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Lavender Oil  
3 User Reviews | 3 YEA

Posted by Pamela (Granite Falls, Washington) on 08/02/2007

[YEA] LAVENDER for flea control. I recommend lavender castile liquid soap to bath them in and diluted essential oil lightly applied to their coats between baths. Initially, I started using lavender because I am so sensitive to chemicals. Now, I use it because it works so well.

Posted by Shirlena (Oakland, MO) on 02/27/2007

[YEA]  Using Lavender essential oil does get rid of fleas on the dogs just like others have said. It will also keep them from getting fleas in the first place. If they do come in contact with them outside, they won't stay on them long.

Here's what I do. I make an all-purpose cleaner for most of my house cleaning that keeps all bugs out. Here's the recipe:

1-cup alcohol
1-cup distilled water
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops peppermint oil

Mix in a 24 to 32 oz. Spray bottle. Shake to mix then spray on and wipe with soft cloth, if needed, use a different dry cloth to buff. Use on just about anything and most surfaces.

My dogs, since they were puppies have slept in a wire cage each. They go to bed at night at the same time and they stay in their home cages while I run errands. They feel safe and secure there. I clean the wire cages with this mix and there have been no bugs on or in the cages. We've not had one bug of any kind (not even spiders) in our house since I started using this mix.Bugs of all kinds hate lavender. This recipe can be altered without any problems. You may use only lavender oil and omit the peppermint oil. You may use different amounts of any of the ingredients and it will still work fine. Also by using this mix, everything will be sparkling clean.

Thanks for a great site.

5 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Mellissa (Monroeton, Pa) on 08/03/2011

I am wondering about using real lemon juice in a bottle (not a real reg. Lemons)to get rid of fleas by just pouring it in a line from there neck to tail, and leaving it on. Can someone who really has knowledge about lemon remedys answer my question. Thank You mellissa

Posted by Robyn (Hampton, Tn) on 12/21/2009

[YEA]  Homemade Flea Repellent

You can make an effective flea repellent from lemon by cutting it into quarters and immersing it in boiling water. This is then steeped overnight to get you the repellent. By spraying this all over your pet, especially behind the ears and generally around the head, and also at the base of the tail and the 'armpits', you can rid it of fleas.

I am wondering if Grapefruit boiled in pieces in water and then steeped overnight would do the same thing...probably would.

Also as a note...dawn baths, baby shampoo and peroxide mixed together baths, and dove baths afterward are great for killing fleas, and the dove washing makes the skin feel better if it is dry.


Replied by Joy
Fayetteville, N.c.
Can that be used on cats also?

Posted by Donna (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) on 06/30/2007

[YEA]  My dog had fleas when she was four months old, and I didn't feel comfortable using flea medication on her because she was too small for store bought medication, and the stuff from the vet was too expensive. I read that there's something about lemons or lemon juice that repells fleas. I cut some lemons into quarters, and covered them with boiling water. I let the water sit overnight, and in the morning poured it into a spray bottle. I sprayed her several times a day with the lemon water, and also put some crushed garlic into her food. The fleas were gone in no time, and since lemons and garlic only cost a couple of dollars, I saved lots of money!

Replied by ED
Balto, Maryland
For Donna from Ontario. How much water, and how many lemons?

Lye Soap  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Helen (Cynthiana, Kentucky) on 06/03/2009

[YEA]  if you have dogs like we do use homemade lye soap and give them a bath in it every 10 to 14 days apart after the first oneand give them all natural dog treats and then after about a week if they are still scratching some rub some aloe vera on their coats and their stomach and it works thank you Helen

Replied by Glenessary9
Salt Lake City, Utah, Usa
Lye soap is bad for the dog and its skin, also aloe vera is toxic to dogs.

