Borax for Mange - Ted's Remedy for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange

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Borax for Mange

Thousands of dogs around the world have been successfully treated with home remedies for mange, but a simple borax, hydrogen peroxide and water solution has proven to be the best.

Sent to us by our genius contributor in Bangkok over 13 years ago, Ted's dog mange remedy has proven to be a very safe and effective treatment for both Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange.

Since 2006, Ted's borax remedy has gotten rid of mange in thousands of dogs worldwide and is the most popular home remedy on the internet for home mange treatment.

Borax for Mange Recipe

To make Ted's dog mange remedy, you'll need just 2 ingredients: Borax and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Twenty Mule Team Borax is the most popular borax to use for the mange remedy and is available in the USA and around the world.

The hydrogen peroxide does not need to be food grade. It can be the inexpensive peroxide found in every pharmacy and grocery store.

The following instructions apply to dogs of any size. No need to change the measurements for smaller dogs.


  1. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of borax to a clean bucket.
  2. Add 2 cups of hot water and stir vigorously with your hand to dissolve all the borax granules.
  3. Add 2 more cups of warm water. Mix again.
  4. Add 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store. Stir mixture again vigorously and set aside. You will use the mixture after your dog has been bathed and double-rinsed.


  • First, shampoo your dog using a good dog shampoo. Do not use people shampoo as it is not ph-balanced for dog's skin. We particularly like Dermabenss.
  • Double rinse your dog to make sure you remove all shampoo residue.
  • Using a plastic measuring cup, slowly apply the borax solution all over your dog, fully saturating him or her.  Make sure to soak the dog entirely, even in areas unaffected by mange.
  • To treat the face, pour small amounts of the solution into the palm of your hand and slowly apply being careful to avoid getting in the eyes.
  • Pour the borax solution very gently into the dog's skin. Make sure every area is saturated, including the tail and paws.  If your dog has any raw or bleeding areas, do not massage the solution into the dog's skin. Simply apply. Do not rinse off the solution.
  • Let your dog dry out in the sun if it's a warm, sunny day. Do not towel dry. If it's cold out, keep the dog in a warm room after towel drying.

How Often Should I Give Borax Bath to My Dog?

Week 1:  Give borax bath every other day.
Week 2:   Give the borax bath every 3 days.
Weeks 3 - 6:  Give the borax bath once a week.
Weeks 6 - 12:  Give the borax bath bi-weekly.

How Fast Will The Borax Bath Kill Mange?

You will start to see improvement in your dog's condition after the first or second treatment. However, it can take a month or two before full healing takes place.

Can I Use Boric Acid Instead of Borax?

No, boric acid can be toxic to dogs and should not be used in place of borax. Boric acid is often used as a pesticide and can cause serious illness to pets and children if ingested.

Boric acid is created from the mixture of borax with other naturally occurring minerals like boracite and colemanite.

How Do I Treat My Dog's Bedding?

On treatment days, wash your dog's bedding, including any towels you used during the treatment, in hot water with 1 cup of borax. Dry in a dryer on the highest setting.

Should I Treat My Other Pets With The Borax Bath?

Consider giving your other pets at least one borax bath during the first month to help prevent reinfestation of mites.

How Do I Clean Affected Areas Like the Floor and Where My Dog Sleeps?

Use the borax and peroxide solution in a spray bottle to spray down and wipe the floors where your dog lies. Also be sure to cleanse its kennel or sleeping area. If your dog has pillows or blankets, wash them regularly in hot water with 1 cup of borax.

Why Does The Borax Bath Work?

The treatment for mange is made up of three basic components: hydrogen peroxide, borax, and water. When combined in the appropriate ratio, these three components create an effective disinfectant for your dog.

You should use this treatment to cleanse your pet’s skin as well as anywhere the animal has been sleeping, playing, and laying. By disinfecting areas where your dog has been, you can reduce the risk for re-infestation.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide serves as a natural disinfectant and cleanser for the condition. H202 works through oxidation by adding additional oxygen into the equation and creating an environment in where mites simply cannot survive.


Borax, also called sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is effective in killing mites.


Water simply functions to dilute the hydrogen peroxide and dissolve the borax. H202 creates the appropriate solution and makes using the treatment that much easier.

Do I Need To Use Food Grade Peroxide?

No, regular 3% peroxide from any grocery store or pharmacy will suffice.

How Do I Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to 3%?

