Borax for Mange - Ted's Remedy for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange

| Modified: Dec 31, 2018
Borax for Mange

Mange is a serious parasitic skin condition caused by tiny mites that bury beneath the skin. These mites cause painful sores, hair loss, and incessant itching and scratching. If left untreated, mange can cause death. Thankfully, borax is an effective natural remedy for mange. Countless dogs around the world have been successfully treated since 2002 with a simple borax, hydrogen peroxide and water solution. Sent to us over 15 years ago from the genius contributor, Ted from Bangkok, the remedy is an inexpensive, safe and effective treatment for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange.


Borax is a naturally occurring compound found around the world. Borax is a popular and safe remedy for pest control. The compound is effective in killing mites. Because borax is a natural disinfectant, it can be used safely and effectively to treat your pet’s skin.

Mange Borax Solution Recipe

For dogs of any size, add 3 heaping tablespoons borax to a clean bucket.  Add 2 cups of hot water. Stir vigorously with your hand to dissolve all the borax granules. Add 2 cups of warm water. Mix again. Add 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store. Stir mixture again vigorously and set aside. You will use the mixture after your dog has been bathed and double-rinsed.


First shampoo your dog using a good dog shampoo. Do not use people shampoo as it is not ph-balanced for dog's skin. We particularly like Dermabenss. Double rinse your dog to make sure you remove all shampoo reside. Using a plastic measuring cup, slowly apply the borax solution all over your dog, fully saturating him.  Make sure to soak the dog entirely, even in areas unaffected by mange. To treat the face, pour small amounts of the solution into the palm of your hand and slowly apply.  Massage the solution very gently into the dog's skin. Make sure every area is saturated, including the tail and paws. If your dog has any raw or bleeding areas, do not massage the solution into the dog's skin. Simply apply. Do not rinse off the solution.

Let your dog dry out in the sun if it's a warm, sunny day. Don't towel dry. However, if it's cold out, keep the dog in a warm room after towel drying.

How Often Should I Give the Borax and Peroxide Bath to My Dog?

Week 1:  Give borax bath every other day.
Week 2:  Give the borax bath every 3 days.
Weeks 3 - 6: Give the borax bath once a week.
Weeks 6 - 12: Give the borax bath bi-weekly.

When Will I See Results?

You will start to see improvement in your dog's condition after the first or second treatment. However, it can take a month or two before full healing takes place.

How Do I Treat My Dog's Bedding?

On treatment days, wash your dog's bedding, including any towels you used during the treatment, in hot water with 1 cup of borax. Dry in a dryer on the highest setting.

Should I Treat Other Pets With The Mange Solution?

Consider giving your other pets at least one borax bath during the first month to help prevent reinfestation of mites.

How Do I Clean the Areas Where My Dog Sleeps?

Use the borax and peroxide solution to spray down and wipe the floors where your dog lies. Also be sure to cleanse its kennel or sleeping area. If your dog has pillows or blankets, wash them regularly in hot water with 1 cup of borax.

How Does The Borax Bath Work?

The treatment for mange is made up of three basic components: hydrogen peroxide, borax, and water. When combined in the appropriate ratio, these three components create an effective disinfectant for your dog. You should use this treatment to cleanse your pet’s skin as well as anywhere the animal has been sleeping, playing, laying…By disinfecting areas where your dog has been, you reduce the risk for re-infestation.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide serves as a natural disinfectant and cleanser for the condition. H202 works through oxidation by adding additional oxygen into the equation and creating an environment in which the mites cannot survive.


Borax, also called sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is effective in killing mites.


Water simply functions to dilute the hydrogen peroxide and dissolve the borax. This component creates the appropriate solution and makes using the treatment that much easier.

Do I Need To Use Food Grade Peroxide?

No, regular 3% peroxide from any grocery store or pharmacy will suffice.

How To Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide?

