How to Keep the Fleas Away this Spring

We have had a long cold winter.  There have been jokes, cartoons and grumblings all related to the extraordinary weather.

It seems that things are making a change toward spring.  The weather has been glorious here this week (high 70′s)! The sun is shining, folks are pulling their shorts out of storage (including us – white legs are everywhere) and the beach is calling.  Unfortunately, the warm weather brings with it fleas and all their associated problems.

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts by biting them.  Aside from being annoying, they also can cause skin irritation, dermatitis, and anemia.  They can also give their hosts tapeworms.  Different pets react differently to the saliva of the flea, and bites can cause severe reactions in some pets.

The bad news is that chemical flea treatments can be worse than the fleas themselves.  Tweet This.

They are full of toxic chemicals that will kill the fleas, but will also damage your pet and possibly your children or yourself.  These treatments kill thousands of pets each year.

It happened to us, and you can read our story here … but to make a long story short, Frontline killed our dog, Franklyn. This is the reason we started Glynne’s Soaps.

In addition, they can have adverse affects on humans, especially children.  Because children are more likely to pet the dog, or touch toys, floors or furniture where there might be residue and then put their hands in their mouths, they are more likely to suffer effects from the toxins.

 So, what can you do to keep the fleas away?

Because of our experience, we have developed an all natural three step process for fighting fleas.

  1. Pesticide-free Flea Treatment

    Use All Natural Soap and Fido Fresh on your dog.   Franklyn’s Soap is a good choice because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.  Fido Fresh contains a blend of essential oils that can keep the fleas at bay.  Spray it on your dog after they have been outside to keep them (and you) flea free.

  2. Treat your yard with food-grade diatomaceous earth.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  The small sharp crystals will literally poke holes in the fleas, killing them.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.
  3. If you get fleas in your house, treat with Borax.   It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  We sprinkle the powder on the carpet, sofas, chairs, beds, etc.,  rub it in with a dry broom and let it sit for a few hours.  Then just vacuum it up.  Borax will suck out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them.

By using these all natural methods to fight fleas, you can keep your whole family safe this spring.

To celebrate the coming of spring, we are currently offering a special deal  on our website.  You can purchase a bar of dog soap and a Fido Fresh for $16.  That’s a savings of over 10% off the regular price!  Just use the coupon code SpringIsHere at checkout to get your savings.

 

 

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Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Day

Today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. While no one here at Glynne’s Soaps is a mom (nor a pop), unless of course you count two cute Dalmatians as kids – and we do, we are a small business swimming upstream against the hard tide of big competitors.

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Make no mistake it is a hard tide!

Go to any grocery store or big box sell everything store and walk down the isle of soaps and you will see that hard tide of competition. There are the bad for your skin full of chemical stuff, then there is the national brand which clams to be an all natural (I’m not commenting on whether they are or not) but they are all there and lets face it, it is easy to just pick one up and put it in your cart.

But our swim against the hard tide doesn’t stop there. Recently a friend said to me, ‘why don’t you sell your soaps unwrapped like the other local soap makers?’ After taking time to close my mouth, and resist the slapping urge, I calmly (at least in my mind) explained yet again, the difference between melt and pour soaps and natural soaps, the difference between unnatural colors and dyes and natural color and the difference between fragrance (synthetic) oils and therapeutic grade essential oils. I also explained that our business plan is to create the best possible natural product (not necessarily the prettiest product – although I do think out products are pretty).

Here at Glynne’s Soaps we are celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Day by continuing to make the best possible products from the best possible ingredients.

Thank you for continuing to choose our products for you and your pets.

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How To Tuesday – Control Fleas

As the weather is getting warmer, the flowers and plants are waking from their winter sleep, and so are the bugs.  At our house, the most prevalent crawling thing this season has been spiders.  They seem to be everywhere.

All Natural Flea Treatment

Pesticide Free Flea Treatment

Some of you might be experiencing troubles from other, more obnoxious pests – like fleas.  A flea infestation can be annoying and dangerous.  But the  current treatments are also dangerous because they are full of pesticides.

We have successfully been able to win the war against fleas with all natural products.  Products that are safe for our dogs, ourselves and the environment.  This is what we do:

For the outside (lawn and garden), we use food grade diatomaceous earth.  It is very important to buy the food grade material and not what you find at a pool store.  The diatomaceous earth at the pool store contains silica which makes the dust harmful if inhaled.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.  At our house, it’s kept in an old ketchup bottle, which makes it easier for spreading under the deck and in other hard to reach places.

