FAQ



  • What are your ingredients?

    Oregon rain water, Saponified Olive oil, Coconut oil, Shea butter and Rice bran, Ground oatmeal, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, Montmorillonite Clay, Proprietary mix of Sagebrush, Sage, and Basil (<4%)

  • What’s up with your name? Aren’t people going to be confused at dirty soap?

    We wanted something that was a little cheeky, a bit edgy and would be remembered. There’s nothing worse than making an awesome product and having people go to the store and not quite recall what it was called. Now that you heard of Dirty Flea Soap, you’ll remember it right?

  • Can I use Dirty Flea Soap on my horse/rabbit/ferret?

    Just as cats have a different metabolism from other mammals, each species of animal is different. While we have cross referenced for safety with horses (it rocks!), we have not done so with ferrets or rabbits. If you would like for us to research this further, please let us know and we would be happy to help!

  • Does Dirty Flea Soap kill fleas? How?

    Yes. Dirty Flea Soap will kill fleas on your pet in the same way that anything that creates foam will - suffocation. Dirty Flea Soap works a bit better because our foam is incredibly thick and also contains food grade diatomaceous earth as well as montmorillonite clay which further helps to stop up the holes that fleas need to breathe and live. Many fleas and other insects are beginning to become immune to pesticides and chemicals. The ones that live reproduce to create what has been called “Super Fleas”. With our soap, the killing portion is mechanical so fleas can never build immunity. It was not designed specifically to kill ticks, however, so if you live in an area with ticks you should still check your pet as you normally would.

  • Does Dirty Flea Soap repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes? How?

    In addition to killing fleas, Dirty Flea Soap is a powerful repellant for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. The best cure is a good prevention.

  • How often should I use Dirty Flea Soap?

    How often you use Dirty Flea Soap would depend on your situation. If you have a major infestation you may bathe your pets every day or every other day for a while. Weekly is optimal but if it is off season or you don’t have a big issue you can go 10-14 days.

  • Is Dirty Flea Soap a pesticide like other products?

    All ingredients found in Dirty Flea Soap are found in food or spices and are on the EPA’s GRAS list which stands for Generally Recognized As Safe.

  • Who designed Dirty Flea Soap? How?

    Dirty Flea Soap was the brainchild of Claudia Tietze, the owner of Tiny Timmy, a wobbly cat with neurological damage from his exposure to traditional flea & tick products.  She wanted to give pet parents a truly safer alternative to toxic flea & tick products.  She had the idea that giving people a choice in the healthcare of their pets woud help reduce the tens of thousands adverse reactions per year from chemical treatments.  Claudia is a creative consultant and freelance writer living in the Pacific Northwest with her three cats: Timmy, Victor and Ella.  Dirty Flea Soap is a passion for her, and it's personal.

  • I bathed my pet but I still see fleas. What gives?

    As with any product, removing fleas takes time.  Dirty Flea Soap was not formulated as a "knock out" product.  A "knock out" refers to hose quickly fleas are killed and those products do not repel fleas later, rid your home or area of a flea population or help your pet to fight off fleas in the future. Due to the special formulation of our soap, some fleas will die mechanically from the lather.  Later, the diatomaceous earth, which has scratched their waxy coating, and clay, which has clogged their breathing tubules, will take effect.  You might not see a "knock down" but that doesn't mean it isn't helping rid your pet and environment of fleas.

  • Can’t I make this myself?

    Our team has decades of soap making experience and have developed several techniques unique to them to assure the best possible moisturizing, foaming and effectiveness. We spent a year researching natural ingredients that are effective yet take the delicate metabolism of cats into account. Why would you want to mess with perfection?

  • The lather in Dirty Flea Soap seems thicker and less bubbly than what I am used to. Is it still working?

    This is normal and part of the way that Dirty Flea Soap has been designed.  As our soap does not contain soy oil or cottonseed, it is softer than soaps that do contain these ingredients and doesn't lather quite the same way.  Dirty Flea Soap lather feels more like a thick goo than a light bubbly lather.

  • Why would a human use Dirty Flea Soap?

    Personally I use Dirty Flea Soap to keep mosquitoes at bay when I am in an area that has a lot of them. Works like a charm. Also the smell is delicious, it is moisturizing and mild and has antibacterial properties for skin issues. Shhhh…Don’t tell but I also sometimes use it on my hair!

  • Is Dirty Flea Soap the same as Tiny Timmy’s Sudz?

    Several years ago I started this project and named it Timmy Sudz. Since then our recipe has changed as has our mission. At that time I wanted to sell enough soap to donate bars to rescues who wanted to switch to a non-toxic alternative as well as help people in need who wouldn’t be able to afford flea control. We rocked it and gave away over 1,000 bars!

  • What else can I do about fleas, ticks and mosquitoes?

    It is best to look at several factors in order to come up with the best game plan for tackling fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. What you can do will depend on your home, whether or not you have a yard, what is planted in your yard and how it is maintained, what sort of flooring you and furniture you have inside, how many and what types of pets you have, and where in the world you live. This is a question a bit out of the scope of a FAQ here, but we would be happy to answer it personally depending on your individual situation. Some universal things are: Vacuum, wash pet bedding (including yours if pets sleep with you) and bathe your pets once a week. Outside you can use food grade diatomaceous earth and beneficial nematodes as well as IPM (Integrated Pest Management) which looks at ways you can alter your environment to minimize pesticide use.

