Crafting your own insect repellent spray offers a natural and gentle solution to ward off unwanted pests such as fleas, ants, and cockroaches. Follow these simple steps to create and utilize this homemade remedy:


  • 1 cup of liquid detergent (any dishwashing liquid)
  • 2 cups of alcohol or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of cloves
  • 1/4 cup of water


  1. Prepare Clove Infusion: Boil 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of cloves to the boiling water and let them simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare Detergent and Alcohol (or Vinegar) Mixture: While the clove infusion is simmering, mix 1 cup of liquid detergent with 2 cups of alcohol or apple cider vinegar in a separate container.
  3. Combine Ingredients: After 10 minutes, remove the clove infusion from heat and allow it to cool. Once cooled, combine the clove infusion with the detergent and alcohol (or vinegar) mixture. Gently mix to avoid excessive foaming.
  4. Transfer to Spray Bottle: Pour the resulting solution into a spray bottle equipped with a diffuser nozzle.

How to Use:

  • Apply Liberally: Spray the homemade repellent in areas frequented by insects, focusing on entry points where pests may enter your home.
  • Maintain Cleanliness: Keep surfaces clean to remove food residues that attract insects and to eliminate insect eggs and larvae.

By following these steps, you can effectively repel insects from your home using a natural and eco-friendly solution.