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

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Posted by Sparky's Dad (Hurleyville, Ny, Usa) on 08/16/2010

I want to try Ted's remedy for scabies in dogs. I need to know if I should be putting the remedy in her ears, as they are also affected. Also, the article by Ted doesn't address treating the home with borax, diatomaceous earth, etc. I have a lot of rugs in the house. What about her beds? just wash?

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Posted by Pdidit (Alexandria, Va) on 08/02/2010

Hi Ted and all,

Thanks for the great suggestions here--I have a few questions for you Ted, since you mentioned the environmental infestation. I no longer have the luxury of spraying whatever I want, since I am temporarily living in a rental condo. I was wondering if you had a solution for using within the environment, since using borax and h202 tends to crust over everything and leaves a residue. Is there any other spray that you have had good luck with that one can leave on the floors etc that won't be visible and/or clean up easier?

The other question I had was the ratio of DMSO with the borax/h202. I am not sure how to add 10% DMSO to the pint of borax solution you suggested. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Pdidit

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Posted by Zal (Satara, Maharashtra, India) on 07/20/2010

Is there any danger if the dog licks his body after the treatment with borax?

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Posted by Ladymom59 (Miami, Fl Usa) on 07/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Ted for the cure method you advised to cure mange in dogs. Our dog used to have alopecy spots in her skin, and she was scratching herself all the time. Thanks to your remedy, the mange is gone! Thanks a lot. Margaret

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Posted by Blair (Birmingham, Al) on 06/30/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My boston terrier, Winston, was diagnosed with Demodex mange February of 2010. Every week until June he had a medicated bath for the mange. They were not helping and actually got worse and I started seeing side effects in Winston after the baths. I stopped the vet baths because of cost and simply not a cure. One day I said I have got to cure my puppy. So I searched for home remedies and came across Ted's remedy for mange. I was very sceptic about it actually working, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I started using the remedy June 1st and now on June 30, Winston's hair is all grown in on his face, back and still growing on his side. I used exactly 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to 2 cups of warm water. I poured in Borax laundry detergent until it no longer dissolved into the mix. I put Winston in the bathtub and just poured the mix on him. I dabbed some gauze in the mix and went around his face and on his feet. The remedy really does work and I highly recommend to anyone!!! Thank you Ted's remedy.

Replied by Maximus
(No. Babylon, Ny/ Usa)

If you can get sodium perborate (I see it available online), is that simply mixed with wter? And in what proportions?

Replied by Ac
(Philly, Pa Usa)

Hi, Does anybody know have any idea if this would work for chickens & ducks? Or Perhaps Ted may have some ideas? I was thinking perhaps a sulpher/lime dip might be more their speed...

At the moment I am trying out the borax "juice" solution on my dog. Not sure what he has but it seems he has something on his legs, looks to be about where he sits down. Kind of looks like scabies although I have not confirmed this, tried blacklight etc. And did not see anything. I do not have a personal magnifier to further verify. Also I am feeling like I am crawling with stuff.. I don't seem to have any rashes or major indicators of scabies or any mite/lice stuff but perhaps it is too early to tell.

So I will just cover myself in the borax solution with peroxide? from shower to shower? lol.. This should be fun. I was hoping to take a neem/tea tree oil bath instead but I do not have any at the moment and really want to stamp this out before it becomes something big. Today is Saturday, on this past Tuesday I had a chicken die, which I thought was recovering from a leg injury. I picked her up to look under her wing for mites, etc. I saw little silverish bugs crawling and ants, etc. Did not expect her to die, not sure what she died of or if parasites played a part, she did not appear to have that. It was possibly Mareks. Anyway, since then, I have felt "creepy crawlies" running around on me. No stinging, no bites, but annoying little feelings, almost like ants give you. Of the first annoying crawlings I had, everal of them were in fact ants. But now since that time, my dog has been chewing his rear. I'm thinking its possible I gave him some kind of bug I picked up from the chicken? Or perhaps he got too close to it. Or there is always the chance he caught whatever he has from another source, we can't be certain but it sure looks like this chicken has something to do with it. I have many other chickens and did a check the other day, I am now thinking that they are heavily infested with mites, etc. One chicken I inspected had lil bugs with a translucent looking body and red middle.

And my ducks are not looking good. I plan to move everybody right away and I want to treat each animal but the question is... What could I treat my birds with? Should I try the borax-peroxide solution--it would be extremely difficult to apply to each bird--I have nearly 100. I also have diatomaceous earth. I was planning to put garlic in their water but I would put borax if it won't hurt them. The bottom line is I do not want this to be an ongoing problem and I want to put a serious knockout to these bugs. If anyone has any knowledge or experience please let me know! This is an urgent situation. Thanks! big buzi at yahoo dot com.