Many countries sell hydrogen peroxide in concentrations other than 3%. Learn how to dilute H2O2 into 3% here.

Borax for Mange Protocol Video 

Watch Earth Clinic's video with extensive instructions on how to make and apply Ted's mange solution. We'll also give you important tips to hasten recovery.

Can I Use A Hair Dryer After The Bath?

It is best to let your dog air dry in a warm room or out in the sun if it's a warm day after the mange treatment. However, if your dog is shivering uncontrollably, do use a hair dyer to warm your dog up. If possible, wait half an hour before using the hair dyer to give the solution time to penetrate.

Treating Older Dogs With Mange

Be aware that older dogs get cold very quickly in baths and that it can take hours for their body temperatures to warm up after a bath. This is why it is important to bathe a dog either out in the sun on a hot day or in a warm bathroom and to also make sure the room that they dry off in is warm too. Do not bath your dog outside in the winter unless you live in a warm climate.

Because our dogs are over 12 year, we always use a mini heater in the bathroom during the bath and then use the heater in a bedroom while they dry off and warm up.

Other Considerations

Adding a pinch of borax (no more than 1/8 teaspoon) to 1 liter of water for your dog also helps treat mange from the inside out. Learn more about borax for dog's here.

Ted’s mange protocol is considered the top natural remedy for mange. If you are trying to eliminate mange in your dog, give this treatment a try for at least a month and let us know how it worked out for your dog. Continue reading for more information from Ted and feedback from hundreds of our readers who have successfully cured mange using Ted's protocol.

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Posted by Walter's Mama (Henderson, Nv) on 12/17/2018
5 out of 5 stars

When we adopted our dog Walter 4 years ago he came to us with Demodex mange. We used Ted's cure and it was a godsend, he got immediate relief from his itching and the mange eventually cleared up. Now a few years down the road he has come into contact with dog lice. I really don't want to use any of the chemical things suggested by the vet and I'm curious if anyone knows if this treatment would also work on dog lice?

Posted by Carlos (Sacramento, Ca) on 08/30/2018

Ok so this is Maya...she was my birthday present on July 29th 2018; About a week later she began getting rashes probably from the food change nothing new (I've had bull dogs before) gave her some Benadryl and wasn't getting any gave her 2 shots of Triamcinelone to give her a boost for the worked for a few days but also suppressed her immune system! So lo and behold demodex Ivomec .25ml of 1% Ivomec sub cutaneous and giving .4 ml po every day for probably 30 days.

Shes getting worse! So now it's Ted's remedy...I'll keep you updated🧐

Boy, what a present but it's really not a chore because she's so special and cute!

Ps. The second one is a before pic

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Carlos,

Bully lover here! She really has it bad :-( What are you feeding her? And please keep us posted!

Posted by Ellise (Canada) on 07/16/2018
4 out of 5 stars


My 2 year old Staffy has had mange for about 3 months now, she is losing hair all over her body in little amounts. I started the Borax Mange Remedy treatment last week, and so far, she's been much calmer, and scratches less. The only thing that I have noticed is that it seems like her skin is very dry, and she's seemingly losing more hair (could it be because of the frequent use of shampoo?) after her baths.

Do I have to shampoo her EVERY time I do the treatment? Let me know! Thank you.

Replied by Kinga
Tinley Park, Il

Yes, shampoo the dog first before the borax bath. Rinse well. Then do the borax, water and hydrogen peroxide 1% mix. Pour over a dog for 10 minutes all over in a bath. I was rinsing mine with small plastic container I had since it was easier in a bathtub. I did that for good 10 minutes - all over. Then leave the solution on the dog, I carry mine outside so he can shake it all over.

Don't worry if his hair coming out ever more and skin is ultra dry - that is normal. Mange is dying off the skin. You will notice that after few baths the skin turns like black or so. That is normal - skin will return into its pink color after you stop with baths in 2-3 months.

