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How to Make Organic Flea Dog Shampoo

By Yvette Pryce
 

Overview

Bathing your dog with a chemical-laden flea shampoo may get rid of fleas but may not be the healthiest option for your dog or your household. Pet shops now sell high-end organic flea shampoos infused with essential oils, but that might not be the best option for your pocketbook. However, you can combine affordability with health by mixing up your own organic flea shampoo, which will repel fleas while leaving your dog smelling fresh.

Step 1

Bring 2 cups of distilled water to a boil. If you have no distilled water, you can use filtered water, but the shampoo won't clean as well as if you use distilled water.

Step 2

Put 1 ½ tbsp. of dried soapwort root to the water. If the soapwort you are using is whole, chop it. This will help the soapwort release its cleansing compounds into the water.

Step 3

Turn down the heat to simmer and cover the pot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes, then take it off the stove and let it cool to room temperature, which should take about an hour.

Step 4

Pour the mixture through muslin and into a jar to remove the soapwort. Discard the soapwort and retain the liquid, which is your organic flea shampoo base.

Step 5

Select organic essential oils to add to the shampoo that have natural flea-fighting properties, such as cedar, citronella, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, mint or rosemary essential oils. You can add a single type of essential oil to the shampoo or you can blend them. Either approach works well for flea control.

Step 6

Mix 20 drops of essential oils total into the flea shampoo base. Place the lid on the shampoo jar and shake it to combine the oil with the shampoo. Refrigerate it until you need it. It will last about two weeks in the refrigerator.
Comments (10)
Aug 3, 2009 babechief
it works
Aug 5, 2009 bunny860
I'll have to try it to see if it really works sounds like a great idea
Sep 21, 2009 animal_lover357
Love the sound of that ,as i care very much what i use on my dog
Nov 3, 2009 queend
how can we get rid of fleas off our white poodle who has most and is older and his daughter who is black who seems not to have as many yet she frisks away from house yard more frequently? PLEASE HELP US. evry 2 days bath is annoying.
Feb 3, 2010 evfernandez
I'll defenintly try it!
Apr 2, 2010 toy dogs
sounds good, i'll give it a try!
Dec 27, 2010 twilightsaga23
sounds like it works
May 10, 2011 abbeyrockshard
gotta try it
Oct 27, 2011 bevybev
what is soapwort and where can i find it?
Dec 20, 2011 kimmycole28
I would really like to try this on my puppy but i dont know where to get the materials can you plz help ?
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