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

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Posted by Ashley (Moorpark, CA) on 06/06/2009

I just found your website and remedy for my 1 year old Jack Russells Demodectic Mange. This is the 3rd time her mange has come back after giving her the oral Ivermectin that 2 different vets perscribed and I'm ready to try something new. My question is when I mix up the solution to put on her, you say to leave it on- do not towel dry. If I let it sit on there can I still blow dry her? She is a wimp and will shake for hours if she's cold and the last thing I need now is her getting even more sick! Thank you so much- can't wait to try it.

Posted by firefly_66 (Hempstead, TX) on 06/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks so much, Ted! I brought home a stray dog two weeks ago, and the local vet wanted upwards of $120 to diagnose and treat her mange. Instead, I used your remedy on her twice, and for less than a dollar, I know have a happy, mange-free pooch. Fur started regrowing immediately after the first treatment, and in less than two weeks, she now shows no signs of mange. I'll treat her one more time, since I'm told mange can recur. One note: the peroxide did bleach her black fur to a reddish brown, but that's much better than having all her fur fall out.

Posted by Judy on 06/05/2009

My dog had Mange for months. I was so sure that he was going to die. I was so ashamed for not being financially able to take him to the vet. I was afraid to ask a pet rescue program for fear that I would be arrested or sued for the condition my dog was in. I searched the web for cures. My husband insisted that the burnt oil treatment was the only cure! We tried it, it didn't work! Finally, I found your web site. THANK YOU!!! I used the hydrogen peroxide and borax formula. I couldn't bear to see him in the condition he was in. So I stopped playing with him and petting him. I would just go out and feed and water him. It got to where he wouldn't even get near me, like a total stranger! One hour after treating him with the HP / Borax solution, he came up to me and layed his head on my knee. And he wanted to play with me.

It's too early to know if he can be cured, but you have given me hope, and my puppy back!

Posted by Nathalie (London, England) on 06/01/2009

I bought sodium perborate as you suggested but looks like everybody used the borax and H2O2 so I am not sure how to use it. Should I mix it vinegar or water? and how much in ml or cl please ? Could you please give more directives for the people using the sodium perborate ? Also can it be safely mix to his water ? or sprinkle on him as a powder ? I have applied it so far once as a paste mixed with vinegar and once in pouring it on him after washing him with Head and Shoulder shampoo. I have mixed 3 tablespoons of borax with 1.5l of water&vinegar. So far I can't really tell if it is improving or not. He is still scratching himself. Many thanks for your advice.

Posted by Cindy (Aransas Pass, Texas) on 05/31/2009

I have a 1 yr old chihuahua. She was diagnosed with demodex cornei on Friday. The vet gave us treatment of cephalexin, benadyl and Mitaban. The diagnosis page stated on it not to use Mitaban on toy breeds. I had found your page several weeks ago and wondered if this is what my dog had. So it was really no surprise to find that she did, just that the vet ordered the treatment that he did.

We did give the antibiotic and benadryl but I will not do the Mitaban dips!

Yesterday we bought some tea tree oil and applied directly to spots on our pet. It has generalized so she was pretty much covered with oil. It helped tremendously with the itching. No scratching for over 12 hours. This morning we applied our first dose of "ted's treatment" mixed as follows... 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 cups water and 3 tablespoons of 20 mule team borax. I am really hoping this works.

I contacted vet yesterday to voice my concerns over my pet possibly licking the mitaban off.. they were very uncaring and told us to watch her.. this was after they told us to put her in a kennel to dry.. kind of hard to watch her while in a kennel.. no collar given.. and they got very rude when I ask about getting one. I have contacted another vet to get others options... So far first vet bill was close to $200... Its not the money.. its the fact they honestly dont care that Mitaban is not for use in small breeds.

Our girl doesnt have any "raw" spots.. just hair loss on approx 15% of her body... I will update as treatment continues.. Should I treat daily, weekly,... I have seen both and just wondering what is normally done.. also if there is any additional I can do that wont harm her.


Posted by Beth (Killingly, CT) on 05/18/2009

Hi, I can't wait to try Ted's remedy on my 6 month old bulldog. My question is...Do I completely submerge her in the "dip" or just give her a soaking in the solution of 2 cups h20, 1 cup peroxide and 3-4 tble borax. So if it is the "dip" how much of the solution is needed to fill a bathtub or big bucket? That is where I'm stumped...the measurements for a full dip??? thank you

Replied by Mtwolfgirl
Athens, Ga

hi, i have read these instrtuctions so many times i can recite them in my sleep.first, shampoo and rinse dog, mix the ingredients, use this as a rinse, do not dry after application. do not rinse it off. i had trouble understanding at first. good luck!! best wishes for your 4 legged friend.