1. Very important - clean the floors, house, dogs bed, leash, brushes, anything he has contact with - hot water and borax. That will kill all the mites, larves and anything you have on the floor. (it is not visible with naked eye but it is there). Keep the dog in one clean area - and was the floor with hot water and borax every other day. He have to be in ultra clean place. No riding in a car either - there are mites there (if we was in your card before).

2. Another important part of treatment is giving your dog a water mixed with borax for internal clean. 1 liter of water and 1/8 of teaspoon of borax. Mix it. Give it to him as a water. I gave mine after a walk since he never wanted to drink but when we came back and he was thirsty - either that or no other water. He drink it. You will notice that his energy is back, eats better with time. Don't worry if he puke at first after the water with borax. That is normal. Mine chow-chow did not but I read that some dogs do. The idea here is to kill mites internally since they are digging tunnels deep in a skin and lay new eggs. They mix with dogs blood internally and that is why it is so hard to get rid of them. Adding borax to his water will do the will notice in 1-2 days or so. Energy comes back to the dog, he wants to eat and live. When mites overtake dogs body they drain blood and energy out of him, that is why he is so skinny and weak.

3. Do not use any lotions, oils, anything moist on his skin. Mites - LOVE THAT - don't do it. The idea is that borax will dry off the skin and those nasty parasites with them. It does work for sure.

4. Mine chow chow is mite free for 6 years now. I did good treatment once for 4 months and I kept him in one area, cleaned house with borax (floors, sheets - anything he might have been - (don't use it on the leather, I destroyed my purse by accident when I swiped with borax, I taught that mites might be on it since he smell something there all the time).

5. Follow the steps and mange does not return. 100% truth here - my dog is healthy, red hair grew back, black crust on his skin went way (after so many borax baths)- I only wash him when I see he scratches a bit because I worry that he might pick up a thick or something. I do the borax bath and he stops scratching.

Replied by Rose
Fowler, Ca

Do I have to shampoo my dog every time I use the Borax & Peroxide treatment?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Rose,

If your dog is clean, you don't need to shampoo.

Posted by Meredith J. (Louisiana) on 06/27/2018 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

When we got Loki he had a few tiny red bumps on his belly and he had a faint odor. We automatically thought fleas and he needed a bath. We gave him a bath in Dawn and picked a few fleas but not many and the odor returned a few hours later. As the days rolled by the bumps got worse and became rough. Loki's odor became more pungent and he started itching a lot. Found out that Loki had mange. I came across Ted's Remedy!!! Very affordable, convenient, easy and our pup loved the frequent attention from both of his fav peeps. This really works. Thanks.

Posted by Josie (Manalapan) on 06/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Borax, HydroPerxide, Water solution:

Bye Bye expensive sprays, shampoos, and ointment. This is all I need to treat my mini French poodle baby. On the very first day of treatment - I noticed a big improvement. I wonder why none of her vets (she had three and no one ever made her condition any better) did not recommend this formula. It's been three weeks and the itching, watery eyes, bad temper - all gone. She is happy!! I am happy too!!

Posted by Jax (Sanford, Nc) on 06/16/2018
5 out of 5 stars

This is a great site. I just discovered you by accident. I have every bug on earth here, snakes, poison oak/poison ivy. My poor animals have been getting mange for the first time. My pigs got it and one dog it because she kept laying in the mite fabric the pigs laid in. I had it in plastic bags off the floor to take to laundromat. I have been bathing her in a tea-tree/oatmeal shampoo.

Posted by Nikki (Austin, Tx) on 06/12/2018
3 out of 5 stars


I have a 10 week old Border Collie with Demodectic mange on her face. We have been applying the borax hydrogen peroxide mixture every other day this past week and just finished her fourth treatment. After the second treatment it seemed to be getting worse. She started getting face bumps all over her face. They are now swollen and bleeding. I read that it was due to the mites dying and causing an infection under the skin. Is this normal? Should I continue with the same course of action?