Many countries sell hydrogen peroxide in concentrations other than 3%. Learn how to dilute H2O2 into 3% here.

Borax for Mange Video

Watch Earth Clinic's popular dog mange treatment video with extensive instructions on how to make and apply Ted's mange solution. We'll also give you important tips to hasten recovery.

Mange Cure Photos

Click here to see the photos and remarkable recoveries from mange using Ted's Borax and Peroxide cure!

Should I Use A Hair Dryer After Borax Bath?

It is best to let your dog air dry in a warm room or out in the sun if it's a warm day after the mange treatment. However, if your dog is shivering uncontrollably, absolutely do use a hair dyer to warm your dog up. If possible, wait half an hour before using the hair dyer to give the solution time to penetrate.

Treating Older Dogs With Mange

Be aware that older dogs get cold very quickly in baths and that it can take hours for their body temperature to warm up after a bath. This is why it is important to bathe a dog either out in the sun on a hot day or in a warm bathroom and to also make sure the room that they dry off in is warm too. Do not bath your dog outside in the winter unless you live in a warm climate.

Editor's Tip

Because our dogs are over 10 years old, we always use a small portable heater in the bathroom during the bath. We also use the heater in the room where they dry off and warm up afterwards.

Other Considerations

Adding a pinch of borax (no more than 1/8 teaspoon) to 1 liter of water for your dog also helps treat mange from the inside out. Learn more about borax for dog's here.

Will Borax Kill Mange?

Borax is an effective natural remedy to kill mange. Borax is a naturally occurring compound found around the world. The compound is very effective in killing mites. Because borax is a natural disinfectant, it can be used safely and effectively to treat your pet’s skin. It is a safe remedy for pest control.

Types of Mange

The most common cause of mange in dogs is exposure to another infected animal from a kennel, pet shelter, dog park, pet stores, groomers (including mobile groomers who come to your house and treat pets in their vans) and vets. The first symptoms of mange often occur two to six weeks after exposure.

Sarcoptic Mange is a highly contagious infection of the skin with parasitic mite called Sarcoptes scabei.

Dogs with sarcoptic mange should be quarantined to a certain section of the house because sarcoptic mange is highly contagious to people and other pets.

Often called demodex or red mange, Demodectic Mange is the most common form of mange in dogs. It is the overgrowth of the parasitic demodex mite which lives in the hair follicles of dogs.

Demodex is not contagious. Either young dogs with weak immune systems or adult dogs with compromised immune systems are often diagnosed with demodetic mange.


Ted’s mange protocol is considered the top natural remedy for mange. If you are trying to eliminate mange in your dog, give this treatment a try for at least a month and let us know how it worked out for your dog. Continue reading for more information from Ted and feedback from hundreds of our readers who have successfully cured mange using Ted's protocol.

Related Links:

Cat Mange Natural Treatment
Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange
Photos of Mange Dogs Cured with Ted's Remedies

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews

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Posted by LKH (North Carolina) on 01/27/2022
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I have been using this borax and peroxide treatment on my dog for a about a year now… It is the only thing in this world that helps! …but I haven't done the every other day baths until now. I am really determined this time ..I have shaved most of the hair completely off my's a game changer.. you can see the problem areas more clearly….you are not expending energy going thru a full haired 80 lb labrador dog..which believe me will wear you out every other day.

I also have used the borax water recipe on all our animals for about 5 years now both dogs and cats and they all are very healthy. Our lab is the only one that has the demodectic mange..He is 9 yrs old.

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Posted by MDS (Canada) on 10/14/2021
3 out of 5 stars

I'm several weeks into this treatment with my dogs and not seeing any difference yet. I've washed them each time before I treated them. Put the treatment in a spray bottle and parted the fur to spray their skin and then work it in more with my fingers. My poor black boarder collie is turning orange from drying in the sun! I'll keep at just cause I don't know what else to do but at this point I'm skeptical.

