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

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Posted by Nikki (Dublin, Ohio) on 09/06/2007
5 out of 5 stars

borax and peroxide: "I got a cockapoo, Max, from the pound. After I cut through his matted hair, I noticed there were quite a few places that he had chewed raw. Thanks to you, Max does not stay up all night itching- I'm absolutely amazed!! Also, I'd suggest to the people who have a dog w/ really thick fur that you wash your dog, then while drying the dog with a hair dryer, you rub the thick paste down to the skin. Max thinks he's getting a salt rub at the doggy spa. It is not as messy as i though it would be & Max loves it! No more crusty bloody sores after only 3 treatments in 8 days. His hair's growing & he looks so beautiful everybody thinks he's a different dog.

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Posted by Betty (Rector, AR) on 05/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I tried Ted's proxide and borax remedy . I am very proud that i ran across this sight when looking for a cure on the net. I had Doxie puppies that caught it from mother, she was so malnourished " my fault i have to say bought a different brand of food , didn't check the label good. " That is all it could have been, have done nothing different . anyway she quit feeding the pups at three weeks and with the mange thought sure i would loose them . went and got the fixings and bathed them as directed and could tell a difference with the first treatment. have had three baths now and all three are getting their hair back one has got all of his. mother and her mate have recovered almost as quickley. thank you so much . I advise anyone to try it first works better than most vet remedies i have tried.

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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.

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Posted by Joanne (New Orleans ) on 10/19/2021

Time to take your dog to the vet

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Posted by Margaret (NYC) on 03/27/2022

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 Rosemary (Belfast, UK) on 04/29/2021

Borax is no longer available in the UK but a substitute of Sodium sesqui carbonate is.

I assume this wouldn't work for Ted's mange cure and I should try to import some?


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Posted by Bob. (USA) on 02/16/2021

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.

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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 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

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/31/2018

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.

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Posted by Rose (Fowler, Ca) on 07/24/2018

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

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/26/2018

Hey Rose,

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

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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.

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Posted by Nikki (Austin, Tx) on 06/13/2018

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?


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Posted by Nicole (Boston) on 04/29/2018

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!

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Posted by Sue (Michigan) on 05/02/2018

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.

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Posted by Connie (Florida) on 05/21/2018

Be aware of the common possibility of toxic effect of ivermectin ....

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Posted by Chucklesm (Sw Us) on 12/30/2018

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.

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Posted by Steve (Trenton, Nj) on 02/20/2018
5 out of 5 stars

One day after the first washing and treatment with Ted's remedies, our dog is already seeing some relief.

Because of the mites, do we need to do something to our carpeting or our dogs beds which have a removable cover?

Thank you so much!

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Posted by Pauline (Scotland ) on 11/29/2017
3 out of 5 stars

Hi, we think our dog might have sarcoptic mange, we have used the borax remedy and it seemed to keep them at bay but her coat was starting to get really brittle so I stopped that treatment to give my poor baby a rest and started using neem oil shampoo which didn't work.

At the moment I'm using a mix of rapeseed oil and diatomaceous earth on her but she has all of a sudden got supper a canny on the parts where she still has hair, could it be the other mange she has? Any help would be appreciated.

P.s I've also tried using vegetable oil on her too, didn't work

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/30/2017

Hey Pauline,

If you have been using Ted's remedy and following the directions to the letter, to the point your dog's fur is brittle, I would venture to say you are not dealing with mange mites of any sort. It is very possible your dog has a systemic yeast infection that would cause your dog to itch and so appear to have mange. Start with your dog food - read the label and if you see grains of any kind try switching to a grain free brand and feed it for 6 weeks; keep a dog food diary of everything she eats and record your results. This will allow you to see a trend and perhaps help you isolate what may be causing the itching. While the dips and baths can help provide relief to an itchy dog, you also need to fight the yeast from the inside out, so in addition your dog might well benefit from alkalizing the drinking water and also Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs.