Here are the instructions for mixture we have been using. Everything has been completely dissolved before to her body: Add 3 heaping tablespoons borax to a clean bucket. Add 2 cups of hot water. Stir vigorously with your hand to dissolve all the borax granules. Add 2 cups of warm water. Mix again. Add 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix well.

Thanks for your help.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Nikki,

If you are painting the solution on and letting it dry, it may not be penetrating properly. You might use a soft rag or sponge to sop up the solution and keep wetting it and reapplying it again and again to the areas you are treating for a full 30 minutes. If this were my dog I would consider dipping the entire dog and not just the face.

It sounds as if there are secondary skin infections. You can use an over the counter triple antibiotic ointment for people, or you might also consider colloidal silver as well [can be taken orally as well as applied topically].

Healing will take time. Expect to see results in 2 weeks, not 2 days.

You might also consider adding a Pet tab vitamin or human vitamin C [500mg 2xday with food].

Is your puppy otherwise health and happy and bouncy? If NOT then consider a vet visit, and check for internal parasites. If this were my puppy and the vet wanted to use Ivermectin or any other miticide to combat the mites I would decline that service and hold off to let Ted's remedy work, however I might consider taking/paying for any antibiotics the vet had to offer as they might be more effective for dogs than the human triple antibiotic. JMHO!

Replied by Nikki
Austin, Tx

I bathed her in a homemade gentle shampoo then towel dried her, then soaked her whole body in the borax solution... including her face. I then let her run around outside and dry naturally. Just over the course of the last week (with 4 treatments every other day) her face has gotten whelps all over it. She has lost most of the hair on her face. And now she's scratching like crazy. I ordered some iodine shampoo and some dinovite. Her energy is great. Her sister from the same litter is fine and both of them are the same in activity level.

So when you say to leave it on for 30 mins.... do I resoak her several times? Is it normal for it to get worse? I read that it could be due to the dead mites decaying under the skins surface causing an infection. Should I just stay the course?


Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Nikki,

You want the area you are treating to be exposed to the wet, active solution for [ideally] 30 minutes. How you accomplish that is up to you. You could have a wash cloth sopping wet with the solution on her face, and re-wet it frequently while holding it on her face for the 30 minutes - that would be one way. I have a plastic tub and I just made up a huge batch of the solution and put my puppy in the tub so she was immersed up to her neck, and then used a sponge to drizzle the solution on her head. The solution does not irritate the eyes, so if it gets in the eyes it will not hurt. If you have treated every other day, you likely can space it out a bit as it sounds, from the reaction, that you have interrupted the mite life cycle. The decaying mites ITCH - the scratching allows infection to set in - so you might try treating the infected areas with the topical antibiotic or colloidal silver. Lavender essential oil, a few drops mixed into coconut oil or calendula cream may be soothing in addition to the antibiotic cream. If her energy level is normal that is good news; a lethargic puppy means infection is going deeper which might mean a vet visit. Feeding good groceries is essential, and boosting her immune system with vitamin C is a good idea as well. It may be difficult to distract her from the itchy face, but try with things like a good chew or natural bone. I get beef neck bones at the supermarket and bake them at 350 for half an hour or so, so the meat is roasted on the outside but the bone is not cooked on the inside - and that will keep a puppy busy for a few hours.

Posted by Harry (Yorkshire, Uk) on 02/21/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have sort of used this method twice....

H2O2 is easy to get hold of, from the chemists in the UK, but the Borax less so...

First time, the male border collie had mange type hair loss and scabbing to the side of his rear leg, the large muscle area. I didn't bath him and couldn't track down any Borax, just the substitute, so I just diluted H2O2 and put that in a spray bottle. I wasn't expecting much without the Borax, but provided near immediate and it cleared up within a week. I kept on just spraying daily for 10 days.

