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

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Posted by Jason (Bundaberg, Australia) on 02/05/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have used the Mange cure as per the Instructions. I used Harpers brand Borax and 3% peroxide diluted to 1% both available at woolworths in Australia and found it to work great. Thanx for the cure Ted. Cheers Jason

Posted by Terri (Ft. Lauderdale) on 01/26/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I want to Thank Ted for his Dermodex Mange home remedy. My 8 month old Rotti puppy was diagnosed with dermodex mange around her eye. The vet recommended Mitaban. after reading up on side effects, I decided to try a more holistic treatment when I came across Ted's treatment. I have to say I was a little skeptical. But after only one treatment my puppy's eye looks so much better.(one week ago) I am going to give her a few more treatments. I have since had her spayed since we received the diagnosis and she was also going to one vet that she was always very upset going to. I think it was caused by stress. I have taken before and after pics and what a difference. In just one week. Thanks! Ted.

Posted by Mich (Virgina Beach, VA) on 01/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Ted thank you so much for saving my puppy. A quick review, we lost one puppy to full body demodectic mange by treating it with ivermectin. We found your site and used the borax and hydrogen peroxide treatment. It was a long road but finally after treating her with this she is finally growing hair! No more itching! She is due for a scraping on Friday and we will let you know how it goes. Thanks again.

Replied by Sherryl
Athens, Ohio

I would like to know the remedy and amounts for what appears to be mange around my pups eye. I really can find it on the site?? Her eye is very raw looking. I would like to bath her all over in this solution. Please help

Posted by Garry (RI) on 01/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, Just wanted to thank you for listing that mange treatment. My dog had mange bad enough that he would chew out large patches of fur and several times chewed his tail bloody and bare when I was away at work. I tried Lindane, which marginally worked, and a product by Zodiac as well as a lime sulpher dip. The Zodiac product worked the best but it was an old dusty bottle on the petstore shelf and I could not find it again to buy more once it was gone. He has had the mange a number of years. Caught it from a visit to the vet!! Saw the responses to your treatments and I gave him two dips with the peroxide / borax the first couple of weeks and then switched to a 50 / 50 water / white vinegar / borax dip ever since. I used white instead of ACV because it's cheaper and it seems that it's the acetic acid that is the carrier into the skin. ALL of his hair is back and he hardly scratches anymore. He gets the recommended borax in the the drinking water too. I intend to give him maintenance dips once every month or so and may continue with the Borax in the drinking water as an ongoing thing. Great advice! Thanks again!

Replied by Vivian
Edmond, WA

So it is ok to use the vinegar instead of the peroxide? I have a black haired dog and would rather him NOT turn orange by using the peroxide! LOL

EC: This may not be an issue in the winter, only in the summer with strong sun!

Posted by Sharon (UK) on 01/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely amazed by the results achieved in just one soaking of the great dane is 12 month old & ( without me realising) ) has had this problem for around 6 / i know what he has its very easy to see the symptoms he had ( which i didnt notice )...tha severe hairloss i thought was malting...the bad smell i thought was because he's outdoors a lot...the reddening of the skin i thought was because he has white fur...the poor thing has been suffering all this time!!!!! after taking him to 2 different vets at a cost of over £200 he was first treated for ringworm - with absolutely no affect...i took him to another for a second opinion...he gave him 500mg anti-biotics, malaseb & advocate..i am on low income with 5 children & so could not afford to keep paying for treatment that is not working...the second vets did do a scrape which then resulted in the diagnosis...i came home almost crying at the cost....i was told this treatment could last several months....i came accross this site & i was very impressed with what other users had experienced using 'Ted's Cure' off i went to my local pharmacy to get the h/p & borax....within 24hrs of applying the solution his redness has totally gone & his baldness is dissapearing...he does however still have the awful smell so i am going to soak him again today with acv & borax...(they only had 1 bottle of h/p so have to wait for the order to come in wed )...i am so thankfull for this site & to Ted - from Bangkok!!!!! A massive Massive big thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by Sheila (UK) on 12/20/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I used apple cider vinegr and borax to cure mange. I soaked dog with mix of ACV and borax, every day. After 4 days skin had cleared, couldn`t believe how effective this was, would certainly use again.

