Homemade Flea Sprays - Natural Flea Repellents

In this article we will cover the two most common and widely used homemade flea sprays, both act as fantastic natural flea repellents and can be made in a few minutes.

At the end of the article there is a quick conclusion of what methods best and what you can do to help maximise your natural flea treatments!

In todays modern world new chemicals are continuously being introduced into the consumer market, whether it be chemicals for food preservation, insect repellents or as this article would suggest flea killers and flea repellents.

But what do these flash new products contain? Yes we may have a list of ‘ingredients’ but unless you have a degree in chemical engineering you are certainly at a loss.

Time and time again we have seen household products recalled and taken of the shelves as a new revelation has been made regarding the active chemicals within.

Sometimes its worth just taking a step back and looking a little closer to home to solve common problems, im not suggesting you start using baking soda for toothpaste but just that when dealing with children and animals its always wise to use natural ingredients and processes.

In this article we will be looking at how to get rid of fleas in your home without introducing any potentially harmful chemicals.

Specifically we will be making a homemade flea spray that works as a natural flea repellent.

Lemon Flea Spray

Lemon flea spray is easily made and has been used as a natural flea repellent for a very long time. Please note that this spray will not kill fleas directly, but due to its strong citrus odor it works as a very strong, natural flea treatment and should be used on areas on which your pets frequent, for example your pets bed and blankets.

As a word of caution if you plan to use this flea treatment for cats, please be aware that cats, just like fleas do not favour the citrus odor. You may find the vinegar flea spray more appropriate.

What you will need
The amount of ingredients can vary depending on your individual circumstances.

  • 6 Lemons
  • 1 Quart (1 Litre) of Water
  • 1 Saucepan and Lid
  • 1 Sharp Knife
  • 1 Clean Spray Bottle
  • Natural Lemon Oil (Optional)

Lemon Flea Spray - Homemade Flea Spray

How to make your homemade flea spray
First you will want to cut your lemons into slices. Once sliced, pour your water into your saucepan and bring it to the boil and allow to simmer.

Then carefully drop your sliced lemons into the boiling water and leave it for around 5 minutes.

Once boiled for 5 minutes turn off the heat, add your saucepan lid and leave your lemon solution overnight. This allows the lemons oils and juices to fully blend with the water.

If you don’t want to leave it overnight you can add a few drops of natural lemon oil and continue

After this simply add your lemon water to a clean spray bottle that has not contained any chemicals and you are ready to go!

Lemon Flea Spray – Natural Flea Repellent

This video tutorial uses a slightly different method but feel free to use it as a visual aid.

Applying your homemade flea spray
After your pet has had a bath and as many fleas as possible have been removed lightly spray the natural flea repellent onto your pets fur.

Be careful not to spray the flea repellent into your pets eyes, nose or any other sensitive area as this may sting and cause discomfort.

Once the citrus odor has dissipated from your pet (normally a week) you can reapply this natural flea repellent following the steps mentioned above.

As an additional preventive measure you should spray down your pets freshly washed beds and blankets and again repeat when the odor dissipates.

Fleas naturally do not like the citrus odor and will avoid these areas allowing simply steps like vacuuming to fully remove fleas from your home.

How long will the homemade flea spray last?
If you store your natural flea repellent in the refrigerator then it should keep for a minimum of a week allowing you at least two full flea treatments.

Vinegar Flea Spray

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article cats do not like the citrus odor given off by the lemon flea spray.

Since the flea repellent is ment to be added to the cats beds, blankets and the cat itself it can cause minor distress and a little bit of confusion.

The solution is to use a different homemade flea spray, in this case vinegar flea spray.

How to make your homemade flea spray
Unlike the lemon flea spray the vinegar flea spray is a lot simpler to make and many pet owners belive that it is a more effective method!

Just like before you need to find a clean spray bottle (not previously contained chemicals) and fill your bottle half up with water.

Once done then add a few drops of soap to the water and then fill the remainder of your spray bottle with white or apple cider vinegar and then shake/stir the solution to finish.

Vinegar Flea Spray - Homemade Flea Spray

Applying your homemade flea spray
Once your pet has been bathed and as many fleas as possible have been removed with a comb or brush, gently spray the natural flea repellent directly onto your pets fur,

Just like before be careful not to spray any flea repellent into the pets eyes, ears or other sensitive areas, as due to the ingredients this can cause discomfort.

Additionally you can add this natural flea repellent to your pets freshly washed blankets and beds so that the fleas will not resettle in these areas.

What homemade flea spray works best?

The vinegar flea spray is probably a little more effective overall, it is certainly easier to make and can really leave your pets with a nice soft coat.


The lemon flea spray also acts as an effective natural flea treatment and will also makes your pets, their beds and your whole home have a nice, fresh citrus smell.

So whats the answer?

Use both! but with a little modification…

When bathing your pets add a little white or apple cider vinegar to the water and then wash it into your pets fur. After the bath allow your pet to air-dry (providing it’s not to cold).

Then go round and spray down all your pets freshly washed beds and blankets with your lemon flea spray and then finally gently spray your pets dry fur (as explained above).

By using both the lemon flea spray and the vinegar in the bath water you are getting the best of both worlds and getting maximum use of your natural flea repellents.

I myself have used his method for a few years now and think it works great!

Last words…
I hope you found this article helpful and got all the information you needed to get started with your natural flea treatments.

Please be sure to check that your pets have no pre-existing allergies or intolerance to any of the ingredients used and if unsure be vigilant for common symptoms.

The chance of your pet having an allergic reaction are very rare but we would rather be safe than sorry!

If you have anything to say or perhaps another method or homemade flea spray feel free to post a comment below.


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