Replied by Joanne
(New Orleans)

Time to take your dog to the vet

Replied by MissM
(New York)

Get PetMd shampoo or similar if you are in Canada. I used it for mites that I caught outside. Good for humans and pets. It's unscented and gets deep into skin and hair follicle. You can dissolve borax into it. The Sulphur and benzoyl kill and dry out mites. FYI these mites like oils, it's food to them so do not put conditioner on dog or anything like that. If it's severe you may have to get ivermectin. My mites got severe, and had to dose with ivermectin two does three weeks apart and use shampoo in between. Pet MD - Benzoyl Peroxide Medicated Shampoo for Dogs and Cats - Effective for Skin Conditions, Dandruff, Itch Relief, Acne and Folliculitis Relief of Scaling and Itching from Dermatitis, Skin Infections, and Follicular Plugging to Stop Scratcting and Pain. Medicated Shampoo for Relieving Dry Itchy and Irritated Skin. Peroxide, Micronized Sulfur and Salicylic Acid for Powerful Cleaning and Degreasing. Soap and Paraben Free. Contains Skin Moisturizers and Deodorizers to Effectively Remove Scales and Oils from the Coat, Leaving your Dog or Cat Fresh, Clean and Happy.

Replied by MissM

Forgot to mention as well as Pet Md shampoo you can get Nustorck Sulphur ointment, it comes in massive tube. You can add more Sulphur to the shampoo, and then use it as a treatment. Now it's Sulphur and pine in an oil base and it's a bit smelly, but it works on all kinds of animal and human skin afflictions.

Replied by Margaret

Response To MDS Canada

Spray bottle? You didn't follow the instructions. Your pet has to be completely saturated with the borax/peroxide/H2O mixture. Gggeezzz! No wonder it's not working for you.

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Posted by Melissa Cruz (Parker Az ) on 09/16/2020
4 out of 5 stars

Shih tzu caught sarcoptic mange from another family member's dog. Been using this for 1 week so far and keeping dog isolated. He doesn't have sores, not itching much at all. How long would you say to give until he's not contagious anymore? I feel bad keeping him apart but I don't want to go thru this again as we're all healing from scabies from it.

Replied by Bob.

I found this on YouTube from a person in a foreign country somewhere in Asia I think.

Just cover the dog in regular cooking oil - Vegetable oil - This is only temporary and external but the dogs do like to lick it.

What it does is starve the mites of oxygen so they die very rapidly, the person did show images of stray dogs improvement in just a few days that would rival any other treatment & is cheap, can be done anywhere cooking oil is available.

For the itching 2 methods. 100% Unrefined coconut oil, they use this on orangutans for itching as non toxic.

MMS just mix a very small dose, I use 3-6 drops in a quart spray bottle for my own dry itchy allergic to something skin and it takes care of it right away, in fact it`s the best thing I have used so far, it also speeds wound healing & cuts out the sting from minor cuts, scrapes. Ps. DMSO also speeds wound healing I have found this out on my own, so maybe try with any sores, cuts, but it night burn a little so dab with water if this occurs or mix with water then apply.


Sorry - what's MMS?

EC: MMS = Miracle Mineral Supplement

Replied by Deborah
(High point, nc)

Just to be clear, you cannot catch scabies from a dog with mange. Research it and you will find this accurate. Thank you.

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Posted by Linda (San Francisco) on 05/29/2020

Is this treatment (Ted's Borax Mange Cure) safe for cats? Thanks!

EC: Yes! We have a page on it!

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Posted by Mim H. (Northern Illinois) on 10/12/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I used Ted's borax remedy and after the second treatment, my doxie is back. Happy and so comfortable with his horrible belly sores almost gone. Winter is coming and I am glad that I will be up to the weekly bath by Thanksgiving and hopefully by January will have finished the 12 weeks. Thank you again for this treatment as the vet just pushes that disgusting medication. My dog thanks you as well!!

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Posted by Kathleen Christian (Portland, Oregon) on 07/03/2019
5 out of 5 stars


about six years ago I adooted my Dad's four year old golden retriever, Belle. Dad had cancer and about the last six months of his life began doing things that didnt really make sense. Belle was the light of his life! But in his illness what he thought was spoiling her and giving her the best was resulting in horrible conditions. Her right ear was constantly swollen and inflamed with yeast infections. Her eyes had yellow and green discharge, she was very overweight and her coat was patched from her biting, chewing and licking her skin. He kept taking her to his vet who kept prescribing antibiotics and steroids, but as soon as the round was finished would go back to back with prescriptions. None of it was helping her. After Dad passed I took Belle home with me. I had a 13-year (but looked and acted like a puppy) old mini schnauzer, Samson, who I adored. Within a month of bringing home Bella, Samson quit eating and was getting so thin. Took them both to my vet who informed me that Samson had a large tumor in his front chest that was suffocating him. He also had a pkethora of medicine for Belle and wanted to give her steroids. I was feeding them both Nutro dry kibble and he shamed me and insisted I buy the Vetrinarian Science Diet he sold. ( after that I studied up on how bad that formula is and that the vets get kickbacks for each sale) so, I eventually was able to get him to release both dogs records, went home and started my journey in the internet. My little buddy Samson had to be put to sleep which to this day was the hardest thing ever. I had someone come to my home to do it and the minute shec came through the door and sat on the carpet with us, he sat up in her lap and new. He had the look of relief. I miss him still and that was six years ago. So, Bella. What to do about my poor 'Princepessa'. Ted saved her (and me) First, I put her in a limited ingredient diet, Acana lamb and rice. Dad was deeding her 2 juice injected chicken breasts a say along with whatever else he thought she woukd like....tuna cat food, potatoes, milk bones...etc.

