• Ruby Balaram
  • Head of Operations at Real

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  • How to Keep the Fleas & Mosquitoes Away

    Here’s what you need

      • 1 spray bottle (I prefer a 16 oz bottle)
      • Apple Cider Vinegar
      • Lemon eucalyptus essential oil


    Your formula:

      • 1 part apple cider vinegar
      • 2 parts water
      • 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil (OR cedarwood OR lemongrass)


    Step 1. In a glass bowl, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar, 2 parts water and 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil (and/or cedarwood or lemongrass oil - IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE ALL THREE, ONLY USE 10 DROPS MAX FOR 16 oz WATER).

    Step 2. Fill up your spray bottle and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months.

    For a stronger spray, you can use equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, but some pups may be resistant to the strong vinegar odor. For this, you can start with a diluted spray, using 2 parts water, 1 part water (e.g., 1 cup water, ½ cup acv). If your pup licks it off, no problem, apple cider vinegar is an awesome probiotic to feed for a healthy gut.

    Adding fresh garlic is another awesome way to ward off those annoying buggers.

    And yes, I’ve also used the mosquito repellent on myself. If you use lemon eucalyptus, the smell will remind you of traditional OFF! or deet, but just doesn’t have all those harsh chemicals found in those store-bought sprays. You might get teased for smelling like a walking salad, but it’s way better than getting bitten!