On our pets , we use an all natural soap to bathe regularly.   Franklyn’s is a good choice for dogs because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.   Roxy’s is also very effective at fighting fleas and can also be used on cats. For dogs we also make Fido Fresh which can not only be sprayed directly on a dog but can also be sprayed on bedding or other places where your dog likes to hang out.

If we get fleas in the house, we use Borax.  It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  To use we recommend this process:

  • Locate carpeted areas where fleas are most likely to nest. Pay particular attention to areas where your pet spends a lot of time.
  • Conduct a spot-test on your carpet by spreading a small amount of borax on a small section of carpet and allowing it to sit for a short period of time. Check the carpet for a change of color or any other damage; if the borax appears to alter your carpet in any way, do not use it.
  • Apply a light layer of borax over the area you would like to treat.
  • Work the borax into the carpet with a broom or brush, making sure it works down between the fibers, where fleas and their eggs are.
  • Allow the borax to sit for at least 3 hours
  • Vacuum the treated area several times and empty the canister or replace the bag.

The Borax process should be repeated in three weeks because this is the gestation period for fleas and any eggs that were missed will be starting to hatch and you don’t want another infestation.

We have been using this approach for the past two years and have had less problems with fleas then ever before.  We encourage you to fight fleas all naturally this year.  You, your pet and your environment will be better off.

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Irene, Newsletter & more

Yep, we had a hurricane and for everyone who called, emailed and sent text messages, the soaps are fine! :)

We were closely watching the storm last week and after much deliberation we decided on Friday morning to just ride out the storm here rather than head in-land to Gayle moms near Winston-Salem. It turned out to be a good decision. After a quick trip Friday morning to lay in supplies (i.e. non-perishables and snacks, as well as a few movies and books) we settled in to weather the storm.

As fate would have it, we never lost power! We saw lots of wind and rain but we kept satellite TV and electricity the entire time. Hope you and your family faired as well!

We did send out our newsletter, which we have officially named What’s Bubblin’ at Glynne’s Soaps, on Thursday of last week. In it we talk about the anniversary of the event that started Glynne’s Soaps. In case you missed it, you can read it here.  If you are a subscriber, make sure you white list us glynnesoaps @ gmail . com and watch for What’s bubblin’ at Glynne’s Soaps in your email on the 11th and 25th of each month. If you’re not a subscriber….sign up now by clicking here!

Today seems like any other Monday here are Glynne’s Soaps.

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101 Ways to Live Green (Part 3)

Part three of our living green series will give you tips on how to go green for your pets.  All natural pet products are a huge part of our lives and business.  If you don’t know how Glynne’s Soaps got it’s start, go here to read Franklyn’s story.  We try to do as much as we can to protect ourselves and our pets from harmful toxins.

1.  Scoop poop.  When you walk with your dogs, be sure to pick up after them.  Dog waste is full of bacteria and can be dangerous to children and other animals.  It also pollutes the groundwater.  While you are scooping – be sure to use a biodegradable bag instead of plastic.

2.  Use environmentally friendly soaps to bathe your dog.  Glynne’s Soaps prides itself on providing all natural, earth friendly soaps for you to use on your pet.  Pick some up today!

3.  Make your own healthy dog treats.  A favorite at our house is dehydrated sweet potatoes.  We KNOW there is no added sugar, fat or preservatives that might be harmful.  Just sliced sweet potatoes in the food dehydrator.

4.  Buy recyclable or sustainable toys.  You can get toys made with recycled rubber or organic dye free cotton.  Any of these will help the environment and are safer for your pet.

5.  Spay or neuter.  Over 70,000 dogs and cats are born every day in the United States.  Don’t add to the problem.  As a bonus, your pet will live a longer and healthier life.

6.  Feed them right.  Cheap food from the grocery store contains more junk than actual nutrition.  By purchasing high quality food, you are not only contributing to the health of your pet, but also to companies that are working to provide environmentally friendly sustainable alternatives.

7.  Get them an eco-friendly bed.  There are lots of pet beds out there made from recycled materials.  They are soft and long lasting and less of a strain on the environment.

8. Use cat litter made from recycled newspaper or wheat. It’s safer for the environment and your cat.

9. Buy them hemp leashes and collars.  Nylon is made from petroleum which is not sustainable or environmental.  Hemp is softer and better for the earth.

10.  Recycle a pet. When you are ready to add to your family, consider adopting rather than buying a new dog, cat or other animal.  Save and animal and they will be forever grateful.

As you are making changes to your life to become more environmentally conscious, don’t forget your four legged friends.  They have an interest in keeping the earth clean too.

