They may be small and harmless (for the most part) but spiders can cause a real stir in a household. Phobias of the creepy crawlies are rife, with at least one family member often feeling either completely petrified or entirely grossed out by them – and we can certainly relate to both.
So, what can actually be done to ensure you never have to find a spider in your home again? Well, thanks to one member of popular Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, we may just have found the answer.
Sharing her genius hack with fellow members of the group, the woman, Sylvia Crawford, explained how she had created a natural spider repellent spray that she made simply using items found in her home.
Kicking off the DIY job, Sylvia revealed that she used a packet of fresh mint (purchased for just 50p) and mixed it with a small amount of antibacterial spray from Waitrose.
She simply added some of the chopped up mint leaves along with a bit of water to the bottle of spray and let it marinate for a while before spraying the repellent around specific entry points in her home.
‘I had a leftover packet of mint and small amount of cleaner left. Chopped mint and added to antibacterial cleaner and filled with water. Sprayed under window sill outside and around the door,’ she revealed in her viral post. ‘I watched the spiders run as I sprayed. They hate mint right enough. Some people use essential oils but I just thought I would use up what I had.’
She was soon met with plenty of comments from other users, thanking her for the tip and swearing they’ve give it a go in their own homes.
‘I will be buying some mint next time I go shopping,’ one wrote,’ while another exclaimed: ‘why am I only discovering this now!’
‘There are some seriously large spiders about at the moment,’ a third posted. ‘Will give it a try’ – and at that price for a remedy, we don’t imagine they’ll be the only ones…