Lysol, Bleach and Joy  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Sara (Albertville, Al) on 07/20/2008

[YEA]  I have read comments about home remedy's for flea infestation in cats..I use a recipe given by my sister's vet and it works very well on the flea's AND the eggs-is safe and the animal's smell good after a bath with it. Mix 2 tbs of Lysol-2 tbs bleach- 8 tbs of Joy lemon dish soap. Use this "shampoo" and all flea's will be gone and no eggs to hatch out later.....

EC: Warning! Combining bleach with other household cleaners is contraindicated! Please read this article before combining any chemicals together:

Multiple Remedies  
5 User Reviews | 2 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Hiaama (Miamisburg, Oh, Usa) on 11/27/2011

[YEA]  I too have had the experience of living with itchy dogs. 10 pound Chorkie suffered all night and day. She is one of what began as six dogs so flea prevention is crucial. Our family is now down to 3 dogs due to old dogs going over the rainbow :-) THE Chorkie and our two Blue Heelers/Healers.

Here is our story: flea treatment from a vet, 150.00 per month. Grocery store dog crunchies, 20.00 per month, chorkie illness, 210.00 per one time only. then it occured to me to come here as I do for my own health and well being.

After reading all the information here I realized that while fleas are no day at the dog park it was not my Twinkie's trouble nor was the alleged flea allergy that cost $210.00. She received advantix and a 6 month cortisone/steroid shot along with a pat on the head and well wishes. Advantix left a huge lesion on her shoulder for more than 2 months.

To spare my readers of a long and emotionally driven story I will now get to the point. I changed the diet stopped the chemicals and got over my fear of over bathing my dogs

My dogs get homemade dog food that changes every week. A scant splash of ACV, Oatmeal, salmon fresh parsley fresh, canned pumpkin, garlic and coconut oil, one week, brown rice farm fresh organic free range eggs parsley garlic coconut oil the next. Turkey black beans and rice you get the picture. It cost no more than 5 dollars a week for me to cook it up while I prepare our family meal. The two heelers also get a couple fish oil capsules, Twinkie will not eat it under any circumstances.

They get a bath once a week with baking soda, anti fungal dog shampoo and a nice rinse of ACV. A drop of lavender oil on each neck every night. We have seen a huge improvment in the scratching. The heelers smell so much more like dogs and the ears are getting much better. Everyone'c coats are soft and silky and we are all sleeping much better. Healing is a process just as the illness is. Stick with it and trust in our mother earth to provide all we need for health and wellness.



Replied by Avery
Orchard Park, Ny.
Did you mean a welsh corgi? sorry, off topic.

But I was wondering if you ever tried benadryl for your dog, cause I use it on mine and he doesn't scratch and his sores are all gone. Its helped, but your using nothing but nature remedies rather that chemical stuff right?

If thats the case, have you tried c and d vits. As well as vitamin e? Cause that helps encourage moist skin as well as soft fur.

I don't know how you feel about adding a cap full of vegitable oil to your dog's food but it also is a great remedy for skin health. If this helps, no dog likes taking medicince. Lol. But if you put the vitamen in something like cream cheese or peanut butter, or even a tim-bit donut for Tim hortons, it works.. But anything with the consistancy of cream cheese or peanut butter works. I just prefer using cream cheese, cause a little of it goes along way. Plus, the dog stopped stealing my cream cheese buttererd bagels, lol.

At least, as far as I know, but I'm young, and still learning. And you seem to know alot more than myself.

Posted by Dorrie (Austin, Texas) on 10/26/2011

Here's what's finally gotten my dogs' horrible allergies under control: she's allergic to flea bites and the harmful spot-on treatments had ceased to work, so I took her off and put her on chewable garlic and brewers yeast tabs. They stopped biting her after a few weeks. Combed her everyday to get them off her. I have a huge yard and cats that are indoor/outdoor and are able to wander over to the neighbors' yards so they bring them in. Diatamacious earth on the lawn lessened them but still have to do lots of flea combing. Put the dog on holistic grain free food and at night she gets raw- the chicken in the big sausage kind. Tried various shampoos and AVC rinses, so-so. Tried enzymes etc. Found a spray called Dermacton and a bar shampoo they make. Shea butter oil and essential oils that have moisturized her coat and also repels fleas. She stopped itching like immediately and smells devine. She doesn't really like being sprayed but seems to know it helps. This past week she's been scratching some more and I think it's because she's been off the raw food. So... It seems to be a combination of keeping her on the raw food with a pinch of kelp added, washing her feet to get rid of the stuff she walks through and spraying her every other day or as needed with the spray. The spray has definitely made the biggest difference though. Just wish they'd lower the price.