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Love a Pet Fair – Wrigley’s TV Debut

The entire staff of Glynne’s Soaps was out of the office on Monday to attend the 2nd annual Love A Pet Fair put on by New Hanover County Animal Control.  The purpose of the event was to bring pet lovers together with groups that can help them care for their pets in the best way possible.  And of course we were there warning pet owners of the dangers of topical pesticide flea treatments and offering an all natural alternative.

Without a doubt, Wrigley was a hit.  We enjoyed being able to see him on the news that night in his television debut.  He can also be seen in this video created by Tom Grady who writes the Cape Fear Critters blog for the Wilmington Star News.

It is never to early to start thinking about summer and flea season. This year, protect your pet with Franklyn’s All Natural Dog Soap instead of harmful pesticides. It will be safer for your entire family.

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Too Cute Not to Share

Our good friend ‘E’ posted this photo on facebook. We loved it so much we want to share it with you.

Good day for a bath with some Glynne's Soaps.....no it wasn't the Hipp"E"....it was the Roxy;)

It was just too cute not to share.

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Why we make All Natural Dog Soap

It won’t surprise you to find we spend a lot of time talking to people about soap We are passionate about all our products (if we don’t believe in it, we won’t make it). We are especially passionate about our dog soaps and our new product, Fido Fresh.

The dog products are personal for us.  Why make dog soap is still a very easy question to answer and yet the most difficult to put into words. It is still in a lot of ways an open wound for both us.  We have told the story so much, you might think the hurt would be gone, but it is not. We may never recover from the belief that our actions killed our dog.

Franklyn

It began several years ago, and yet it was quite sometime before we really grasped the relevance. Here is our story: It begins with fleas. Yep, the common everyday flea. If you have a dog then you probably have faced the dreaded flea. We live in a warm climate (near Wilmington, NC) and fleas are our nemesis. We have always had dogs and therefore always been on the front line in the war on fleas. It seems like a simple matter. Go to the vet pick up the latest and greatest in flea treatment. Come home, put on rubber gloves and administer between your beloved’s shoulder blades. Only our dog Franklyn got sick each and every time we did this “treatment”.  Within a week, we would be at the vet and he would be diagnosed with pancreatitis. Home we would come a few hundred dollars lighter with antibiotics and a “special diet”. Later, after doing our own research we came to the conclusion that the flea treatments we were giving him to “help him” were poisoning him. In fact, we believe that it eventually killed him.

Topical Flea Treatments

The ingredients found in the topical flea treatments are long and difficult to pronounce. They include things like fipronil, ethonal, polyvinlpyrrolidone, butylhydroxytoluene and carbitol. The last four ingredients are listed on the packaging as “inert”. Makes them sound harmless, doesn’t it? However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the inert ingredients on topical flea treatments seem to be MORE TOXIC than the active ingredients. The EPA highly regulates the active ingredients in a product, but there is barely any regulation of the inert ingredients.

This is allowed to happen because the inert ingredients are thought of as the “secret recipe” and are allowed to be kept hidden from other companies that might steal that recipe. What are some of the health effects seen from these pesticides that we so eagerly put on our pets? Well, fipronil can cause organ damage, thyroid cancer and damage to the nervous system. Ethanol can cause birth defects. Butylhydroxytoluene causes cancer, and carbitol can cause nerve and organ damage.

So, what is the alternative? Living with fleas is dangerous in its own right and, let’s face it, annoying for everyone. The safest way to keep pesticides off your pet and keep them flea free is to use a comprehensive approach including herbal supplements, cleaning with all natural soaps and essential oils that repel bugs, and other environmentally friendly pest control alternatives. So, we make all natural dog soap to keep our fur kids safe from harmful chemicals and also to hopefully keep others from having to go through the same agony that we endured.

Diatomaceous Earth is a Powder

We have adopted a three step process to keep our yard, house and kids (ie pups) free from fleas.   It is all natural, safe for everyone (except the fleas) and is relatively easy.  Our yard is treated with food grade diatomaceous earth.  Diatomaceous earth contains the fossilized remains of diatoms, which are a type of hard shelled algae.  When fleas come in contact with this fine powder, it dehydrates them and they die, but the food grade version is very safe for dogs, cats, children, etc.  It can be sprinkled all over the yard.

In the house, we use borax.  Borax will break down the cell walls of the fleas, killing them instantly.  It can be sprinkled on carpets, bedding and furniture.  Leave the borax for a few hours and then vacuum thoroughly.  Make sure you throw out the vacuum cleaner bag so any fleas that might have survived can’t get back out into the house.  This should be repeated every two weeks for 6-8 weeks as the gestational period for fleas is two weeks and the repeat treatment will take care of any fleas eggs that might have been left behind.