Posted by LaDonna (Longwood, FL) on 12/10/2006
5 out of 5 stars

All I can say is WOW!!! What a difference within 1 week on my Golden Retriever-Riley. Thank you, thank you so much for this remedy. My dog has been suffering for at least 3 weeks, I had no clue as to what was wrong with him. He is known to have allergies consistantly but I knew something was different with him when he started loosing his hair and chewing all over his body like something was eating him up. I started to do research last week when someone had suggested that he may have mites or the mange. I came across this website and read Ted's remedy. I knew I had to give it a shot, anything before taking him to the vet ( I did not want him to go through the process of a highly toxic dip). I did the remedy exactly as stated, no changes were made-did not dry him, etc..... As of today, remember-1 week ago I did this, he is getting his hair back, no red bumps oozing with blood, no chewing off his hair. His coat is beginning to get its shine back and we both can sleep at night without the excessive scratching. It works folks, try it and you will be amazed. I do have before and after pictures if anyone would like to see the results. Thank you, LaDonna....

EC: LaDonna kindly sent us the photos when we wrote back to her.' Here they are -- AMAZING!

Posted by Marilyn (Queensbury, NY) on 11/15/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for your reply about the solution near the eyes. I thought I'd update you on our progress. As I wrote earlier, Onyx gets very scared when a hose is used for bathing, so I have yet to bathe her. I have been using the solution as a "sponge bath" on her bare spots and around her eyes twice a day for just over a week now... within 3 days the hair was starting to grow back!! Two of the spots over her hips are barely noticable now. She's not crazy about being sponged along her muzzle or down the front of her chest...but we manage. Thanks to the combination of the antibiotics for the pustules and the borax solution, she doesn't smell like a nasty dog anymore! She goes back to her vet in a couple of weeks for a recheck - I will definitely be telling him about your cure!

Posted by Sarah (Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 10/25/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Lady is a19 month old valley bull... she had mange when we got her at 8 weeks old ..We had to take her to the vet -- it cost us over a 1000.00 dollars. She got rid of the mange for about 2 months .. the vet said they couldn't get the dip for her anymore i saw Remedy #2 on the internet so i through i try it.. she is looking real good, nice and white and no more streching and digging ...Thought I would let you know it worked real well on her. Thanks.

Posted by Nancy (Selma, Indiana) on 10/09/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I took my chocolate lab to (2) different vets trying to figure out what was going on with his skin. They put him on cortisone pills, antibiotics, had me dip him in sulphur dips on five day intervals. Nothing seemed to help him. He would appear to somewhat get better, but nothing major noticeable. The smell never eased up. On my own, I tried vinegar baths and other things to try and ease up and/or cure his condition. Nothing ever helped. A year later and about $500.00 American dollars poorer; I was about to give up hope of helping him. Then, I stumbled onto your remedy using peroxide, borax, and water. I thought, why not give it a shot; I've spent out all sorts of $$ on every type of cure thinkable. If it helps him, I would be so much relieved for him. I went to the store that evening and bought a box of mule team borax, two bottle of peroxide (I anticipated more than one treatment, and I was right) and a sponge for application. The next afternoon, I cornered the poor fellow and sponged on a dose of the mixture. He wasn't impressed, but he is a little gun shy about washings and dips since he has been subjected to so much in and so many treatments already. I laid in on heavy this first treatment , and left it to dry up on him. He rolled around in the yard like any other treatment or bath and then went about his usual business. The next day, he seemed less flaky; and when I brushed him, the skin flakes seemed to just come right out with ease. Two days later, I made up another batch. A little less potent this time. I sponged him down again ( to his dismay, he hates personal hygiene issues now) I left this on to dry. The next day, he had some dried up flakes; but not near as many. Most of the yellowish scale was gone; and his odor was starting to improve (Not gone all the way though) Two days later, I again made up another batch and sponged it all over him. Left it to dry. The next day, he had hardly any new flakes, his odor is gone, hair is starting to re grow. I'm just totally amazed. I am going to make a spritz and lightly spritz him once a week when I brush him out and hopefully he will remain in remission for whatever this stuff was. Maybe it was the red mange. Whatever it was, your #2 cure has given him his life back. He had to be miserable. Thank you for sharing your remedy; I'm ecstatic. $3.90 for a box of borax, $1.00 for 2 bottles of peroxide, a couple cents worth of water equals approximately $ dog's well being and peace of mind from the savages of his skin condition, priceless!

Posted by Jenny (UK) on 09/18/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Hello Ted, The first thing I would like to do if it were at all possible, would be to shake your hand Ted and thank you most sincerely for your advice on the treatment of 'Dermodecosis' (Red Mange).

