Mom shares the two-ingredient fly repellent she swears by, which works without harmful chemicals: “It’s so effective and so simple.”
- Sustainability expert reveals her choice of chemical-free fly repellent for the summer
- The Australian puts cloves in a sliced lemon and leaves them in her kitchen
- Lottie Dalziel said the cheap two-ingredient hack is a real “game changer.”
A sustainability expert has revealed the chemical-free fly repellent you can make at home this summer — and you only need two ingredients.
To make the budget-friendly repellent, Brisbane resident Lottie Dalziel puts whole cloves in a sliced lemon and leaves them in areas of her home frequented by insects.
People have turned away from synthetic insect repellents over fears they could impact their health and the environment.
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Brisbane-based Australian sustainability expert Lottie Dalziel has unveiled the chemical-free fly repellent you can make at home this summer – and it only uses two ingredients
The eco-influencer sticks whole cloves in a sliced lemon and leaves them in bug-popular areas of her home. Lottie said shedding lasts three to four days and can then be composted
Lottie uploaded a video on her sustainability platform Banish showing how to make the “simple” repellent.
“I love summer, but so do flying. Here’s my natural way to deter them without chemicals,” she said.
“All you have to do is take a whole lemon and then some whole cloves, cut the lemon in half, stick the cloves in the lemon and then just watch it work, it’s magical.” “
“It’s so effective and so simple.”
According to Lottie, the repellent lasts three to four days and can then be composted.
While the hack is said to work for most insects, the effects aren’t as strong against mosquitoes, which she admits still bit her despite the repellent.
She uses Shoo! instead, a natural insect repellent made from essential oils.
Her followers loved the handy hack.
“I love this idea,” said one woman.
‘Never heard of it! Will try,” wrote another.
Several commenters were concerned that the opened fruit would attract fruit flies, but Lottie assured her followers that she had “no problems” with the pests.
What are the best natural insect repellents?
* Citrus fruits – Spiders are particularly repelled by citrus fruits. Rub the surfaces in your home with citrus peels to deter the bug
* Vinegar – fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray it around your home to repel insects. You can also fill a jar with apple cider vinegar and leave it in your kitchen to catch fruit flies
* Cedar – place cedar blocks around your home to repel moths
* Eucalyptus Oil – Eucalyptus is a mosquito repellent but can be toxic to pets
* Garlic – Eating lots of garlic will keep mosquitoes away, and sprinkling garlic powder around your home will keep them out
* Egg shells – crushed eggshells repel slugs and slugs
* Onion – Slice onions and place in a bowl of water to repel insects
* Citronella – a citronella candle is a longtime favorite for keeping mosquitoes away
* Coffee – ground coffee sprinkled near doors and windows will deter insects from entering your home
* Beer – Cockroaches love the smell of beer, if a beer can is left out they will climb in and remain trapped
* Rosemary – Rosemary repels fleas and ticks, so it’s great to keep around your home or around pets
(Source: SP Screens)