For the third step of the process, we wash our dog using Franklyn’s All Natural Dog Soap.  Because it contains eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, it is the most effective at killing fleas and keeping them from returning*.  Between baths, you can spray Fido Fresh on your dog and anywhere they like to sleep.  Fido Fresh contains essential oils that will keep your dog smelling great between baths and also keep the fleas away*.

*The FDA has not evaluated statements regarding the uses of essential oils or other ingredients. Glynne’s Soaps makes no claims regarding the use of these essential oils.

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Fight Fleas Naturally

At Glynne’s Soaps we have shared our passion for fighting fleas again and again.  With every new person we meet, we are sharing Franklyn’s Story (or we think we are).  Invariably, someone we have known for a while will say “I didn’t know that is how y’all got started” and we realize as all natural evangelists, we just have got to keep saying it :) So, if you haven’t read the story about our fight against the flea, check it out here and here.  If you’re a regular reader of our blog or a subscriber to our newsletter please forgive the reiteration of our message.

We have successfully been able to win the war against fleas will all natural products.  Products that are safe for our dogs, ourselves and the environment.  This is our battle plan:

First, we use an all natural soap to bathe our boys regularly.  Franklyn’s is a good choice because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.  Roxy’s is also very effective at fighting fleas.  If you can’t decide, you can always get a sample stack which includes a one ounce bar of each of our dog soaps.

To get rid of any fleas in the house, we use Borax.  It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  We sprinkle the powder on the carpet, sofas, chairs, beds, etc.,  rub it in with a dry broom and let it sit for a few hours.  Then just vacuum it up.  Borax will suck out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them.

For the outside, we use food grade diatomaceous earth.  It is very important to buy the food grade material and not what you find at a pool store.  The diatomaceous earth at the pool store contains silica which makes the dust harmful if inhaled.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  The small sharp crystals will literally poke holes in the fleas, killing them.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.

We have been using this approach for the past year and a half and have had less problems with fleas then ever before.  We encourage you to fight fleas all naturally this year.  You, your pet and your environment will be better off. In our next post we will discuss the options for dealing with the pesky bugs which are out to bite you.

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Stretching our love of the Canine to include the Lupine

Christine Johnson

Today at Glynne’s Soaps, we’re talking about werewolves. Yes, werewolves! Howl-at-the-moon, transform-in-the-forest werewolves. In celebration of Christine Johnson’s werewolf novel, CLAIRE DE LUNE, available in bookstores today, we’re stretching our love of the canine to include the lupine.

Werewolves’ senses are much stronger than those of a normal human. While your sensitive nose might be bothered by the artificial scents that clog the soap-and-body-wash aisle at the nearest big-box store, to a werewolf – even in human form – those same smells are overwhelming.

And once they’ve transformed? Forget it. They don’t smell artificial raspberry, they smell the chemicals that have been combined to trick our pathetic human sniffers into smelling ripe fruit. But werewolves want to smell nice, just like other human women (there are no male werewolves. You knew that, right?) What’s a girl – er, wolf to do?

Go natural, of course.

All-natural soaps are a necessity to the lycanthropes among us. The Rain and Citrus Zing scents are especially popular among the werewolf set. After a turn in their wolf-skin, it’s not only undesirable to reek of fur, it’s downright dangerous. Being caught means being subjected to a “cure” – only the cure can kill. Masking that eau-de-wolf with one of our yummy, natural scents is the best way to ensure that a werewolf’s hidden identity stays . . . well . . . hidden.

Of course, all those moonlit gatherings in the woods mean one thing in the summer – bugs. And lots of them. Our werewolf clients rave about our Bug Off line. Again, their strong senses mean that chemical insect repellants are out, but sitting around the ceremonial fire, waiting to transform, a werewolf’s tender human skin needs protection against the things in the woods that bite. Well – protection against the *other* things in the woods that bite.

Remember, werewolves begin their transformation on their sixteenth birthdays – the perfect time to introduce them to our products with one of our gift boxes. Including our dog soap is a subtle way of saying “I know what you are, but don’t worry, I won’t tell!”

For more information about werewolves or CLAIRE DE LUNE, please visit www.christinejohnsonbooks.com – for all of your skincare needs, human and wolf alike, head on over to our “Products” page and see what all the weres are buzzing about! “To take the big Werewolf Blog Tour, and win a copy of Claire de Lune, visit www.thegardenofwords.com for a list of blogs and the contest!”

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