Treating Flea Bites With Vinegar


Bottle of distilled white vinegar.

To say fleas are a “nuisance” would be an understatement. These blood-sucking parasites can make you, your family and your pet’s lives miserable. Fleas have evolved over the course of millions of years for the sole purpose of feeding on blood and reproducing. Allowing a flea infestation to persist inside your home can lead to painful, itchy bites.

But there’s a hidden danger to flea bites that many people don’t realize: the potential for transmittable disease. Fleas were responsible for carrying the Black Plague, which killed out millions of people in Europe. If you’re waking up in the morning with flea bites, you’ll be glad to hear that white vinegar offers a safe, all-natural remedy that works as a highly effective form of treatment. It’s not going to prevent the spread of transmittable disease, but it will offer some relief of pain, inflammation and itching.

How To Treat Flea Bites With Vinegar

While all types of vinegar can be use to treat flea bites, the best variety is filtered white apple cider vinegar. A bottle of this stuff typically costs about $2-$3 bucks at the local grocery store, and it should contain enough for several dozen applications. Just remember to choose the filtered variety, as unfiltered vinegar contains globs of solid stuff known as the “mother.”

Ideally, you should apply the vinegar to your skin immediately after you notice the flea bite, as this will yield that greatest benefit in terms of symptom relief. Pure, undiluted vinegar may cause skin irritation when using for prolonged lengths of time. If you have sensitive skin, or if you’re suffering from flea bites on a daily basis, you should first dilute the vinegar with water. Create a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and apply it to your flea bites using a cotton ball or makeup pad.

Within minutes of applying the vinegar, you should notice some of the flea bite symptoms subsiding. Continue applying the vinegar twice a day as needed for temporary relief. And remember to read through some of our previous articles for more tips on how to deal with flea bites.

Other Uses For Vinegar Include The Following:

  • Cleans brass knobs and fixtures.
  • Removes touch stains and grime on appliances.
  • Fabric softener.
  • Removes stains.
  • Use in humidifiers to kill air-borne bacteria.
  • Removes hardened candle wax.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner.
  • Cleans fruits and vegetables.
  • And much, much more…

Have you tried using vinegar to treat flea bites? Let us know how it worked in the comments section below!