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

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

Learning how to make homemade flea spray for dogs at home by yourself can save you money and reduce your pet's exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins that popular dog flea sprays are known for.

I've been using DIY flea sprays for dogs for years now.

There are many brands of flea treatments available, but most commercial flea sprays for dogs can be costly and you need to buy them every month.

To save money, you can make an entire bottle of homemade natural flea repellant for dogs for just a few cents per bottle.

This is also much healthier for your dog.

We've all seen how commercial dog flea spray products come with a laundry list of odd ingredients and tons of warnings.

Many of them 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.

On the other hand, the three DIY homemade flea spray for dogs recipes that I'm going to share with you today are all natural and 100% safe for pets.

You can use them as often as you want, and not worry about a dog accidentally ingesting them.

Plus, you can use ingredients that you already have around your home.

How to Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs

How to Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs

Homemade Flea Spray For Dogs Recipe #1: Water and Lemon

Here are the supplies you'll need for this recipe:

  • Pint of water
  • 10 slices of lemon
  • Empty spray bottle (I buy SoLID)

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.

On the downside, while this is a simple and 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.

Natural Flea Repellant For Dogs Recipe #2: Apple Cider Vinegar

Here are the supplies you'll need for this recipe:

  • Organic apple cider vinegar (like Braggs)
  • A bit of water
  • Empty spray bottle (I buy SoLID)

Apple cider vinegar works for many things, and I've used it for safe cleaners, but it's also good at repelling fleas.

So for this easy homemade flea spray recipe, you will 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 the downside is that it really 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.

Homemade Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs Recipe #3: ACV and Essential Oils

Here are the supplies you'll need for this recipe:

This is my favorite 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 to one degree or another, but I prefer this third recipe because it doesn't need to be applied daily, and it doesn't smell bad.

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 scents of the apple cider vinegar.

You will only need to apply 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.

Homemade Flea Spray For Dogs Recipes: Closing Thoughts

I hope this short little list of homemade flea sprays for dogs were helpful.

Today, there are many controversial commercial flea and tick sprays and treatments that might cause unwanted side effects.

After years of rolling the dice with those treatments, I felt it would be much safer and cheaper to make my own natural flea repellants for my dogs.

Fleas and ticks can be a nuisance if you aren't prepared for them when the season hits.

And then when you shop online, you get inundated with all of these brands.

After hearing horror stories of dogs getting sick and dying you have to pick which commercial ones have the least negative reviews, so I figured it would help you all like it did me to write this article.

Overall, DIY flea treatments like the ones I went through work pretty well.

Let me know in the comments below on which one you liked and which one worked best for you!

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.