Fleas can be a pesky problem for pet owners, but you don’t necessarily need expensive treatments to get rid of them. Here’s a simple and cost-effective DIY flea treatment using Dawn dish soap and table salt:
- Dawn dish soap (blue variety)
- Table salt
1. Prepare a Bath: Fill a bathtub or basin with warm water. Make sure the water level is enough to comfortably submerge your pet.
2. Wet Your Pet: Place your pet in the water and thoroughly wet their fur. This helps create a barrier that prevents fleas from escaping to the head area.
3. Apply Dawn Dish Soap: Take a small amount of Dawn dish soap (blue kind) and lather it in your hands. Gently massage the lather onto your pet’s fur, ensuring it reaches all areas, including underbelly and legs. The soap suffocates and immobilizes the fleas.
4. Let It Sit: Let the soap sit on your pet’s fur for a few minutes. This gives the soap time to work on the fleas.
5. Rinse Thoroughly: Thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur with clean water to remove the soap. Ensure that no soap residue remains on the skin.
6. Salt Application: After rinsing, towel-dry your pet as much as possible. Then, sprinkle a liberal amount of table salt onto your pet’s fur. Gently rub the salt into their fur. The salt acts as a desiccant and helps kill flea eggs.
7. Brushing and Drying: Using a flea comb or regular pet brush, comb through your pet’s fur to help remove dead fleas and eggs. Allow your pet to air dry.
8. Repeat If Necessary: Depending on the severity of the flea infestation, you may need to repeat the process after a few days to ensure all fleas and eggs are eliminated.