Posted by Frida the Chihuahua (Progreso de Obregon, Hidalgo, Mexico) on 05/16/2009

i am going to try the hydrogen peroxide 11 volumes on my chihuahua's mange. here are before pictures! she has 3 pups too which is why i can't treat her with borax or other mixes

Posted by Rachel (Harrisburg, PA) on 05/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I used this remedy last week and after a day my dogs red scaly skin went completely away. I also disinfected the whole house and am on the second round this week to ensure the mange is completely gone. I would definately recommend this remedy to anyone. Thanks!!!

Posted by Cathy (Muntinlupa, Philippines) on 05/12/2009

Is it okay to use Ted's solution for mites on a puppy that is almost 2 months old. The vet has verified that my puppy has sarcoptic mites and applied medicine for the mites at my puppy's back more than a week ago but my puppy seems to be getting worse as he is scratching constantly and crying too (i guess from the itch). Thank you.

Posted by Melanie (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 05/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

We got our yorkie from Pets in distress...little did we know she had mange. We took her to the vet who said they would use Mitaban(sp?) dip in 3 sessions each costing $70. I wanted to research first and found that Mitaban was very toxic. So I came across Ted's cure. First I was skeptical because I don't trust "home remedies" but when you're talking spending over $200 for treatment then I decided to "open my mind" and give his "cure" a try. AM I GLAD I DID!!! IT REALLY FREAKIN WORKED!! We first washed her with some Selsum Blue dandruff shampoo then rinsed her, squeezed excess water from her fur and applied the solution. I made the solution taking 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide 3% and adding it to 2 cups of warm water, then I added 3 tablespoons of Borax and stirred to dissolve. Poured the bowl of solution all over her body then carried her straight outside for a long walk til she dried. I have done this 3 times and her mange is almost completely gone, not to mention her coat is super shiny! Thank you for this, I was not to keen on the dangerous dip the vet wanted to do so HURRAY for this remedy!!! THANK YOU for sharing this cure!

Posted by Wednezday (Las Pinas, Philippines) on 05/07/2009

Hi ted, I've Tried the Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax and water solution on my dog. It seemed to work because after a day the red spots disappeared. now on its 2nd day, i was eager remove the mange a soon as possible so i apply these solution to him like every hour. would that be harmful to him? and thanks again for the help. i loved him my dog soo much. btw he had parvo when he was 5months old, now he is 1 1/2 year old

Replied by DogLover
Minneapolis, MN

Every hour seems very excessive! If the remedy is working well after 1 day there is no need to alter the instructions.

Posted by Jeana (Attalla, Al) on 04/26/2009

OK... So i want to try this home remedy for mange, but i have one question. My dog LOVES to drink the water when she takes a bath. Is this going to make her sick if she ingests it? I will try to keep her from drinking it but she will still probabally take in a little bit.... Will she be ok?????

Posted by Erma (San Diego, California, USA) on 04/22/2009

Hi Ted,

Thank you for your time and wisdom.
I have a cat that obviously has mange, I have other cats in the house as well and they seem to be scratching on their ears and chin and head but not as badly as the first who has lost patches of fur and had deep cuts from scratching, I put a cone around her neck and the cuts have healed but the skin problem is the same, I used sulfur lym dip on all of them but it made one cat sick and the smell is so bad.
I was wondering if your treatment can be used on Cats and if so how would you recommend the measurement and how often should I treat them?
Thank you kindly for your time.


EC: Question already answered in the Q&A section:

Posted by Janice (Mcdonough, Ga.) on 04/22/2009

i have a 14 yr old cockerspaniel with red mange. i read the many testimonials and would love to try the peroxide and borax. i am afraid of all the toxic in the dip from the vet."cookie" also has chronic yeast infections in both ears. would the borax solution help this? i got confused about how much to use with what from the post i read about the solution. seems every one had different answers to the amounts to use and how often to use it. can someone clear this up for me? i would like to get started right away. thank you.

Replied by Tina
Garden Grove, Ca

I have used Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth with the Peroxide instead of the Borax and it worked great. I even put just it in their food to kill all parasites including worms.

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskachewan

Hi: Where did you get your food grade Diatomaceous Earth? Do you trust it? Thanks

Replied by Lisa
Wichita Falls, Texas

Hi Mary, I got my DE from Wolf Creek Ranch online.

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan

Hi Lisa:

Obviously you trust this company. could you go over how you used it for me. I believe my little dog may have worms. Have you ever taken it?