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Posted by Pam (San Antonio, Texas) on 06/26/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I, and my friends, neighbors, family that I've shared it with, have used Ted's Mange remedy and have had outstanding results and now have happy, healthy dogs. One of the posts recommended using sodium perborate in the form of oxy... clean, a laundry additive. After reading the label, I decided to try that method and it worked. It does lighten the coats, but only temporarily. My black lab's shiny black coat came back in within a few months. Believe me, the wait was worth it. I used three scoops (which equals 4 tablespoons) of the oxy...clean powder to two gallons warm (not hot) water, and poured the mixture over my dog. Then I let it air-dry. (DO NOT RINSE IT OFF!) Be sure you dissolve the oxy...clean powder in the water before pouring over the dog. I also want to mention that I use the generic version of oxy...clean found in the laundry soap section of my grocery store. I've noticed that it also cured other itchy skin problems that were not diagnosed as mange, like flea dermatitis.

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Posted by Mary (Woodbridge, Va) on 06/13/2010

My daughters dog has had mange for over a year now. She has spent over $1000 in vet bills and meds. And the dog still looks horrible. She is so worried and feels so bad for the dog that she is thinking of putting her down. Please help me with thes measurements. Can you tell me how much to add by cup or gallon, quarts, I am not a cc or liter person.



EC: Fastest way to do conversions is to simply type into a google search box:  "__ liters to cups" or "___ cc to cups".

Ted's recipe is as follows:

500 cc = 2.11337642 US cups of Hydrogen Peroxide
1000 cc = 4.22675284 US cups of Water
3 Heaping Tablespoons of Borax

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Posted by Mona L (Tidioute, Pa) on 05/21/2010

My 6 week old Jack Russell has mange (the kind he got from his mother, not catchy kind) does this borax and peroxide work for her kind of mange?

Replied by Lisa
(Wichita Falls, Texas)

Mona, if you want something that will not hurt your pet if he licks it, just use cotton balls and regular old cooking oil! You just put the oil on the cotton balls and rub it where ever he has the hair thinning. Do this for about a week or so depending on how bad the case is. Do it twice a day and if he has any scabby places, just use peroxide on those until they are well. If your pet licks the oil, he will not be hurt.

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Posted by W (Houston, Texas) on 05/12/2010
5 out of 5 stars

We have two small dogs. One came to us with mange and, of course, gave it to the other. I used one 32oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted, using the same bottle for measure, with two bottles of water. I added about one quarter of a 76oz box of borax to be sure of saturation. This didn't makea lot but I was able to first shampoo the dogs in regular dog shampoo and then dip them in the borax solution. I did rinse after the shampoo but I did NOT rinse after the borax dip. The dogs immediately improved. I also washed the dog bedding in borax in the cloths washer. I repeated the dip sequence one week later and at this point I can see no mange damage on the dogs coat. I see new fur growing and proper skin tone under the damaged areas.

Thank you Ted for this remarkably cheap and remarkably wonderful cure for mange contamination.

Replied by Susan B
(Greenville, Sc)

First, there is a difference between demodex and sarcoptic mange. They are not one in the same thing. Demodex is caused by the mites that live on all dogs. They live in the hair shaft. They are kept under control by the dog's immune system. It is not contageous to people and is an immune problem. There is no hive of mites to hunt and kill. The dog will never really itch or scratch. It doesn't affect them in anyway. The dog gets stressed, the mites get out of control and they start to take over. They kill the hair shaft. Since this is an immune system problem, the best thing for the dog is to build up the immune system. Plain ole' Ivermectin the stuff of heart worm pills, taken orally for about 4 weeks will kill the mites. Thus the mites die and the hair grows back. Sarcoptic mange is a mite that can be transfered to people and other dogs. It's harder to treat, and a vet is recommended. If you dog smells of infection of the skin, which does happen from itching. The dog needs oral antibiotics and a vet not borax acid and peroxide. If your dog is diagnoised with sarcoptic mange it probably got the mite from another source. I would recommend that you becareful, as you can also get the mite, and it itches like crazy.

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Posted by Kc (Newtown, Ct) on 04/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

It worked!!! Thank you Ted! I was so stressed out when my dog started to show signs of mange. I made this remedy using 1 part Apple cider vinager (AC vinager instead of peroxide because I didnt want to "highlight" her black fur) to 2 parts water, and added borax laundry detergent until it wouldnt dissolve anymore. I put her in the tub and splashed on the solution until she was soaked, no gloves needed. I used a cottonball for around her eyes. I then washed every pillowcase, blanket, and rug that I could and sprinkled the borax powder all over the rest including the couch. Left that overnight and vacumed it up the next day. It was winter outside and I admit it wasnt fun for anyone to have a soaking wet dog running around, but it was worth it. Immediately the itching stopped. Within the first few day, I could see improvement. I did this intense house cleaning and borax soak with her once a week for 4 weeks and In 5 WEEKS it was completely gone! Thank you thank you thank you. Super easy, SO MUCH HEALTHIER, and wicked cheap!

