Making Homemade Pet Shampoo That Kills Fleas is super easy and really works too! You just need three ingredients and a few minutes to mix up your own batch! This recipe was recommended by our vet, and is safe for puppies too!
If you are a regular reader here at Mom 4 Real, then you have probably already "met" or heard me talk about our sweet Bostie, Nash. We've had him for a little over a year and love him sooo much! After dog sitting for a friend a few times, we decided that it would be a good idea to add another Boston Terrier to our family so he would have another dog to play with.
This fall, we added his little brother, Bentley to our family, and they have been the best of friends since! I shared this sweet photo of them napping together on Instagram ( FOLLOW HERE for more cute puppy pics and behind the scenes shots of our daily life). The only problem that we had when we brought sweet Bentley home with us was that he brought some extra friends home with him...namely, fleas.
We called our vet and asked what would be the best way to clean Bentley and rid him of the fleas, and she suggested making our own flea killing shampoo using a couple of things we already had in our pantry. I love our vet, because she doesn't try to sell us crazy expensive pet products, and only suggests that we use heart worm medication and flea and tick preventative medicine. Other than that, she suggests going as natural as possible when caring for our sweet pups, which is right in line with what I believe. This flea killing pet shampoo worked great and was super gentle on both of our dog's skin and fur!
Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe
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- ½ cup of water
- ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar ( Purchase HERE )
- ¼ cup of Dawn dish liquid ( Purchase HERE )
- Soap dispenser with pump ( Purchase HERE or use an old hand soap dispenser )
Pour the water, vinegar and dish liquid into a soap dispenser and shake well before each use.
How to Give a Puppy a Bath Video
I put together a quick video showing how to make the shampoo and bathe your puppy too!
How to Use Homemade Dog Shampoo
- Wet your dog's fur.
- Massage soap into the dog's fur. The amount of shampoo you use will depend on the size of your dog. For our small dogs, I typically use 3-5 tablespoons.
- Let sit for 3-5 minutes...you can totally massage your dog during the wait time to keep them calm.
- Rinse your dog's fur. If there are dead fleas, rinse them down the drain. You may need to use a comb to remove any dead fleas that are stuck in the dog's hair.
- Towel dry your sweet dog...they'll be so happy to have no more fleas!
Homemade Pet Products
I've also got some other easy pet remedies and easy ways to clean up after them...find them all below!
Got cats that like to scratch up your furniture and urinate in unwanted areas? Find my Homemade Cat Deterrent Spray HERE! This stuff works wonders!
Got pet odor issues? Eliminate unwanted odors and stink with my Homemade Odor Neutralizing Spray!
Stinky carpets making you crazy? This Homemade Carpet Sprinkle is so easy to make and helps neutralize odors that may have seeped into the fibers of your rugs and carpets.
Have areas where your pet has had accidents and created nasty stains on your carpets? Use this super easy Cleaning Hack for Removing Carpet Stains...you won't believe what you can use to get rid of old stains and new in seconds!
I hope these cleaning tips and ideas will help you keep your pets and home clean and odor free!