So I cut out all chicken and to minimize sugar (due to her constant yeast infections) no potatoes, limited grain. Treats were and still are either Wet Noses berry buscuits or Mud bay no grain no chicken treats, Trader Joes Salmon jerkey. I would put ACV in ger water, food and use it as a rinse in her bath. I gave her Organic whole milk bulgarian yogurt in the morning. She lost about 25 lbs which was a great start. Was happy as can be but her ears and skin were terrible mess and stinky. I tried topicals, oil of oregano ( that didnt go over well!) Coconut oil, she would hust lick it off and the scratch and chew herself raw. The cone of go.... Dr. Ted's mange recipe was our saving grace. after work every other evening I began the routine faithfully. Unfortunately it was winter so it was hard for me to let her drip dry for 30 minutes before trying to do a little warm blow dry, but she was so sweet about it. We bonded. I think anxiety from the loss of my Dad, moving to a new home where I was gone all day and loosing her buddy Samson definitely exasperated her nerves and immunities, but I was on a mission! This was a long process, so please be dedicated and patient. Something else I did to help with the chewing whenever I not home...I took an old t-shirt of mine that I wore to sleep one night, put her front legs thru the arms, her head thru the neck, pulled it ove her back and yummy and cut holes for her back legs! This held the shirt over the area she would lick and chew at. After I would fet dressed each morning I would say, 'now let's get Bella's 'pretty dres's on'. She would get so excited. Once in a while I would take a pair if old drawstring sweat pants, cut them into shorts and put those on tucking in the shirt. Slowly but surely she began healing. As her wounds became smaller from the borax baths I would rub some coconut oil into them for anti-bacterial protection and to encourage the healing process. Her smell began to go away. Her right ear was still a BIG challenge. Betadine solution in a cotton pad, then I would spray colloidal silver.

At night I would rub with coconut oil. She new the routine and would lay in her left side as soon as she saw the cotton and coconut oil. All she knew is I was was trying to help her and she was thankful. And I was and am sooo thankful that she trusts me so much! One other thing, you know the all to familiar 'frito feet' smell? Try this, I take a cotton pad, dip it in brown Listerine and rub it in her paws. After a couple times if more frito feet! Repeat as necessary which shouldnt need to be often if your buddy isnt suffering from an underlying larger yeast issue! Cheap and very effective! Belle is a beautiful happy, healthy 10 year old who looks and acts (physically) much younger than that! Everybody in the neighborhood loves her and counts in her smile as they go to work or come home. When they no we're iutsise, they come out to let her....I feel like the Pied Piper! And now...her diet: AM:-1 cup dry kibble (Acana singles, lamb and rice) with three pumps Grizzly Pollock Oil brand Omega 3 Fatty Acids and about a quarter cup water. Swish it around in the bowl and she loves it! PM: 1 cup same dry kibble and one heaping tablespoon of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filler!) Treats remain the same as above with occasional fresh apple or banana and pnut butter. Her coat is like silk! Ted's remedy worked like a miracle after trying so many other things that didnt work.

I highly encourage and endorse using this method for your pet...and remember, patience and commitment! This brought us both so close to one another after our losses. Belle (a.k.a. Princepessa) is my best friend and faithful companion!

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Posted by Barb (Duluth, MN) on 02/02/2019
5 out of 5 stars

We are 1 week into Ted's mange treatment and what a difference. I started treating drinking water at the same time due to how bad the mange got. To prevent scratching, I cut of a pair of tights for socks and used medical tape to keep them on and then put a pair of mittens over socks. I also cut tight waist band off to make a fabric shield for middle of my pom's body. And then I covered him in a child's onesie after he dried again to prevent scratching. His hair is starting to grow back and he is so much more comfortable now. Will update each week.

