Using Dawn dishsoap as a flea killer

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    I was doing some research on Dawn being used as a flea killer and the results were kinda mixed, if not leaning towards positive. This summer I gave my dog a bath with a couple teaspoons of Dawn, about 3 baths in 4 and a half months. It seems to do an ok job for about a week or two then the fleas come back. While I was doing research, everyone was saying how natural Dawn was and from looking at the ingredients on their website it is far from natural. Anyways I wanted to know how other peoples experiences were with Dawn.

    Ps I’ve been using the original Ultra Dawn blue bottle, I’m still not quite sure what the difference is between ultra and regular, if somebody knows could you please share?

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    Dishwashing liquid kills fleas? What do you think? I don’t think so.
    Bathing may reduce the numbers of fleas temporarily, but it provides no lasting protection, and dogs with flea allergies will continue to suffer if they are not protected from flea exposure.
    If you have carpeting in your home, you may have to get it professionally treated (fumigation), fleas love carpeting. Hope this helps.

    Also, have you tried the search engine here, for example

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    From all the so called natural remedies i’ve seen Dawn mixed with some vinegar always comes up as a good option for people. But thanks for replying and posting that link.

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    Yes, Dawn will kill the fleas that exist on the dog, but so will any shampoo. It doesn’t have to be marketed to kill fleas. They will die from ingesting it. However, Red is right, Dawn does not actually do anything to repel them and over time using Dawn too much, will cause your dogs skin to dry out. This is knowledge I got while working as a bather at a grooming salon.

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