Q. The solution of equal parts Listerine, baby oil and water for dogs’ hot spots is the most fantastic remedy I’ve read about in a long time! The minute my dogs start “worrying” a spot, I get out my spray bottle, spray the area thoroughly, massage the solution into their skin and the problem stops immediately. No more hot spots that involve trips to the vet.

A. Several years ago we heard from a radio listener that his veterinarian had suggested Listerine and baby oil for his Dobermans and his horses. It worked for them so he tried it on his own scalp and found it banished dandruff. We’re glad you found this combo helpful.

One possible explanation is that Listerine contains herbal oils (thymol, eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate) that may have anti-fungal activity.

Get The Graedons' Favorite Home Remedies Health Guide for FREE

Join our daily email newsletter with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies AND you'll get a copy of our brand new full-length health guide — for FREE!

  1. Ashlee

    Can we spray this on an already opened hot spot, one that is large with skin showing entirely or just when you notice them beginning to itch?

  2. Shelley Desautels

    Just wodering if its original blue listerine or does it not matter ?

  3. Lori
    North Carolina

    This was a miracle worker for my dog!!!! Thanks whoever thought of it!!! And Sammie thanks you too!!!! Good for flea, tick and mosquito repellant too!!!

  4. Connie

    I never saw the recipe. Can anyone help??

    • Jaymie

      Connie it’s equal parts listerine, baby oil and water. I hope that helps!

      • Jaclyn

        How long do you leave it on?

  5. Melissa


What Do You Think?

We invite you to share your thoughts with others, but remember that our comment section is a public forum. Please do not use your full first and last name if you want to keep details of your medical history anonymous. A first name and last initial or a pseudonym is acceptable. Advice from other commenters on this website is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. Stopping medication suddenly could result in serious harm. We expect comments to be civil in tone and language. By commenting, you agree to abide by our commenting policy and website terms & conditions. Comments that do not follow these policies will not be posted.

Your cart

Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.