Use a Q-Tip Soaked in Dish Soap for Easy Tick Removal

May 23, 2022 at 4:04 pm

Instead of ripping a tick in half with tweezers, soak it in Dawn dish soap until it can’t breathe and backs out!


A nurse’s Facebook post about her simple, effective tick removal method is going viral.

“Instead of trying to pull them off with your fingers, tweezers, or those fancy gizmos you can buy for tick removal, simply take a q-tip and dip it in liquid soap such as Dawn dish soap, and start making small circles around the tick. The soap fills the tick’s lungs and they can’t breathe, so they let go of the skin and come right off! Easy peasy!!” she wrote.

Another blogger recommends mixing Dawn dish soap with warm water, soaking a cotton pad in it and smothering the tick in it for 2 or 3 minutes, saying when the tick releases its grip it gets caught in the cotton fibers. From there, it can be pulled off of the pad with tweezers and drowned in the bowl of soapy water.

The San Francisco Gate notes that while brands like Dawn, Ajax, Palmolive, Joy have all reportedly been successful in the removal and killing of ticks, it is unknown whether natural liquid soaps have the same effect.

I’d definitely plan to try my peppermint castile soap next time we get a tick bite around here and will let you know. I know it works on fleas!