For us your advice has been a miracle cure! We have 2 exceptional examples of how your advice on the use of the 'wash and Borax / Hydrogen Peroxide soaks' have worked and they are as follows:

1st example - We had a litter of pups and at about 4 weeks old one pup started to get pimples on his head and chest. We duly took him to the vet suspecting an allergy to either the grass or a change in the soap powder we used. The vet confirmed this and put him on antibiotics and some antihistamine tablets.

One week later the pimples had spread over his head, neck, throat and chest and most of the others had them too. The boys were by far the worst affected. We took the original pup back to the vet and one other and he immediately diagnosed the cause as being the Dermodex Mite or 'Red Mange'. The only treatment he recommended was 'Advocate' a liquid anti-mite/flea/worm treatment which is applied on the skin on the back of the neck, but as per instructions, our pups were too young for it. The next day the vet phoned the manufacturers of Advocate and they said it was safe to use in a pup of nearly 6 weeks old but it had to be an exact amount according to the individual weight of the pup. So, later that day the vet came out weighed each pup and applied the appropriate amount of liquid. The pups had to be separated from each other, to avoid the stuff being licked off. This was duly done and did they scream? You betcha they did!

4 days later and the pups were far worse, with the first pup now being bright red virtually all over the front half from the waist forward and some of the skin had cracked and little sores were developing. In my opinion, the Avocate had done absolutely nothing to help and the situation was becoming hopeless.

In a desperate attempt to find something to help these poor babies, I went on the internet, came across '' and Ted with his 'miracle cure' (no joke!).

We brought all the pups into the kitchen, washed each in turn with a little shampoo and warm water, then placed them in a tub we had bought for the purpose and soaked them in the Borax/Hydrogen Peroxide solution and left them sopping wet to dry on towels/blankets in front of the fire (but not too close).

We both got well covered ourselves and many times had the solution splashed onto our faces and in ours eyes. Absolutely no pain was experienced by either of us, which was really reassuring, as we didn't't know whether or not the solution would sting. The pups didn't't mind the bathing part but were quite distressed at being left soaking wet and made no bones about telling us off! Again this was somewhat distressing but we followed Ted's instructions and resisted the temptation to dry them off.

It took some time for them to dry completely and once they were all content again we fed them and all was well. We did end up with 9 rather white and dusty pups, as when they dried, powder deposits remained on their coats: got to say, they did look quite cute though, especially the black ones! Now this is where we feel the miracle fits in - 2 DAYS LATER, the original pup had almost totally cleared of his redness, spots, scabs and sores and this is fact! All the other pups that had been infected had the same result - absolutely amazing! The relief for us was phenomenal, I can tell you and not to mention for our pups.

We repeated the 'wash and soak' as Ted suggests, 3 days later and before the week was out there was absolutely no sign of the Dermodecosis what so ever. I have gone on a bit so I will end here and give you the 2nd example later.

Please note the above is my personal experience and the views contained there in are my own. A MASSIVE THANK YOU TED FROM ALL OF US (2 and 4 legged ones) FOR ALL YOUR ADVICE, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW JUST HOW EXTREMELY GRATEFUL WE ARE.

Posted by Vincent (Modesto, CA) on 09/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I used the peroxide, Vinegar,and 20 mule team borax soap. It started to take effect right when I put it on my dog, which has been itching forever and losing hair even around her eyes. The itching has stopped. Mira has elephant skin also during this ordeal on her webbing in between her legs which is smoothing out also. One bottle of 3% peroxide and two bottles of water from the empty bottle of peroxide which brings it down to 1% in a water pitcher. !/2 cup unfiltered vinegar, 1/2 cup borax and it will dissolve. I shampooed her first and let her dry. Then sprayed the solution all over her between her toes also and pads and leave it on. You will see the difference in her skin right away. Adding 1/8 teaspoon Borax to 2 liters of water for drinking all the time cleanses the inside also of mites from itching and biting. I spray her down every other day with the solution....I hope this works for you.

Replied by Rashel

I have a ten week old Chihuahua. I have had him since he was 7 weeks. I have never seen our deadly with mange in any of my animals. I saw the puppy from the start itching non stop. So I sprayed him with flea medicine. This itching went on for weeks till I noticed fur missing. I was worried then and felt so bad for him. He was miserable. We went to the vet they said it was possibly name and he needed medication. Told me the medication abd I went home researched it and learned it's not good for pups. So I looked into natural cures and found this with lid of good reviews. He has had two treatments in the past three days. The yellow flakes are gone the fur on his legs under the tail and in the tiny are gone now it's white dried skin. His smell is improved he smelt like death before. Fur is still coming off cause he still was scratching after first treatment but we just started. I have high hopes . Will make new review when it's had time to really work.

