DIY Spider Repellent

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As the days get cooler and autumn starts to roll in, you may notice spiders starting to creep into your home. Whether or not you’re afraid of spiders, you have to admit- running through cobwebs in your house and finding giant spiders on the walls and cupboards is less than desirable. Try this DIY Spider Repellent Recipe to get rid of existing spiders and prevent new ones from hanging out in your house.

If you want to get rid of spiders naturally there are ways to do it that don’t involve toxic chemicals. With a mixture of vinegar, lavender oil, peppermint oil and dish soap you can make a DIY spider repellent spray.

Add 1 1/2 cups of water into your spray bottle. Then, add 1/3 cup of vinegar. It can be white or apple cider vinegar. It doesn't matter.

Add a few squirts of dish soap. About a tablespoon is enough. It doesn't matter what brand. The soap helps the oils, water and vinegar mix.

Shake up the mixture in the bottle and spray is on spiders and spider webs. Use a paper towel or rag to wipe them up. You can also spray the repellent on areas where you want to deter spiders. You can use this spray indoors and out.

Check out this video for the full recipe and details.

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  • Jenn Jenn on Sep 06, 2021

    Is this safe to use where pets are present?

  • Nma27781465 Nma27781465 on Sep 06, 2021

    How many drop of the oils do you need. That part is left out

  • Desiree Zaballero Desiree Zaballero on Sep 06, 2021

    Can you use already infused citrus in dish washing soap?


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  • Susan Snow-Plank Susan Snow-Plank on Sep 09, 2021

    I rinse out an empty Windex spray bottle. Fill 3/4 way full with water and add six drops of peppermint oil. Spray base boards and around windows and doors. Especially as we are easing into Fall, the spiders are looking to come inside. It doesn't smell great at first but then the odor dissipates. It doesn't last forever but its good for probably a month or so. I have two cats but they are not licking the baseboards and the solution is quite diluted. This absolutely keeps the spiders away.

  • Desiree Desiree on Sep 15, 2021

    I have three daughters who are ABSOLUTELY Arachnophobic and I mean absolutely !! We live in Australia, (and very close to a National Park) which has the most gi-normous spiders and with all the trees nearby, my veranda is a breeding ground for them. Thank you so much for your recipe.... including the conversations from other readers. I'm so pleased to see this particular offering. I will definitely be trying out these suggestions.