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Posted by Wendy (Portland, Or) on 03/02/2018

I used the Borax and Peroxide, but it still didn't completely get rid of it. So I added some melted down Coconut Oil. Put my dog in her throughly scrubbed / clean kennel until she was completely dry. Although I kept her in an area away from my sofa's, etc for a few days because her coat was still oily. It worked like a charm. She's not miserable anymore.

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Posted by Nancy (Houston, Tx) on 10/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

i found a stray dog and she had mange so bad. I just did a mange treatment on her the other day. She is not scratching as bad. Going to do another one tonight. One question I have will can Lysol Disinfectant kill any mites that might be in her crate? If Not, then what can I use to spray any where she has gone?

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/25/2017

Hello Nancy,

The Lysol spray is NOT SAFE to use on pets. If you need to clean the crate just pop the bedding into the laundry and wash daily. If you are concerned about mites hiding under the crate you can put down a layer of food grade diatomaceous earth.

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Posted by Nancy (Houston ) on 10/26/2017

I have this puppy corentine from my other dog (that is outside). When can I let this puppy around my other dog without giving the manage to my other dog? What can I spray my furniture and carpet with? Thanks

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/27/2017

Hey Nancy,

Did you get a mange diagnosis from your vet? I ask because many things can cause hair loss and itching, plus there are two types of mange so knowing which kind you may have is helpful. Sarcoptic mange is spread by vermin and critters and your dog can catch it just by being outside in areas where there are vermin. Sarcoptic mange spreads easily between your pets and YOU. Demodectic mange is typically an affliction of puppies and is not contagious. If you have not had a veterinary diagnosis of mange you may not be dealing with mange; Ted's remedy is very helpful just the same. You might check your dog food ingredient label to start - if you see grains/corn/wheat in the top 10 ingredients you might consider a grain free brand as grains have been linked to skin troubles in dogs. As for spreading sarcoptic mange, you should follow the protocol for Ted's Mange remedy and if you cannot maintain a quarantine you should dip both dogs on the same schedule.

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Posted by Maria (Kenya) on 11/16/2017

hi I could only buy hydrogen peroxide 20% in a 200ml container. If I put all 200ml in a bigger container how many times should I fill the 200ml container with water to dilute to 1% pls.



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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/17/2017

Hey Tia,

I googled up a dilution conversion calculator :

If you take 1/2 measuring cup of your 20% solution, and 10 cups of water it will give you 10.5 cups of a 1% solution.

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Posted by Maria (Kenya ) on 11/20/2017

Thanks Theresa, Now I can start the treatment.

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Posted by Jlefebre (Sacramento) on 10/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this mange formula. I believed my dog to have mange but could not afford the vet visits and medication so I had been looking on the internet for a possible solution. It seemed like such a scary problem and she was scratching so much, loosing hair, could not sleep and lost weight.This has worked and has worked so well! My dogs hair has grown back and she is not scratching all the time. She is so much happier and has put some weight back on. She is back to being happy and healthy and we are happy and appreciative too. Give this a try!

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Posted by Stephanie (Texas) on 08/11/2017

Is it ok to blow dry my dog after the borax solution, or is air drying the best remedy? Also, if I have carpet, what is the best way to treat it to ensure they don't return? thank you in advance for your help, I'm very eager to post some before & after pics! My poor baby has such beautiful soft fur & I think he notices the missing fur as he gets cold more frequently.

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/14/2017

Hey Stephanie,

You want your dog to air dry for at least half an hour after the bath because the wet solution is still active. The solution stops being active when it is dry. I will finish drying with a blow dryer when my dog has had time to air dry for at least half an hour after the bath.

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Posted by Patricia (Ga) on 08/20/2017

Ted's Mange Cure

I have read and re-read and am still confused about the amt of water in this recipe. I got the 3 heaping tbspns of Borax. I have diluted the 3% peroxide to 1%. (1qt peroxide and 2 qts water to make 1%). I got that. But I am confused about how much water aside from the water to dilute the peroxide is added? My almost hairless dog needs this so bad but I want to make sure I am mixing the appropriate amounts of water. Hope someone can clarify this for me. Thanks and thank you for posting Ted's cure!! Praying it will relieve my pups misery.