Also, we use an old fashioned vet (He has to be in his late 80's) and he had also recommended sprinkling borax on the carpets (near doors?) to control fleas

Replied by Ben
(Reading, Uk)

Hello, Due to reclassification by the EU, borax is no longer available in UK.

Is there an alternative?

(Dri-Pak make a substitute from Sodium Sesquicarbonate)


EC: Hi Ben,

Check out the thread on this page: Where to Buy: UK

Replied by Fred
(Columbus, Ohio, Usa)

Just wanted to add to this page. Rescued a 1-year old Black Lab that was a "bag of bones" and had been very much abused. She has demodetic mange (per a scraping done by the vet when we had her spayed). The cost of treatment is outrageous, so I looked for alternatives and found this site. After reading everything, I did declare WAR on the mange - Washed all the dogs bedding with OXI-CLEAN and TIDE. Then gave the dog a good bath in the tub (Labs like water but not in a tub! ) and then a RINSE using 3-4 Scoops of OXI-CLEAN to about 2 Gallons of warm water. I Let her "Air-Dry" with my hair-dryer-gun (from a distance) and then I used cotton balls with simple vegetable oil on the bad spots (Nests??).

It's been one week and I have repeated this procedure 3 times. She isn't doing any scratching now, and her skin has cleared.... Though I did note a bit of "color" gone from her coat due to the OXI-CLEAN. She is happy, and it appears that we are winning the Mange War!

Replied by Doggs
(Newport, Ca)
1 out of 5 stars


WARNING! PLEASE Do not use Oxi-Clean or other cleaning products that simply contain sodium perborate, the other ingredients could be toxic to your pet, esp. If leaving it on the skin all day. (Remember, the skin is an organ that absorbs toxins into the bloodstream/organs.)

Just buy plain 100% borax (as Ted says if you can't find the sodium perborate)-- you can find it at groceries/Target which usually carries the 20 Mule Team brand.

Don't forget to treat the household/floors/bedding/

socks/feet etc., or the cycle of recontamination will continue.

Virgin coconut oil given to eat by the tsp. And applied on skin is an excellent antiseptic balm. ($6~$12 jar at health food stores, lasts over a year, great value).

Good luck!

Replied by Nancy
(Knoxville, Maryland, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

My old coon hound came down with mange last year. I found this remedy and used it faithfully. His skin cleared and when I took him to the vet he could not find any sign of mange or other skin maladies. Now my other two dogs are itching themselves terribly. My son claims it's fleas but I have not seen any sign. I am glad to see the measurements for the ac vinegar since both of these dogs are black and when I used it on the hound he turn orange.

I am also putting 1/8 tsp in their water bucket as suggested.

Thank you Ted and thank you all for your suggestions.

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Posted by Freebornacd (Nescopeck, Pa.) on 03/21/2010

Hi, I am wondering if the Borax, 20 Mule Team detergent is the Borax Ted is talking about. I am only able to find that brand. Will that work? I need to treat a 30x50' outside pen as well. Is there a formula I can use to place in a sprayer and treat the outside w/ the solution? Please, let me know. Thanks! I can't wait to try it.

EC: Yes, that is what people report using for Ted's mange cure!

Replied by Freebornacd
(Nescopeck, Pa.)

Thank you for the Mule Team response! Now one more question, in reading the bulk solution receipe that is posted, 5 gallon bucket of warm water, 1 200 ml bottle of 3% peroxide, what is the measurable amount of Borax Mule Team powder? I have 7 affected dogs and I need to treat the dog pens as quickly as possible. But, I need to mix this in 5 gallon bucket to get it treated effectivly. Thanks! [email protected]

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Posted by Anne (Paranaqu, Luzon) on 03/20/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello. I have been treating my dog with this borax peroxide solution for three weeks. i have seen a huge improvement. She does not wake up to scartch and she sleeps soundly already. The thing I want to know is, due to the mange, she developed the black skin.. black spots on her body and its getting lighter.. good thing. :-) My dog sleeps on my bed and she keeps on shedding black dandruff like particles. Is that the black skin peeling off her body? everytime she shakes her body, you can actually see the black particles come off. eveytime she walks or move.. the dandruff falls off. Is that the black skin getting better and going back to regular skin? has anyone experienced this? Hope to hear from anyone... thank you

Replied by Amanda
(College Station, Texas)

I have been using the Borax solution for about a week now, and it seems that black spots are appearing on my white pitbull also, and it seems that everytime I use the solution then my puppy's black spots gets a little lighter. Has your dog got any better, have the spots gone away?? Someone please respond.