For the past two weeks, his younger sister has been chewing at her front legs, hair loss and beginning to bleed and scab, gradually getting worse for her. This time I managed to get hold of some 20 Mule Team Borax, it arrived 1 days ago, so I made it up roughly as described - except I put in in a spray bottle. I gave her a good bath, let her shake and drip, then sprayed her thoroughly and left her somewhere warm to dry. I have sprayed her daily since, but concentrating mainly on the two affected front legs. The crisis seems to be almost over, scabs going and hair returning. It has though left her hair generally looking very dry, so I may need to address that, once the treatment stops.

Replied by Nicole

I adopted a puppy who is thought to be a lab/pointer mix. Millie is about 5 months and the vet just diagnosed her with Demodectic Mange. The vet put her on Ivermectin and instructed us to give her a Lime Sulfur Dip bath weekly for six weeks. Can I bath her with this Lime Sulfur Dip and also use the Ted's Borax Remedies? If so, what is an ideal sample schedule? I just want to make sure the two methods wouldn't interact negatively with one another. Any other tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Nicole,

If this were my dog I would use only 1 remedy. I have had complete success using only Ted's Mange Remedy, as directed. In your shoes, since you are on ivermectin, I would use only one dip - not both. There is no advantage using both lime dip and Ted's dip - they both do the same thing, ie kill mites under the skin. Because the lime dip stinks, I would use Ted's remedy as directed on this site.

Replied by Sue

Harry... Wondering if this is a common occurence in Border Collies. The girl I had years ago had this a time or two. The male I have now always seems to have a skin issue. This time it's mange and I'll try the mix. Hope it works as well as your treatment did for your dogs.

Replied by Connie

Be aware of the common possibility of toxic effect of ivermectin ....

Replied by Didi's Mom

In my opinion do not use Ivermectin. They gave my dog Ivermectin and his head started shaking and we immediatedly noticed it effected his vision as well. I went online and found Ted's remedy and it worked. This was years ago. I just came back online to find the remedy for another dog. My dog's head would convulse and shake, it was terrible, for years, until one day when his head was shaking, my mother threw him a treat and he caught it mid air and it stopped and we continued to do that(I have no idea why that worked but am glad it did).and thank God it stopped. He is allergic to 18 different things.

A very old doctor who has since passed away told me, "4 white feet, don't treat." My dog a rescue has 4 white paws, he says that you should stay away from medications as much as possible.

Also, my dog is allergic to dandelions. I spray them with pure vinegar in a spray bottle direct stream and it takes that problem away.

This Ted's remedy is awesome

Replied by Chucklesm
Sw Us

Don't use the sulfur-lime with the borax. They both are applied similarly. The sulfur needs to be left on the coat to penetrate the same way the borax solution does. There may also be a problem with chemical reactions among the chemicals. You will find the borax solution to be much more pleasant to use than the sulfurated lime, which has a very pungent sulfur odor that is not easily removed by washing.

Posted by Steve (Trenton, Nj) on 02/20/2018
5 out of 5 stars

One day after the first washing and treatment with Ted's remedies, our dog is already seeing some relief.

Because of the mites, do we need to do something to our carpeting or our dogs beds which have a removable cover?

Thank you so much!

Posted by Kirk1969 (New Prague, Mn) on 12/12/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Ted's remedy for sarcoptic mange (hydrogen peroxide/borax/h2o)

Rescue puppy foster (received at 4 weeks) - had him for 4 days before I knew about the mange. Too young for ivermectin treatment, he has had lime-sulphur dip twice (if you are using this, buy some spray bottles it is much easier than 'dipping' a dog) but continued scratching/losing a ton of hair. He is pretty much hairless on his face (he is now 6 wks) and patches of hair elsewhere. I also have used an antiparasitic shampoo, which did not seem to help much.

