Those of you who follow us on Facebook might remember that last week I had a few unwanted visitors in my kitchen. Actually more than a few…like a hundred. And while I admired the industrious little ant family’s hard work in gathering the boys’ abandoned cracker crumbs from the kitchen floor, I wasn’t about to allow them to set up permanent residence!
Since it was in the kitchen, and since I have four small kids (some of whom are known to observe the 5-second rule on occasion), I didn’t want to use harsh chemicals to get rid of the bugs. Ant traps would have meant a trip to the store, so I started searching to see if there was something I had on hand that could do the trick.
Sure enough: handy dandy Borax! I had some at home because it’s a main ingredient in both Homemade Laundry Detergent and Homemade Dishwasher Detergent. Apparently ants don’t like walking on it, and if they eat it it messes with their digestive system (not quite sure how they figured either of those out, but I’ll take their word for it…). Whatever the reason, the ants didn’t feel like sticking around once I sprinkled it in the area.
A note to those with pets and kids: although Borax is less toxic than many harsher bug killers, it still shouldn’t be ingested by pets or children. I sprinkled it on the floor after the kids were in bed, and swept up the area the next morning before they could get into it. You wouldn’t want to let a dog or cat lick up a bunch of it. I think it would take a fair amount to make a pet or child sick, but still–better safe than sorry! Keep the pets and kids away from the area if you use this tip.
A week later, no sign of our unwanted visitors, so I feel pretty good about recommending this simple DIY home care tip. I especially love that it’s another convenient use for an item that I already have in the cabinet. Hooray for simplicity, a cheap quick fix, and keeping nasty chemicals out of the house!
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