Replied by J.s.
Portland, Oregon

For Mary of Regina, Saskchewan: I personally have taken Food Grade Diatomacous Earth internally for 2 years. My husband, children, and parents also have been taking it. We use it twice a year (spring/fall) to eliminate any bad bugs that may be hiding in our bodies. All of my pets (cats,dogs,guinea pigs)are given it in their food once a month. I buy mine at a ware house here in portland, but have bought products from wolf creek ranch and was happy with them. We have never had side effects. There is a cleansing period when first starting so start with small doses and get larger with each day.

Replied by Lisa
Wichita Falls, Texas

Hi Mary! I just put a heaping teaspoon in some wet food. If you will go to their website, they have all kinds of info on the DE. How much to give(you can't give too much, it will not hurt the pet), what uses DE has. Good luck!!

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan

Hi JS: Thanks for telling me this it makes me feel safer. Is the bag labelled food grade? do all the same precautions exist? Like dont breath it in? Etc lung damage. Also how much do you take 2x per year and for how long? and about your dogs, how much and when do you give it to them. Mine are 10 lbs each.

Any more info would be greatly appreciated.


Replied by J.S.
Portland, Oregon

Reply to Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan: sorry it took so long to reply, been on month long vacation. All precautions should be taken with DE even food grade. My animal get one teaspoon per 10 pounds daily for one week to ensure all parasites are dead. I make sure to clean up any fecal matter daily so not to reinfect them. When I first started giving them DE, I gave each 1/2 a teaspoon for 3 days then went to a whole teaspoon. I gave this everyday for the first month, after that I just give them a teaspoon for one week each month as a preventive. My parents only give it to their dog every three months for a week, however he never leaves their property and ours tours with us. My family takes 1 tablespoon with yogurt in morning for one week in February and another week in September. Sometimes if someone is feeling ill (stomach stuff) I will have them take a weeks dose. Any time something is ingesting it I make sure it is with wet food so it won't be breathed in. Hope this helps!

Posted by Tracey D (Clinton, MS) on 04/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have read just about all the posts here. I too, was much like many of you in that I wanted to help my animal. Max, our mixed shepard/rottie was an animal rescue. We have had him for 4 years and he had been an inside dog for the most part(except to go outside to potty). Recently we moved to a much smaller place. He started displaying behaviors that were not good. I thought that maybe he was unhappy with the new place and would be much happier out in the country where he could run. My parents live on 10 acres and were willing to take him in, but he would be an outside dog.He had been out there at least two week when I noticed his head. At first I thought that he had simply scraped the top of his head. I could smell that it was some sort of infection. So I started putting Ivarest on it. Well the next day my mother called me and told me that it was looking worse. So I went back out there the following day (2 hours round trip)to look at it again. I took good notes as to the way it looked. So I did some research and came up with the diagnosis that it was sarcoptic mange and that stress does not make it better. So I did a search on treatments and found this site. I have heard about the burned oil treatment but I also thought about the damage it could to to my pooches internal organs too.(it sounded so wives taleish) It wasn't an option. I gathered up all the materials I needed(the lady at the store looked at me like I had the some infectious disease, because I bought all the Hydrogen Peroxide that they had on the shelf). I have to mix at least a 1/2 gallon to make sure he is throughly soaked. The first week it looked awful,the top of his head and his snout and a couple of spots on his check were raw and crusty. (I have only been treating him once a week)Not that I recommend anyone do this but I did and it helped him. I gave him one prednisone for 5 days (my dad gave it to him in a piece of ice cream sandwich, that way he doesn't stop to smell the meds.He just inhales the ice cream, meds and all. If he had stopped to chew it, he would find the pill and spit it out). After that week was up, I went back out for the second treatment. Same mixture that the Doc prescribes(1-3-2), except now he gets a benadryl every other day to keep him from knawing. I am now on about the 4th week of treatment, once a week, and there are no new raw spots and his hair is trying to sprout back out in some places. He never went completely bald in any of his spots. I took before pictures and I will take after pictures when he is completely cured. "We" plan on bringing him back home when I know he is free and clear. (We have a cat at home and I do not want to go through this again)But once Max is better I will email pictures.)It just isn't worth it to me to leave him in the country anymore. He doesn't seem happy around other dogs, he is a people person kind of dog.I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this site. Otherwise I would not have known what to do because currently we do not have the money for those expensive vet visits. It is reasonably priced and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to get them better.

Replied by Tracey
Clinton, MS USA

I have been treating Max for 6 weeks @ once a week and he is completely healed but as a precaution I will continue the treatment for a few more weeks. I have photos of before and after but I do not see where I can email these or post them. Please advise. Thanks again for being a life saver. I am a true believer in this method of treatment and would recommend this to anyone who has a pet that is going through the mange!