followed the recipe exactly. Don't bother with this....total waste of time, dishwashing soap, and vinager!!!"