Does Vinegar Kill Spiders?

Does Vinegar Kill Spiders?

There are above 45000 species of spiders in the world, excluding Antarctica. Widow spiders, recluse spiders, Brazilian wandering spiders, and funnel-web spiders are the most deadly species of spiders causing over hundreds of deaths because of their venomous bite, while cobwebs spiders are the most common household spiders because of their attraction to the dark. 

Does Vinegar Kill Spiders?

Yes. Vinegar can kill and repel spiders! The household vinegar that we all know contains acetic acid. This is why spiders die after coming in contact with it. We’ll be looking at the right modes of application, and the proper steps to follow.

Vinegar because of its acidic nature can also be used to get rid of germs and oil stains. 

For effectiveness, use white vinegar.

How to Kill Spiders with Vinegar

Spiders find their way inside the houses by crawling through small spaces and cracks that you may not even notice. Even though not all spiders are dangerous, it’s better they remain outdoors than indoors. So, take action to keep them where they belong; outside your home. Instead of using chemicals (that you may be allergic to) to kill spiders, there are a lot of homemade solutions that you can use. An example is vinegar solution.

Vinegar, especially white vinegar, contains acetic acid which makes it very poisonous to spiders.  Spraying of a water-diluted vinegar solution kills spiders and also repels them from entering your house.

To make a Vinegar Solution for killing spiders, follow the steps below;

  • Get a spray bottle, and mix equal quantities of vinegar and water in it. Shake very well.
  • Use this solution to spray around your house, paying more attention to cracks and crevices and also dark places.
  • Do this at least once every week.

You can also pour a small portion of the vinegar solution in small open containers and keep it in spots the spiders are most likely to come to. The smell of the solution will draw them but they will die once they dip into the solution. You can also spray the solution directly on spiders.

A solution of white vinegar and water, works wonders in keeping spiders at bay.

You can also add some other ingredients to the vinegar solution for better smell such as peppermint and any essential oil, but be sure to spray this solution from a distance, because the oil when closely spread, can leave behind stains.

How to Prevent Spider Infection 

To prevent spiders from making your home theirs too, simply get rid of the things they are attracted to, such as dark areas and other insects. 

To prevent spiders from infecting your room you have to regularly and thoroughly clean your house. Clean out every dark area and ensure your room is not cluttered for easy vacuuming. 

Always sweep every nook and cranny of your house. Look out for cracks and small holes and cover them.

Home Remedies For Getting Rid of Spiders


Tobacco has a very strong odor that repels spiders. Tobacco powder alone can be used to get rid of spiders. You can also add a little lemon juice to the tobacco for a faster result. To use this you can also choose to boil tobacco leaves with water and put it in a spray bottle when it cools, adding a few drops of lemon. You can either spray this solution directly on spiders or the areas they stay in.


This Is the most effective natural remedy in killing spiders. Dissolve few teaspoons of salt with water in a spray bottle. And then spray it around.


Cedar, cut into chips and spread around your home, will get rid of spiders and other bugs inside your house. An added bonus is a good woody scent surrounding your house.

Citrus Fruit

Spiders hate the smell of citrus fruits, which includes grapefruit, lemons, and oranges, so you can use the peel of any of these citrus fruits to make repellant spider. Here is how to make a spider repellent using any of the citrus fruit peels;

  • First get the peels of any of the citrus fruit and cut them into tiny bits 
  • Put the cut peels in a bowl and add hot water to it, leave it overnight
  • Stretch the peels and transfer the water into a spray bottle
  • Add a small amount of witch hazel to the water.
  • Spray this mixture in every nook and cranny of your home.


Turmeric can be use to create a great spider repellent in spices. 

This how to use this; 

  • Use two tablespoon of turmeric to form a paste. 
  • Put cotton swaps into the paste and put them in those places where you see spiders the most. 

Turmeric stains are hard to remove so take care not to stain your furniture with it. 


Mint is a smart repellent of natural pests. Most of the bugs dislike mint like spiders. 

  • In a spray bottle, add the necessary peppermint oil to the water and spray it all over your house. An additional bonus is that the house smells fresh and minty. 
  • You can also crumble some dried mint leaves into your kitchen cupboard and place them in little sachets. 
  • You can also use mint tea bags if you don’t have fresh mint. Another great way to avoid bugs from entering your home is by planting mint leaves near your entrances and around your house.

Eucalyptus Plants

Spiders hate the smell of eucalyptus plants because they smell like menthol. So you can maximize their natural hatred for eucalyptus plants by putting a few pots of it around and inside your house.

Baking Soda

Spiders also hate the smell of baking soda, so simply sprinkle baking around your house, especially in those dark areas.

How to Make Your Own Homemade Natural Spider Repellent 

First, gather your ingredients which includes; dish soap, white vinegar, water, peppermint and lavender oil. When you have all these, go on with the steps below;

Mix the dish soap, vinegar, water, peppermint and lavender oils in a spray bottle and shake thoroughly to mix the ingredients very well.

Yes! As simple as that! Your natural homemade spider repellent is ready for use. You can spray the mixture directly on spiders to kill them or spray it around the areas they frequent.

How to Keep Spiders Away from your home 

  • Dust and vacuum your house regularly
  • Change paper cardboard with plastic ones, as it makes it harder for spiders to get into it.
  • Plant mints around your house to repel spiders
  • Turn off your lights as they attract insects which in turn attract spiders 
  • Get a pet, which will help chase the spiders away.
  • Sprinkle some borax in areas where spiders are coming in from and setting up spider webs.

Final Word

Touching a spider is always best avoided. Though they never actively seek human contact, if they feel threatened or endangered they will bite. Their venom is responsible for reactions that differ from species to species, and from person to person.

The best way to get rid of spiders is to keep them out. Making sure your house is properly sealed will discourage these spiders from becoming domestic. Test all the door openings and windowsills to ensure they don’t have enough room to fit in. The trick might just be to add caulk and weather stripping to any cracks or openings.

Victor Patrick

A Biochemistry graduate with a knack for home hacks and home DIY projects in general. Decided to apply my passion for homemaking to helping others through blogging on the latest tips, hacks, and tools in the homemaking world. When not at my desk writing articles, I can be found enjoying the sunset from a view or testing out my cooking skills in the kitchen. You can always check out my Instagram handle @chiemeziem_jason for the latest home hacks, cleaning tips, and tools to convert those boring home chores to a joy.

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