Our beloved pets are like family and just like our family we want the best for them. This includes their health. We know fleas can be a big issue for our furry friends. Because fleas carry bacteria, a flea infestation can make your pet ill, besides the horrific skin irritations and rashes they can cause.

Fleas are nasty but using harsh chemicals to combat or prevent an infestation is not always the best idea. Some flea repellents use synthetic compounds known to cause health issues. So how can we prevent our pups from getting fleas while keeping them away from toxic ingredients? How about making your own natural flea repellent for dogs? Yep, you can do it and we will show you how.

The effectiveness of Homemade Flea Repellents for Dogs


There are homemade flea repellents that are cheap and easy to make but do they work? It is fun to make your own products and we all love to save money, but what is the point if the natural products we create aren't really doing the trick? We tested a few recipes and noticed ingredients that make a profound difference when added to the mix. Below we will you the steps to make a natural flea repellent for dogs and we will give you what we consider the most effective.

The best method to repel fleas is to create an environment unfriendly to the little buggers. Skin that is slightly acidic is not attractive to fleas. Using this simple spray 1-2 times a week will ensure that your dog's skin is lightly coated to repel fleas.

Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Repellent Formula

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Supplies You Will Need

  • 4 ounces warm water
  • 6 ounces Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 Glass Spray bottle

How to make natural flea repellent for dogs:

It couldn't be any easier. Using a funnel pour all the ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake. Be sure to spray your dog's whole body, including the underbelly. Avoid face and eye area and any open wounds.

The Apple Cider Vinegar works well, but it also has a strong odor. Adding essential oils to your dog's skin after applying the natural flea repellent will help combat the smell of Apple Cider Vinegar but be careful with the oils you use.

The skin of your pooch is highly sensitive. Some oils may irritate them so always use small amounts. A drop or two is fine depending upon the size of your pet. It is best to put a drop into your hands with a carrier oil. This could be any natural oil such as coconut oil, jojoba or our favorite grapeseed oil.

Mix well in your palms then rub your this into your dog's fur. The oil will also help sooth any irritation your dog may already be experiencing.

Adding essential oils directly into the homemade natural flea repellent for dogs will not work. Water and oil do not mix and your essential oil will just float to the top of the surface. If you love the smells and effectiveness of essential oils but would like to skip the step of applying essential oils to your pet after spraying the flea repellent we suggest the recipe below.

Fleas Be Gone Spray

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Supplies You Will Need

  • ½ cup witch hazel
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oils (lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus are our favorites)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Glass spray bottle

How to Make How to Make This Natural Flea Repellent for Dogs

Step#1 In a small bowl place 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add your essential oil drops. The salt will absorb the oils.

Step#2 Place the witch hazel and Apple cider vinegar and mix well. Be sure all the salt dissolves so it makes dispense the essential oils into the natural flea repellent formula.

Step#3 Add to a spray bottle. Mist on your dog avoiding sensitive areas like eyes and inside ears.

FYI: You may have heard lemons and citruses work well with bug repellent but we encourage you not to use citrus or lemon essential oils on your dog. Citrus contains d-limonene which many dogs are sensitive too. Also the d-limonene can be toxic to the liver. A small amount on the skin of your pet may not be overly harmful but long exposures to the natural compound may. Also, you do not want your dog licking the area sprayed with citruses so please use with caution. We love using essential oils and they have incredible medicinal compounds but they because they derive from plants, not all essential oils are safe to use on pets.

Here is another natural flea repellent that uses essential oils tested and proved to be safe and effective for your best friend.
This one is for the bath.

Happy Dog Shampoo

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  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 tablespoons of liquid Castile soap
  • 1/2 tablespoon of a carrier oil (highly suggest grapeseed or jojoba oil for skin)
  • 1 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 drops of rosemary essential oil

How to Make

Step#1 In an empty glass bottle or jar add Castile soap and carrier oil. Add one drop each of essential oils. Mix with a spoon.

Step#2 Fill a jar or bottle with water. Cover container and shake well. This formula is potent so you do not have to use often.

Step#3 If your dog already has a flea infestation, use it until you notice the fleas have vanished. This should only take one or two applications.

Step#4 After the fleas have left, using this shampoo once every 2-3 weeks will be fine. You may also use this fantastic formula to wash your dog's blankets and bedding.

Herbs in your natural flea repellent for dogs

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Still unsure of using essential oils in your natural flea repellent for dogs? How about trying herbs? Herbal remedies are derived from plants too but are often gentler on the skin than an essential oil.

The lavender herb is one of the most popular and essential oils made from lavender. The oils benefits are so widely known that lavender essential oil is now available for purchase at any health food store or retail market. But do not underestimate the power of fresh lavender.

Lavender's healing properties are endless, and because lavender grows abundantly in the United States, it is easily accessible. We love using lavender in our natural flea repellents for dogs because the beautiful aromas are relaxing and soothing. Lavender will repel any insect, flea or tick but what it will also do is heal the skin.

  • A large pot
  • 1-bunch fresh lavender, or 1 tablespoon. dried lavender
  • 1 bunch of fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 2-Cups of water
  • 2-tablespoon. of Witch Hazel
  • Glass spray bottle

How to Make

Step#1 Boil 2 cups of water and Witch hazel in a large pot. 

Step#2 Add the rosemary and lavender.

Step#3 Cover pot and lower temperature. Let simmer for 30- 45 minutes.

Step#4 Let mixture cool before transferring to a glass bottle.

Step#5 Spray the natural flea repellent 2- 3 times a week.


When applying your natural flea repellent for dogs pay particular attention to the base of the tail, and under the legs and belly on dogs. But do not overdo it. If you are using any of the recipes with essential oils remember your dog has a much stronger sense of smell than you do.

Although you may think it smells marvelous, your dog may not. As we mentioned earlier avoid getting too close to your dog's face, eyes, ears and yes even his NOSE. If overexposure occurs by accident or your dog is having an unusual reaction, so use water. Remember water and oil do not mix, so it will not help the issue at all. it is best to use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil. Pour an oil of your choice (even olive oil will work) into the palm of your hands, rub your palms and proceed with applying to your puppy.

We love our furry family and we know you do too. Making them happy makes us happy. Knowing they are free of fleas using natural products is one of the best ways to show your love.

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