For all of those pet lovers out there who understand the battle of flea control on your family pooch, I’ll bet you have tried just about every product on the market to find a balance of natural and sensitive products that will also get rid of fleas. But have you ever looked at the packaging of these products? The list of ingredients can be as gruesome as high-grade pesticides.
We all love our pets – they’re a part of the family. And most of us try to make our homes as green and natural as possible. So of course we want to avoid using nasty and potentially damaging chemicals on our pets, especially if there’s a simple and cost-effective alternative available. Well, of course, there is, and you don’t need to search through the expensive aisles of your local pet store and spend a fortune to get the natural solution.
There is a DIY, natural recipe that we have found to be a great option for dogs (although keep in mind that what works for dogs doesn’t necessarily work for cats and other furry friends). If you’d like to give it a try, here is the method:
- Add 1 cup of dishwashing liquid to a jar or container (I suggest a high-quality dish soap that is free of any dyes, fragrances or nasties. An organic dish soap is best as a regular dishwashing liquid can be too harsh and drying for a dog’s skin.)
- Add 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (apple cider vinegar is less harsh than white vinegar and helps to clean and acts as a natural flea repellent).
- Add 2 cups of water to the mixture.
- Now add 60 grams of glycerin to your mixture. Glycerin can be found in the baking aisle of supermarkets or craft stores. The glycerin helps to moisturize.
OPTIONAL – Add 1-2 drops of essential oils for extra moisturizing. Please use a therapeutic grade oil and not an oil from the store. Those are not safe for topical applications, and some might be toxic to your pet.
Once you have added all of this to your jar, twist the lid on tightly and give it a good shake. Now it’s time to convince your four-footed friend into the bathtub to test it out. Make sure once you have completed the wash, to rinse your dog thoroughly. Avoid using this mixture on the face. Instead use a damp cloth or rag with water to wipe away any dirt.