  • Is Dirty Flea Soap organic?

    At this point, no. Our ingredients are high quality and carefully sourced, natural and sustainable, but they are not all organic.

  • How is Dirty Flea Soap Packaged?

    Dirty Flea Soap is packaged in a box with two bars in each box, and each bar is 2.75 oz for a total weight in each box of 4.5 oz. We decided to do it this way because the 2.75 oz is the ideal size to hold in your hand. Also, if you purchased a larger bar and cut it in half you would be without the packaging for the other half. This way you can use one bar and keep the other bar in the box until you are ready to use it, or you can share it with a friend!

  • Why a bar of soap? Isn’t a liquid easier?

    If you use a bar of soap, you can hold your pet with one hand and rub the bar on them to create a foam with the other. This is also better for optimal foam. With a liquid, you have to froth it using two hands, fumble with lids, maybe spill it all over, mayhem ensues and we all know if you have a squirmy pet that can be a recipe for a viral YouTube video.

  • I have a cat that I am afraid to bathe. What now?

    I feel your pain! I have some pretty squirmy cats too! There are all sorts of how to videos on YouTube. Some people prefer using a sink, but personally I fill up a bathtub with warm (not hot) water that ends up being about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up the leg of the cat. I stand in the tub with them or, my bath has a side area where my legs can be in the tub but I can perch my tush on the side. I place my hand on their chest, under their chin so they can’t jump forward. The trickiest part is holding them far enough out from your body as you place them in the bathtub. Usually when they realize the water is warm and shallow, it helps. Then I take a small cup and dip it in the water and start getting their fur wet but try to stay away from water going into their ears, nose, mouth and eyes. That might freak you out too right? Then I take my bar of Dirty Flea Soap and rub the bar on the cat, under the armpits, on the tummy, chest, back and tail. We specially formulated Dirty Flea Soap to have a calming effect and most cats start to calm down. Then I use my free hand to rub in the lather. Rinse. Dry off your cat as usual. (I don’t blow dry my cats, but do use a towel and make sure they have a nice heater to lay in front of if it’s a chilly day.) Feel free to share your own method!

  • I’ve been using the same spot-on product for years and never had an issue. Why should I change now?

    Great question. What you choose to use is completely up to you. We believe pet owners should be able to make educated decisions and have choices that are right for them. Keep in mind, although the marketing of spot-ons states to use it every month, that’s actually considered over-use. The EPA has stated officially after they investigated spot-on products that they should only be used as a final attempt, after everything else has failed, and only as direly needed. Pesticides leave residues in your house dust which continue to effect you and your children and pets. Even small amounts can behave as endocrine disruptors which means hormones and the endocrine system is negatively impacted leading to things like thyroid issues, reproductive problems, PCOS, ADHD, ADD and autism. (The FAQ list is longer, these are just a few.) The President’s Report on Cancer lists pesticide exposure, include home uses on lawns, sprays and pet products, as a leading cause of cancer. Pet products that treat fleas & ticks that are pesticides have no follow up surveillance to link use to long term effects such as cancer, diabetes, thyroid problems and kidney failure. However there is a large body of scientific studies that show these effects in humans from the same pesticides used for other things such as crops.

  • If a flea product is in the store, how can it be so toxic?

    Pesticides are designed to kill. That’s what they do. Of course they are toxic. Before Timmy, I thought there was at least some safety in products sold in stores. What I discovered shocked me, changed my life and led me here. The reason these products are on the market is incredibly complicated. It has a lot to do with industry friendly regulation laws that make it nearly impossible to remove a product once it is on the market. To learn more, check out http://www.tinytimmy.org and browse the archives or do a quick search.

  • The ASPCA says spot-on flea products are safe. What gives?

    While the ASPCA does some great things, this isn’t one of them. And to be clear, your local ASPCA likely has nothing to do with the National ASPCA and may not even get funding from them. The Humane Society says they aren’t safe and wants a neutral, central reporting system so we can get accurate numbers of adverse reactions to pet pesticides. The biggest issue with the ASPCA even chiming in on this is that they work for pet pesticide companies. Their largest generation of profit (yes, they are a non-profit that makes millions in profit) comes from taking calls on behalf of manufacturers and going to court as expert witnesses. Don’t you find it a little odd that we don’t have a central reporting place that isn’t policed by the ASPCA and industry? As a business, would you shoot your cash cow? To learn more go to http://www.tinytimmy.org and do a search for ASPCA.

  • Is Timmy okay?

    Timmy is awesome! Sure he has some issues, but he is happy, playful and adorable. You can read about his story by following his Healing Journey on his Facebook link.

  • How is Timmy doing now?

    Timmy is 5 years old. Not bad for a cat who wasn’t given 48 hours to live! Currently he is experiencing some mild kidney issues which is very common after exposure to flea and tick pesticides. He goes to acupuncture every two weeks and is responding well to  his treatment so we are hopeful for a full recovery. He continually does things that no one ever thought he would be able to. He inspires us every single day and has helped many people with health issues to feel more positive about their own healing journey.

  • Is Timmy really that cute?

    Yes. Yes he is.