5 Natural and Non-Toxic Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

5 Natural and Non-Toxic Ways To Get Rid Of Ants


18 July 2016


Ants are a problem for many people. Even if you keep your house spick and span, ants may still make an appearance every once in a while.

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I had a huge problem with ants where I couldn’t even leave a slice of cake alone on the kitchen counter for ten minutes without returning to find ants swarming all over it. I cleaned the kitchen religiously and was at my wits end. I didn’t want to resort to poisons as I had a cat who had free run of the house and may ingest it so I searched for natural solutions instead.

Here are a few I found that are natural and non-toxic. What I like about them is that they’re everyday items that you probably already have in your home!

White vinegar

This is super easy and effective. All you need to do is to put 50:50 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray it on the areas that the ants frequent and their entry points. Leave for about an hour or so and then just wipe away the dead ants. You may have to do this at least once a day until the ants go away. It shouldn’t take more than a few days. And don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it goes away once the solution is dry. If you want, you could add some essential oil to make the smell more pleasant!


If you drink peppermint tea then it’s time to stop chucking those used tea bags away. Put those teabags to good use by placing them at the entry points and this will discourage the ants from putting in an appearance. Peppermint leaves work too. You can use fresh, or dried and crushed leaves.


Black pepper is another known ant repellent. Just sprinkle black pepper at the entry points and also the problem areas and your ant problem will go away. You may have to do this on a regular basis until the ants learn their lesson!


Just spray some lemon juice and leave it to do its magic, or you could use cotton balls with a few drops of lemon essential oil. Lemon peels have been known to work too. Scatter lemon peels and leave the cotton balls in your cupboards or on your shelves to avoid future problems.


And last but not least, the multi-purpose cucumber. Just cut yourself some small cucumber pieces and put them in the ant-frequented areas.

These are all easy-to-use and safe methods. You won’t have to worry about your kids or your furbabies ingesting anything toxic and you’ll get rid of those pests in no time. Also, you get the added benefit of your kitchen smelling like fresh lemons or peppermint (if you decide to try those methods!). Your pets may thwart your plans by deciding to play with the lemon peels or cotton balls though… but that’s another problem for another day!