How to Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs (3 Recipes)


Learning how to make homemade flea spray for dogs will save you money and reduce your pet's exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins that popular dog flea sprays are known for. Commercial flea sprays for dogs can be costly, but you can make an entire bottle of homemade natural dog flea spray for just a few cents, and it's also much healthier for your dog.

We've all seen how commercial dog flea spray products come with a laundry list of warnings, and many of them have also earned negative reviews from consumers who say they have made their pets sick. In fact, some poorly designed dog flea spray products are so dangerous that they can only be used once every 7-10 days.

These three homemade flea spray for dogs recipes that I'm going to share with you today are all natural and 100% safe for your canine companion. You can use them as often as you want, and you'll never have to worry about your dog accidentally ingesting them.

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How to Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs
3 easy, cheap and healthy recipes

How To Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs

Recipe #1

When learning how to make flea spray for dogs, you'll probably be able to use ingredients that you already have around your home. These sprays are all effective and affordable.

The first recipe I'm sharing with you is effective at repelling fleas, but it needs to be applied daily. I even apply it more than once per day if my dogs are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. When used frequently, it's very effective at preventing fleas.

All you need to do is boil 1 pint of water and add about 10 slices of lemon. Cover the pot and let the mixture steep overnight. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and apply it to your pet's coat generously every day.

While this is a simple and very inexpensive recipe, it is not as effective as I was hoping for it to be, and it's a bit annoying to have to apply it every day. Fortunately, there are a few other recipes of homemade flea sprays for dogs that are better.

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Recipe #2

For this homemade flea spray recipe, simply fill an empty spray bottle halfway with water and then add apple cider vinegar until it is full.

This homemade flea spray for dogs is effective at repelling fleas, but it stinks. If you don't want your pooch to smell like apple cider vinegar, you may want to try another option.

You don't need to apply this spray as often as the one I discussed above. Once every 2-3 days will be fine. Apple cider vinegar is an effective flea repellent for dogs, and it's very inexpensive. It's also 100% safe for your dog.

In fact, I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to my dog's water bowl every day for an added boost in preventing a flea infestation.

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Recipe #3

This is my favorite recipe homemade dog flea spray recipe. I have personally used all three of these recipes that I'm sharing today for how to make homemade flea spray for dogs. They have all worked to prevent fleas, but I prefer this third recipe because it does't need to be applied daily, and it doesn't smell terrible.

Here's how to make this: in an empty spray bottle, you'll need to combine 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil, and then fill the rest with water. The apple cider vinegar and essential oils repel the fleas, and the oils mask some of the bad scent of the apple cider vinegar.

You will only need to apply with flea spray every 2-3 days as well. It works well to repel fleas on the dog, and I've also noticed a reduction in the number of ticks that my dogs have picked up since we began using this homemade flea spray.

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