What impresses me the most about essential oils is that there are SO many uses for them. Case in point, this ant repellent! I just can't get over how something as simple as pure Peppermint essential oil will keep ants and spiders away. They don't like it one bit! It's a great alternative to pesticides.
I recently had an outbreak of tiny red ants in my home. They were hanging out by the bathroom sink, I guess enjoying toothpaste remnants??
Anyway, I was able to mist this spray all around the sink and countertop of my kids bathroom. After a quick wipe down, the kids bathroom was not only ant free, but also clean and fresh smelling! Now what other ant spray can say that?
White vinegar is another popular home remedy for ants. Here's the recipe for how to keep ants away without pesticides!
DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Spray for Ants
- 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Distilled water
- 4 oz glass spray bottle
- Fill your spray bottle up 3/4 way with distilled water
- Add in white vinegar
- Add in peppermint essential oil
- Place the lid back on and shake
To use: Spray the ant area generously. Wipe area down with paper towels so you can throw them away. Be sure to cover the entire ant trail to remove the scent they have left behind for future ant friends. You may need to repeat the process a few time for stubborn ant problems.
As an ant deterrent, spray of the bottom of your door frames and window ledges, inside and out, and the ants and spiders will be running in the other direction!
*Keep the spray bottle out of reach of children and pets. This is not something you want anyone to drink obviously.