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Posted by Walter's Mama (Henderson, Nv) on 12/17/2018
5 out of 5 stars

When we adopted our dog Walter 4 years ago he came to us with Demodex mange. We used Ted's cure and it was a godsend, he got immediate relief from his itching and the mange eventually cleared up. Now a few years down the road he has come into contact with dog lice. I really don't want to use any of the chemical things suggested by the vet and I'm curious if anyone knows if this treatment would also work on dog lice?

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Posted by Carlos (Sacramento, Ca) on 08/30/2018

Ok so this is Maya...she was my birthday present on July 29th 2018; About a week later she began getting rashes probably from the food change nothing new (I've had bull dogs before) gave her some Benadryl and wasn't getting any gave her 2 shots of Triamcinelone to give her a boost for the worked for a few days but also suppressed her immune system! So lo and behold demodex Ivomec .25ml of 1% Ivomec sub cutaneous and giving .4 ml po every day for probably 30 days.

Shes getting worse! So now it's Ted's remedy...I'll keep you updated🧐

Boy, what a present but it's really not a chore because she's so special and cute!

Ps. The second one is a before pic

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Carlos,

Bully lover here! She really has it bad :-( What are you feeding her? And please keep us posted!

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Posted by Ellise (Canada) on 07/16/2018
4 out of 5 stars


My 2 year old Staffy has had mange for about 3 months now, she is losing hair all over her body in little amounts. I started the Borax Mange Remedy treatment last week, and so far, she's been much calmer, and scratches less. The only thing that I have noticed is that it seems like her skin is very dry, and she's seemingly losing more hair (could it be because of the frequent use of shampoo?) after her baths.

Do I have to shampoo her EVERY time I do the treatment? Let me know! Thank you.

Replied by Kinga
(Tinley Park, Il)

Yes, shampoo the dog first before the borax bath. Rinse well. Then do the borax, water and hydrogen peroxide 1% mix. Pour over a dog for 10 minutes all over in a bath. I was rinsing mine with small plastic container I had since it was easier in a bathtub. I did that for good 10 minutes - all over. Then leave the solution on the dog, I carry mine outside so he can shake it all over.

Don't worry if his hair coming out ever more and skin is ultra dry - that is normal. Mange is dying off the skin. You will notice that after few baths the skin turns like black or so. That is normal - skin will return into its pink color after you stop with baths in 2-3 months.

1. Very important - clean the floors, house, dogs bed, leash, brushes, anything he has contact with - hot water and borax. That will kill all the mites, larves and anything you have on the floor. (it is not visible with naked eye but it is there). Keep the dog in one clean area - and was the floor with hot water and borax every other day. He have to be in ultra clean place. No riding in a car either - there are mites there (if we was in your card before).

2. Another important part of treatment is giving your dog a water mixed with borax for internal clean. 1 liter of water and 1/8 of teaspoon of borax. Mix it. Give it to him as a water. I gave mine after a walk since he never wanted to drink but when we came back and he was thirsty - either that or no other water. He drink it. You will notice that his energy is back, eats better with time. Don't worry if he puke at first after the water with borax. That is normal. Mine chow-chow did not but I read that some dogs do. The idea here is to kill mites internally since they are digging tunnels deep in a skin and lay new eggs. They mix with dogs blood internally and that is why it is so hard to get rid of them. Adding borax to his water will do the will notice in 1-2 days or so. Energy comes back to the dog, he wants to eat and live. When mites overtake dogs body they drain blood and energy out of him, that is why he is so skinny and weak.

3. Do not use any lotions, oils, anything moist on his skin. Mites - LOVE THAT - don't do it. The idea is that borax will dry off the skin and those nasty parasites with them. It does work for sure.

4. Mine chow chow is mite free for 6 years now. I did good treatment once for 4 months and I kept him in one area, cleaned house with borax (floors, sheets - anything he might have been - (don't use it on the leather, I destroyed my purse by accident when I swiped with borax, I taught that mites might be on it since he smell something there all the time).

5. Follow the steps and mange does not return. 100% truth here - my dog is healthy, red hair grew back, black crust on his skin went way (after so many borax baths)- I only wash him when I see he scratches a bit because I worry that he might pick up a thick or something. I do the borax bath and he stops scratching.