Thank You!

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Posted by Natasha (Honolulu, Hawaii, Us) on 03/06/2010


Is there a safe oil to use during this treatment. My dog's skin has become dry and irritated and I'd love to put some emu oil or coconut oil on her neck to soothe the dry itch. I read somewhere in these 9 pages that vit. e oil stimulates the mange, so I wanted to know which oils won't. I've seen this question posted several times but none (that I can find) have been answered.

Thanks in advance!

Replied by Mitzipars
(Port Richey, Fl)

Try using the Lavender Oil on spots or red spots where the mites start releasing off of her AFTER doing the borax, water and H202 bath.

It soothes the areas they are showing signs of being bitten or is itching badly.

I put in on cotton balls and lightly swab the area. You'll see her smile again. :)

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Posted by Ann (Paranaqye, Luzon, Philippines) on 03/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hello. I tried this treatment for my shitzu dog who has been suffering from mange and yeast infection the past four years. I tried all sorts of treatment and weekly visits to the vet made my wallet develop allergies to see my pet's vet. LOL! Anyway, I was able to purchase borax last saturday and made the solution as soon as I got home. I got hydrogen peroxide 3% and mixed it with 3 cups (i used the liquid measuring cup for cooking) of water and added 3 to 4 tablespoons borax. I bathe her using her baby shampoo.. I read somewhere that its better to use baby shampoo for dogs with mange... rinsed her off and then added the solution. Let her sit for awhile with the solution until she was dry. It took less than 30 minutes since she is bald in some areas already so its quick for her to dry after every bath. IT WORKED. She stopped licking and scratching. I wanted to call ted and ask him to marry me for this miracle. I love my pet so much and seeing her this relieved makes me so happy. Her first treatment was on a saturday, gave her second treatment yesterday, wed and she's growing some of her hair back. She has tons of black spots on her skin and when i used the small towel to lather her with the solution, you can actually see some of the specks of black skin in the towel. It was like wiping off some paint. Will all the black skin disappear? I hope so. Would like to know if anyone has treated their pets with lots of black spots and would like to know if it came off. I believe my baby has yeast infection too so I'm feeding her yogurt everyday. seriously, my shitzu looks like a dalmatian with all the spots in her body. :-( I can't wait to see her all healed and happy. I was scared while making the solution coz i wasnt sure if i mixed in the right measurements. some say one cup of 3%hydrogen peroxide, mixed with 3 cups of water and some say 2 cups. Also, do you use gloves when dealing with borax of do you pour the mix on your dogs with bare hands? Hope to hear from anyone of you soon. Im so happy i found this site. BTW, i also massage my baby with the baby oil, water and listerine solution before going to bed. THANK YOU TED FOR BEING AN ANGEL TO ALL OF US. OUR PETS ARE HEALED BECAUSE OF YOU!

Replied by Christine
(Vista, Ca, Usa)

Hi! Where did you find the borax? I only found the kind in the laundry soap section. I also found a foot soap with borax and iodine as the ingredients. I don't know if I should try it. Thanks!

EC: Hi Christine,

People are using borax found in the laundry soap section (20 Mule Team) for the mange cure!

Replied by Ruth D.
5 out of 5 stars

Dexter the Irish Russel got a whopping case of some sort of crud that was initially thought to be of no consequence. Then the heat and humidity of summer struck and Dex bloomed into a itchy, hairless mess. Tried Ted's mange formula when other treatments failed, and within a week he showed significant improvement. He is starting to 'pink up' where he lost his fur, and little wisps of hair are breaking out all over. I am very happy, but not nearly as happy as Dexter.

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Posted by Smokeysmommy (Woodland, Wa, Us) on 02/25/2010
4 out of 5 stars


I have been trying Ted's remedies for mange on my dog for the past 2 weeks. He had scabs and bloody raw spots on this back. He is sooooo much better now. No raw spots! I am seeing improvement but still feel I have a ways to go. I kept thinking he had a flea allergy or food allergy. Does the black skin go away? I still see him shedding skin and bathe him every 3-4 days with a tea tree oil shampoo and then apply the borax peroxide remedy. Way less itching! He was hiding under the house and itching madly so I am very thankful for this remedy! Should I continue the baths until all symptoms are gone? (I read somewhere here that you should do 2 mos.max?) Also, how long does it take for heavy skin thickening to go away with this remedy? He has that on his lower back by his tail.