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Posted by Ron (Ontario) on 09/04/2017

Dog mites all 3 types. trying ted's remedy.

I have been fighting this problem for over a year. it was a small ear mite infestation to start with. it was cured with mineral oil and crushed garlic juice. in the ears everynight. but later noticed foot itching, reddish stains. then hair loss on belly. then got worst. I tried everything, even bought $300.00 online product. that did not work. olive oil, heavy oils, I did straight borax with water once, but the dogs skin went really red and dry, I thought it was too strong so I quit. but I should have read this article. but 2 years ago it was hard to get information online, most said go to the vet. some said give antibiotics, some said don't. some said vop didn't work. some said it did. I tried that too. I believe Teds remedy will work. I will update online later. now I have a second dog with small spot on belly. even though these dogs are separated. this started when I found a dead squirrel, the dog had been rolling on and playing with. it had mites. my friend had picked up a rescue dog from a kennel organization, he had problems with feet itch. my dog played with his dog a few times. could have been that too. I will keep you informed

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Posted by Skip (Sturgeon Lake, Mn.) on 09/05/2017

With the hydrogen peroxide and borax solution, is it harmful to the dogs eyes if some gets in them?

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/06/2017

Hey Skip,

I have used this formula often and have splashed it into my own eyes and it did not sting or cause any problems.

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Posted by Jackie (St. Louis) on 09/14/2017

Theresa- you said you use 1 cup of borax compared to Ted's 3 heaping Tablespoons. Was that a typo? That's a big difference.

Also, does the mixture need to be prepared right before using or can it be made days in advance?

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/15/2017

Hey Jackie,

NOT a typo. You want to have a "saturated" solution of borax - this means you keep adding borax until it stops dissolving and you can see the grains in it. In my experience 3 heaping tablespoons does not create a saturated solution.

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Posted by Laura (Lawton, Ok) on 09/19/2017

Hi Debbie,

Thanks to you, I just had a light bulb moment"! My terrier mix (6yrs) has been itchy since Feb. The steroid shot was the worst for him and didn't last. So, your comment about your dog being stinky was the bomb!!! Even after a bath, my dog was still a stinko dog! I have been treating him with the ACV for 8 days now and seems to be a bit better. I will have him tested for hypothyroid as well treating for yeasty skin. ( orally and topically). Thanks for sharing all your info.


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Posted by Nell (Greensboro) on 10/11/2017

Thank you so much, Theresa, for posting this! I'm going to try it this weekend.

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Posted by Dorothy (San Diego) on 07/20/2018

Theresa, why is your recipe different than Ted's? Why should we use your directions instead of Ted's?

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/23/2018


Use Ted's Remedy. Ted posted variations on his remedy and I may be referencing that, OR it may be transcribed incorrectly from the original. Unless you can specifically cite what is different I cannot properly comment, so all I can say is use Ted's :-)

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Posted by Sal (Houston, Tx) on 07/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Unbelievable! After first bath, my pit with quite horrible mange stopped itching! He layed belly up on couch for hours finally at peace. He is 99% cured. His hair returned to a full dark grey after only having a streak following his spine down his tail. At this point his hair was falling and 90% turned an ashy grey. Bumps, scabs and a little blood overcame his entire body. His eyes were bloodshot and quite lethargic.


Day 1-bathed with dawn, rinsed and applied solution w/o drying. Note: I aggressively lathered him up with my fingernails, I mean agressively, and removed all scabs in the process from over his body.

After rinsing him off, I doused him with the solution and worked it in with fingernails.

Day 2 and 3 was only the dousing with solution, took day 4 off and did day 5 by repeating the actions aforementioned in day 1.

He is currently on day three of fish oil supplement morsels snacks and his hair is unbelievably rich and beautiful. I'm taken aback by how instantly this borax solution worked and the hundreds of $$$ it saved me ...oh, and his wet dog stench ceased immediately after first drench!

A million thanks for this remedy!

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