If your pet is infested, vinegar kills fleas naturally.
Fleas are tiny brown insects that feed on the blood of your pet. These miniscule vampires can jump scores of times their own height and lay thousands of eggs in matter of days.
All pets become irritated and itchy when attacked by fleas. For some pets, however, a fleabite can create an allergic reaction that leads to welts, rashes and open sores.
Although there are many commercial flea repellents on the market, these products often contain harsh or toxic chemicals. A small percentage of animals are even allergic to the flea repellents themselves.
Vinegar has long been recognized as a way to get rid of and repel fleas. Aside from its flea repelling qualities, vinegar can boost your pet's immune system and acts as a natural deodorizer. And don't worry, that strong vinegar smell wears off after just a few minutes!
By adding vinegar to your pet's grooming routine, you'll rid him of annoying fleas in no time. For your pet's bath, mix vinegar and a mild dish detergent in a 1 to 1 solution. If the smell really offends you, try mixing in a couple of drops of an essential oil-lavender or citrus will work well.
Use this "vinegar shampoo" to bathe your dog, then rinse him well with warm water. See those pepper flakes in the water? Those aren't pepper flakes, they're dead fleas!
Between shampoos, fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water. Spray your pet (avoiding face and ears) every few days. If your pet balks at this treatment, dip a brush in the vinegar and water solution and brush her with the damp brush.
You can use vinegar to repel fleas even when you're not grooming your pet. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Use this water in your pet's drinking bowl. The vinegar in your pet's system will make her skin unattractive to fleas.
If your pet isn't happy with vinegar in his water, you can purchase vinegar in capsule form. A daily dose of vinegar in pill form will have the same effect.
Here are a few ideas on how to use vinegar as a cleaning agent. Its advantages? It's very cheap, it's non-toxic and it's readily available-and it works like a charm! You can also substitute it for many of those toxic and environmentally damaging chemicals which are to be found in most people's kitchen cupboards! You can wash windows with water and a dash of vinegar.
A baking soda and vinegar bomb is a simple experiment that demonstrates a complex chemical reaction.
When you use vinegar to clean hardwood floors, you'll save money and have shiny floors all year round.