Homemade Flea Dip for Dogs and Cats
When it comes to protecting your pets from fleas or ridding a current infestation, it might help for you to try a flea dip on your pet.
Homemade flea dips are an inexpensive and safe alternative to cheap over-the-counter products that would have you dipping your pet in chemicals. By the end of this article, you’ll know how to make your own safe, effective flea dip.
If you are looking for a homemade flea dip that will not only repel and kill fleas, but will also protect your furry family member from dangerous chemicals and pesticides, consider picking up a few lemons the next time you are at the grocery. Lemon is a natural repellant to fleas and contains a chemical, called limonene that kills fleas on contact.
To make this homemade flea dip:
- Bring a large saucepan full of water to a boil.
- Cut up 1-2 lemons into slices or rinds and add them to the hot water.
- Turn off your stove and allow the pot to sit overnight and steep like tea.
- In the morning, pour the water in the pot into a container such as a pitcher, large cups or even a spray bottle.
- Saturate your pet thoroughly with you homemade flea dip and allow him to air-dry.
Before the application of the homemade flea dip, use a mild, natural flea shampoo on your pet. This will help provide a base to the flea dip and kill many of the fleas or impair them before you start the flea dip application.
Make sure that you apply the lemon flea dip all over, including the belly, the tail and their “armpits” since these are two areas where fleas love to hang out. However, take special precaution around their head as lemon is likely to burn if you spray it anywhere near their eyes or if they have irritated ears or other ear problems.
Allow the lemon mixture to dry and do not rinse out. Doing this will repel fleas and kill existing bugs. Feel free to apply this mixture as often as needed.
Just a note of caution: lemon juice may stain your furniture or cause light spots so you may want to keep your pet on a tiled area until he’s dry.