Posted by Whitney (Lucasville, Ohio) on 11/22/2008

[NAY]  I lived in a house that had all tiled floors & I had 2 cats. After a while my boyfriend ended up getting a ferret, which some how got fleas. So of course all 3 played together and the cats got them too. Now we have moved to a house with shag carpet and I know the fleas are unbelievable...I just dont seem to get bit. Since then the cats have been miserable, so I gave up on the flea baths and bombs and put them both outside. The ferret is still inside and I have to bathe him atleast once a week. Which is not recommendation is every few months. But the fleas are driving him crazy, and I have to change his bath water multiple times because of all the fleas floating. I have had flea shampoo, flea bombs, and some sort of flea spray. IT DOESNT WORK! I set off 6 bombs in my house in 2 days and within 30mins of letting the ferret run around he was covered. I dont know what to do...for him. Im fine. But his hair is starting to thin out in the back of his neck and his skin is very irritated from scratching. Im just tired of going to the store and spending a bunch of money on things that absolutely does not work. If anyone knows something that DOES work please email me and let me know! Thanks!!

Posted by Candice (Victorville, CA) on 11/21/2006

[YEA]  We rescued two kittens, just to find out that they were infested with fleas. Since they were so young they could not use the traditional flea baths/powers/creams. This is when I searched (earthclinic) and seen the remedy. I decided to combine a couple of them.

*Dish soap (Ajax, but any will do).
*Rice Vinegar (this is just what I had)
*Baby shampoo
*Heating pad (optional)

First-what I did was filled up the sink half way with lukewarm (make sure not too hot, because what is comfortable to us is hot to them) I then added the VINEGAR (any vinegar will work!) I put a very good helping.

Second-I dipped the kittens in the vinegar solution (minus their heads) then I began to massage the DISH SOAP on. YOU WILL SEE THE FLEAS RUNNING! They will be running towards the head. This is when you lather the kitten with the BABY SHAMPOO ... try your hardest not to get any in the eyes.

Third-Now dip the kitten back into the solution (making sure not to get the head wet) and use a cup or your hands to make sure that you are saturating the fur entirely.

Fourth-This is where it gets tricky. Using a pair of tweezers, tweeze off all of the fleas that you can. THIS IS TIME CONSUMING! But it is worth it! When done tweezing, redip and then rinse off with lukewarm (not too warm) water, and towel dry.

This is when the heating pad will come in handy. What I did was set it on LOW, and put a towel/small blanket over it and then set the kitten down on top if it (first checking to make sure that it wasn't too hot) this is when I went flea hunting once again. This was about an hour process, with two kittens. Once I was finished, I towel dried them very well, and the kittens went right to sleep. I haven't had any reinfestations and I only did this the one time. I have 10 (all rescued) cats and it would be very hard for me if they became reinfested, but so far so good! THANKS!

Replied by Sue
Hazel Green, WI
[YEA]   I just bathed my 2 8 week old kittens with the vinegar and dish soap recipe. We picked some fleas off. It seemed to work for now. Hopefully no more for quite a while. Thanks for having this posted on this sight. I had been looking for a safe remedy for little kittens. They are comfortable under a blanket with a heating pad.
Replied by Sue
Hazel Green, WI
[YEA]   I'm just updating on the flea bath. We did all 3 of our cat in the vinegar, dish soap bath. It has worked wonders. They are happy cats now. Thanks for the cure. Hope everyone can enjoy this website as much as I am.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Stella (OH) on 06/07/2008

[YEA]  If you have a flea problem in your home and you decide to use chemicals, at least use one that Really Works. When we first rescued our dog he came with fleas the only thing in the world that worked for us was Mycodex Plus Environmental Spray. We got it from our vet. We sprayed around the whole inside of house then again in two weeks. It completely worked unlike other crappy chemicals tried. So if you must then at least use Mycodex. We never had a problem again. You can find it many places online.

