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Homemade Natural Tick Preventative Spray for Humans and Dogs

I ran across this posting on Facebook a month or so ago and the posting says “share-share-share,” so I’m sharing, and I made up a batch just now.  The article:

natural tick repellent

check around online first to see if this is confirmed anywhere

(((Sharing a Post I found))) Use a lint roller right after being in the woods or on a brush walk.. for humans & pets: This could be the most important thing that you see me post! Ticks are an epidemic this year, and these things are as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! Please not only read it, but share it! Make sure we get the word out about these tics and the disease they carry!

It’s summer! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don’t let those pesky annoying ticks stop you. Here’s how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

For you and your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

If you have ever shared anything, please click share on this! WE mustget the word spread about the dangers of Ticks and how to avoid them!


My spray bottles are little guys, so I “halved” the recipe and put it into two spray bottles.

I used:IMG_5064
1 part water (1/2 cup)
2 parts white vinegar (1 cup)
2 teaspoons almond oil
10 or 20 drops of peppermint essential oil

Figure I can use this on myself too.  I’ll put one spray bottle in my camper and keep one in the house.

And this article caught my attention, since the writer mentions right away about living in the Rogue Valley.  I now live in the Rogue Valley.  Lots of great ideas on this page, and lots of gross pictures of ticks:  beware!  Gah!


Homemade Natural Dog Toothpaste


Kona, the day after chewing on a nice marrow bone, and on a good-sized rawhide this morning.

So…yeah, I’m not a real stickler for dog grooming.  My current canine companion is a Goldendoodle, hates bathtime, needs a total body haircut every nine weeks, and is lucky to get that.  That in itself is an all-day project for the two of us:  I wash him (it takes a good long while, coaxing him into the shower) and then cut his hair (4-5 hours right there) with scissors, and after that we’re both exhausted.  The next day I wash up all the towels and sheets, vacuum everything, and in nine more weeks…do it again.

He also has teeth that need braces.  Hmm….  And in those needs-braces front teeth, a lot of ew looking stuff shows up.  I don’t remember my other dogs having these issues.

IMG_5056One thing people recommend for clean teeth in your dogs is to give them raw marrow bones to chew on.  Lucky me:  there’s a natural-organic butcher shop about a half mile away from my house, and I bought some bones there yesterday.  I gave Kona his first bone last night and he was quite well entertained with it.  After the dogs chew everything out down to the bone, I understand, it’s time to throw the bone away, so the dog’s innards don’t get damaged by bone fragments.  Three humongous marrow bones will be good enough for one week, I’m thinking.

Today I’ve got my make-it-myself thing going so I’m going to mix up some homemade natural dog toothpaste.

Here’s one recipe:
6 tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cube of beef bouillon (or vegetable for a vegan version)
1 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley
1 teaspoon water

And another one:
6 teaspoons of baking soda
1/3 teaspoon of salt
4 teaspoons of glycerin
2 teaspoons of organic, low-sodium beef broth or 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract

Here’s a pretty simple one, with some other recommendations.

Here’s another recipe, but it’s troubling:  one of the commenters to the post said that cinnamon is poisonous to dogs; see the list of pet poisons link below.
1T Beef Bouillon Granules dissolved in 1T hot water-(makes it tasty)
2T Baking Soda-to clean the tartar
2t Cinnamon
1/3 C Coconut oil

List of pet poisons, and reader comments add more.

Here’s one more recipe, but there are no proportions, just ingredients — one of which is cinnamon, to make your dog’s breath smell better.  Why are we so worried about the smell of dog breath?  Parsley is safe for dogs if given in small quantities and for years I bought dog treats with parsley, to freshen the dog’s breath.  Come to think of it, I’ve never seen cinnamon flavored dog treats.

And I liked this recipe too:
1/2 cup of baking soda
3Tbsp of water
1 tsp of oil (she’s using grapeseed oil)
1 cube or 1 tsp of  chicken or beef bouillon for taste

As you can see, there’s no clear pattern here.  One recipe calls for 6 teaspoons of baking soda, one calls for 6 tablespoons of baking soda, or 2 tablespoons of baking soda, or a half cup of baking soda…  What to do?

I pendulumed it, asking my body for what would work best for me and for Kona.  The results:  use the first recipe I’ve listed here, and I’m going to add a little coconut oil to the recipe.  One of the recipes calls for 1/3 cup coconut oil.  I’ll go with that.

Also as I started mixing this up, and I’ve got diatomaceous earth here on the counter because I added it to the new deodorant recipe I just made up, I thought about adding diatomaceous earth to the mix.  Is diatomaceous earth toxic for dogs?  NO, it’s not toxic and it’s perfectly fine for dogs and is even beneficial as a wormer, both internally and externally.  So!  We shall add diatomaceous earth to the recipe.

And voila!  My Own Original DrStrangeItch Dog Toothpaste Recipe:
6 tablespoons baking soda
6 tablespoons diatomaceous earth

½ teaspoon salt
1 cube of beef bouillon 
1 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley
1 teaspoon water
1/3 cup coconut oil

First I melted the coconut oil in a glass measuring cup in a pan on very low heat on the stove, stirred it up with chopsticks, and added the rest of the ingredients one at a time.  The recipe filled up 3 little containers that I buy 10 for $1 at Dollar Tree.  This should be about a 20-year supply of dog toothpaste, at the rate I use dog toothpaste.

Let me add one more little detail.  As I’ve been Googling around this morning and afternoon, looking for good dog toothpaste recipes and reading comments, what I come across time after time is XYLITOL.  Xylitol kills dogs and cats and other little furry pets.  Xylitol can be in your chewing gum.  Do you chew gum?  Check the ingredients.  The tiniest little bit of chewing gum snarfled out of your purse by a typical curious doggy friend can kill him.

I also do not use breath mints, but I’d bet you a nickel there’s Xylitol in the breath mints in your purse or pocket or sitting on your nightstand within your curious dog’s reach.

Also I’ve discovered that Xylitol is now being added to peanut butter, unbeknownst to most of us.  Sometimes we like to add peanut butter to a Kong toy and give it to the dog for their entertainment.  One of my dog trainer’s favorite tips to share was mix yogurt with peanut butter, stuff a Kong with that, freeze it, and give it to your puppy; this is especially great for puppies who are teething.  I used that idea a LOT when I had a puppy who was teething.

Xylitol is often, now, in human toothpaste.  DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG TOOTHPASTE, or anything else, with Xylitol in it.

Just thought I’d share that little tidbit.

Due to my own lackadaisical nature when it comes to brushing Kona’s teeth, I only brushed his teeth once with my own homemade natural toothpaste, WHICH CONTAINS XYLITOL.  This occurred to me a couple of months later, when I was going after Kona with his toothbrush and a little homemade toothpaste glopped on top of it.  NO, he said!  NO, NO, NO.  I didn’t push it, and later was so thankful that I didn’t push it!  And then I looked up recipes for homemade natural DOG toothpaste, none of which contain Xylitol.

Now he’ll have his very own toothpaste that tastes like beef and has no Xylitol in it.  We’ll see how he responds to seeing me wielding the toothbrush in his direction now.

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