Replied by Rose
(Fowler, Ca)

Do I have to shampoo my dog every time I use the Borax & Peroxide treatment?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Rose,

If your dog is clean, you don't need to shampoo.

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Posted by Meredith J. (Louisiana) on 06/27/2018 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

When we got Loki he had a few tiny red bumps on his belly and he had a faint odor. We automatically thought fleas and he needed a bath. We gave him a bath in Dawn and picked a few fleas but not many and the odor returned a few hours later. As the days rolled by the bumps got worse and became rough. Loki's odor became more pungent and he started itching a lot. Found out that Loki had mange. I came across Ted's Remedy!!! Very affordable, convenient, easy and our pup loved the frequent attention from both of his fav peeps. This really works. Thanks.

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Posted by Josie (Manalapan) on 06/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Borax, HydroPerxide, Water solution:

Bye Bye expensive sprays, shampoos, and ointment. This is all I need to treat my mini French poodle baby. On the very first day of treatment - I noticed a big improvement. I wonder why none of her vets (she had three and no one ever made her condition any better) did not recommend this formula. It's been three weeks and the itching, watery eyes, bad temper - all gone. She is happy!! I am happy too!!

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Posted by Jax (Sanford, Nc) on 06/16/2018
5 out of 5 stars

This is a great site. I just discovered you by accident. I have every bug on earth here, snakes, poison oak/poison ivy. My poor animals have been getting mange for the first time. My pigs got it and one dog it because she kept laying in the mite fabric the pigs laid in. I had it in plastic bags off the floor to take to laundromat. I have been bathing her in a tea-tree/oatmeal shampoo.

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Posted by Nikki (Austin, Tx) on 06/12/2018
3 out of 5 stars


I have a 10 week old Border Collie with Demodectic mange on her face. We have been applying the borax hydrogen peroxide mixture every other day this past week and just finished her fourth treatment. After the second treatment it seemed to be getting worse. She started getting face bumps all over her face. They are now swollen and bleeding. I read that it was due to the mites dying and causing an infection under the skin. Is this normal? Should I continue with the same course of action?

Here are the instructions for mixture we have been using. Everything has been completely dissolved before to her body: Add 3 heaping tablespoons borax to a clean bucket. Add 2 cups of hot water. Stir vigorously with your hand to dissolve all the borax granules. Add 2 cups of warm water. Mix again. Add 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix well.

Thanks for your help.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nikki,

If you are painting the solution on and letting it dry, it may not be penetrating properly. You might use a soft rag or sponge to sop up the solution and keep wetting it and reapplying it again and again to the areas you are treating for a full 30 minutes. If this were my dog I would consider dipping the entire dog and not just the face.

It sounds as if there are secondary skin infections. You can use an over the counter triple antibiotic ointment for people, or you might also consider colloidal silver as well [can be taken orally as well as applied topically].

Healing will take time. Expect to see results in 2 weeks, not 2 days.

You might also consider adding a Pet tab vitamin or human vitamin C [500mg 2xday with food].

Is your puppy otherwise health and happy and bouncy? If NOT then consider a vet visit, and check for internal parasites. If this were my puppy and the vet wanted to use Ivermectin or any other miticide to combat the mites I would decline that service and hold off to let Ted's remedy work, however I might consider taking/paying for any antibiotics the vet had to offer as they might be more effective for dogs than the human triple antibiotic. JMHO!

Replied by Nikki
(Austin, Tx)

I bathed her in a homemade gentle shampoo then towel dried her, then soaked her whole body in the borax solution... including her face. I then let her run around outside and dry naturally. Just over the course of the last week (with 4 treatments every other day) her face has gotten whelps all over it. She has lost most of the hair on her face. And now she's scratching like crazy. I ordered some iodine shampoo and some dinovite. Her energy is great. Her sister from the same litter is fine and both of them are the same in activity level.

So when you say to leave it on for 30 mins.... do I resoak her several times? Is it normal for it to get worse? I read that it could be due to the dead mites decaying under the skins surface causing an infection. Should I just stay the course?


Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nikki,

You want the area you are treating to be exposed to the wet, active solution for [ideally] 30 minutes. How you accomplish that is up to you. You could have a wash cloth sopping wet with the solution on her face, and re-wet it frequently while holding it on her face for the 30 minutes - that would be one way. I have a plastic tub and I just made up a huge batch of the solution and put my puppy in the tub so she was immersed up to her neck, and then used a sponge to drizzle the solution on her head. The solution does not irritate the eyes, so if it gets in the eyes it will not hurt. If you have treated every other day, you likely can space it out a bit as it sounds, from the reaction, that you have interrupted the mite life cycle. The decaying mites ITCH - the scratching allows infection to set in - so you might try treating the infected areas with the topical antibiotic or colloidal silver. Lavender essential oil, a few drops mixed into coconut oil or calendula cream may be soothing in addition to the antibiotic cream. If her energy level is normal that is good news; a lethargic puppy means infection is going deeper which might mean a vet visit. Feeding good groceries is essential, and boosting her immune system with vitamin C is a good idea as well. It may be difficult to distract her from the itchy face, but try with things like a good chew or natural bone. I get beef neck bones at the supermarket and bake them at 350 for half an hour or so, so the meat is roasted on the outside but the bone is not cooked on the inside - and that will keep a puppy busy for a few hours.

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Posted by Harry (Yorkshire, Uk) on 02/21/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have sort of used this method twice....

H2O2 is easy to get hold of, from the chemists in the UK, but the Borax less so...

First time, the male border collie had mange type hair loss and scabbing to the side of his rear leg, the large muscle area. I didn't bath him and couldn't track down any Borax, just the substitute, so I just diluted H2O2 and put that in a spray bottle. I wasn't expecting much without the Borax, but provided near immediate and it cleared up within a week. I kept on just spraying daily for 10 days.

For the past two weeks, his younger sister has been chewing at her front legs, hair loss and beginning to bleed and scab, gradually getting worse for her. This time I managed to get hold of some 20 Mule Team Borax, it arrived 1 days ago, so I made it up roughly as described - except I put in in a spray bottle. I gave her a good bath, let her shake and drip, then sprayed her thoroughly and left her somewhere warm to dry. I have sprayed her daily since, but concentrating mainly on the two affected front legs. The crisis seems to be almost over, scabs going and hair returning. It has though left her hair generally looking very dry, so I may need to address that, once the treatment stops.

Replied by Nicole

I adopted a puppy who is thought to be a lab/pointer mix. Millie is about 5 months and the vet just diagnosed her with Demodectic Mange. The vet put her on Ivermectin and instructed us to give her a Lime Sulfur Dip bath weekly for six weeks. Can I bath her with this Lime Sulfur Dip and also use the Ted's Borax Remedies? If so, what is an ideal sample schedule? I just want to make sure the two methods wouldn't interact negatively with one another. Any other tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nicole,

If this were my dog I would use only 1 remedy. I have had complete success using only Ted's Mange Remedy, as directed. In your shoes, since you are on ivermectin, I would use only one dip - not both. There is no advantage using both lime dip and Ted's dip - they both do the same thing, ie kill mites under the skin. Because the lime dip stinks, I would use Ted's remedy as directed on this site.

Replied by Sue

Harry... Wondering if this is a common occurence in Border Collies. The girl I had years ago had this a time or two. The male I have now always seems to have a skin issue. This time it's mange and I'll try the mix. Hope it works as well as your treatment did for your dogs.

Replied by Connie
Replied by Didi's Mom

In my opinion do not use Ivermectin. They gave my dog Ivermectin and his head started shaking and we immediatedly noticed it effected his vision as well. I went online and found Ted's remedy and it worked. This was years ago. I just came back online to find the remedy for another dog. My dog's head would convulse and shake, it was terrible, for years, until one day when his head was shaking, my mother threw him a treat and he caught it mid air and it stopped and we continued to do that(I have no idea why that worked but am glad it did).and thank God it stopped. He is allergic to 18 different things.

A very old doctor who has since passed away told me, "4 white feet, don't treat." My dog a rescue has 4 white paws, he says that you should stay away from medications as much as possible.

Also, my dog is allergic to dandelions. I spray them with pure vinegar in a spray bottle direct stream and it takes that problem away.

This Ted's remedy is awesome

Replied by Chucklesm
(Sw Us)

Don't use the sulfur-lime with the borax. They both are applied similarly. The sulfur needs to be left on the coat to penetrate the same way the borax solution does. There may also be a problem with chemical reactions among the chemicals. You will find the borax solution to be much more pleasant to use than the sulfurated lime, which has a very pungent sulfur odor that is not easily removed by washing.