Use Essential Oils to keep spiders away

by KwelX

Using essential oils is a great natural and inexpensive method to keep spiders away.

Essential Oils

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the liquid derived from distilling a plant. These highly concentrated oils are a bountiful resource. The uses of essentials oils range from Aromatherapy , organic healing to a natural pest control.  Here we will discuss the benefit of using essential oils as an organic pest control. Essential oils are an inexpensive and all natural alternative to toxic pesticides. I've personally used them successfully to keep spiders away.

Where can you buy essential oils?

NOW Foods Orange Oil Sweet, 4 ounce

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Why spiders don't like essential oils?

Spiders don't like the scents of peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon or other citrus essential oils. Apparently they don't like the scents so much so that it actually repels spiders.

Make your own spider repellent

You can easily make your own spider repellent at home. 

What you'll need:

  • Essential Oils
  • Natural Soap
  • Empty Spray bottle



Add 5 drops of essential oils and 1 tablespoon of natural soap to the empty spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle with water. Shake the spray bottle until your mixture is nicely combined. 


I usually spray the front doorway and outside of windows weekly. You'll have to shake well before use and the mixture will seperate over time. You can adjust the potency of your spray by adding more or less essential oils or natural soap. The effects of this spray tend to wear off after a few days so that's why I usually spray about once a week for maximun coverage.

Where to buy natural soap

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint, 32 Ounce Bottle

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Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap

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Home Pest Control with Essential oils

You can also use essential oils for other home pest control. I have heard that ants are repelled by peppermint essential oils. I have yet to this spray on ants because thankfully I haven't had an ant problem. I can see how ants would be repelled by any strong smelling spray yet alone peppermint.


I can say that I did have a spider problem at my apartment before using this spider spray. After spraying this homemade spray I haven't seen a spider in weeks. Since I've been bit by both a brown rescluse and a black widow you could say that I'm just a little bit paranoid when it comes to spiders in my home.


Here are a few other home pest control tips that you can try:

  • Put a few drops of essential oil onto a rag and wipe the bottom of your broom. When you sweep you'll leave a small residue behind that can help to deter pests.
  • When cleaning you can wipe down window sills with a rag containing essential oils. 
  • Try mopping or cleaning with an all natural soap instead of a harsh chemical cleaner.
  • Spray inside your trash can when changing out the trash bags
Updated: 09/24/2011, KwelX
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Jerrico_Usher on 08/29/2012

So should this also be specifically mint scented (or others that repel) of just use a base soap? Forgive all the questions but you have me intrigued, and that's not easy to do :) I hate spiders and we've been getting them (coming out from the heat) alot lately and I love the idea of an organic product!

KwelX on 08/29/2012

The natural soap has organic oils and scents in it, which help to repel spiders.

Jerrico_Usher on 08/29/2012

I don't understand where the soap comes in, why not use just water? does the soap somehow make the oils last longer? (great article by the way)- syndicated!

Holistic_Health on 12/08/2011

I had no idea you could use essential oils for this. Thanks for the tip!

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