Cockroaches are a menace to every household. While store-bought insecticides are effective in killing these pesky pests, they have chemicals that can be harmful to you and the kids. Opt for homemade alternatives instead that are cheaper and far less toxic. These 5 natural remedies should do the trick.
1. Soap and water Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of soap and water, and spray whenever you spot a cockroach. Like most insects, cockroaches don’t have lungs. Instead they breathe through openings in their skin. The soapy solution will clog these openings.
2. Fabric softener and water Like soap and water, a mixture of fabric softener and water sprayed on a cockroach will kill it. Make the solution on the thick side, and it will be noticeably more effective than the soap and water mix. The problem with this solution, however, is that it will be harder to clean off of surfaces it’s sprayed on. Go for a natural and organic fabric softener, too.
3. Coffee grounds Coffee won’t kill the cockroaches but it will keep them away. The nasty bugs are repelled by the acidity in the coffee, whether you use old or new grounds. Because you wouldn’t want your house to smell like a dirty café, the best place to scatter the repellent is in the garden or around the house in areas where you think cockroaches come and go.
4. Epsom salt and cloves Place a dish of cloves with a handful of Epsom salt in the roaches' favorite hangout spots like under the sink, fridge and washing machine. The magnesium in the Epsom salt will upset the biological system of a cockroach and will prevent it from feeding. And cockroaches hate cloves so it's a great repellent. 5. Borax and sugar Even exterminators recommend borax as a cockroach killer. Borax kills roaches by very effectively drying out their exoskeleton. Mix 3 parts borax with 1 part sugar (which acts as bait) and sprinkle in strategic locations that wil be out of reach for kids and pets.