How to Eliminate Spiders

Discover how to eliminate spiders in your house by using soap shavings.
By Mary Ann Reese
June/July 2013
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Flakes of Ivory soap will help to repel spiders in your house.
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We look for ways to keep spiders out of our main living areas without killing them. We know they are valuable because of their appetite for other unwelcome insects. Strong sprays are available, but the chemicals in them can be dangerous.

After much research, we found our solution in a bar of Ivory soap. We grate an Ivory bar and sprinkle a pinch of the soap flakes into every corner of the house. We avoid vacuuming the soap, and then after about a month, we replace it with fresh flakes.

By using this formula, we’ve been able to control the spider population in our house, which is amazing because we live in a small cabin surrounded by forest. Sometimes we find small spiders in our vehicles, too, so now we sprinkle the grated soap under the seats.

Mary Ann Reese
Maple Falls, Washington

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11/9/2015 10:23:35 PM
Why would you want to get rid of the spiders? Fear?

11/9/2015 6:41:39 PM
When you shave your soap flakes, if you will add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, it will repel bugs (spideres included) and will also smell great when you put it out.

11/6/2015 12:59:19 PM
Mary Ann, What a cool idea! I'll give it a whirl & purchase some Ivory soap this weekend. Thanks for the suggestion.

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