Since using Ted's remedy I am not sure if his hair is growing back but he is scratching far less. I really hope his hair grows back and that my 3 older dogs don't get mange. I am also using Ted's remedy in the house (spraying on dog beds, floors, etc.).

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Kirk,

Please take your puppy to the vet for a diagnosis. The rescue you are working with surely has funds available to vet their animals, so get a proper diagnosis to determine if you are dealing with demodex [not contagious] or sarcoptic [very contagious] mange. Ted's remedy still applies, but it will help you know how to move forward with your other pets knowing which type of mange you are dealing with. There are many skin conditions that can look like mange and I will say it is very uncommon to deal with demodex in a 4 week old [and now 6 week old] puppy. One thing to keep in mind is that MORE is not BETTER. You can over dry your foster pup's skin by treating him with everything all at once. Healing skin takes TIME. The best advice I can offer is to get a vet check to see if you actually are dealing with mange and if so find out what type of mange. Feed a high quality diet and boost with vitamin C or pet tabs. Consider coconut oil externally if skin is dry or rough. Ted's remedy is good when followed as directed; too frequent bathing in the remedy will cause dry skin, so again use as directed. Keep the pup stress free, warm and comfy and please report back!

Posted by Pauline (Scotland ) on 11/29/2017
3 out of 5 stars

Hi, we think our dog might have sarcoptic mange, we have used the borax remedy and it seemed to keep them at bay but her coat was starting to get really brittle so I stopped that treatment to give my poor baby a rest and started using neem oil shampoo which didn't work.

At the moment I'm using a mix of rapeseed oil and diatomaceous earth on her but she has all of a sudden got supper a canny on the parts where she still has hair, could it be the other mange she has? Any help would be appreciated.

P.s I've also tried using vegetable oil on her too, didn't work

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Pauline,

If you have been using Ted's remedy and following the directions to the letter, to the point your dog's fur is brittle, I would venture to say you are not dealing with mange mites of any sort. It is very possible your dog has a systemic yeast infection that would cause your dog to itch and so appear to have mange. Start with your dog food - read the label and if you see grains of any kind try switching to a grain free brand and feed it for 6 weeks; keep a dog food diary of everything she eats and record your results. This will allow you to see a trend and perhaps help you isolate what may be causing the itching. While the dips and baths can help provide relief to an itchy dog, you also need to fight the yeast from the inside out, so in addition your dog might well benefit from alkalizing the drinking water and also Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs.

Replied by Wendy
Portland, Or

I used the Borax and Peroxide, but it still didn't completely get rid of it. So I added some melted down Coconut Oil. Put my dog in her throughly scrubbed / clean kennel until she was completely dry. Although I kept her in an area away from my sofa's, etc for a few days because her coat was still oily. It worked like a charm. She's not miserable anymore.

Posted by Nancy (Houston, Tx) on 10/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

i found a stray dog and she had mange so bad. I just did a mange treatment on her the other day. She is not scratching as bad. Going to do another one tonight. One question I have will can Lysol Disinfectant kill any mites that might be in her crate? If Not, then what can I use to spray any where she has gone?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Nancy,

The Lysol spray is NOT SAFE to use on pets. If you need to clean the crate just pop the bedding into the laundry and wash daily. If you are concerned about mites hiding under the crate you can put down a layer of food grade diatomaceous earth.

Replied by Nancy

I have this puppy corentine from my other dog (that is outside). When can I let this puppy around my other dog without giving the manage to my other dog? What can I spray my furniture and carpet with? Thanks

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Nancy,

Did you get a mange diagnosis from your vet? I ask because many things can cause hair loss and itching, plus there are two types of mange so knowing which kind you may have is helpful. Sarcoptic mange is spread by vermin and critters and your dog can catch it just by being outside in areas where there are vermin. Sarcoptic mange spreads easily between your pets and YOU. Demodectic mange is typically an affliction of puppies and is not contagious. If you have not had a veterinary diagnosis of mange you may not be dealing with mange; Ted's remedy is very helpful just the same. You might check your dog food ingredient label to start - if you see grains/corn/wheat in the top 10 ingredients you might consider a grain free brand as grains have been linked to skin troubles in dogs. As for spreading sarcoptic mange, you should follow the protocol for Ted's Mange remedy and if you cannot maintain a quarantine you should dip both dogs on the same schedule.

