23 Mar 2011
The smell of chemicals and other strong substances are not fun to be around all day; especially if your house and pet has been infested with fleas. The horrible smell that comes with disinfecting medicine is one you do not want to use. Before trying creams and all different types of lotions to get rid of fleas in your house; try lavender!
Using lavender everywhere around the house will clean your home of fleas. The scent of the lavender surprisingly disrupts fleas so using lavender should be your first attempt to a natural way of disinfecting your house of fleas. Using pure lavender oil is most effective. Do not use the lavender oil directly otherwise it may irritate your skin and your pets.
Helping your Pet
For a start, you can use lavender on your pet. You can rub your pet with lavender water or mix the lavender with oil which will act similar to a repellent. Also, you can take some water mixed with lavender and dip your pets brush into the water as your brush them completely, dipping the brush frequently. Brushing your pet will help remove the larvae and eggs of fleas. When you give your dog or cat a bath, bathe them in a shampoo that has lavender oil mixed into it. You can also buy scented flea collars for your pet. If you can’t find these collars, you can make one! Just buy a cloth collar, soak it in ½ tsp of rubbing alcohol, 2 drops of lavender, and 1 drop of thyme oil. If you don’t like the smell, add a little garlic oil to it. [See update below.]
The second step to getting rid of fleas is getting them out of your house and making sure they stay away from you. Use mist or spray that is lavender scented all around your house; in closets and drawers especially. Place dried lavender around your house as well to help out even more. Wash all the carpets and floors with lavender scented cleaner. Make sure you wash all your clothes, bed sheets, rugs, and other fabrics. Wash everything in lavender scented detergent and dry with a fabric softener that has a lavender scent. Just for an extra touch, use lavender candles around your house. Put a candle close to your pets’ bed so they get the best help they can as well. For yourself, use an all natural lavender lotion to use on your skin.
Anything and everything lavender will help. It might take a couple tries but it’s the most natural way to get rid of fleas. On top of getting rid of fleas, your house will smell amazing, leaving no trace of fleas or the bad smell of medicated lotion. If this does not work there are many other ways to naturally get rid of fleas.
08/02/2012 UPDATE: As Tanya (a reader) pointed out, lavender is not safe to use on cats. A cat’s digestive system cannot handle lavender and it may harm the cat if they lick it off themselves. That being said, Tanya recommends using Dawn dish soap as an alternative for cats.