Using vinegar to kill fleas

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Using vinegar to kill fleas
The fleas that make your pet's life miserable can be killed with vinegar. (Getty Thinkstock)

Attack the flea infestation by treating your animal first. Give your pet a bath in a mixture of a 1/2-part Dawn dish detergent and 1/2-part apple cider vinegar (white vinegar will work too). Place your animal into a tub filled with warm water and get his coating soaking wet. Apply the soap/vinegar solution. Be careful of your pet's eyes with this solution. Work it deeply into your pet's coat and rinse thoroughly. The vinegar smell disperses quickly, but if you prefer, wash your pet in his regular shampoo to remove the vinegar smell.

Make a mixture of 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water in your spray bottle. After you bathe and dry your pet, spray this mixture on your pet's fur. Use your finger to work this mixture into his coat, avoiding the eyes and ears. Preferably, spray your pet once or twice a week until the infestation is under control. If your pet dislikes the spray bottle, dip a comb or brush into the vinegar solution and thoroughly comb the fur.

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Furniture and bedding

Treating flea infestations using vinegar in your home is a safe and effective method to remove the pests and prevent further outbreaks. Fleas not only cause your pets an untold amount of misery, but fleas will bite your own legs and arms. Fleas typically get into bedding, furniture and pet beds. It's necessary to treat most of the fabrics in your home to help control flea outbreaks.

Use the vinegar/water mixture in your sprayer to treat your sofas, chairs and bedspread. If you're concerned about staining light fabrics, make your mixture using white vinegar. Treat your fabrics twice weekly. If you prefer, toss 120 ml (1/2 cup) of white vinegar into the wash with the blankets or dog beds to clean the bedding and remove fleas.

Carpets and rugs

If you've chosen to use vinegar instead of flea collars or spray pesticides, you'll find that using vinegar to kill fleas requires using nothing more than all-natural apple cider vinegar. The presence of fleas on your animals creates a nightmare situation because fleas lay eggs in your carpet and begin the vicious cycle of reproduction. Treating your pet, furniture and carpets gives you the benefit of a threefold attack against this pest.

Carpet cleaner

Applying vinegar spray to your carpet and rugs will safely kill fleas and is completely safe for humans and animals. It's completely safe to also place vinegar in your carpet cleaner instead of regular soap to remove the fleas from the carpet. Trying placing a bowl of water mixed with 120 ml (1/2 cup) of vinegar on your carpet overnight. This will naturally attract the fleas (to their deaths). Your animals will avoid the water/vinegar mixture because of the smell. Place bowls around your house to help kill fleas between carpet treatments.

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