Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas (Step-by-Step Guide)

Dawn dish soap will drown (kill) fleas within a few minutes after giving your cat or dog a good dawn bath. Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas Simply wet and lathe the pet with dawn soap (original blue dawn) even in the hidden places like under their belly. 

Fleas trigger some skin irritation, anemia (blood loss) or will kill puppies and kittens. But commercial flea treatments are harsh on kittens’ skin and their young immune system. So, how does dawn dish soap kill fleas? 


Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas (Step-by-Step Guide)

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1. Reduces surface tension of water – makes fleas to sink and drown?

But first: How Soap Reduces Surface Tension Of Water

Notably, ordinarily, fleas have a waxy layer, in addition to their small size, which prevents them from the break the surface tension of water. However, with the dish soap, the surfactants will make the fleas to sink and drown within a short time.

Also, the dawn dish soap allows the waxy cuticle of the fleas to absorb water and thus its respiratory system leading to the drowning of the bug.

2. Breaks waxy layer of the fleas’ Respiratory System

Drowning fleas under normal circumstances is difficult. This is mainly because the respiratory system of fleas has a waxy layer that prevents water from entering. Further, the wax is also in the trachea and hence bars water from moving into the respiratory systems.

Application of dawn dish soap breaks the wax layer and thus allows entry of water into the fleas’ respiratory system. Therefore, the fleas suffocate as the water replaces the air and the dish soap could make suds to obstruct the fleas’ spiracles.

Using Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas with Dogs (Steps)

But, Can you bathe a dog with dish soap? Yes, dogs, unlike cats, can be soaked and washed in dawn soap water until all the fleas are removed and dead.

1. Select a suitable Dawn dish soap.

Although all dish soap brands can work in controlling fleas, dawn dish soap is recommended since it has useful surfactants compared to other soaps.

Further, from my experience with dish soaps, dawn is safe for pets as it causes minimal skin irritation after bathing and proper rinsing. Also, you can use dawn dish soap for fleas on puppies.

2. Warm bathing water

Your pet will enjoy the bath if you give them some warm water treatment. Also, you need your dog to be as comfortable as possible during the bathing process, and thus warm water will be suitable.

After adding the warm water in a basin, clean your dog’s coat thoroughly to remove all the dirt and debris from the pet. Using a container, ensure you bathe the pet in the water complexly but avoid affecting its eyes and nose.

3. Rub the dawn dish soap

Rub the dish soap on the wet pet’s coat to ensure that it is wholly lathered. Also, you can use a hair comb or brush to scrub the dish soap on the dog’s skin.

However, the amount of soap you will apply depends on how much the massive flea infestation has attacked

4. Rinse the Soap together with fleas

After 5 minutes of brushing and combing your dog’s coat, you will observe some fleas that will be noticeably dead.

Therefore, you can now rinse the soap from the dog’s coats, which will also remove the fleas that are dead and drowning. Repeated rinsing will ensure that will the fleas are cleaned from the dog’s skin.

5. Continue scrubbing

Ensure that you scrub the dog’s skin until there are no more fleas seen in the bathtub water.

Further, check critical areas such as under the belly and on the head to avoid leaving some on your head.

Using Dawn Dish Soap for Fleas with Cats (Steps)

For the felines, you can use dawn dish soap for fleas on kittens and adults cats.

1. Mix dawn soap with little water

Since cats and their kittens do not love water and bathing in water generally, you can still use another alternative that will leave the fleas dead.

Therefore, mix an appropriate amount of dawn flea soap in a water basin and stir. However, ensure to use one basin of the detergent for each cat to ensure maximum effectiveness.

2. Flea comb Using the detergent water

You’ll need to buy a flea comb to undertake the flea control on your pet – dog or cat. Next, you’ll simply dip your suitable flea comb in dish soap water before combing the cat. This process will remove the fleas from then cats coat and deposit them in the detergent basin. The fleas will thus sink in the detergent water and drown.

3. Brush your cat

Further, the dawn detergent water will break the flea’s waxy layer and hence cause suffocation and death of the bug. Brush your cat with the detergents water until you can see no more fleas coming out of your pet and dropping in the water basin.

FAQs on Dawn For Fleas

1. Does Dawn Kill Fleas?

Yes, dawn kill fleas within a few minutes – dawn has a residue effect of 24 hours, just like the Capstar treatment. Simply, wet the cat or dog with water and lathe your dawn dish soap on their fur to kill the fleas within minutes.

2. Will any Dish Soap Kill Fleas?

Yes, any dish soap will kill fleas – it’ll lower the surface tension (a surfactant) and thus compromise the flea’s exoskeleton making the bug to drown and die in the water. However, allow roughly 5 minutes after applying the soap before rinsing the pet.

3. Does Dawn Dish Soap Kill Fleas In the Yard?

Yes, just like with flea yard sprays, dawn dish soap will kill fleas in the yard, homes, cats or dogs. Simply put dish soap (1 oz.) in the garden sprayer and fill it up with water – spray thoroughly in the yard, leaf piles, and pet bedding. Repeat the flea treatment in 1-2 weeks.

4. Can I Give My Dog A Flea Bath 2 Days in A Row?

Caution: frequent use of dawn dish soap (2 days in a row) will dry your dog’s fur and skin – leading to skin-related irritation particularly for dogs having bacterial skin infections. Also, avoid bathing your dog with dawn within 24 hours after using any topical flea treatment.

5. Is Dawn Dish Soap Safe for Dogs?

Yes, dawn dish soap has a pH 7 (neutral) – which is safe to use on your dog and cat’s skin – this will also be safe for human skin. However, don’t use dawn baths frequently as it’ll dry the dog’s fur and skin leading to skin irritation and infections (like bacterial infections)

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