Replied by Maria

hi I could only buy hydrogen peroxide 20% in a 200ml container. If I put all 200ml in a bigger container how many times should I fill the 200ml container with water to dilute to 1% pls.



Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Tia,

I googled up a dilution conversion calculator :

If you take 1/2 measuring cup of your 20% solution, and 10 cups of water it will give you 10.5 cups of a 1% solution.

Replied by Maria

Thanks Theresa, Now I can start the treatment.

Posted by Jlefebre (Sacramento) on 10/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this mange formula. I believed my dog to have mange but could not afford the vet visits and medication so I had been looking on the internet for a possible solution. It seemed like such a scary problem and she was scratching so much, loosing hair, could not sleep and lost weight.This has worked and has worked so well! My dogs hair has grown back and she is not scratching all the time. She is so much happier and has put some weight back on. She is back to being happy and healthy and we are happy and appreciative too. Give this a try!

Posted by Sharon (Greenville, South Carolina) on 08/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My lab mix got a spot on her shoulder, and one under her leg. We took her to the vet, they did a mite scrape but it came back negative. A week later, and the spots have gotten worse with new ones starting to appear. We tried the apple cider vinegar remedy at first, but it wasn't appearing to do anything. Then we tried Ted's cure and her hair started growing back! This mix really is working. Her hair is mostly/all grown back after about 6 weeks!

Replied by Stephanie

Is it ok to blow dry my dog after the borax solution, or is air drying the best remedy? Also, if I have carpet, what is the best way to treat it to ensure they don't return? thank you in advance for your help, I'm very eager to post some before & after pics! My poor baby has such beautiful soft fur & I think he notices the missing fur as he gets cold more frequently.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Stephanie,

You want your dog to air dry for at least half an hour after the bath because the wet solution is still active. The solution stops being active when it is dry. I will finish drying with a blow dryer when my dog has had time to air dry for at least half an hour after the bath.

Replied by Patricia

Ted's Mange Cure

I have read and re-read and am still confused about the amt of water in this recipe. I got the 3 heaping tbspns of Borax. I have diluted the 3% peroxide to 1%. (1qt peroxide and 2 qts water to make 1%). I got that. But I am confused about how much water aside from the water to dilute the peroxide is added? My almost hairless dog needs this so bad but I want to make sure I am mixing the appropriate amounts of water. Hope someone can clarify this for me. Thanks and thank you for posting Ted's cure!! Praying it will relieve my pups misery.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Patricia,

You don't add any more water - once you dilute the hydrogen peroxide and add the borax you have the working solution. This is what I do:

Borax laundry booster
One -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Replied by Ron

Dog mites all 3 types. trying ted's remedy.

I have been fighting this problem for over a year. it was a small ear mite infestation to start with. it was cured with mineral oil and crushed garlic juice. in the ears everynight. but later noticed foot itching, reddish stains. then hair loss on belly. then got worst. I tried everything, even bought $300.00 online product. that did not work. olive oil, heavy oils, I did straight borax with water once, but the dogs skin went really red and dry, I thought it was too strong so I quit. but I should have read this article. but 2 years ago it was hard to get information online, most said go to the vet. some said give antibiotics, some said don't. some said vop didn't work. some said it did. I tried that too. I believe Teds remedy will work. I will update online later. now I have a second dog with small spot on belly. even though these dogs are separated. this started when I found a dead squirrel, the dog had been rolling on and playing with. it had mites. my friend had picked up a rescue dog from a kennel organization, he had problems with feet itch. my dog played with his dog a few times. could have been that too. I will keep you informed

Replied by Skip
Sturgeon Lake, Mn.