Replied by Wendy

Just curious...when did vinegar get added to the recipe? When we used it years ago successfully for 2 german shepherds it was just peroxide and mule team borax? It worked with 1 application, they stopped the non stop month long scratching (2 vets and $400 later that didn't work) we finally found Ted's recipe. Need to use it on a pet rat and while I was reading through the messages saw people are now using vinegar???

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Wendy,

The recipe has not changed. Vinegar has been substituted for those who cannot find hydrogen peroxide. In some cases where folks had very resistant strains of mites vinegar was added to the borax & hydrogen peroxide formula to create a solution of peracetic acid, which is much stronger than hydrogen peroxide and borax alone. This is Ted's original post about it:

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand

Generally speaking a peroxide mixed with vinegar, with a borax is a more powerful formulation, which is called peracetic acid. In any event that formula would likely be a 1% solution of H2O2, in equal amounts with vinegar in volume, plus a saturated solution of borax, used as a rinse. The estimated time for a very consistent and effective dip from my estimates was a 30 minute dip on the average, but won't work under 20 minutes. I generally don't use this powerful mix and usually go for a weaker ones as it might cause some skin irritation of the dog and I end up removing the dog after 10-15 minutes because of vast open wounds, which would irritate the dog. Hence a spot application or a lower concentration or less vinegar is where I make adjustment so it won't irritate the dog. Therefore I would much prefer to use a hydrogen peroxide 1% and borax as a 30 minute dip without the vinegar, but should itching persists I may add vinegar to make the mix more aggressive. In any event vinegar is a good standby.

Posted by Sally (Oklahoma City, OK) on 08/22/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have been doing Ted's treatment for about three weeks and it is slowly curing the mange

Posted by Jack (Toledo, OH) on 07/23/2006
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter got a miniature dashund from a "Petco store" that had touch of mange on his ears, which started out the size of a dime, it spread to the size of a silver dollar sized area on both ears, I gave him a good bath and dried him off. then soaked him mostly his ears, and applied the "Borax, peroxide, a little lemon juice in a 1/2 gallon of water, soaked him in it and "DID NOT DRY HIM,LET IT DRY ON HIS WHOLE BODY , ITS BEEN ABOUT 8 WEEKS NOW AND ALL HE HAIR ON HIS EARS IS GROWN BACK. HE'S NOW A BEAUTIFUL, little guy very perky, with a small white area on his chest and the rest a typical reddish brown.

Posted by Trudy (Cynthiana, KY) on 01/18/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I knew my dog had mange this summer, or possibly a terrible case of flea allergies. All I knew was if I went to the vet he would slowly poison my dog, at a very high cost to me. Traditional mange treatments are very harsh, mitaban is extremely toxic to say the least. I'm not against going to the vet, I sure have spent a lot of money on my four dogs there. So I searched for natural non toxic remedies, and I found your website. At the time you had only 2 remedies posted. At this point my dog was only 1 1/2 years old, a purebred, and well taken care of, there was no good reason for him having mange, or at the worst terrible flea allergies. He is a beautiful black and white Australian Shepherd. This is what I did.

I tried the remedy from Ted of Bangkok. I had two problems with his recipe. I never could keep enough hydrogen peroxide in the house. I only used it twice. And he said to leave the mixture on the dog, and don't dry him off, well what do you do with a sopping wet dog in the house, or when it's super cold outside. So I modified the recipe and method of application. Max (my dog) had lost at least 60% or more of his fur, from his shoulder blades all the way to his tail, including his legs, underbelly, and even the back of his ears. This was pathetic, I'm sorry but I didn't take pictures, to prove my point. THIS IS HOW I CURED MAX. These are the ingredients I used. You must buy these, nothing else, no substitutes. 20 MULE TEAM BORAX, it will say natural laundry booster under Borax, you can get it at Wall Mart Super Centers, and ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, IT'S RAW AND UNFILTERED, You can only get it at a health food store. ( Do not buy at a grocery store, those vinegars only smell and look like vinegar, but they have absolutely no medicinal value.) The third and last ingredient is simple cheap, people shampoo, like VO5, or Suave.

