DIY Ant Deterrent

There are ants in my garden! Who invited them?

I’m trying to keep my garden as free from weed and bug killers as possible. These chemicals rob the soil of vital nutrients, making my job harder when it’s time to plant.

But, I still don’t want these guys around, either. They are pretty pompous and arrogant, in my opinion. They need to go.

And I have just the solution!

Here’s all that you need to make your very own Homemade Ant Deterrent:
Spray Bottle
Mild Dish Soap


Fill the spray bottle with water. Add 4-5 drops of the mild dish soap and shake vigorously.


Spray the solution on the plant-wherever the offenders are and watch them slip and slide all the way to the ground. I usually do this either in the early morning or right before the sun goes down, to avoid scorching the leaves. After a heavy rain, you might need to re-apply the DIY Ant Deterrent solution.
This won’t harm your plant, but let’s see what it does to our ant friends….


I bid thee farewell, small ant. And take your brothers with you.


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16 Responses to "DIY Ant Deterrent"

  1. Potholes & Pantyhose | DIY Ant Deterrent | Soap says:

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  2. Colleen says:

    This is a great idea, I am going to try it, thank you!

  3. Tamara @ Etcetorize says:

    Very timely! If we ever get spring here I’m definitely going to need this. Do you think it would work on ant hills? They seem to pop up all over my yard, drives me crazy especially while trying to mow the lawn. If you have any other ant deterrents I’m all ears. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

    • Rebekah says:

      I think this is more geared towards plants. It makes the leaves slippery and not as tasty for the little pests. Now, I know that cinnamon works wonders with ants inside the house. I’ve never tried using it on ant hills. But, if you pour a line of cinnamon across say, your window ledge or threshold, ants don’t dare to trod. Try it on your hills-do a little cinnamon experiment and let me know if it works!

  4. Roeshel says:

    Thanks for sharing, Rebekah!

  5. Mandy |Small Fine Print| says:

    Cute post lol. Does this solution kill the ants or just keep the plant slippery so they don’t crawl all over them? My mom has ants in her grass- bleak! Can really ruin a picnic. We need a more permanent solution without harsh chemicals as well.


    • Rebekah says:

      As long as the dish soap isn’t washed away by rain, it should last for several days. It makes the plant taste and smell bad to most critters. The ants supposedly give up and go looking for another source of food. In my experience, this solution worked great on all my plants and I didn’t mind applying it once a week or so because it was so dang cheap!

      I’ve never tried using it on grass, though. I wonder how this would do on such a large application. I don’t have a lot of ants in my grass, but I will give it a try if I find a little hill of them or something. I’ll post my findings, if there are any….

  6. Jill says:

    Ha! Great idea to get rid of those ants!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. Mindie says:

    Featuring at Bacon Time on Thursday.

  8. Laura says:

    Fantastic tip! My hubby just started gardening and is trying to stay chemical free- I’ll share this tip with him. Thanks so much!

  9. Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network says:

    Works a treat on aphids too! I just loved the ant images, it made me laugh! I loved having you link up to our “Seasonal Celebration Sunday” Hope you’ll be back Sunday! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

  10. Lisa says:

    This will be great for our garden this year! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂


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