Monday, August 27, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different....

So I showed you fun projects.. now for some less fun more Mommy oriented projects. I have two. Both are flea killers. Yep that's right I am going there... fleas... woot! IPM for the win! So The first thing is a so simple it seems insane treatment for fleas that can be sprayed right on your dog. You take a lemon and slice it thin. Boil it in water and let it sit overnight in the fridge. 
You end up with a sort of lemon tea.
So now just pour it into the spray bottle and spray liberally on your flea covered dog. 
The science behind this? Well quite simply lemon juice is a natural flea killer and will kill the fleas on contact. Since lemon juice won't harm your dog you can spray them as often as needed. 

So now your dog is free of fleas but what about your house? You can just spray the lemon solution around your house and actually spraying it on furniture is a great idea. Yet what about deep down in those carpets? 
Well we use a mixture of baking soda and ground cloves as a normal carpet refresher, and have for a long time now. However with the addition of one ingredient you can make it a flea killing powder. That is borax. 
By adding in some borax to your powder mixture you can create an awesome deep down carpet cleaner that will kill fleas. I made a container special for this since I don't want Borax in any of our dishes. I took an old yogurt container and with a hole punch made it a shaker. 
So what is the science behind this? Borax dries out the exoskeleton of the fleas and kills them, not just the live ones too but the eggs as well. Just sprinkle it on all your carpets, wait about 30-60 mins and then vacuum up. I did this as well as the lemon treatment on our furbaby yesterday and I haven't seen him itch once since or felt a flea jump on me since. Happy Cleaning!

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