How to use dish soap to get rid of fleas

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How to use dish soap to get rid of fleas
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When you look for a product to get rid of fleas, whether from your pet or your home, it is not easy to find one that isn't loaded with harmful chemicals. According to "Eartheasy's" Natural Insect Pest Control, lemon is a natural substance that repels fleas. One way to get rid of fleas on your pet is to shampoo them with dish soap that contains natural lemon juice or lemon extract.

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Things you need

  • Dish detergent with real lemon extract or lemon juice

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    Purchase dish soap that contains lemon juice. Dish soap that is artificially scented with lemon will not work like dish soap with real lemon. A brand that works well is lemon Joy dish detergent.

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    Prepare your pet's bath by drawing water and pour in a capful of lemon dish detergent.

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    Place the pet in the bath, and after you have wet her down, lather her completely with the lemon dish soap. Apply the suds to your pet's neck and face area first so the fleas don't run there to escape the lemon. The dish soap is not harmful to your pet, but it can be irritating if it gets into the eyes. Flush eyes with water if this happens.

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    Rinse the dog well while still in the bath. The fleas will drop off the dog in the rinse water.

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    Put a drop of lemon dish soap in a wide, shallow dish.

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    Fill dish with lukewarm water and activate the suds.

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    Set the dish soap pan on an area of carpet that is highly infested with fleas.

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    Place a lamp over the dish soap. To avoid the risk of the lamp falling into the soap, use a clip lamp and clamp it to a chair. According to "EarthEasy," if you shine the lamp on the dish, the fleas will jump toward the heat of the lamp but land in the soapy water where they will die.

Tips and warnings

  • To keep fleas off your pet, chop up a lemon, rind and all, and soak it in hot water overnight. In the morning, dip a cotton ball in the lemon and sponge it on your pet.

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