Natural Spider Repellent

Truth time.  One of my biggest fears is spiders.  I know it’s silly.  I mean, I’m at least 200 times as big as them, and I have various methods of killing them (drowning, stomping on, blow torch, etc), but I still don’t want them anywhere NEAR me! (ps – if you’ve got more flies than you can handle, check out my DIY Homemade Fly Trap!)

Luckily, my 5 year old thinks it’s funny that Mommy calls her to stomp the spiders, and she loves doing it!  I know spiders are important. They do great, amazing things like keeping the insect population down.  However, I think we can all agree, the BEST spider is a spider anywhere but in the HOUSE.  Or the car.  Did I mention my house?  Or generally in my vicinity.


Dear Mr. Spider… why can’t you stay out in the garden where you belong?  PS –  when I’m watering the garden or picking my produce, if you don’t want to get squashed, you need to stay out of sight!  Because I’ll kill you dead.  Or at least, my 5 year old will.

My Spider Secret

But I have a secret! I haven’t seen a spider in my house in months.  Want to know why? I investigated all over pinterest, and you know what just about everyone said? Put peppermint and lemon essential oils in a spray bottle with water, and spray down your home where the creepy crawlies could get in.  Window and door frames, cracks in the foundation, dryer vents, and do it inside and out.  If there’s a place a spider can get in, spray it.

Want to know why?  Spiders HATE peppermint! They aren’t a huge fan of citrus oils either, but, they really and truly hate peppermint.   And this super easy solution WORKS!  Bye bye spiders!  Stay outside where you belong!

Here’s a Quick Spider Reference Guide (just in case you were wondering):

  • Furry – let it live
  • Shiny – kill it dead

What You Will Need to Make Your Spider Repellant: 

Put everything in the spray bottle, shake well, and apply!  Reapply outside about once a month (or after it rains).  This is safe for kids and pets, so you can go to town, and make sure every crack is sprayed, even in your baby’s nursery.  Especially in your nursery!

A quick note:  Pure citrus oils are so powerful, they can eat plastic.  So either make it in a glass spray bottle, or a store the contents in a mason jar.  These Mason Jar Spray Tops are super cute, and work great (just swap it out with a regular mason jar lid when you’re done).

Or you can easily adapt this DIY Foaming Hand Soap and Mason Jar Dispenser to fit a spray top you have laying around! If you don’t want extra laying around, waiting for the unsuspecting spider, you can easily double or half the recipe, making whatever you need (about 1 drop of each oil per oz of water is all it takes!)

There are tons of great uses for essential oils in Pest Control!

Cheat Sheet for Pest Control

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Email me at seekingwellness {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com or text me at 208-907-OILS and I would be happy to tell you more about our favorite essential oils.

Types: Cleaning, Adult
Categories: Essential Oils, Frugal, Gardening, Inside The House, Fall, Spring, Summer


  • Donna

    Love the smell!

  • Teresa

    I never new anything like this existed. I hate spiders a lot and I need to give this a try.

    • Becky

      I hope you love it as much as we do!! We love being able to share natural solutions to the everyday problems everyone is dealing with!

      • Monica

        Were you able to try it out Teresa?

      • Sara

        Is there a way to keep them from spinning webs on patios or porches? I am a true arachniphobe and I have goosebumps just typing this message! I have a Giant spider that keeps spinning a web just out the back door on my patio between my house and car and I need it gone! I am terrified to leave my home or come home after dark!!

        • Cathy

          Put this spider repellent outside! Just have someone else do it for you since he’s already there! haha and I know if you just keep it clean, sweep, keep away the shrubbery, that it will decrease the chances of them being there!

  • Leanna

    I have a suggestion. It’s best to use a glass bottle when using essential oils. There are spray bottles available in glass.

    • Becky

      You are so right! Did you see our note in the post about this very thing? It’s okay to use plastic short term, (high quality plastic, that is), but if you are storing your essential oils for longer periods, you need to use glass, because the essential oils are so strong they could eat the plastic! 😀 But if you are just using it for an hour or two, you can totally use plastic. 😀

  • Kelly Matthews

    Hi! I am putting in a garden and want to keep these big nasty spiders (that I am deathly afraid of) away from my garden, bc my garden is near these large bushes that house these creatures. Do you think it’s safe for my veggies to spray this all around there? Thanks!

  • Lindsay

    How often do you have to re-spray the outside and inside of the house?

  • Christin Espinoza

    Id love to also try the roach one as well. Here in South Texas they are huge. Everything is bigger in Texas! Would it be 15 drops to the same amount of water as the spider concoction?

  • Ginger Ellison

    Where do I buy the peppermint oil &. Lemon oil ? For spiders

  • Jennifer Cotugno

    can I spray this along my baseboard in my finished basement? Will it hurt the woodwork or carpet??

    • Becky

      As long as you are using all doTERRA products, they won’t stain or harm the wood. I can’t vouch for any other products.

  • Pris Unger

    I’m all in for doTERRA too! They have the purest oils around. I love them!

    I want to, however, comment on the “This is safe for kids and pets…” First off, mint & citrus I learned can be deadly for cats. See this site that talks about this: There are other sites too that discuss this, but I’ll let people research for themselves.

    I do use a few drops of peppermint on some ant holes in the yard where there’s lots of open fresh air. However, I make sure my cat is inside when I do this and not let her out for a while.

    Also, I wouldn’t spray it where children play/sleep. If the oil hasn’t evaporated or there’s still residue, and children touch it and rub it on their eyes or something, it can be very irritating. I’d raise my hand if you asked the question, “Has anyone has ever gotten peppermint oil in their eye?” Yeah, that would be me…ouch!

    I just want everyone to be aware in case you have children & or fur babies.

    • Cathy

      Great tips! I’ve been using doTERRA oils for 5+ years and did not know this, although I don’t have furry friends. I am conscious of my children around the oils though. Thanks for the comment!

  • Shannon

    I would like to use this on my kids plastic play structure. Since it’s plastic is that safe?

  • Samantha

    How do the oil and water mix? Wouldn’t the oils just sit on top?

  • Jennifer

    After killing my 5th spider in the house since yesterday’s downpour, and threatening to ban food from the house (thanks to the sudden influx of ants), I find myself here, lol. In addition to the spray bottle approach, I’m planning to soak cotton balls in the solution you suggested and put them in small mason jars with holes poked in the lids, which I will place in every doorway and window in my house to keep those buggers at bay. Is there any reason you can think of why I should NOT do this, safety-wise, I mean? My children are all over 11, so no danger of them trying to eat the cotton balls or shattering the jars, at least, not more than typical pre-teen stupidity. And my only pet is a snake, who won’t ever come into direct contact with the jars, but with my luck, will turn out to be the only species of animal to be violently sensitive to this natural remedy for other creepy crawlies…

  • Angela M

    Thank you so much! I use Doterra oils and I have peppermint and lemon on hand. I can’t wait to mix this blend. I will give a bottle to each of my teenagers, so they can use in their bedrooms. They can spray the corners and baseboards. We have a budgie parakeet downstairs in our home so we don’t want to use any type of bug spray.

    I think I will get each kid a diffuser too. lol

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