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Making an Insect Repellent Bandanna for Dogs

I recently came across a flea and tick collar advertised on Facebook, that is made using essential oils. I shared it because, let’s be real here, to find something that is not full of chemicals that works, is a miraculous thing!!

The collar is called the “Enviro Collar”. Click here Enviro Collar for a link to their website. This collar uses essential oils imbedded in the collar to repel insects- most importantly here in WI, TICKS!!! They use Cedarwood and Rose Geranium oil for a potent repellent that works great! You will have to replace it every 30 days, which is more often than the other collar, I am sure, but it is safer for you and your pet.

I have been making my own oils bandannas for our dogs for the last couple of years. My problem is remembering to add oils to them over the course of the summer. I should do that once a month, I am realizing now. As a result of my lack of follow through, we do have dogs that have dealt with Lymes.

But when I do keep up, we have not found any ticks on our dogs. I was actually pleasantly surprised at that. We have one dog that is literally a “tick magnet”. If any of them are going to have ticks on them, it will for sure be that one!! Even he did not have any ticks on him while using the bandannas properly.

Here is my recipe:

  • A bandanna cut in half.
  • Oils- any combination of 2 or 3 of these oils:
    • Purification OR Repelaroma (This is from the Animal Scents line from Young Living.)
    • Lavender
    • Cedarwood
    • Geranium (I am out of geranium right now.)
    • Lemongrass
    • Clove
    • Thyme

This is what I do:

1. Take a Cotton (or any non- synthetic cloth) bandanna and cut it in half. For a small dog, cut it in half again. As you can see, I am not worried about neatness! If I would have thought about it, I could have gone downstairs and got my “pinking shears” and made it a prettier cut!

2. Fold over on the long side, once.

3. Apply 2 or 3 of your chosen combination of oils. Any of these are good for repelling insects so all will work well. I use about 3-5 drops of each- depending on the size of the dog.

4. Finish folding the bandanna so you have a nice collar. If you like, leave a little more of the point.

5. Let the odor dissipate a little before tying on your dog. Isn’t she a cute model??!!

I have not used these on cats. My cats are used to oil use, so they might be ok with them. Be sure to use your oils sparingly for a cat.

If your pet does get a tick imbedded in them, use a drop of Purification or Thieves on the tick. The tick will back out then. Apply then Lavender or Thieves to the wound 3 times a day for a few days. It will heal up nicely then.

ONLY use oils from a reputable source- I prefer Young Living because I know their quality is the best. They know where their plants come from because they grow them! The Seed to Seal guarantee!!! Please do NOT use oils from the grocery store because what is exactly in the bottle may or may not be what the label says. You could end up causing serious harm to your pet.

I would love to hear that you have tried either the Enviro Collar or the bandannas and what you thought. If you have any questions, comment.




11 thoughts on “Making an Insect Repellent Bandanna for Dogs

  1. I will definitely give these a go next time I’m in town I’ll scout the second hand shops for material, have you ever tried it on horse rugs (curious). Thankfully our animals for some reason are immune to tick bite if we see the dogs or cats a bit glassy eyed that’s usually the first sign we remove tick & give a dose of vit c. It can bring a animal back from the brink of death using this method. Have seen goats saved this way & a old mate saves his ponies same method. Never disregard Vet though.
    Sorry for rambling, thanks for sharing.


    1. Vit C?? Really?? I will have to remember that one! I have not tried it on horse rugs, but I would bet if you put some of the same oils in a spray bottle, with water or Witch Hazel, it would work well.


  2. Hi Vicki, new to blogging not sure if this is appropriate, just wanted to give you the dosage for vit C for ticks & snakes. injectable vit C can be purchased from a produce Horses 5-10ml ,cattle 2-4ml ,dogs 25-1ml. repeat daily. Can be given orally just watch airways. Don’t disregard your vet if you really concerned.
    Look up Pat Colby author has great advice & tips.
    Have a great day.


  3. Essential oils are great for dogs but can be harmful to cats. It’s best to look up which ones are toxic as I know that cats can get quite sick from just breathing air near some essential oil diffusers! If in doubt ask a vet! Great tip about the bandana though, I will have to look this up for my pup.

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