THIS IS HOW TO APPLY. IF YOU DOG IS REALLY, REALLY, BAD WITH MANGE, DO THIS EVERY THIRD DAY. WHEN MY MAX STARTED GETTING BETTER, USUALLY AFTER WASHING HIM EVERY THIRD DAY FOR TWO WEEKS, NOW I ONLY DO HIM ONCE A WEEK. Now all you need is a small plastic cereal bowl. Put 1/2 cup of borax in bowl, now put 1 1/2 to 2 cups of warm water in the bowl, mix it very well with a spoon, not all of it will dissolve, lots of it will settle on the bottom of the bowl, don't worry. Now add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to the bowl, mix well. Your dog is now in the tub, well lathered up, Now you take the mixture, and pour, or apply by hand all over his body, it will spread easily, don't worry about the grittiness, just don't rub it in too hard, it might fell like sandpaper on the dogs skin. I would have my dog sit with all this stuff on him in the tub for at least 3-5 minutes. Well I was worried about winter, and my fur less dog, but now in less than two months all of his fur is back, happy, healthy, and playing in the snow. One thing I didn't mention at the onset of his problem I did a 2 week detox on him to help out his immune system. This sure couldn't hurt any dog with illnesses. P.S. Get the book " Apple Cider Vinegar " It's only $8.00 at your Health Food Store, or go to to order. This is an amazing old time, folk type remedy. I've been taking it for less than 2 months, and have had amazing results, you'll know why your dog is getting better once you know what this product is capable of doing. I wish good health to everyone's best buddies, good luck!!!

Replied by Vivian
Edmonds, WA

So you don't wash the shampoo off before you use the solution of borax/apple cidar vinegar?

Replied by Prometheus613
Cleveland, Oh
5 out of 5 stars

Have a boxer/mini pincher mix, male, started showing symptoms of mites. I read just about every comment to this remedy and concluded a few things:

(1) I would assume that if the provider of the remedy titled it "Cure for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange, it does not matter which kind your dog has, this remedy should work for both kinds of mites, and as Ted says, fleas, ticks and other critters.

(2) The notion that a dog who manifests an outbreak of demodectic mites is genetically inferior and unworthy of breeding is suspect at best. Consider, the underlying reason for most demodectic episodes is a compromised immune system. It does not follow that this is a genetic deficiency when the primary reason for poor pet immune response is POOR DIET. So all these yahoos who militantly advocate the destruction of an animal's raison de etre, namely its reproductive organs, on the basis that the animal displayed symptoms very likely to have been induced by an owner's negligence, is frightening in its brutality.

(3) 95% of all the comments relating "veterinary medicine's" response to this condition were the same, a vet medical establishment appalling in its capriciousness and bad faith. It would seem that many vets do not even think of mites as a possible diagnosis, at least until 2-4 other, expensive, toxic and ineffective responses have been IMPOSED on the unwitting pet owner. This leads me to believe, quite reasonably I think you will agree, that most vets are EITHER evil OR stupid; maybe BOTH.

Bottom line, this cure is just that, a cure. To those who need to know exactly what to expect, know that the first treatment for my dog seemed to really highlight all the affect areas on his body. I really did not know the extent of his infestation until AFTER the borax/peroxide solution dries. The wounds become red, puffy and pronounced. GREAT, that is the little mite saying "OH S$#@". After treatment my dog is stuck to my side, like I'm his doggy savior.

Replied by Seekingthecure
San Diego Ca, Usa

I am so glad to find this forum and this thread. I have two cats with an infestation that has been called "nothing, " "blackheads, " "mange, " "lice, " and various other useless things by a series of vets and vet dermatologists. The infestation is a small insect that burrows into the skin. Apparently, that's not in the vet manual, so they just pretend it isn't there. It mimics some effects of mites. It responds to avermectins, but develops a tolerance to ANY therapy after two weeks. The cats self-mutilate in an agony of itchiness if I don't treat them at least every seven days. They get secondary infections in their skin in the holes where the bugs lived. (And no, it's not warbles! )

I want to try this borax treatment. Unfortunately, my husband is wildly opposed to vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and DMSO. Is it possible that vodka (40% alcohol) can be used as the liquid to make the borax penetrate the skin? We use vodka to dip the cats it to keep the current infestation under control, in combination with rotating types of avermectin shots. This keeps the bugs under control, whatever they are, but it hasn't been a cure. I don't recommend this to anyone else, though. The vodka-dipped kitty is flammable until it dries, so we cage them away from heat or flame. We dip them once a week. This treatment has saved their lives, so far, but it has not cured them. I have read many accounts of pet owners with intractable infestations, especially in the San Diego area. They describe the same symptoms that my cats have, and the same misdiagnoses. And all report the same resolutely ignorant responses from veterinarians. There are even several boards where people recommend treatments. But nothing has been a cure for my kitties, and I would like to try borax. Does anyone know if I can mix it with the pure vodka dip? Thanks--Desperate Kitty Mama in San Diego