Does Lysol Kill Spiders? Here's How to Make a Better DIY Version

by Kelly-n-Tony
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What are you spraying to disinfect your home? What do you use to make it smell good? And what do you do about the spiders that come inside when it gets cold?

Watch out because there are harmful chemicals in the products you buy at the store. You can look up Lysol and Febreze here.

So, does Lysol kill spiders? Most spider products at the store are of course pesticides, but even I was surprised that Lysol is classified as a pesticide!

It's much safer and economical to make your own and you get 3 products in one with this cheap mixture:

Filling a spray bottle with water

1. Fill a spray bottle with water

The first thing you need to make your natural All-In-One disinfectant, odor eliminator, and spider repellent is a spray bottle and I suggest the glass type if you have one. Fill it with 1 cup of water.

Cheap vodka

2. Mix with vodka

Get some cheap vodka. This brand is about $5.99 and you only need half a cup to mix into your spray bottle.

Baking soda

3. Mix in baking soda

Then mix in half a teaspoon of baking soda.

Essential oils

4. Add essential oils

And 12 drops of your choice: orange, lemon, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils. Shake all these ingredients to mix them well.

DIY homemade disinfectant

DIY homemade disinfectant

I spray doorknobs, furniture, toilets (including the flusher handle), chairs, countertops, curtains, and corners where spiders lurk.

Kills germs and odors, and makes the spiders leave! Shake well before spraying each time.

Note: Not all fabric surfaces react the same to anything sprayed on them so test a hidden area on anything you think might stain (like a solid color sofa).

For more information on deterring spiders read this helpful guide about how to keep spiders away while sleeping!

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  • Sue Vaughn Diaz-Balazs Sue Vaughn Diaz-Balazs on Mar 09, 2019

    Live in the country, I wonder if this would work for ants? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  • Susan Susan on Jun 15, 2020

    Although I see the same question asked (why not rubbing alcohol vs vodka) the link provided doesn't work. And then doesn't the alcohol content have to be higher than vodka to actually be a disinfectant (also asked) since you're saying it is in essence replacing Lysol(a disinfectant)? Realistically rubbing alcohol is cheaper, and would probably need less than the 1/2 cup of vodka (as recommended) to actually get the disinfectant part, right?

  • Nancy Walker Nancy Walker on Jun 16, 2020

    Will it kill chiggers?

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  • Karen Karen on May 08, 2019

    Never heard of using vodka but think I'll try it.

  • Elizabeth Fernandez Elizabeth Fernandez on Apr 30, 2020

    Just keep in mind that vodka is only 40% alcohol, which I understand is not enough for disinfecting. The optimal amount is 70%. However, since this percentage of alcohol is generally unavailable right now, the solution suggested might have some benefits.

    • Maggie Miller Williams Maggie Miller Williams on Jun 16, 2020

      Alcohol percentage depends on the proof. Everclear 190 proof grain liquor, for example, is 95% alcohol. So just buy a higher proof vodka to up the alcohol content.