How to Catch Fleas With Dishwashing Liquid

Fleas often attack homes with pets, and many of the commercial flea sprays, powders and treatments contain chemicals.

These chemicals may get rid of the fleas, but you also subject your home, family and pets to the chemicals. Instead, use a do-it-yourself flea removal routine that incorporates dish soap. The dish soap effectively gets rid of the fleas without the use of any harmful chemicals.

Fill up a few bowls or pie pans with about 1/2 tsp. each of dishwashing liquid, and fill up the containers halfway with water. Stir to dissolve dishwashing liquid.

Place these containers around your floor, either under nightlights or under a lamp.

Sprinkle salt from a salt shaker around your floor, and it let sit in place overnight. The salt will dehydrate the fleas, and while in search of an escape the fleas will typically jump into the dish soap. The soapy water smothers and kills the fleas instantly.

Discard the soapy water the next day and vacuum your floors thoroughly. Use a vacuum with a disposable bag, because this will collect and trap the fleas and the salt that you sprinkled across the floor.

Things You Will Need

  • Bowls or pie pans
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Lamps
  • Salt
  • Vacuum cleaner

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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.