Homemade All Natural Ant Repellent Spray

DIY All Natural Ant Repellent Spray


Hi there! It’s Jessica from Mom 4 Real, back to share another fun Vintage Household Tip with you!



It’s that time of year. All of the sudden, we are being invaded by ants…ugh. I accidentally left Kate’s lunch bag hanging by the front door overnight last week, only to wake up to a bunch of ants coming in from my front door and trailing all the way up the wall into the lunchbag…gah! Gross! So, that means one thing…it’s time to make my homemade all natural ant repellent. This ant repellent only requires two ingredents and will not harm your children or pets. However, it will deter the ants from coming into your home.

Use Peppermint Oil and Water to Make Your Own Ant Repellent Spray

All you need is distilled water, peppermint essential oil and a spray bottle.

Mix 10 drops of peppermint essential oil with two cups of distilled water and you are ready to rock. Just be sure to shake the mixture before using each time.

Ants before being sprayed with natural ant repellent

Let me give you an example of how well this spray actually works. We noticed a ton of ants marching around all over our patio the other day. We followed their trail to one of the large rocks that borders our landscraping and lifted the rock. Here is what we found…ummm…oooh, gross.

Spraying ant home with natural ant repellent

I grabbed my ant repellent spray and showered those lovely ants with it…the result was immediate. They started scattering and heading elsewhere. No real harm came to the ants…ants do not drown. They just started leaving. See, ants detest peppermint for some reason.

Ants gone or leaving

About 30 minutes later, I came back to the area and this is what I found. There were still a few ants heading out, but they were not coming back. Whoop!

Spray Natural Ant Repellent along windows and doors to keep ants at bay

For inside your home, simply spray the mixture around windows, doors and fireplaces to keep ants from creaping in. Like I said before, this mixture won’t kill them, it will just keep them from coming inside. It repels them.

The great thing about this homemade spray is that it won’t harm your pets or kiddos, and it smells fantastic!

If you have any tips for keeping critters away naturally, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

For tons of simple and natural tips and tricks, you can visit my Cleaning Page HERE…or simply click the photo below!

Tons-of-Cleaning-Tips-and-Tricks-from-Mom-4-Real3 (1)


See y’all next month with some more fun tips for keeping your home and garden clean and pest free!



  1. Thank you for this tip-I’ve already added the ingredients to my next grocery list!

  2. Great recipe to try. Having a dog low to the ground, I tend not use pesticides. This might even make it all smell good too :)

  3. Cheryl R. says:

    I use generic “Listerine” mouthwash to repel mosquitos. I have used this for years. In the evening before we go out to the patio I spray the mouthwash all around the area creating a mosquito-free zone. It seems to work well. I put the mouthwash in a designated spray bottle and spray all over, even around the plants. I’ve even used it when we go camping and it does a great job.

  4. Awesome tip Jessica !, thank you . Totally do able :-)

  5. Is there a reason the water needs to be distilled? Would it work with tap water or filtered?
    Thanks, just curious.

  6. I too am wondering about the distilled water…

  7. I happily discovered many years ago that Simple Green spray kills ants in their tracks and keeps them away. It was especially great to use it when I had a dog. The last thing I wanted to use was a harmful pesticide that my dog could get on its paws.

The Graphics Fairy is a resource for Home Decorators and Crafters. Find over 4,500 FREE Vintage Stock images, Illustrations, Old Pictures, Antique Graphics, Vintage Printables, to MAKE craft projects, collage, DIY, scrapbooking, etc! DIY and Craft Tutorials, and Home Decorating Ideas are offered as well. Daily vintage image downloads since 2007. Most are Jpegs, or PDFs, but there are some Vectors as well. As far as I know these are all Royalty Free Images that are in the Public Domain. However I cannot guarantee that. Please see my Faq page to find info on copyright laws in your country.