Homemade Flea Shampoo
There is an abundance of topical flea treatments and flea shampoos available on the commercial market today. Many purport to be very powerful and fast acting. The trouble is that many of these commercial treatments often use harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your dog’s skin, particularly if your dog is sensitive or is getting on in life.
Natural ingredients are always the preferred option. Evolution provides organisms with the means to deal with naturally occurring chemicals, and indeed nature provides chemicals that can be very beneficial. Consider one of the following homemade dog shampoo flea recipes to rid your dog of fleas, and prevent recurrence.
Washing Up Liquid Base
Washing up liquid, or dishwashing soap, is a normal ingredient for a flea fighting shampoo. It’s gentle on the skin and cheap and easy to acquire.
1 cup of Lemon washing up liquid
1 quart of water
1 cup of white vinegar
Mix everything in a bottle or a large bowl. A bottle is an effective method of both storing the treatment and also applying it. Shake the solution thoroughly and apply as a regular shampoo.
Leave on the skin for five minutes before rinsing.
Essential Oil Shampoo
Fleas are repelled by the scents of essential oils, and so applying this to your dog’s fur can be an effective alternative .
3.2 ounces of Decylc Polyglucose (sourced from a pet store)
½ tsp of zanthan gum powder
½ tsp of cider vinegar
4.5 ounces of hot water
1ml of grapefruit seed extract
Essential oils: 2 drops of geranium, rosewood, opoponax and myrrh; one drop of bay leaf essential oil, and three drops of lavender
Combine everything but the zanthan gum in a blender and mix. Add the zanthan gum powder afterwards whilst the water is still warm. Blend more until it’s all thoroughly mixed.
Let the mixture cool, and then add the essential oils to the base. Mix and apply.