Dawn Dish Detergent for Removing a Tick

I saw this on Facebook and tried it this morning. It works!

To remove a tick, apply a small amount of Dawn Dish Detergent to a cotton ball. Place it on the tick and hold it for about one minute. Gently rub the area and the tick will turn loose and stick to the cotton ball. After removing the tick, clean the area with alcohol.


I looked at the tick under a magnifying glass and could see that all of it was removed and it was not wiggling a bit. Flushed it down the toilet.

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May 30, 20143 found this helpful

As an EMS instructor and an American Heart cpr and first aid instructor, I have to disagree with this. Ticks should be pulled out with tweezers, slowly and then will let go.

If you squeeze, burn or hurt or chemically try to remove them, they get upset and literally vomit their stomach contents into the body of the person they have bitten.

If that tick contains lymes, rocky mountain spotted fever, or heartland virus, then you are infected.

I have attended seminars on tick removal, and taught classes on tick removal. Please, please, don't do it as described in this tip.

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May 9, 20191 found this helpful

Having been a medical professional for over 20 years, I could not agree with you more.

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May 31, 20140 found this helpful

Thank you, April, for this information. I'm glad to know that and it's definitely something to consider. Although it is quite possible for this to happen, I can say that this tick bite has healed quickly and not itched like they normally do. As always with any tick bite, I will be watching for any signs for illness.

A friend of mine told me whenever he removes a tick he saves it on a piece of scotch tape and tapes it to the calendar on that date.

Usually, when I'm going to be outside, I put Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil on my legs and body and I don't have a problem with ticks getting on me, but that day, I didn't do it.

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July 28, 20200 found this helpful

For real for real about the Avon stuff? I never know what to believe because I hear people go on about the yes buts or well nowadays it's. And I've tried things like the pennys in the plastic bag for flies which never works for me. Frankly if I were king of the universe we'd all live in a clothes optional world with mandatory requirements that any time outside your home will be spent in one of those big plastic blow up balls. That way we'd Neevrr have to worry about sneezes or viruses ect. Who cares if we look a little weird in our hamster balls think of the fun we could have. I bet if you think about the people you know from mama to milkman close or casual then imagine them in the ball you'll laugh just a little.

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