In this Instructable, I'm going to show you how to make a completely natural flea collar out of dried mint and a bandana.
The mint actually repels the fleas (and is also known to help repel ticks!), plus it smells good. It has no known toxicity to dogs or cats.
Fleas are annoying and unhealthy, but believe it or not, flea collars and chemical remedies are even worse sometimes! Many name brand flea collars contain chemicals that can harm pets or their owners! A natural remedy is better, and as an added bonus, mint smells good!
I'm making mine for my dog, but this could be adjusted for a cat too.
Step 1: What You Need
For this Instructable, you will need:
• a bandana
• dried mint
• a sewing machine OR a needle and thread
• a dog or cat (I'm assuming your making this for your pet...)
Step 2: The Bandana
To prepare the bandana, you will need to cut it in half (so it's a triangle). Turn the bandana so that the tip of the triangle is pointing towards you. Then you will need to fold down about an inch or two from the top (the straight side).
Step 3: Sew It Up!
Next, you need to sew along the edge, creating a hollow tube (sew on the dotted line). Leave one side of the tube open, so you can stuff the mint in. Make sure the stitches are small and tight, or the dried mint will spill out through the cracks.
Step 4: Stuff That Mint in There
Take your dried mint and stuff it into the opening you left in the tube. When you've done that, sew up the opening.
Step 5: Put It on Your Dog!
That's it! You did it!
You could find a way to adjust this for a cat if you want, or if you have a smaller dog you may need to find a smaller bandana, or trim a normal sized one.
Cats can't tolerate essential oils, but if you have a dog you could make a variation using mint oil.
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Thank you for reading! :)