Homemade Alternative to Bitter Apple Spray

Here are a couple of recipes to make at home as an alternative to bitter apple spray. Use them to discourage inappropriate chewing by your pets.


Vinegar Version

The base for most bitter apple sprays is apple cider vinegar. This vinegar has a tart taste that most dogs stay away from, making it a perfect repellent.

In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of regular white vinegar. Shake well and you'll have an effective bitter apple spray alternative.

Spray it on furniture legs or other items your dog may have a habit of chewing on (e.g., shoes, children's toys) to immediately shoo your pet away.

Lemon Juice Version

Lemon juice is an alternative to apple cider vinegar when making your own homemade bitter apple spray.

Combine 2 cups of lemon juice with 1 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake it well, then apply it to furniture legs and other household items that your pet has a habit of chewing on.


Not only will you be deterring your dog from nibbling on your possessions, you'll be giving your home the aroma of fresh lemon zest while you're at it.

Source: internet

By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

My 9 1/2 month old puppy just licked up the lemon recipe? It didn't bother her at all... What do I do now

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

You can add a few drops of tree tea oil or peppermint essential oil to it, a few drops as suits you.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

Be very carefull as teatree oil will kill digestive bacteria and may make your dog sick.

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May 26, 20170 found this helpful

Lemon is poison to dogs, this may be dangerous, check nat gel vet channel

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November 11, 20170 found this helpful

Not tea tree oil, because it can cause temporary paralysis in dogs.

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November 3, 20160 found this helpful

How many people have had good results with the acv and reg. Vinegar?

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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

My dogs HATE the bitter apple spray I get at the pet store but it's expensive. I hope they hate this as much.


Question: Does the lemon base spray discolor furniture?

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August 21, 20180 found this helpful

Just tried the vinegars mixture and our 9 week old Yorkies took one snif and ran away! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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August 2, 20190 found this helpful

One of my dogs has taken to licking and chewing her legs and paws until the fur and skin is gone. I've tried putting antibiotic ointment on the spots and bandaging the area to no avail. I got something from the vet (a clear liquid) that was EXTREMELY expensive. That stopped her after weeks of applying, but now she has started up again, this time on three individual spots! Can this DIY formula be put on pets? She's got lots of anxiety, but the more I shower her with attention and affection, the more she takes any negative command to heart. Any suggestions if this diy spray can't be put on pets?

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