Natural Flea Shampoo

I need a recipe for a very good, n atural flea shampoo and repellent.

ANGELIA - March 9, 2011

we always used galic in their food and we never need fles shampoo, but remember when bathing your dog make sure it has some good nurishing oils in it , because shampoo that is good for us will most times dry out your pets skinn and cause them to itch.

    Annie - March 29, 2011

    It’s actually bad for dogs to eat garlic (and any plant of the onion fmaily) – they can develop a form of anaemia.
    You can read about it from a vet here:

    You can mix a very mild human shampoo (such as a baby shampoo, or a sensitive skin shampoo) with a few drops of citronella oil and wash the dog with that. As mentioned, don’t do it too often.

    sapphirez - August 19, 2012

    use hydrogen peroxide to immediately kill flea infestations on pet. use lice comb to rid pet of dead fleas and eggs. wipe down pet with wash clothe dampened with hydrogen peroxide each time pet comes in from outdoors during the flea season to prevent the life cycle of the flea.

      Dawn L. - September 27, 2012

      How does the hydrogen peroxide kill the fleas and how often can you bathe the dogs with this treatment?

      Sue - October 7, 2012

      hello, i was wondering with the hydrogen peroxide for the flea repellant wont it bleach the color out of the fur.?.. I am asking cuz i have a black cat and a black dog…. my cat has fleas she got them from my dog we got at the pound// thank you

      Pam - November 1, 2012

      Peroxide will bleach the coat. And it is not true that any shampoo will kill the fleas
      Im a groom and find only fleas shampoo works. I would never wipe my dog down
      With peroxide. It can dry the skin.

Susan Trauger - March 9, 2011

Any shampoo will kill fleas, I use a liquid castile soap. Lather dog and let the soap stay on pet for 10 minutes and then rinse. The fleas can’t breathe and suffocate, for added efficiency add essential oils that fleas find repellent and/or toxic. I have read that oregano, eucalyptus, Tea Tree, citronella, lavender, geranium, peppermint, and lemongrass oils and Stash Earl Grey tea work for fleas. You can also add apple cider vinegar to rinse water and fleas don’t like that either. There is a site I like with lots of other herbal remedies and recipes at This is a quote from that site “Lavender, peppermint, and geranium essential oils repel mosquitoes. Lavender, lemongrass and geranium repel ticks. Dab oils between your dog’s shoulder blades. Other effective natural repellents include lemon, cedar, eucalyptus, myrrh, neem and rosewood ” I also make flea traps for my home by using old cookie sheets. Fill with water and a drop or two of dish detergent, place on floor at night and shine a fairly bright concentrated light beam at the water, darken the rest of the house. The fleas are attracted to the light, jump into the pan and drown because the surface tension of the water is changed by the dish soap and the fleas sink. The first time I did this I was shocked by how many fleas were actually trapped. You should continue this until you have several days with empty traps in the morning. I just dump them and rinse for the next night.

Barbara Poole - March 9, 2011

For the person looking for natural flea shampoo: I worked for a veterinarian who recommended any kind of mild “people” shampoo like baby shampoo. I would think that any kind of “natural” shampoo would work, even handmade soap bars.. It’s the soap itself that kills the fleas, and the added chemicals can be harmful to your pet.

SANDI - March 9, 2011

I use joy dish liquid for shampoo and try this for repellent cut 2 lemons into small pieces, toss into a sauce pan holding 1 quart water and boil 1 hr remove from heat , let sit over night , strain into spray bottle and spray dog or cat especially under armpit ,behind ears and around head taking care to shield the eyes and genitals a more simple one is a solution of 10 parts water and 1 part vinegar use and spray on animal as above

    Sharon - October 31, 2012

    Dishwashing liquid is about the WORST possible substitue you can use for shampoo for a dog (or cat). It’s WAY to harsh for them and dry out their skin, then you end up with dry, flaky skin (dandruff) and having them scratch themselves to death! A very mild baby shampoo is better, but the specially formuated pet shampoo is BEST.

Cinnamon - March 10, 2011

I’m not sure what animal you need flea repellant but I have given dogs Brewer’s Yeast. Iit does take care of their fleas. It does not however protect the animal from heartworms.
Hope this helps.

Becky B. - March 11, 2011

We use dish detergent. Gives our labs a nice, shiny coat, too. Also, garlic in their food 1-2 times a week will keep fleas away.

cassandra wilson - May 7, 2011

Go to a natural foods store and pick yourself up some citrus oil.for shampoo just mix a few drops in with some all natural oatmeal soap. Then soak a porous collar in the oil for an all natural flea collar. The oatmeal soap will help sooth irrated skin and the citrus oil is a natural flea killer and repellent.

Ann Fenner - November 1, 2012

I use brewer’s yeast in my cats’ food (I have 8 cats). For shampoo, I use specially formulated shampoo for cats from Walmart, I’m not sure of the brand. For people (I am a former foster parent), I use baby shampoo and put a few drops of Tea Tree oil in it. It prevents “head lice”. We always have a breakout in our public schools here after kids start back to school. I had my kids (and me too) wash their hair with the Tea Tree oil in the shampoo and they never got head lice and it passed so frequently from child to child. I’m sure Tea Tree oil (a few drops) would work in any shampoo for pets. You have to be careful with cats because they lick their fur. I hope this helps folks and pets out there.

Denise - November 15, 2012

Ok, gonna try salt on one dog, and hydrogen on other. Both Cocker Spaniels. Don’t want to have to use the Petmora stuff (Walmart brand of Frontline) Just want them out of their misery. Just started noticing them scratching & biting this week! Is it the season? Also, my sis just told me about the tea tree oil. Which I already had too. We’ll see which was more effective, and faster. Keep you guys posted.

Deedlums - January 29, 2013

I have read that Tea Tree Oil is toxic to cats, so please look into that before you put it on your pets. I use an off-brand of Johnson&Johnson baby shampoo letting it set in for about 10 minutes. It drowns the fleas, is gentle on the cat, and won’t bleach my black cat’s fur like peroxide would.

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