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Kitchen Surface Cleaner that Ants Hate!

What you need: 

2 cup water
5 drops lavendar oil
5 drops tea tree oil
1/4 cup vinegar
2 teaspoons baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

What you do: 

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Close TIGHTLY (nozzle too) and shake to blend. If the nozzle is left open, it may "spit" solution as the bicarb and vinegar interact. Spray on worktops, stove, cabinet fronts etc., wipe with damp cloth or sponge. The essential oils keep ants at bay. We were being taken over by black ants and after wiping down my surfaces with this, they've moved on to pastures new.

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I only had some dried lavender and peppermint around, so I brought it to a boil in the water and vinegar, then let it cool for 10mins. I strained it and added the baking soda. It smells great and cuts grease. Love it.

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I've also heard of people using peppermint oil to repel ants.  A friend of mine would put a few drops of the undiluted oil on her windowsill (where the ants would congregate), and they hated it!  Worked like a charm.

My mom boils peppermint in water and wipes the kitchen counters with the water to keep the ants away. It works

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This sounds great yabbitgirl.  I've got Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils so will try your recipe this coming week.  Thank you!  ( I've seen lots of recipes like this around but this one happened to be in the right place at the right time.)

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I've also heard of people using peppermint oil to repel ants.  A friend of mine would put a few drops of the undiluted oil on her windowsill (where the ants would congregate), and they hated it!  Worked like a charm.

I've read on the many ways to use curry powder and they said sprinkling curry powder on your windowsills and doorways will keep out insects as well!

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I've also heard of people using peppermint oil to repel ants.  A friend of mine would put a few drops of the undiluted oil on her windowsill (where the ants would congregate), and they hated it!  Worked like a charm.

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This helped get the funky off of my coffee table...

Next time, I might use less baking soda as I noticed a small residue after it dried.  I just wiped it again and it came right off.  I love the lavendar oil.  I used extra to cover up the vinegar smell  :)

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can you use other essential oils? say...sage?

Well, you can try. Citronella is also effective. If you use sage, let me know how it goes! I use the lavendar and tea tree because they are good at repelling ants. If you just want a good smell, try another oil.

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can you use other essential oils? say...sage?

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yay it's so fun to mix baking soda and vinegar... how long does it take for the chemical reaction to stop?  i'm a little afraid of how much pressure must be building up in my bottle right now (i'm gonna leave it in the sink for a while!)
thanks for the easy recipe.

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thanks for this! great cleaner

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