How to Make a Cheap Home Remedy for Killing Fleas in the House

Fleas in your home can bother both people and animals. Not only will they bite you, but they will also lay eggs in your carpets, couches and other hospitable places, creating the flea life cycle in your environment. Although using store-bought products to eliminate the fleas is often effective, it can be quite costly and the chemicals in them can be hazardous to your health. Fortunately, there are home remedies you can try to eliminate fleas from your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • Food-grade diatomaceous earth
  • Borax
  • Salt
  • Tea tree oil
  • Vinegar
  • Squirt bottle


    • 1

      Vacuum all porous materials in your home. Fleas like to hide in carpet fibers and lay their eggs once there. They also frequently inhabit areas under tables and couches, under couch cushions and baseboards. Vacuum once a day until the fleas are under control. You will likely have to vacuum again in a few weeks to remove any hatched flea eggs you may have missed. Be sure to empty the canister or bag outdoors, away from your home.

    • 2

      Wash all bedding and other materials fleas could potentially inhabit. Wash all materials, including curtains and the dog bed, in the washer with laundry detergent and hot water. Doing so will kill any fleas on the material, along with their eggs and larvae. Dry the materials in the dryer to ensure the fleas are destroyed.

    • 3

      Mix 1 1/2 lbs. each of food-grade diatomaceous earth and natural borax, with 1 cup of salt. Wear a mask and sprinkle and work the mixture into your carpets and rugs. Leave it on the surfaces for two or three days, then vacuum it up. Keep pets and children away from the affected areas until you have vacuumed.

    • 4

      Combine 10 drops of tea tree oil with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 quart of water. Place the liquid in a squirt bottle and spray it on soft surfaces. Apply the mixture several times until the fleas are eliminated.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your house has fleas, your pet likely has fleas and unless you treat them both, you will continue to have an infestation. To eliminate the fleas from your animal, use flea treatment from your veterinarian's office, or use an essential oil treatment to get the pests off your dog. To make the treatment, combine 10 drops of either cedar, rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, pennyroyal or citronella with a pint of water. Spray the mixture on the dog to kill the fleas. Do not use this treatment on cats.
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