With the hydrogen peroxide and borax solution, is it harmful to the dogs eyes if some gets in them?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Skip,

I have used this formula often and have splashed it into my own eyes and it did not sting or cause any problems.

Replied by Jackie
St. Louis

Theresa- you said you use 1 cup of borax compared to Ted's 3 heaping Tablespoons. Was that a typo? That's a big difference.

Also, does the mixture need to be prepared right before using or can it be made days in advance?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Jackie,

NOT a typo. You want to have a "saturated" solution of borax - this means you keep adding borax until it stops dissolving and you can see the grains in it. In my experience 3 heaping tablespoons does not create a saturated solution.

Replied by Debbie
Va Beach, Va
4 out of 5 stars

Ted's remedy helped my lab/border collie mix so much. She had yeast mange and hair loss. Her skin was flakey she smelled awful and scratched all the time. Her tail had thick black skin and hair was mostly gone. I wanted to avoid taking her to the vet because I know it sometimes is not the best way to go. I wanted natural. Teds' remedy worked every time but just didn't last. The last time she needed to go to the vet for vaccinations I asked them to do a thyroid test on her for hypothyroidism because she had all the symptoms. And that is what she had. She is on medicine and has healthy skin her hair grew back and she doesn't smell. Just wanted to share because I am so relieved that we have an answer and she is doing great! And it may help someone else that has a dog that is struggling with hypothyroidism.

Replied by Laura
Lawton, Ok

Hi Debbie,

Thanks to you, I just had a light bulb moment"! My terrier mix (6yrs) has been itchy since Feb. The steroid shot was the worst for him and didn't last. So, your comment about your dog being stinky was the bomb!!! Even after a bath, my dog was still a stinko dog! I have been treating him with the ACV for 8 days now and seems to be a bit better. I will have him tested for hypothyroid as well treating for yeasty skin. ( orally and topically). Thanks for sharing all your info.


Replied by Nell

Thank you so much, Theresa, for posting this! I'm going to try it this weekend.

Replied by Dorothy
San Diego

Theresa, why is your recipe different than Ted's? Why should we use your directions instead of Ted's?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn


Use Ted's Remedy. Ted posted variations on his remedy and I may be referencing that, OR it may be transcribed incorrectly from the original. Unless you can specifically cite what is different I cannot properly comment, so all I can say is use Ted's :-)

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn


Use Ted's Remedy. Ted posted variations on his remedy and I may be referencing that, OR it may be transcribed incorrectly from the original. Unless you can specifically cite what is different I cannot properly comment, so all I can say is use Ted's :-)

Replied by Dorothy

Thank you Theresa for all of your help and for answering my questions!

Do you work for this site, or are you just a kind and helpful commenter?

In Gratefulness -

EC: Theresa is one of Earth Clinic's kindest and most helpful contributors!

Posted by Pam (Texas) on 07/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I used this on our Min Schnauzer mix. He had lost his hair in places, had a horrible yeast smell and ear irritation. The vet said he was allergic to Chicken and prescribed expensive medicines. We have tried dog food without chicken, tried Coconut oil, and everything we could think of. NOTHING HELPED until I tried your remedy.

We followed the directions to a T. Bathed him twice a week for the first 2 weeks and noticed a difference after the 2nd bath. He actually felt better. He still itched and had red spots but we saw improvement. After about 3 weeks I noticed his hair was growing back on his chest.

We continued through the 8 weeks. He looks great. His coat is thick and shinny and he feels great. He's more active and doesn't have that horrible yeast smell any longer.

Replied by Carrie

Hi there, I'm trying to find out the ratio to use of borax on my 111lb German Shepard massive cross. I'm loving that it's working and want to try it for he is not feeling well and have spent thousands of dollars at the vet also would like to know how much to put in his water. Thank you