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Got Spiders? Vanilla Is Your Key To Natural Eviction

Got Spiders? Vanilla Is Your Key To Natural Eviction
October 12, 2016 Sabine H. Schoenberg

SPIDERS! Yeah, we all just love those eight legged friends, don’t we. Several weeks ago I was noticing that they were spinning their webs in the trellis over the garage at The Greenwich House. After several days of sweeping them free I knew there had to be a better solution.

As a fan of natural alternatives I tried out Leslie Reichert’s suggestions for natural cleaning alternatives. Her recipe consists of  dish soap, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and vanilla extract and fill the rest of the bottle with water seemed almost too good to be true.

To my relief, the solution works and works amazingly well. Simply combine the ingredients in a spray bottle, spray it directly onto the wood or surface you are seeking to treat and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. You may need to use two or three treatments but that should do the trick.

Here’s the recipe:

2 tbsp Dish Soap
1 tbsp Rubbing Alcohol
2 tbsp Vinegar
2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
Fill the rest of the bottle with water

At The Greenwich House, I applied the solution to the wood trellis above the garage and also to a few of the corners directly on the cedar siding, you know how corners can be an absolute haven for spiders. The good news is that success was achieved in both locations.

So here is to a great non-toxic, easy to do cleaning tip for you! And the best part? It even smells good.

Give it a try and let us know how it goes for you in the comments.