Best Natural Flea Shampoo for Dogs – DIY + My Top 3 Picks
Wash, wash, wash…
Doing dishes is one of my least favorite chores, and I still do it every day, because the alternative is that I have a nasty sink full of caked on goo that I have to deal with when I get to the dishes a couple of days later.
Like cruddy dishes, one of my least favorite chores when it comes to dogs is dealing with fleas.
The insecticides we use on fleas – in flea shampoos, flea drops, and flea collars – are effective, but toxic.
That’s why I started looking for the best NATURAL flea shampoo for dogs. I wanted to find a good way to get rid of fleas without the toxic nature of insecticide based flea shampoos.
There are a couple of different options when it comes to natural flea shampoo. You can DIY it or buy it retail. You also need to understand how FLEA eggs work when it comes to these natural products.
I’ll show you what I think are the best of both worlds. And how to effectively deal with fleas the natural way!
How to Get Rid of Flea Eggs on Dog Fur When Using Natural Flea Shampoos
There are four stages to a flea life cycle. Eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult flea.
Eggs normally hatch in about 2 days to 2 weeks – depending on conditions, and can fall off your pet as he or she moves. Meaning they will be in pet bedding, where your pet lays, and where she moves about.
Getting rid of flea eggs with natural products is tough, but if you treat with the life cycle of the flea in mind then you can do it.
Flea life cycle images:
The first thing thing to keep in mind is that even if the label says it does, most natural flea products are great at killing fleas, larvae, and pupae but not so good at killing flea eggs.
Note: The best dog shampoo for killing flea eggs is Adams Flea & Tick Shampoo. Adams ins’t natural – it’s an insecticide based shampoo, but it does work really well to get rid of both fleas and their eggs.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of flea eggs with natural products. Whether you are creating a DIY flea shampoo or buying one of the commercially available ones, the steps are the same for getting rid of flea eggs.
Step 1: How often should you give a dog a flea bath? Every two weeks!
Natural products often require diligence in application in order to make them work properly. If you are dealing with an infestation, then you’ll want to give your dog a flea bath every two weeks until you see no new fleas for two full cycles.
This allows you to kill any new fleas as they are hatching and they will become fewer and fewer in number over time.
Step 2: Use a Flea Comb while Bathing
Even though flea eggs will fall off of your dog, they’re still sticky. And one of the best ways to get rid of them is to comb your dogs hair with a flea comb WHILE your’re bathing them with a natural dog shampoo.
This will help to pull the flea eggs off the dog, so you get fewer recurring outbreaks.
Using a flea comb will dramatically speed up the process of getting your dog flea free.
Step 3: How to Get Rid of Fleas in Bedding and Carpet
Because flea eggs fall off your dogs and into their bedding (and maybe your bedding) and carpet, it’s important to treat these as well.
I personally like the Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray – which I use and have reviewed.
You can use this ON your dog (you need to massage it in) and on your dog’s bedding as well as your carpet.
High temperatures also kill fleas and their eggs, so if you can wash and dry their bedding in the clothes dryer you will kill the fleas as well.
Keep the treatment of the bedding and carpet on the same two week schedule you use to wash your dogs until you get a full cycle without a flea outbreak.
Now that you know how to get rid of the flea eggs as well as the fleas with natural products you need to choose whether to go homemade or buy the natural flea shampoo that you’re going to use.
Best Natural Flea Shampoo for Dogs
#1. DIY Choice: Natural Flea Shampoo for Dogs – DIY
It’s really easy to make a natural flea shampoo for your dog. The homemade dog flea shampoo recipe that I recommend only has 4 ingredients and works extremely well.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1/2 cup water (preferably distilled)
- 1/3 cup pure Castille soap
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 20 drops of pure essential oil. I used 10 rosemary and 10 peppermint
- Combine all ingredients using a small funnel, shake well before each use.
- It should keep for about 6 months.
If you have the time, going this route will save you money and you’ll know that the ingredients you are using are gentle, natural, and effective.
But if you’re busy or just prefer to buy a ready made natural flea shampoo, there are some good ones on the market.
#2. Soothing Choice – Oatmeal Dog Shampoo for Itchy Skin
When dogs get fleas, they get itchy and can really scratch themselves raw. So putting skin soothing ingredients like oatmeal in the shampoo makes a lot of sense.
That’s why this oatmeal dog shampoo is the one I like the best in the natural flea shampoo category.
It’s soothing and it’s effective at killing the fleas.
#3. Puppy Choice – Natural Flea Shampoo for Puppies Under 12 Weeks
This is a tough category, because most flea shampoos should NEVER be used on a small puppy.
But the Arava flea and tick shampoo is gentle enough to be used on puppies and strong enough to be used on dogs.
It’s entirely botanical with Dead Sea minerals, rosemary, citronella, geranium and more.
And the scent of this product is very mild and pleasant – which is unusual because most essential oil based products have a VERY strong scent.
This is the ONLY flea shampoo that I’ve ever seen rated for puppies.
#4. Essential Oils Choice – Best Flea Shampoo with Essential Oils That Fleas Hate
This all natural dog shampoo by Earthbath isn’t marketed as a flea shampoo, but it works great to get rid of fleas because it contains eucalyptus and peppermint – two essential oils that fleas hate.
If you want a flea bath to use with commercial topical insecticide flea applications (like frontline), this is a really good bet because it won’t wash those off.
This shampoo is also excellent for dogs with extremely sensitive skin.
The Bottom Line on the Best All Natural Flea Shampoo for Dogs
The biggest thing to remember about all natural flea products is that they’ll kill all stages of the flea life cycle except for the eggs.
Even though this is the case, I still prefer to use the all natural products instead of the insecticide based ones. I’m not a big fan of putting poisons in my house.
If you decide to use one of these natural products – whether you make it yourself or buy commercial – you’ll get the best results by following the three step process above to get rid of the flea eggs and the flea infestation.