5 Effective Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes That Kill Fleas

Does your dog have a flea problem? If yes, removing the fleas should be a priority. Fleas can be very dangerous to pets, especially younger animals. If there is a high level of flea infestation, it has been known to kill the animal. 

In many cases, dog shampoos have been very effective in removing fleas from dogs. Therefore, find below a list of homemade dog shampoo recipes that kill fleas you can prepare and use with ingredients in your home.  However, if you would prefer to buy a ready-made natural product see our post on the best dog shampoo for allergy sufferers.

Effective Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes That Kill Fleas
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Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipes That Kill Fleas

Here are some excellent home remedy shampoos you can use to get rid of dog ticks and fleas. Also, see our post on home remedies for itchy skin in dogs.


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1. Essential Oils Homemade Flea Shampoo

You know your essential oils. Essential oils have many benefits to humans, and you probably have some in your house already. If you don’t, you can easily order some online, and they are very effective for dealing with fleas when made into shampoo. 


Recipe Ingredients 

  • 10 ounces of water
  • 2 ounces aloe vera gel
  • One tablespoon Castile soap
  • Two drops of peppermint oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • Two drops of lavender oil
  • Two drops of rosemary oil


How To Prepare Essential Oils Dog Shampoo

Start by pouring water into a large bowl and add the aloe vera gel and Castile soap. Using a different bowl, mix your essential oils; peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary oil. 

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Pour the content from the second bowl into the first and stir thoroughly. Pour the entire content into a bottle, and you’re done. 

How To Apply The Essential Oils Dog Shampoo

Apply the shampoo on your dogs’ coat and rinse out after about 10 minutes. It’s important to rinse thoroughly so all traces of the shampoo are removed. 

While you wait for the essential oils to do their work, the aloe vera will help soothe your pets’ skin and heal inflammation. 


2. Dry Flea Shampoo For Dogs

This mix will create a dog shampoo that doesn’t require water. If your pet doesn’t like bathing with water, you can use the shampoo not just for getting rid of fleas but to keep your pet clean on occasion. 


Dry Flea Shampoo Recipe Ingredients 


How To Prepare The Dry Flea Shampoo

Mix the baking soda with the cornstarch in a bowl. Stir and add two drops of lemon or lavender essential oil. Stir again and add two more drops of lemon or lavender essential oil. 


How To Apply The Dry Flea Shampoo

Rub the powder into your pet’s coat. Apply more of it in areas most likely visited by fleas like the stomach, neck, and groin. Wash it off from the areas you applied more after a while. 


3. Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Shampoo for Dogs

This homemade apple cider flea shampoo is very easy to prepare. It is a natural dog shampoo to kill ticks, and it doesn’t irritate the skin, which makes it ideal if your pet has sensitive skin. See our post on the best dog collar for sensitive skin and neck here if you have a sensitive dog.


Recipe Ingredients


How To Prepare Apple Cider Shampoo For Dogs

Mix all the ingredients in their specified quantity in a body. Preferably, a spray bottle so it’ll be easy to dispense. 

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How To Apply The Apple Cider Shampoo

Spray your pets’ coat with the shampoo and leave it one for about five minutes. Comb your pet’s coat using a flea comb to remove dead ticks, after which you rinse out the shampoo. 


4. Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo 

Coconut oil is not only effective in keeping your pets free from fleas. It also helps your pet’s smell pleasant by eliminating foul odors, and regular use will keep your pet’s coat looking shiny. It also helps with inflammation. 


Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup liquid coconut oil
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • ¾ cup distilled water
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • Five drops of rosemary oil


How To Prepare Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo 

To make this coconut oil dog shampoo, you must mix all ingredients in a bottle. Shake the body thoroughly with the bottle closed so it is well mixed. 


How To Apply The Coconut Oil Dog Shampoo 

Apply the shampoo on your pet like any regular shampoo and wash it out after a couple of minutes. This shampoo is more effective when used repeatedly.


5. Lemon Flea Shampoo 

Lemon is one of the best recipes for making shampoos. This is because it always leaves a clean and fresh scent on your pet. Furthermore, it is effortless and cheap to prepare. This shampoo is best prepared with fresh lemon. 

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Lemon Flea Shampoo Recipe ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups warm water
  • ½ cup baby shampoo or Castile soap


How To Prepare Lemon Flea Shampoo For Dogs

Mix the lemon juice with water in a bowl and stir. Pour in the baby shampoo or add the Castile soap and stir; Castile soap is best if your pet needs to moisturize. Pour in a bottle or secure container.  


How To Apply The Lemon Flea Dogs Shampoo 

Rub your dog’s fur with the lemon shampoo and leave it on for up to five minutes. Once the time is up, gently use a comb to run through the fur to remove the dead parasites. When done, rinse out the shampoo.


Final Thoughts

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According to Pets Web MD, frequently giving your dog baths is one way to keep fleas away. To make these baths more effective, you can bathe your pet using a dog shampoo that kills fleas. 

Rather than going for shampoo products that could contain harmful chemicals, you can go the DIY way, as discussed here. 

I’ve described some homemade dog shampoo recipes that kill fleas you can try. Help your friends save some money, share this with other pet owners.

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