Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas on Dogs?

Can I use Dawn dish soap to get rid of fleas on my dog?

By Connie


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June 17, 20112 found this helpful
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Connie, Dawn is the most awesome flea killer. My daughter in law turned me onto it and I've used it ever since. It has to be the "blue" dawn. Just soap up the dog with it and you will actually see those critters rise to the top and fall off. Not only does it work, it's an inexpensive cure. Good Luck.

November 5, 20151 found this helpful

Thank you so much!! Getting ready to give it a try!!

May 24, 20210 found this helpful

Dawn dishsoap does NOT kill fleas!! Don't waste your time.


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June 17, 20112 found this helpful
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Dawn has been used for lice on kids, and for oil on birds in oil spill areas. Just keep it out of their eyes. First put a thick ribbon of it all around their neck. When they get into the water the fleas will run in their ears or eyes. This thick ribbon of dawn helps the fleas die before getting to run into their face. Any fleas that do, just pick off.


Leave it on them for about ten minutes, just let them run around with it on them. You could just wash it off right away and it will kill most of the the fleas anyway.

Dawn is my favorite detergent since it does kill so many things that bother animals. For small puppies, that are realllly small, sometimes I will use peroxide and baby shampoo and also on kittens. But I have bathed them in dawn as well. Rinse it all off and go over them with a flea comb. The vet has great topical treatments that work once a month. Some can be taken as a chewable pill, some have to be applied to the skin. (not the fur, the skin, when you part the fur and put it on there.) I like to use Advantage.

June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Mix a little vinegar in it and it is better and this was on a post on here a couple of weeks ago and it works better and faster and none of the critters live.

December 29, 20150 found this helpful

I tried dawn, with, and without vinegar. I think it is more effective with vinegar.


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February 1, 20190 found this helpful

im in the uk-we dont have dawn-dont suppose anyone knows an equivalent?or what is the active ingredient?thanks


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