Vinegar Kills Fleas?  No, But Don’t Miss the Real Benefits of Vinegar  

I once heard vinegar kills fleas on dogs. It doesn't but it is a natural flea repellent, yeast and fungi killer, relieves itching and gobbles stink while it conditions fur.

Pit Bull with healthy coat.

First, there is one caveat. Just one type of vinegar is medicinal.

ONLY raw apple cider vinegar has healing properties since it has not been processed (killed) and organic is best. It's great for humans too!

Using white vinegar, red vinegar, or regular apple cider vinegar is not the same.

Kinda like Superman, it does a lot. Internally it's a health tonic; externally it's a coat conditioner, flea repellent, mosquito repellent; and in the ears it can stop ear yeast infections.

Alright, let's get to some recipes, but these are all for the dog. (For you, replace any vinegar you use for food, salad dressing etc. with Braggs Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You can also put a teaspoon in your bottled water if you can manage the taste.)

Why Braggs Organic Apple Cider is Awesome

Like the saying from the Frankenstein movie, "It's Alive!"

The first time I saw it in the store I wondered if it was bad but looking up close it has a "mother" which is the cloudy stuff in the bottom. Guess what it's made of?

Probiotics and prebiotics. And not all vinegars have the alkalizing affect on the body we want (and is oh so good).

The Benefits of Vinegar Taken Internally

For a natural flea and mosquito repellent, and a general tonic, here's the basic recipe:

  • up to 14 pounds: 1/2 teaspoon per quart of water (max)
  • 14 to 34 pounds: 1 teaspoon per quart of water (max)
  • 34 pounds and up: 1 1/2 teaspoons per quart of water (max)

You can start with just a few drops until she gets use to the taste. You can use it daily if you keep the doses a bit lower.

Vinegar At Bath Time

A very soothing rinse for natural itch relief, control odor, and condition the fur:

Mix 1 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar with enough filtered water to make a gallon. Rub into the dog's fur well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse. This one is much easier to do outdoors!

The reason I say filtered water is if you have city water in the United States, the chlorine kills the good stuff. Hopefully you don't let your dog drink tap water either. (Check out my water page.)

Ear Remedy for Dogs

For an ear wash that kills yeast and fungus, mix 1 Tablespoon organic raw apple cider vinegar per cup water. Put a few drops in with an eyedropper and massage. Lulu would stand still all day and moan if she was getting an ear massage.

massaging vinegar/water for dog ear yeast infectionHere's my dog Lulu the last time I had to use vinegar in her ears back in 2009. She's so gray now, it's kinda fun to see what she looked like as a 5 year old.

Extra Flea and Mosquito Repellent

Combine equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray light coat on your dog before you go for a walk or to the dog park.

No need to rub it in.

Cautions and Notes

  • Undiluted vinegar should NEVER be used. 
  •  Never apply vinegar or vinegar/water mix to open wounds. It will burn.
  • Organic Apple Cider vinegar normalizes the pH level of the skin. Your dog becomes unpalatable to fleas just like with garlic.

In Closing to Vinegar Kills Fleas

Unless you can get them to jump in a bowl of the stuff, I don't think vinegar kills fleas but it sure is good for dog health.

For natural flea killers, see Fleas in the Carpet and Natural Flea Control Outdoors.


Vinegar Kills Fleas to Fleas On Dogs 

Important Notice

I sell NSP (Nature's Sunshine) herbs and supplements for your dog. While these are strictly tested and made for human consumption, I am the only one in the United States successfully using them for dogs for over a decade now.

To get proper doses for your dog you must purchase through me. I've spent a great deal of time learning the right combinations and doses per weight for your canine kid.