Natural Flea Control  

Posted by Sloan (T-town, Al) on 06/02/2013

Garlic is still being disputed as a safe food for pets. There are conflicting results on a cat's ability to break down the chemical compositions in the garlic, remember their liver isn't as powerful as ours and even the pollen of an easter lily is enough to cause liver failure. Until there is more evidence of garlic being safe, I would recommend each reader to do their fair share of research to make that call, as there are reports of garlic (in any form) being highly toxic to both cats and dogs.

Also, Diatomaceous Earth is a great product if used properly. Readers need to learn of ALL the precautions on how to properly administer as a pet/home flea prevention method. Using it on carpet gives easy access to the pet's eye causing severe irritation and harmful damage. Since their face is constantly inches from the carpet, breathing the stuff in will happen. This can cause severe lung irritation.

I buy FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous. I use it as a de-wormer for my pets. But this "food grade" is HUMAN food grade and I use it as a supplement for myself (no, not as a de-wormer lol). It has great benefits for us, just research it before you use it, but is does some remarkable things.

When I use it in my carpets, I don't use enough to make a dust when I walk. I do it when my pets are out of the house (outside on porch or getting groomed, at the vets). I don't let them back in until it is settled in the carpet and wiped up, off the counters and floors.

When bought packaged as a human supplement (high grade, pure DE), the package clearly states "Keep from eyes and DO NOT BREATHE". This applies to our animals too. I would recommend not applying it directly on their skin, as some may suggest.

When using natural oils, again be sure to get food grade, high quality essential oils. DO NOT apply it directly to their skin, as they have a different PH than we do, and they often cause severe skin irritation. Even we humans use carrier oils when applying it directly to their skin.

Again, a cat's liver can often not handle many of the essential oil and have a hard time processing them. Their liver is just not as strong as we seem to think. AND YES! They do absorb the oils through their skin, which eventually gets processed by their liver. WE HUMAN DO THIS TOO. Anything that is absorbed by the skin gets processed by our organs. Skin is the largest organ we have. Nicotine patches work by being absorbed through the skin. Normal flea treatment works like this. After it is absorbed, it gets into the blood stream and viola! It's in. So do your research. There are conflicting reports when it comes to your pets ability to handle essential oils.

So be careful what you put on your animals.

I know I sound like a downer, but I'm just trying to inform people to do their research and decide for themselves. When there are conflicting reports, one needs to take precautions.

Fleas are a pain. I know. I have 5 long haired cats and a dog. It's a constant struggle. So far, there is no one answer. Good luck to you all.

Natural Flea Sprays  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Christina (Florence, Alabama/ United States) on 09/30/2011

I am wondering if anyone is familiar with the Ecosmart Organic Insectide. We purchased it to help with a small (or so we hope) flea problem.

The ingredients are:

2-Phenethyl Propionate, Clove Oil, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil, water, Potassium Oleate and Lecithins.

We have sprayed it in two rooms with carpet... And WOW... It definatley has a strong smell... Not chemically, but sure clears the sinuses!

I guess I am not sure what the first ingredient really is... Is it truly safe for pets... And us?

Posted by Cheryl (Centerton, Arkansas) on 09/18/2008

[YEA]  You can use Dawn in a shampooer just put it in the soap container and mix it with water. I also have a spray bottle with flea shampoo and water in it to spray under the beds and hard to reach areas for any fleas & eggs that might have fallen off the dogs. It also works good on furniture and carpet as well for bad cases. If its a mild case like I have now, I recommend water and vinegar solution to spray everything down plus it works as a deodorizer.